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Heidelberg Prepress Makes Strong Showing At Graph Expo

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CHICAGO, September 28, 2003 — Heidelberg, the print industry’s leading innovators in prepress technology, is demonstrating new and leading solutions in workflow, color management, proofing, screening, platemaking and consumables at Graph Expo/Converting Expo 2003. Developed for printers of all sizes, Heidelberg Prepress systems incorporate user-friendly applications for all printing requirements. Heidelberg will introduce two additions to its current Prinect portfolio, the industry’s first JDF-enabled workflow solution. Prinect controls quality, production, planning, presetting and management information, enabling printers to work more efficiently than ever before. Heidelberg offers solutions that seamlessly integrate production and business management processes from start to finish utilizing the standard JDF. • Prinect Profile Toolbox The Prinect Profile Toolbox is the latest color management software Heidelberg has to offer. Extending beyond the existing systems on the market today, the Prinect Profile Toolbox is Heidelberg's new all-in-one solution for the most accurate ICC profile creation and quality control of both the print process and proofing. It comprises the two software modules PrintOpen and Quality Monitor. PrintOpen creates and edits ICC profiles while Quality Monitor ensures consistent proof to proof or proof to press sheet output. • MetaDimension 4.0 Heidelberg will also introduce MetaDimension 4.0, the newest version of its RIP and workflow solution. New features of MetaDimension include a new Adobe Interpreter 3016 with Multithreading support for faster and improved pipeline data processing, support for the QM DI 46 to make it JDF ready, support for Heidelberg’s second order FM screening Satin Screening and a new Proof Engine Manager. The Proof Engine Manager allows for better calibration control of inkjet proofers with Heidelberg technology. Other Prinect solutions featured include Prinect Printready System. The system provides customers the ability to map all of their prepress tasks in a freely configurable, fully automated digital workflow system. The Prinect Printready System is not just aimed at Heidelberg's existing customers, who come from all sections of the graphic arts industry but the open system concept is also suitable for companies using products from other vendors. “Printready enables printers to efficiently control and manage all prepress processes allowing them the most output and control possible,” stated Dennis Ryan, product manager Prinect prepress products. “We are continually thinking of new ways to help our customers and the new Prinect products are helping us reach new heights.” New Plate Imaging Technology Whether customers are looking for long run lengths or quick turnarounds, Heidelberg has developed the plate making systems for them. Two of the most advanced systems will be on display in the Heidelberg booth and they are: • Quicksetter 300E: Heidelberg continues its innovations with the next generation of Prepress technology in the new Quicksetter 300E model. This fully automatic CtP system for polyester plates has been shipping since March 2003 with outstanding results. The Quicksetter 300E will enhance productivity and will improve quality and efficiency for small commercial printers and franchisers. • Prosetter 102: The Prosetter 102 with violet laser technology offers all the features you need to produce 8-page formats with effortless efficiency. Together with the new Single Cassette Loader for fully automatic operation, the Prosetter 102 achieves new zeniths of quality, reliability and speed, and with a very low investment cost and a small footprint makes it one of the most successful systems on the market. “Heidelberg’s commitment to developing the most advanced printing equipment on the market will be shown first hand at this year’s show,” stated Ray Cassino, director, prepress product management, Heidelberg USA. “We continue to adapt our strategy to met the changing needs of our customer’s markets. There will be something for everyone at this year’s show, a must see for anyone interested in prepress.” Advanced Proofing Systems Heidelberg is also demonstrating three new proofing and screening systems to the printing industry at this year’s show including: • Spinjet 5500: The Spinjet 5500 application proofing system is designed for multiple uses and layouts and uses Heidelberg Saphira proofing paper to achieve the most accurate proof to press sheet match in the industry. The system enables users to produce both fully automatic double-sided high color quality imposition proofs and single-sided contract proofs in less than 10 minutes per eightup output. • Satin Screening: Heidelberg will introduce a new frequency modulated (FM) screening technology for Delta Technology, MetaDimension and Prinect Printready System at Graph Expo. Satin Screening delivers print reproductions of photos and graphics in absolute high-end quality. The key features include reproduction of fine details, high smoothness particularly in the mid-tones, smooth vignettes and high process and color stability. Satin Screening prevents the usual problems that can occur with conventional screening technologies, for example, more restrictions caused by the screen angles and problems with vignettes. “In the past two years Heidelberg Proofing technology has been rated number one in independent studies,” states Mark Tonkovich, product manager for CtP and proofing for Heidelberg Prepress.