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Print shops use less material and benefit from lower costs thanks to new software from Heidelberg - New Prinect Image Control


  • Prinect Image Control color measurement system from Heidelberg offers wide-ranging functions for both packaging and commercial printers
  • Measurement and control without print control strips delivers significant material savings
  • Proof Match option optimizes uniformity of repeats on print sheets and matching of proof and print
  • Direct control of opaque white inks on metalized and transparent substrates reduces makeready times

When it comes to costs, every single millimeter of board counts for packaging printers. The latest software version of the Prinect Image Control color measurement system once again sets new standards in this respect. With this system, the development engineers at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) have succeeded in controlling coloring on the press using nothing but full tones and CMYK images on the print sheet. The process uses CIP4-PPF data (formerly CIP3) from the prepress stage and is highly automated. In many cases, this means there is no need for a conventional print control strip at the edge of the sheet. Depending on order volumes, just this 4 mm reduction in the amount of board required can save between €20,000 and €40,000 each year.

The new Prinect Image Control was demonstrated in early May this year at the Packaging Days in Wiesloch-Walldorf. A further benefit in addition to the material saving achieved by the absence of a conventional print control strip is the Proof Match option, which optimizes the uniformity of multiple ups on a print sheet. A new and unique feature is that it is now also possible to use digital proofs as color samples and set up the press accordingly to the proof’s color information.

The new software is available with immediate effect and can be retrofitted on all IPEX 2010 generation Prinect Image Control systems. Over 2,000 systems have been installed since the market launch of Prinect Image Control in 1998.

Prinect Image Control can be connected to between one and four presses, which makes it a cost-effective way of also enabling existing presses to deliver optimum color accuracy. Connection to all Speedmaster presses in the 52, 74, 75, 102, and 106 series is possible.

In addition to Prinect Image Control, Heidelberg also offers the Prinect Inpress Control inline color measurement system, which has proved a hit with industrial-scale print shops thanks to its impressive productivity. Prinect Image Control is ideal for extremely narrow color consistency tolerances in applications such as hair dye packaging, labels, and also long runs on poor-quality board where paper dust quickly clogs up the blanket and thus affects the print image. It is the only system in the industry that measures the entire print image and not just individual dots. This quickly detects and corrects any change to the print image.

No more print control strip
High added value for manufacturers of branded goods – optimum color matching of repeats thanks to Proof Match
Commercial printer uses Proof Match for precise coloring and faster processes
Unique feature – opaque white can now finally be controlled

Hilde Weisser
Public Relations Officer, Trade Press Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 66
Fax.: +49 (0)6221 92 99 50 66

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