3/20/03 -- At this year’s CeBIT Minolta, KBA and Aniva Systems presented an economical package solution encompassing pre-press, proofing and quality printing using the CF9001 Color Office System from Minolta for proofing, the KBA 46 Karat digital offset press and the new Aniva ink management system from Aniva Systems and Epple. This is a particularly interesting package for small printing houses with limited budgets which pulled the crowds to presentations given by the partners at the Minolta stand.
Aniva inks were modified to suit the high-quality waterless-offset 46 Karat press with digital imaging to output results comparable in colour density to quality photo prints. Use of Aniva inks and software enhances the color space compared with the conventional Euroscale. The print therefore boasts greatly enhanced colour strength, image definition and three-dimensional quality.
Stand visitors were able to compare the good consistency of the signature printed on the Karat 46 with the colour proofs (with Aniva ink profile) taken from the Minolta CF9001 toner-based copy system using the same stock.
The complete workflow was demonstrated in realtime starting from a digital photo taken on the stand or the supply of digital data through to the finished proof and print. Aniva Systems claim that their inking system matches the quality of the standardised reproduction of photo prints. How this is achieved in practice was shown at CeBIT from pre-press through to proofing and printing. It was also demonstrated how Aniva synchronises the various output systems to ensure a continuous quality.
Up to 8 colour pages per minute can be output with the Minolta Color Office System at a low cost of max. 50 cents (US$ 0.53) per proof, depending on the ink coverage. The CF9001 Colour Office System was successfully launched onto the market almost 2 years ago and is particularly popular with agencies and printing plants. It is suitable for proofing and cost-competitive production of low-volume colour runs.
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