21 Jun 2018

Displayways installs Agfa’s Asanti PDF-based workflow solution for 'improved quality and efficiency'

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South London based Displayways has installed Agfa’s Asanti PDF-based workflow solution with an Anapurna M3200 RTR 3.2 metre wide printer for improved quality and efficiency.

The company produces a variety of display material for well-known museums, landmarks, major international corporate companies and fashion brands for whom quality and consistency is of the utmost importance. Displayways clearly supplies some very discerning customers who will not accept ‘good enough’.

“When we started to look at upgrading our old printer we prepared test files and asked a number of companies to provide us with samples. As soon as the results came in from Agfa we were very impressed and decided to take a closer look. We were then invited to Agfa’s HQ and the rest is history,” explains Rob Kelly, director at Displayways.

Displayways is not only called upon to match Pantone colours but also painted backgrounds, materials and even furniture so demands are high.

“Although we have been using Asanti for just a few months we can see that it offers many advantages. Colour consistency is very important and Asanti helps us to achieve this across all our printers. Archiving enables the records of past jobs to be quickly retrieved providing detailed information for job matching. We can also see that Asanti offers advantages for tiling and we plan to take this further in the next few months,” concludes Sergii Palii, operator at Displayways  

[Photo shows Sergii Palii]

CMA ColorCloud delivers precision accuracy and drives down costs

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Simplification of print performance and cost savings are now being addressed successfully with CMA ColorCloud which is designed to be a cloud-based colour management solution for production businesses of all sizes. This cost-saving and easy-to-use tool enables users to deliver precision accuracy across all output devices and materials, ensuring stability and consistency, and generating correct results across all digital platforms, computer monitors and, even, smartphones and tablets.

Developed by colour specialist CMA Imaging whose long-term experience and expertise have led it to a market-leading position in today’s graphics industry, CMA ColorCloud is designed to be used with a measurement device via a standard web browser. Requiring no hardware or software, nor any maintenance downtime or costs, it utilises a set of patented management algorithms to ensure accuracy of colour throughout both proofing and printing, with calculations that ensure the right relationship within the CMYK model, correct grey balance and a resulting reduction in ink or toner usage.

CMA ColorCloud’s primary intention is to enable users to improve their workflow by providing consistency and accuracy which result in improved print quality across single and multiple devices. Its capabilities include precision colour matching, lowered costs, and a reduced margin for error while significantly enhancing operator efficiency via optimised ICC and device link profiles that ensure repeatability.

Based on a pay-per-profile model, CMA ColorCloud users also have the option of purchasing an annual unlimited licence. Its potential extends across digital print devices using toner-based or ink-jet technology, as well as wide-format engines that employ all ink formulations such as eco-solvent, latex and UV-curable chemistries.

“The colour related problems encountered by users reliant on consistency and accuracy are becoming more prominent now that short turnaround times are essential to maintain machine uptime and optimise margins,” states Gerardo Cerros, Chief Technology Officer at CMA Imaging. “With CMA ColorCloud it’s now easy to print identical colours across a series of different materials and surface types. This is essential with today’s brand colour matching requirements as well as being desirable in everyday use because of the ink savings that are generated.”

CMA Imaging has based its ColorCloud concept on the challenges that have resulted from the growth in precision colour throughout digital job generation, proofing and printing, and by understanding the needs of today’s print service providers and display specialists. The company’s deep-rooted expertise extends into providing one-stop-shop colour management solutions for contract proofing, flexo, screen and offset litho printing, as well as wide-format and digital production.

In addition to intelligent software solutions, CMA Imaging offers FSC and PEFC certified papers and combines responsibility for promoting the reduction in chemical and consumable waste with lowering costs and improving throughput for its customers. The company partners with specialists who are able to maintain its key criteria for adding value while enhancing environmental principles throughout all sectors of the printing industry.

