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Heidelberg Demonstrates Commitment To Prepress

Press release from the issuing company

KENNESAW, Ga. – January 5, 2005 – Heidelberg USA, as part of its ongoing commitment to the education and proliferation of prepress within the print media industry, recently donated six copies of Prinect Profile Toolbox to the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF). Heidelberg supplies the use of the equipment to GATF for its research and industry education programs. Currently, GATF houses three Heidelberg presses, a Stahl folder, a Polar cutting system, Prinect Compucut and Prinect FCS 100 as well as an abundance of additional prepress equipment. As the certification body for North America, GATF tests products for compliance of Job Definition Format (JDF). By donating equipment to GATF, Heidelberg is simultaneously supporting GATF, JDF and the broader graphic arts industry. “As a non-profit organization, we fortunately rely on building partnerships with industry representatives as Heidelberg to provide state of the art equipment, which we then use to provide training and research for the advancement of the prepress/imaging industries,” said Joseph Suffoletto, senior technical services consultant at PIA/GATF. “Through Heidelberg’s donation of Prinect Profile Toolbox software, we are able to showcase technical color management and profile analysis on-press and provide industry study for tomorrow’s up and coming imaging/print professionals.” Prinect Profile Toolbox 1.0 is a new software suite that combines the programs PrintOpen 5.1 and Quality Monitor 1.1. PrintOpen generates ICC output profiles for color printers, color copiers, proofers and printing presses and now allows for Iterative profile corrections. Quality Monitor maintains the process and quality control. In addition, Quality Monitor permits extensive evaluations of comparisons between two sets of measurement data. Several sets of measurement data can be read in and compared in order to analyze color behavior over a certain period of time, allowing the user to document a quality standard for color consistency. Through the donation to GATF, Heidelberg maintains its position at the forefront of education initiatives in the graphic communications industry. “At Heidelberg, we realize that prepress equipment plays a significant role in setting standards for JDF-compliance,” said Larry Kroll, vice president of print media relations. “We are proud to demonstrate our support for education initiatives throughout the industry and we look forward to continuing to work with GATF in the future.”