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Industrial Inkjet Reality Showroom: RIP & Printing Software, Color Management and Industrial Printing Solutions

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Press release from the issuing company

At Fespa 2017, taking place from 08th – 12th May 2017 in Hamburg, ColorGATE will present its comprehensive solution portfolio for Commercial and Industrial Printing as well as selected Color Management Solutions at booth B1U-B40, Hamburg Messe, Messeplatz 1.

ColorGATE solutions can be experienced at FESPA 2017. Thanks to the support of partners, there will be a dedicated Industrial Inkjet Reality Showroom.

ColorGATE will present Version 10 of the RIP Software families Productionserver, Filmgate and Proofgate as well as the Industrial Productionserver range Ceramic-, Décor-, Packaging-, and Textile Productionserver. The focus is on RIP and color management software solutions for the color preparation of print data as well as the intelligent control of more than 1,300 and thus almost all common digital printing systems from established manufacturers. The ColorGATE Industrial Productionserver Lab Edition software is intended for manufacturers and developers of digital printing systems for all applications. In Industrial Printing, ColorGATE supports a variety of controller and print head manufacturers.

In addition, ColorGATE will showcase Colorrizer, a coloration software, and Rapid Spectro Cube (RSC), an extremely fast color measurement system, which, together with the Industrial Productionserver variants, cover the entire digital production workflow from the creation of the design to color matching using soft and hardcopy proofing right on up to final printing. As a result, matching and production processes can be optimized and finetuned to perform even better.

High Speed Ripping: Increased RIP speed with ColorGATE RIP software

With the latest optimization Productionserver 10 further increases productivity. Contemporary industrial high-performance printing systems are capable of printing hundreds or even thousands of square meters per hour. It is vital, that the frontend solution is capable of keeping up with these speed requirements, which includes PDF or raster formats, such as TIFF. Even in Commercial Printing the performance requirements are increasing steadily, especially since often print data has to be served to multiple printers at once. Due to these requirements the processing architecture of all Version 10 products has been optimized to substitute sequential processing steps with parallel task processing.

Ink Saver technology saves money – Less Ink Same Quality
Ink Saver is an exclusive ColorGATE innovation for output management and can reduce ink costs by up to 30 percent without any visual losses in quality. Ink Saver technology uses special Device Link profiles to optimize color composition; this technology reduces the CMY portions in the motif and replaces them with a greater proportion of black; this significantly reduces the overall quantity of ink used, which also reduces the costs.

VDP Creator - Variable Data Printing for Large Format Printing
With VDP Creator (VDP, Variable Data Printing) ColorGATE offers for just 99,- €* per license for 5000 prints (VDP Creator Starter Kit) a very inexpensive and extremely easy to use software solution for Variable Data Printing via digital printing systems, ideally suited for print service providers in large and wide format printing (LFP) with small and medium sized print runs.

ColorGATE Industrial Productionserver range – Variety of Industrial Printing Software
The Industrial Productionsserver range for the various industrial inkjet applications is based on the same software architecture, scalable in its performance and can be configured modularly to meet individual requirements. In Industrial Printing, ColorGATE supports a variety of controller and printhead manufacturers for Industrial Inkjet.

The Industrial Productionserver Lab Edition software is dedicated to manufacturers and developers of industrial digital printing systems for all application areas. They receive a universal, fully-equipped RIP and Color Management solution, which can be used for all machine concepts and application areas in conjunction with service, support and consulting services that meet the needs. The software contains all the necessary functions to generate optimal print data for all system configurations in high quality and performance from all common graphic data formats.

Flexible Packaging: Brand Color Management (BCM) in digital packaging printingColorGATE offers with Packaging Productionserver a performance optimized RIP and Color Management Software for direct decoration of containers, flexible packaging and cardboard packaging in an industrial scale.

Applications are: Direct-to-object-decoration (Bottles, glasses, cans, tins, tubes, container), flexible packaging (labels, shrink wraps, bags & pouches, blister packs) and cardboard packaging (carton, corrugated).

This comprehensive and automatable solution ensures cost-efficient digital print production with optimal color reproduction and easy-to-use functions for all requirements in high-quality packaging printing. The main focus is the color-accurate printing of non-standard materials as well as the precise special color reproduction taking into account the control of special inks such as primers, white, metallic and varnish. Packaging Productionserver is of modular design and can be extended per demand or scaled in terms of processing speed.

The area of application packaging brings the following benefits:

  • Accurate Brand Color Management: Presentation of sport colors and brand communication in digital printing, Color Preflighting
  • Color consistent packaging of primary and secondary packaging
  • Color consistent “shelf ready packaging” (carton matches label)
  • Digital Color Matching for Packaging & Labels

With the Packaging Productionserver ColorGATE ensures the best possible spot color representation in digital printing. ColorGATE also provides solution concepts for color communication between producers and brand owners in packaging printing.

Combined package: Ceramic Productionserver & Rapid Spectro Cube HD (RSC HD SP)
ColorGATE´s Ceramic Productionserver functions as a central print data management
system and accomplishes by that the highest process efficiency from design to the final
ceramic product. The digital end-to-end workflow offers a secure import and conversion (n-Color) of designs and color data as well as the creation of separations with 3-8 channels. In conjunction with the new Rapid Spectro Cube HD SP it serves as a turn-key solution that takes care of all color related aspects within the digital ceramics tile decoration process.