ISO adopts X-Rite’s Color Data Exchange (CxF) format as industry standard

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X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in colour science and technology and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, has announced that the ISO TC130 committee that sets global standards for the Graphic Arts has adopted the X-Rite Color Exchange Format version 3 (CxF3) as the new standard for colour data exchange and verification. This standard (ISO 17972-1:2015) provides the graphic arts industry with an accurate, efficient way to communicate colour information across any supply chain.

X-Rite made its technology available to ISO without any restrictions to support and continue to contribute to the industry through this major technical development. X-Rite fully endorses ISO’s goal of harmonising technical specifications for products and services that make industries more efficient by communicating colour electronically in a global colour supply chain.

The CxF3 format is defined in a completely open way so that all aspects of a colour can be communicated, even when the application and the colour communication features required are unknown. This means that every software vendor implementing and supporting CxF3 is able to easily and accurately extend the information throughout global workflows.

“Physically correct and accurate colour communication is critical to an efficient workflow in the Graphic Arts,” says Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager at X-Rite. “X-Rite's CxF3, and now ISO CxF, ensures an accurate and efficient exchange of digital standards, measurements and metadata. The publication of this standard provides a framework for sharing colour data at all steps in the workflow – from brand owner through to production. Many companies and products have already benefited from CxF3, and now that it is an ISO standard, many more will benefit in the future.”

“When a company invests in the effort required to define and deploy standards that profit the industry at large, it is a true indicator of market leadership,” adds Francis Lamy, Chief Technology Officer at X-Rite. “CxF is a key enabler to more efficient workflows with less waste, faster turnaround times and streamlined communication of colour information in colour critical workflows. We are proud to be able to make this contribution to the industry.”

X-Rite established the first version of CxF in 2000. Since then, the company has continued to invest in and improve the specification, using knowledge gained from serving a wide range of markets. X-Rite also established a website where the CxF3 specification and examples are publicly available for download (http://www.colorexchangeformat.com). This website has facilitated the wide distribution of CxF3 and provided strong support for the creation of the 17972 series and the publication of the earlier ISO standards.

“Printing according to established ISO standards is a benefit for both the print producer and the media buyer,” said Laurel Brunner, Managing Director of Digital Dots Limited. “With the adoption of ISO 17972-1:2015, a new dimension has now been added to standards compliance that will help everyone in the colour workflow more easily produce colour quality within expected tolerances and to make it easier to communicate colour. X-Rite has made a valuable contribution to of the industry by making this important specification available as an open standard.”

For more information and to download a copy of the new standard, visit: http://www.iso.org/iso/home/store/catalogue 

For more information about X-Rite solutions visit www.xrite.com 

GMG OpenColor, FlexoProof and ColorServer strengthens in-house capabilities at JFM Plates

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JFM Plates, a Manchester-based specialist reprographics and finished printing plate supplier, has invested in GMG FlexoProof, along with GMG’s spectral proofing engine, OpenColor. In addition, GMG ColorServer provides file re-separation to offer clients better press to proof consistency in conjunction with JFM’s platemaking service.

JFM Plates is an eight-employee organisation that offers creative design, proofing and wide-format digital printing, as well as platemaking services that include Full HD flexo, letterpress and litho: “Our aim is to provide a diverse range of services with the focus on offering exceptional customer service,” says Mark McKee, General Manager, JFM. “In order to keep abreast of ever-changing customer requirements we invest in our best-in-class Esko production workflow and automation software – hence our recent investment in GMG, which integrates seamlessly with this technology.”

“We realised that we needed to re-evaluate our proofing offering as our workflow continued to become more automated, and more repeatable,” says Mark. “Our previous proofing solution required considerable user intervention which, as customer needs grew and lead times fell, wasn’t a scalable process. At the same time, we noticed that we were receiving more and more requests to match output to proofs produced on Epson devices. We knew if we had the ability to both read-in and create MX4 profiles then the colour matching process would be almost seamless.”

