"Superb printing is not a matter of chance" - at
Druckhaus Cramer, based in Greven in the West of Germany, it is the
result of an end-to-end workflow solution with cutting-edge color
management. This delivers maximum process reliability thanks to
ongoing process monitoring and control.
Druckhaus Cramer is a long-established company that ensures
customer satisfaction, even when demands are extremely high. Its
product portfolio ranges from art catalogs and color charts to
annual reports. "We were looking for a color workflow that
offered genuine integration of prepress and the pressroom, enabling
us to satisfy these high demands with proven quality at all
times," explains General Manager Sebastian Löw, outlining
the main requirements. The company found what it was looking for
with Prinect - the print shop workflow from Heidelberg.
Coloring standard quickly achieved
Prinect integrates all processes and equipment in a
standardized end-to-end concept from a single source, thereby
ensuring synchronized workflows across the board. "With
Prinect, we were able to network the presses seamlessly with
prepress. We felt that this solution offered the best prospects for
avoiding errors, minimizing makeready times, and achieving color
standards more efficiently," states Löw. Presses are now
preset automatically based on prepress data. As a result, the first
pull is already very close to the defined coloring standard and
only minor corrections are required before the production run.
Reproducible precision landing instead of flying blind
"Just like our customers' products, our own products
always need to outperform those of the competition," continues
Löw. However, reproducibe high quality requires excellent
process reliability - and this is based on the work with standards
combined with ongoing process monitoring and control. New
technology from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG optimizes process
monitoring at Druckhaus Cramer and automatically steers the process
back in the right direction if it deviates from the standards.
Small color measuring elements called Mini Spots are placed on the
print sheet and evaluated spectrophotometrically throughout the
printing process with the Prinect Image Control measuring system.
These can be used to optimize the process if key parameters change.
Switching to a new batch of ink or to a different paper thus no
longer poses a problem. "Laborious and time-consuming manual
setting has often previously been needed in an attempt to achieve
the required tonal values in print, but now the process is under
control before printing even starts," explains Production
Manager Thorsten Noetzel, who is responsible for the pressroom.
Precise identification of errors - without guesswork The closed loop of the Prinect color workflow now enables
deviations and their causes to be identified quickly and
unambiguously. "Instead of trial and error, we offer extremely
stable, documented quality. That reassures both our customers and
ourselves. In any event, everything is much calmer in the pressroom
since the workflow was introduced," reports Löw.