Décor Productionserver is a modular workflow and Color Management solution aligned to digital décor printing with industrial digital printing systems of all leading manufacturers.
Applications include composite wood (LDF / MDF / HDF, laminated plywood, HPL), décor films and laminates, LVT-flooring and vinyl parquetry and edge bands for boards and furniture. Décor Productionserver has been developed especially for the industrial décor reproduction printing. The new Décor Productionserver is equipped with all necessary functions for the use with single-pass and multi-pass printing systems for the direct printing of plates and sheets, as well as for the roll-to-roll production of films and papers. The licensing model also allows the processing performance to be scaled to meet all performance requirements.

Textile Productionserver is a modular RIP and Color Management solution, especially for direct-to-textile printing, which, in conjunction with the software Colorrizer, can take over a complete workflow from the creation of colorways to automated digital printing.
Applications include apparel & fabrics, interior textiles, homeware, technical textiles, outdoor textiles (awnings, sunshades, and garden furniture).
Supported are all leading printing systems for sublimation processes, as well as digital direct printing systems for natural, artificial and mixed fabrics, using reactive or pigment inks.

Filmgate 10 – Perfect synergy between ColorGATE RIP Software and CG Media film media
Filmgate is the worldwide leading RIP Software for chemical-free film production using inkjet printers for flexo-, offset- and screen printing in high-end quality. Filmgate is available for Productionserver as the Film and Plate Module (FPM). Productionserver in combination with FPM, Computer to Screen Module (CTSM), In-RIP-Trapping Module (TRAPM) and Proof Standard Digital Module (PSDM) covers CTSApplications or digital proofing in terms of the creation of color or screen binding.

Rapid Spectro Cube (RSC) – Ultrafast Color Measurement, scanning and profiling for all industrial digital printing applications
Furthermore ColorGATE presents the Rapid Spectro Cube (RSC), an all-in-one Color Management solution for the creation of ICC profiles especially in industrial digital printing applications. It contains an ultrafast color measurement system and software for ICC profiling. RSC can take substrates right up to a size of 600x600 mm with a maximum substrate thickness of 80 mm while processing as many as 10,000 patches per target. Even color measurements of complex substrate surfaces such as ceramics, glass, textiles or metal are possible due to special optimizations. Additionally, the RSC takes measurements of very small objects, for instance from business card sized labels, from which the RSC can measure up to 1000 color patches in just a few seconds, which will be processed into high-quality ICC profiles.

The RSC is available in different variants:

RSC Flightcase (RSC FC)

The main advantage of RSC FC is its mobility and low weight which makes it very easy to transport (32 kg weight). The measurement unit´s flightcase has a build in trolley and is setup in less than 5 minutes, which is also interesting for Color Management service provides, because the RSC can be used for on-site jobs. The scope of delivery includes a software for target generation and ICC profiling as well as a Value Pack 365 software maintenance and support contract.

RSC Heavy Duty (RSC HD)

The RSC HD is characterized by its stable construction and is therefore suitable for the use in industrial production environments. It also has its own drawer which makes it very comfortable to load heavy weight materials.

Depending on your needs ColorGATE can offer different options of RSC HD and RSC FC.

ColorGATE Measure Mount - Apparatus for color measurement of cylindrical container

The Measure Mount is a device for the use of the i1Basic Pro 2 hand-held measuring device from X-Rite for the color measurement of cylindrical shaped and hollow bodies such as cans, bottles, tubes and glasses.

The manually adjustable device can be adapted to circular bodies with diameters from 2 cm to 20 cm in just a few steps so that the scanning lineal supplied with the measuring instrument is optimally positioned above the shaped body to be measured.

With ColorGATE’s profiler modules, available for all RIP software solutions from ColorGATE, individual target geometries can be specified for the color characterization of cylindrical objects. The target generator makes it possible to define the number, size and arrangement of the measuring fields. If necessary, multipage targets can also be distributed to several objects. The subsequently printed measuring field targets can be fitted in the Measure Mount with any X-Rite i1Basic Pro 2 measuring device from the ColorGATE Profiler software in scan or patch mode and then processed to ICC profiles. With the Measure Mount, ColorGATE offers an apparatus for the comfortable and fast color control of round objects, also for offline quality control.

We are looking forward to seeing you at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg at stand B1U-B40. More information can be found on our website under www.colorgate.com/de/events-termine/2017/.

ColorGATE solutions can be experienced live at FESPA.

The following ColorGATE partner will be at FESPA 2017 as well:

  • ColorGATE stand B1U-B40: Industrial Inkjet Reality – Thanks to our partners we can show a great variety of applications
  • DP Solutions Halle A1, Stand A45, FG auf Epson SC-P6000
  • Epson A1-D45, CG Filmgate und CG Film HD auf Epson SC-P20000
  • Ricoh B4L-C10, Ricoh B4L-C10, PS10 on Ricoh L4160
  • Ser. Tec. A4-B50, UP FJ printer with PS10
  • Sign Tronic A4-B2, PS 10 CTS Edition



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