After approaching GMG, JFM went through a considerable period of discussion and testing: “We wanted to be 100% certain that the solution was right for us – and our clients. I made numerous visits to GMG in Norwich to conduct my tests. GMG were unbelievably supportive – they even assigned me my own hot-desk in their offices!” says Mark.

GMG proposed a solution based on GMG FlexoProof and GMG ColorServer, together with the GMG InkOptimizer and GMG ProofControl applications, designed to offer JFM faster, more accurate colour-space conversions (reducing retouching times), the ability to ingest customers’ existing MX4 profiles, as well as having the capability to build bespoke MX4 profiles from supplied proofs.

JFM also invested in OpenColor – GMG’s spectral proofing engine, which has given JFM the ability to build MXN profiles from minimal data taken from the printed material. OpenColor has the ability to predict the overprints of any CMYK or CMYK and spot colour interaction, whilst also understanding how substrates, print sequence, dot gain, and finishing effects visually change the final result. MXN profiles can be taken from as little as 12 patches, as opposed to the previous 1,500+ patches used within MX4 technology, allowing JFM to build extremely accurate proofing profiles without always having to fingerprint the printing press.

GMG FlexoProof has established itself as the premier software solution for the production of high-accuracy digital contract proofs in the packaging market. Key to the success of FlexoProof is its unique 4-D colour transformation engine that ensures the highest possible quality and production reliability.

GMG ColorServer automates the colour normalisation of PDF files, providing highly-accurate CMYK to CMYK, RGB to CMYK and spot colour to CMYK conversions while preserving the integrity of the black channel. The result is a standardised and simplified colour management model that delivers consistent print results across any print process and substrate.

After a smooth installation and training period, JFM couldn’t be happier with the results: “GMG’s tech support has been fantastic,” says Mark. “They took the time to listen to our issues and requests, and proposed a set of solutions that more than delivered in terms of speed and the quality of the end result.

“GMG has helped us take the production of repro and platemaking to a higher level, with a more measured and efficient approach from start to finish. The ability to create and share MX4 data with other companies has been priceless and helped elevate our company in the minds of our customers, partners and staff.”

Toby Burnett, MD, GMG UK, says: “JFM Plates are a great example of how even modest-sized companies can make substantial quality and efficiency gains through the use of GMG’s technology. We are pleased to have been able to work with Mark to deliver a solution that has delivered tangible benefits for the business.”

Onyx Graphics to preview new ONYX 12 software at FESPA

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Onyx Graphics, Inc. will show the power of its latest production and colour management solutions for a wide variety of graphics, textile, décor and industrial print applications at FESPA. The company will give an exclusive preview of ONYX 12 software prior to its commercial launch this summer. ONYX 12 enhances software responsiveness and allows print service providers (PSPs) to expand their applications with brand new finishing tools. These new tools are combined with easier automation and a modified user interface to simplify job preparation.

In addition, the newly-released ONYX 11.1.2 complete with HP WallArt integration will be shown at FESPA, alongside ONYX Thrive, ONYX Connect and ONYX Textile Edition. Visitors will also see ONYX 11 managing the print workflow of selected roll-to-roll, flatbed and industrial printers.

Optimise Your Print Production and Reduce Cost with ONYX Thrive

ONYX Thrive is a full featured, scalable workflow which is based on the Adobe PDF Print Engine and optimised for superior performance for all sizes of print service providers. ONYX Thrive maximizes throughput with a high-performance software architecture that harnesses the true scalability of the Adobe PDF Print Engine. It offers the unique ability to add RIP power, independent of adding devices, and ensures printers and cutters are fed at maximum capacity. For example, an eight-core processor computer can be maximized to run eight APPEs simultaneously with no reduction in speed, regardless of the number of printers being driven. Unlimited browser-based Thrive Production Manager provides a real-time dashboard into your print production from anywhere you can access the internet.

