Colorgate will present a comprehensive solutions portfolio for the industrial printing sector at InPrint in Hannover from 8-10 April 2014.
The company will introduce its CG SmartControl IP OS stands for industrial printing operating systems. The term ‘operating system’ refers to the wide control functions of CG SmartControl IP OS, which cover all important system functions starting with, print data management and the data transmission to the print head controllers, the control of the ink supply system and the maintenance functions, right through to the monitoring of the motion systems via interfaces to all leading PLC´s.
The core applications of CG SmartControl IP OS are CG SmartControl Server and CG SmartControl Touch. Basically, the main task of CG SmartControl Server is the in time print data preparation and transmission to the inkjet print heads. Currently print heads of the following manufacturers are supported: Fujifilm Dimatix, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Ricoh, Seiko and Xaar, as well as the controllers of all leading firms.
Via CG SmartControl Touch individual human machine interfaces (hmi) can be realised, which are typically controlled by the print-operator via touch screen. CG SmartControl Touch triggers all relevant parameters for the used application within the printing system. This contains machine control for the system preparation with functions such as nozzle control and cleaning and management options for positioning and prioritisation of print jobs. Furthermore, CG SmartControl Touch is monitoring all connected sub systems for example, the ink supply system, PLC´s for transport and motions control as well as connected drying units (UV or IR).
Colorgate’s core product Production server 8 (PS 8) will also be shown in the PS8 Industrial Printing Edition at the show. By the connection of premium components Production server is able to deliver constant colour reproduction results by meeting maximal productivity demands. The latest Adobe PDF Print Engine 3 is the centre piece of the Production server for the surprise-free and fast production for graphically-rich content.
PS8 Industrial Printing Edition stands out by its excellent colour management for consistent colour reproduction, proof functionality and the generic Industrial Inkjet driver. This driver is configurable to support all industrial printing systems and applications. It outputs halftone data (1bit or multilevel) for almost all colour models and resolutions used in common file formats (TIFF, BMP, JPEG).
The included Profiler Suite (PFS) allows creating colour accurate print data for the Production server from established graphic documents (PDF, PS, TIFF, JPEG etc.). The PS8 Industrial Printing Edition contains all features to test and trial industrial printing systems right from the beginning of their development, in terms print quality expectations.
Even output quality effects of alternative ink set usage are retrievable at an early testing stage with PS8 Industrial Inkjet Edition. A flawed prepress workflow or inaccurate print data preparation within the printing system which are causing print quality limitations can be ruled out by using PS8 Industrial Printing Edition and moreover time and cost consuming troubleshooting processes can be significantly shortened.
Colorgate will also present new services called Custom Solutions developed for manufacturers and OEM´s of industrial inkjet systems, offering knowledge transfer, consulting and colour-centric project attendance.
The common objective of all mentioned offerings is to flexibly fast-track the development process of industrial printing projects until they become market-ready and to offer support after the completion. Project decision-makers can benefit from Colorgate´s practical experience and the wide contacts in the Industrial Printing sector.