Global Graphics Unveils Inkjet Fundamentals at drupa
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Press release from the issuing company
Editor's Note: See special commentary on this release by David Zwang
Cambridge, UK - A new software and engineering services package for inkjet press manufacturers that will help them get to market quicker by overcoming the technical hurdles involved in developing a new press will be unveiled at drupa by Global Graphics Software.
Called Fundamentals, the service provides manufacturers with a single source for the key software components and engineering knowhow that are essential to building a digital front end. It is aimed at label, packaging and commercial inkjet press manufacturers initially. The goal is to help them to reduce their time to market and their engineering costs.
“Fundamentals is the result of our interaction with inkjet press manufacturers who are pushing the boundaries of inkjet technology as they bring new models of presses to market.” says Martin Bailey, CTO, Global Graphics Software. “Every press, every application and every operating environment is different. Companies often can’t solve the problems they face in the development phase of a new press on their own. That’s where we can step in and help them out with our combination of best of breed software and our new BreakThrough Engineering Service.”
Eric Worrall, who heads up the Global Graphics’ BreakThrough team says “We work side by side with the manufacturer to create a solution that is truly customized to their press and its operating environment. In doing so we give the manufacturer access to our tools and a unique pool of print scientists and engineers with decades of specialist knowledge exactly when they need them.”
“We are already working on solutions for cross head calibration, clustering and chaining on output, ink estimation, even controlling the beta test environment”, he continues. “The goal is to breakthrough every technical barrier, accelerating the press to market. We take our lead from the manufacturer and tackle whatever issue they want help with. For instance, we were recently engaged to improve print quality but switched to a problem with screening speed because it was an immediate win for the manufacturer.”
Fundamentals includes best of breed software from other vendors and marks the start of closer collaboration between Global Graphics Software and HYBRID Software, both of which share the same chairman in Guido Van der Schueren.
Fundamentals creates a much broader software offering alongside a RIP – it works with or without the Harlequin RIP® – and is Global Graphics’ response to the many press vendors who are looking for the optimal choice of software components to drive their inkjet presses. A key ingredient is the BreakThrough Engineering Service provided by Global Graphics color scientists, screening experts and RIP technologists. They provide the integration services that link Fundamentals together.
In the product line up is Global Graphics’ new multi-level screening for inkjet technology (ScreenPro) that significantly improves inkjet output quality, especially at high speed and even on challenging media (see separate press release, Global Graphics raises the bar in inkjet quality with drupa launch). This is available as a standalone screening engine that does not require the Harlequin RIP.
The full line-up is:
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