GMG will demonstrate solutions for the colour management, proofing, and short run production of labels at Labelexpo Americas. It will showcase GMG OpenColor, a revolutionary spot colour tool for labels and packaging which greatly extends colour control and repeatability; and GMG CoZone a comprehensive cloud solution for professional media and colour management users that redefines how colour management will be used in the future.

Advances and upgrades to the GMG prepress portfolio, featuring products such as GMG FlexoProof, GMG ColorProof, GMG ProductionSuite, GMG ColorServer and GMG InkOptimizer will all be showcased.

GMG OpenColor: Accurate colour, no matter the process

GMG OpenColor creates high-quality multicolor profiles that simulate the printing behavior of diverse printing technologies, media types, and screens—if necessary, without use of ‘proprietary chart based’ press fingerprinting. While the increasing use of multicolor printing reduces the amount of press units used by assuring accuracy to the necessary spot colours, there must be the ability to simulate spot colour overprints, one of the biggest challenges for label printers. GMG OpenColor addresses this complex problem, resolving CPC colour accuracy expectations across different printing processes and numerous converters.

GMG OpenColor analyses each ink colour and substrate, applying them to a specific printing process (flexo, offset, digital, gravure). Then process-specific information is added (ink rotation, trapping, etc.), and the final press condition is simulated. If needed, OpenColor can create a profile with very few colour wedges automatically on the fly—step scales of spot colours on the substrate. Adding additional overprint readings increases accuracy.  OpenColor supports up to 15 colours, is offered with standard targets, and is compatible with Equinox, Hexachrome, and other multicolor technologies.

GMG CoZone: A comprehensive cloud solution for professional media and colour management users

CoZone is GMG’s new, modular cloud-based tool for companies across the entire packaging/label supply chain. Many companies just dont have the resources to manage colour the way they want, along the entire supply chain. How do they connect? CoZone is GMG’s new, modular cloud-based tool for companies across the entire supply chain from creation to press. It’s a flexible, modular-based business model, without the need to use expensive local hardware or software, appeals to small agencies as well as large corporations. With CoZone customers can let people collaborate on files without additional investment in infrastructure and support, CoZone dynamically provides the resources needed with little user interaction. In its first release CoZone.Collaborate is available for collaboration and approval of PDF or image documents. Later this year multimedia and web file formats will be fully supported for collaboration as well. With CoZone.Collaborate the entire approval/sign-off experience is more collaborative and streamlined.

CoZone.Collaborate lets users track project status and efficiently manage the production processes. GMG CoZone will continuously evolve to a complete end-to-end solution. The next steps are CoZone.Manage to apply colour management to files in the CoZone cloud and CoZone.Deliver the integration to the cloud of local GMG ColorProof systems. Deliver will enable CoZone customers to create and track hard proofs at practically the click of a button anywhere in the world to verify content and colour accuracy on GMG-quality hard proofs, providing a true quality reference at the end of the complete process.

Providing accurate colour throughout Labelexpo

At Labelexpo, GMG will be partnering with a number of companies, with software solutions throughout the floor. Sharing the GMG booth is Beyond Manufacturing, featuring a contract-quality, double-sided proofing on press substrates with varnish, die cutting and embossing — all powered by GMG colour technology. At Roland booth 6412 will be a new, complete label proofing and prototyping system—including die cutting—featuring a Roland BN-20 printer powered by GMG ProductionSuite, for label, tag and decal proofs and prototypes on white, clear and foil substrates. The GMG-Roland mini label system includes a GMG ProductionSuite package with a RIP, PDF editor, Roland BN-20 driver, step and repeat to place as many labels on the substrate as possible, cutting integration, GMG InkOptimisation to conserve ink, and GMG SmartProfiler to easily create profiles to match brand colours. The colour gamut and resolution of the Roland printer is also powered by GMG ProductionSuite software. Narrow Web flexo printers can use this system to produce color accurate prototype labels that are virtually identical to the final flexo products.

Visitors will also be able to experience GMG solutions at the Pitman (5403), Hewlett-Packard Company (3223), Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. (929), and Nazdar (455) booths, working with diverse output devices and production environments.

GMG is making the most of its first official visit to Labelexpo. While we have been present at Labelexpo and have always offered solutions for packaging—most notably FlexoProof—this year we have developed solutions that have been widely accepted by tag and label printers, said Joe Varone, GMG Americas Vice President of Sales. As the trend to digital printing becomes even more significant, we believe it is paramount to offer consistent colour between a broad range of print processes, to satisfy brand owners. For that reason, GMG believes that GMG OpenColor and GMG CoZone will be well received.

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