ONYX Connect, An Open Interface to Connect Business and Production Software

ONYX Connect™ JDF (Job Definition Format) technology, an optional module for ONYX Thrive, is an open system that provides a simple developer interface to connect a print service provider’s current business workflow solutions to ONYX production software. ONYX Connect technology enables business owners and production managers to gain greater insight into valuable production information such as estimated ink consumption, media usage and production times. It also includes the ability to automate job submission through JDF and hot folders providing control of critical job settings, and reducing errors introduced by manual intervention during the production process.

Produce Vibrant Textiles with ONYX Textile Edition

ONYX Textile Edition is developed specifically for the large-format textile printing market.  New functionality in ONYX Textile Edition software helps users achieve target results quickly and easily.  ONYX Textile Edition software includes all the functionality of ONYX 11.1.2 with the addition of textile specific features, such as Step-and-Repeat, Colorways and Ink Configuration Builder, to save time and reduce waste.

GMG releases OpenColor 2.0 with new features and user interface

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GMG has announced a major new release of its multichannel profiling software GMG OpenColor. Numerous new and optimised features have been embedded into a powerful new interface designed to make profiling more effortless and easy.

Simplicity is a challenge in a printing industry that is so incredibly challenging itself:  the sheer variety of printing technologies, spot colours, substrates and number of inks trick packaging proofing into running a gauntlet of compromises. Especially the overprinting behavior, the interplay of inks printed on top of each other on the press, poses a major problem that could not be accurately simulated by previous proof systems.

To answer the challenge of making packaging proofing simpler, GMG OpenColor teamed up with the GMG proofing solution GMG ColorProof. Calculating high-precision profiles and automatically transferring them to GMG ColorProof for printing, GMG OpenColor turned out to be the missing component for seamless packaging proofing.

GMG OpenColor received the PIA InterTech™ Technology Award, FTA Technical Innovation Award and a Technical Innovation commendation from the European Rotogravure Association for its groundbreaking overprint prediction capabilities.

GMG OpenColor 2.0: Significant new features and user interface

GMG OpenColor 2.0 takes a major step forward. "GMG OpenColor 2.0 is a substantial upgrade to our first release," comments Victor Asseiceiro, Product Manager GMG OpenColor at GMG. "We conducted a number of customer interviews and leveraged information provided through our sales, service and support channels to help provide guidelines for this release. We feel very confident that we added and optimised features according to our target group's needs and made the software easier to use."

New look and feel: GMG OpenColor 2.0 comes with a completely redesigned user-centered interface.  A project-based view allows more flexibility in handling measurement data and creating profiles, while at the same time providing more safety in terms of data control and transparency. Each packaging product can be managed via a project folder which holds all related information in one easily accessible place.

Centralised data storage and controlled data publishing: The centralised data management ensures accurate and consistent results even across multiple sites. Responding to the needs of production safety, GMG OpenColor 2.0 offers more control in terms of a publishing functionality so that only approved data and profiles proceed into production.

Color Correction Tools: GMG OpenColor 2.0 comes with extensive correction tools for determining potential sources of error, optimising measurement data and editing profiles. All corrections are visualised in a live preview.

Test Chart Generator: The GMG OpenColor multichannel test chart generator is the ultimate tool to create individual test charts for all packaging applications. Virtually any number of patches can be defined in various overprinting combinations and with full control of the separations. No current test chart generator is able to provide this flexibility.

Measuring Functionality: All test charts created with GMG OpenColor can be measured within the application. GMG OpenColor supports the most commonly used measuring devices in the industry.

"Based on results from major users and a number of awards, the use and performance of GMG OpenColor has never been in doubt," adds Asseiceiro. "However, OpenColor 2.0 becomes a much more significant application, with an easier user interface with easy to use connectivity to measurement devices, greater user control, and more power. Not only does GMG OpenColor continue to perform as an indispensable tool for major package printers; it now becomes an easier tool for smaller package printers, as well."

GMG OpenColor 2.0 is immediately available from GMG and GMG resellers.

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