Heidelberg Launches Inline Colour Measurement System To Maximise Productivity

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Heidelberg has launched the Prinect Inpress Control 2 Spectrophotometric inline colour measurement system. It features a faster measuring and control algorithm that substantially cuts makeready times and paper waste during setup. Initial users report further 10 to 20 percent less paper waste and significantly increased productivity.

Prinect Inpress Control 2 can be installed on Speedmaster presses in the XL 75, SX 102, CX 102, XL 106, XL 145, and XL 162 series. The system is ideal for industrial printers of short runs with frequent job changes who want to deliver quick, cost-effective, and high-quality results. Recent Speedmaster presses already equipped with Prinect Inpress Control can be upgraded to the latest system.

A further new feature is the automated register and quality measurement process, which removes the need for manual intervention. This ensures that quality measurements are not left out during production, but instead are displayed automatically and logged in quality reports. The all-new handheld spectrophotometer also offers printers significant benefits in usability. Wireless operation, if Bluetooth can be used, combines with a substantial increase in its range of functions. Alongside existing basic functions for Inpress Control 2 such as sample measurement, the device also supports all the functions expected of a handheld measuring instrument. If required, printers can still color calibrate the device themselves using the ‘Netprofiler’ option.

The Prinect Inpress Control 2 system also makes it possible to measure metallised and transparent substrates with opaque white below the print control strip. This is particularly relevant to packaging and label printing, where the color measuring system is proving to be an increasingly popular, cost-effective choice. Heidelberg spectrophoto-metric colour measuring systems are also especially useful in these sectors for measuring and controlling spot colours. These can be derived directly from a colour sample or selected from the integrated spot colour database, and controlled.

The spectrophotometric measuring unit measures process colours, spot colours, and register in the print control strip at any speed. Measuring and controlling during production ensures both fast setup and high colour stability across entire runs. The Speedmaster does not need to be stopped during setup or for monitoring during the production run. Thanks to easy operation via the Prinect Press Centre and online ink zone adjustment at up to ten printing units in straight or perfecting printing, this is the ideal system for Speedmaster quality assurance.

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