State of the art pre-press workflows built around Harlequin RIPs
soft- and hardproofing with 1bit TIFF files
Most of our competitors require you to install plug-ins into your RIPs to provide additional features, such as soft- and hard-proofing, CIP3 data generation and output to CtP devices. PrintPilot Commander can do all that, and more, without modifying your RIP!
ROOM (Rip Once, Output Many times)
PrintPilot Commander starts by rasterizing your jobs and generating all required data objects from the real production output. This approach guarantees maximum safety because what you see on screen is not a simulation, but a true view of the RIP output that actually is going to be printed. In addition to that there are considerable savings in time and resources. Every job is ripped only once, in the production output format, reducing the RIP workload, so that it can be used more efficiently.
Hard- or soft-proofs are made to make a good-bad-decision. Therefore, the proof must be accurate to the original template, so correspond to the printing plate. This is only possible if proof was made from the original RIPed data. A parallel generation with a separate RIP process is not foolproof, and the consequences of unsafe proofs often appear while printing, how you can read in many painful practical experience reports.
Images, regardless of whether generated by digital cameras or scanners, are in the RGB data format. To obtain the highest possible quality, it is useful at all editing operations, such as retouching and finishing with layout programs, to keep the RGB data format. An early conversion to CMYK data format requires the establishment of a limited color space, which for example consideres the substrate´s conditions, and represents a reduction of the quality that can not be regained.
Device Link technology
A media-neutral workflow is realized that permits a precise conversion of RGB images to CMYK at output. Then the printing process and substrate are known, so that the targeted conversion leads to the best possible results without changing the original data. When the printing process and / or substrate changes, you can again use the original data to perform another conversion from RGB to CMYK.
Process optimization by DeviceLink Technology
Using sophisticated color reduction algorithms in conjunction with device-link profiles optimizes ink usage and minimizes waste of paper. Decreasing ink usage and concurrently maintaining quality of the printed product means significant cost savings and a stable printing process.
This is a seamless online linking all meant to create a print product involved, from consumers through to production. The business manager has access to the same database as the production workflow, which means that the data from the job planning and production are kept in the same system, such as the data of the order processing and materials management. This convergence of two system worlds, which were previously separated despite JDF integration in many areas, leads to more transparency and automation. The integration of existing solutions is supported.
Web to Print
A logical development of integrated production is the web-to-print workflow that directly connects to the central data base and thus access the production workflow. A specially developed system architecture ensures that subscribers from the web do not have direct access to the production system. All communication is handled exclusively by the database. Communication with the web server, especially uploading and downloading files is subject to the current standards of encryption technology. Flexible hierarchy of user rights will ensure that all processes of the company's internal organizational guidelines are considered.
A scalable, open system architecture ensures that in principle all levels of an organization can be integrated into the system. Depending on the approach of Quality Control, e.g. Six Sigma, all necessary data are available or can be compiled under real time conditions from the database. A complete documentation is essential to gain full control and traceability on every step.
In a common workflow for digital and offset printing, the application of a job and the selection of the most appropriate production technology, possibly even a hybrid production, and in-line finishing in the imposition, is automated. Color management with device-link technology grants consistent color results. Communication with digital printing devices is based of JDF with vendor-specific customizations.
Packaging printing (flexo / screen)
For the specialty of folding carton and label printing there are functions provided to realize cost savings and long-term data management. An important starting point is reducing setup time and costs especially for printing machines and post processing devices. Material savings, production safety and optimum repeatability are further aspects related to the development of the workflow for the packaging sector.
Special hardproof requirements
The workflow offers special functions for special needs. With particularly configured spoolers you can generate hard proofs for example on film material.
Output to film / plate
The workflow offers several screening processes, such as hybrid screening that combines the benefits of AM and FM screening technologies. Device dependent resolutions are preset in advance in order to avoid later problems while outputting. For calibration, dot gain and color management special functions are given.