Productionserver is a RIP and data generation solution for industrial digital printing. The new version 22 enables automated production in the application areas of textiles, surface decoration, ceramics, packaging and large format printing through an extensive REST API interface.
Productionserver 22 contains a new 2.5D technology that can be used to print realistic textures such as wood textures, embroidery effects, art reproductions and Braille on suitable printing systems.
Productionserver 22 supports many current printing systems, including the HP Latex 700 and 800 series, the OKI Pro 9000 series, the OKI Pro 1040/1050 for on-demand label production, the swissQprint Karibu, the Kornit Atlas Max and the aeoon Maikuro. The release also includes support for DTF (‘digital transfer film’ or ‘direct-to-film’) printing for popular direct-to-garment printers from Ricoh, Brother and Epson. In the DTF process, textile transfers are printed on film to be transferred to the textile in a later step. ColorGATE offers a wide selection of DTF consumables in its web shop.
ColorGATE Productionserver is a colour management and RIP solution for industrial digital printing and the graphic arts industry. It is available in special versions for packaging, ceramic, decorative and textile printing, where it often forms the backbone of complex printing and production processes.
The core function of Productionserver is to generate print data from design data. This print data is individually adapted to the attached digital printing system and takes into account its required data format, ink setup, print mode, substrate and other parameters that have an influence on print quality and color reproduction. In this way, optimum print results are produced at different production times, on different systems, and at different locations that match a defined reference, a key requirement in industrial print production. Functional requirements such as minimising ink application can also be taken into account. ColorGATE has pioneered the extensive automation of such processes and, in cooperation with its partners among printing system and measuring device manufacturers, is able to deliver highly efficient workflows that save time and money for print service providers, digital printers, and producers of surfaces, textiles, ceramics and packaging.
Highlights of Productionserver 22
Adobe PDF Print Engine 5.7: ColorGATE uses the Adobe PDF Print Engine to render PDF files and regularly equips Productionserver with the latest version. This ensures compatibility with the latest design applications from Adobe, especially for transparencies, overprint effects, spot colours and trapping.
Advanced REST API: The REST API is an interface for automated and web-based workflows, for example for eCommerce applications or networked production with MIS systems. Print jobs and settings can be automatically transferred to Productionserver via this interface. It is also possible to query existing printing systems and their status. ColorGATE is striving to make all relevant Productionserver functions accessible via the REST API and, among other things, has added the Color Correction Loop Module in Version 22 so that décor producers can implement the production of high-quality prints in the tightest tolerances in a fully automated manner. Comprehensive documentation of the Productionserver REST API is available for interested parties.
2.5D printing: Here, in addition to the colour information of the design, height information and optionally gloss information is transferred to Productionserver. This information is prepared for the printing system layer by layer so that a tangible structure is created by repeated application of colorless or white ink. The resulting effects can be used for advertising, attractive products in décor and textile production and, for example, for the reproduction of tactile Braille. ColorGATE is currently in talks with manufacturers of printing systems to make this technology usable for specific devices.
Other new features include a completely redesigned MIM management, an enhanced preview of individual colour channels, save options for user-defined targets, linearisation and profiling improvements, and much more. In addition, version 22 includes support for many new digital printing systems. The ColorGATE products Proofgate and Filmgate have also been updated to version 22.
ColorGATE is presenting the latest version of its Productionserver product family at FESPA Berlin.