Hitting offset lithographic colour targets isn’t always fast or easy. The manual process of measuring colour bars and making ink key adjustments takes time and opens the door to operator error. Meanwhile, the press is running (and wasting) paper and ink.
Rutherford a developer of closed-loop colour control systems for offset presses. Introducing the IntelliLoop colour management software—a full-featured closed-loop colour control solution that works in conjunction with X-Rite’s IntelliTrax2.
Rutherford’s colour control solution helps streamline print operations by reducing make-ready times, minimising ink & substrate waste, and automatically checking output for colour drifts. In combination with X-Rite’s IntelliTrax2, provides press-side colour control & on-press colour correction to meet new G7 and PSO/FOGRA process control requirements. You can retrofit most makes, models, & vintages of offset presses with colour scanning software and hardware.Get Profitable with Scanning Measurement and Closed-Loop Technology from X-Rite Europe on Vimeo.
Color Measurement Tools to Automate Press Sheet Scanning
Capturing spectral data is the first step in automating your workflow, and Xrite offer two devices that tie nicely into closed-loop control. While both can be used on their own, they gain more power as part of a complete solution.
IntelliTrax2 Automated Scanning System
Our ultra-fast IntelliTrax2 automatically scans the colour bar of a typical press sheet in less than 10 seconds, then provides instant, on-screen reports. The advanced imaging technology in IntelliTrax2 automatically adjusts the scanning head to locate the colour bar, ensuring faster sheet positioning and accurate measurements every time. Since it’s non-contact, you don’t need to worry about smudging or scratching the image.
X-Rite eXact Auto-Scan Versatile Scanning Solution
The eXact Auto-Scan offers press room flexibility for measuring colour with spot, manual, and automated scanning capabilities. When scanning, the eXact Auto-Scan can measure a 40-inch colour bar in less than 15 seconds, reducing the potential for human error and cutting make ready by more than 30%. It reports immediate, comprehensive colour data through Bluetooth technology so press operators can make prompt adjustments to the press run.
Software to Automate Ink Key Adjustments
Rutherford Graphics offers two products that interact with eXact Auto-Scan and IntelliTrax2 to automatically update ink keys without manual operator adjustment. Each solution offers a touch screen interface that allows operators to initiate or reject closed-loop action after the scan with one touch, empowering users to print to G7, ISO standards, or in-house standards with ease and confidence. It has never been so fast and easy to increase quality and decrease costs!
IntelliPack Closed Loop Solution
Compatible with IntelliTrax2 and eXact Auto-Scan, this complete system works with up to 20 units web and sheetfed presses of any width. Before you start the press, the CIP or TIFF files from prepress will provide all the information that IntelliSet needs to automatically preset the ink keys. Simply choose the print job and paper type on the touch-screen monitor and IntelliSet does the rest.
Once you start the job, simply scan the press sheet colour bar to get spectral and density data and IntelliLoop will take care of adjusting ink keys. During the press run, feed colour data into IntelliLoop with periodic scans of the colour bar, and the software will alert the press operator if auto-adjustments are necessary to keep color consistent.
IntelliPress2 Closed Loop Solution
Rutherford’s entry-level solution also works with both IntelliTrax2 and eXact Auto-Scan. Simply scan your sheet fed colour bars and the data will be sent to EasyLoop to make automatic adjustments to the ink keys on press.
To learn more about all of the features and benefits of a Rutherford system, visit their website.
Is a closed-loop system worth the investment?
With a closed loop solution, you can automate your older press to perform like a newer model and recoup your investment in just 6-9 months. In fact, our solution is the most impactful cost-reducing tool on the market for sheetfed litho offset printers!
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