The InkZone concept for presetting the ink keys on offset printing press is making life easier for printers: saving money and gaining time; and are achieving considerable increases in quality and productivity.
InkZone smoothes the way into a future with JDF: JDF files supplied from the workflow or bitmap or CIP3 data that has been converted by DI-Plot into the Job Definition Format are then converted by InkZone into the required preset control commands for the specific machine. As a direct continuation of the preset function, the Closed Loop technology is responsible for non-stop control of the press and compliance with print production standards.
It Starts with Fast Color Measurement
InkZone Move Press has at it's foundation an unique software solution which makes clever use of automation to gather color measurements quickly from a color bar positioned at each press sheet.
Press operators have the benefit of applying any necessary corrections faster, and can focus their attention on decision-making and press adjustments instead of on data collection.
Complete, Uniform, Color Results
InkZone Move offers a comprehensive set of tools for color consistency and uniformity across the entire imaging process. With objective, measurement-based evaluation of the press-sheet color bar, InkZone Move provides a comprehensive approach to controlling all of the factors relating to quality sheetfed offset printing.
The launch of InkZone Loop puts a manufacturer-independent online solution for digital control of offset presses onto the market for the first time ever. Supported by measurement technology, InkZone Loop enables the automatic measurement and evaluation of control strips, as well as the continuous transmission of computed correction values directly to the printing press. InkZone Loop is based on tried-and-tested IZ Card, IZ Tape, IZ Strip and IZ Perfect preset solutions.
InkZone Loop supports measuring systems from a wide range of manufacturers. Density values on the sheet containing the printing control strip are measured in a matter of seconds, and can be visualized in IZ Loop.
Using saved data, the printer immediately recognizes the ink zone where the color is wrong. In addition to density, InkZone Loop evaluates other factors like dot gain, slur, etc.
.... And Regulate
By comparing actual measured values with reference data, IZ Loop computes correction values for the press. Transmission of the data to the console can be via IZ Card, IZ Strip, IZ Tape, or IZ Perfect. If necessary, the operator checks the preset values and, at the press of a key, releases them to the press. The effect is clear: a huge reduction in workload, higher quality, and a stable production run.
Preset & proof
The preset products IZ Card, IZ Strip, IZ Tape and IZ Perfect are extremely important if IZ Loop is to be used successfully. The better the preset, the more efficient the closed loop! While InkZone solutions secure the connection to the press, the DI-Plot software package looks after the transfer of prepress data. DI-Plot reads both CIP3/4 and proprietary bitmap formats from almost all prepress workflows and passes the computed ink zone values on to InkZone for digital presetting of the press.
At the same time, DI-Plot can produce accurate form proofs from the ripped bitmap data of almost all workflow systems.
Ready for the print run in record time
The combination of control, measurement technology and workflow interface is unique. With InkZone Loop, the printing house saves time and cuts down on waste. Reference values are attained faster, and it's easier to keep them within narrow limits. InkZone Loop enables set-ups in record time, even with offset machines from the previous millennium. It's the perfect way to protect investments in existing installations. InkZone Loop - the latest update for your offset press!