New on-line service calibrates inkjet presses in minutes
PrintFlat, a new screening software that mitigates banding in inkjet output, will be unveiled as an online service at Hunkeler Innovationdays.
Developed by Global Graphics Software, www.printflat.com uses PrintFlat technology to generate a customised calibration that will mitigate the banding that occurs when a printbar is first built and also as inkjet heads begin to wear or are replaced. Users of the service simply upload a scan of the print bar to the website via their user account, and PrintFlat works behind the scenes to generate a correction that can be applied directly to the press by the ScreenPro screening engine.
Visitors to the Hunkeler Innovationdays will be able to see a demo of www.printflat.com in operation.
Martin Bailey, chief technology officer at Global Graphics Software, said: ‘PrintFlat.com introduces a step by step process for calibrating an inkjet press. It can work with any press that has the ScreenPro engine installed. That means that any press vendor and their customers can benefit because ScreenPro can be applied to any print industry workflow, either to a press that is already on the market, or one that’s still on the drawing board. It can be used with any RIP software and any combination of inks, substrates, printheads and electronics.
‘So just as you would apply colour management to your press, now vendors and their customers have a process for applying calibration that mitigates reduces non-uniformity across the web, which can be difficult and expensive to correct mechanically.’