Precise print image, even if the substrate is stretched.

Substrates, and particularly paper, can stretch during the printing process, resulting in register inaccuracies in the print image.

With its Prinect Automatic Paper Stretch Compensation software, Heidelberg offers a first-rate solution for compensating this stretching on the basis of a “predicted degree of stretching”. This tool automatically calculates the degree of stretching ahead of time and outputs compensated imaging data. The set of plates generated using this approach prints a correct print image right from the first pass. This saves plates, makeready time, and paper waste.

Automatic compensation is particularly suitable for jobs printed under constant conditions (press, substrate, ink, printing order and direction of paper travel).
The greatest increase in quality is achieved with challenging print images with fine details or inverse fonts, or with several repeats or high area coverages.

  • Automatic paper stretch compensation
  • On-the-fly compensation of plate imaging data for each job
  • Increases register accuracy when printing, thereby reducing plate consumption, setup time, and paper waste
  • Software integrated into the prepress workflow between output of the plate imaging data (RIP) and the platesetter

At a glance

Advantages in commercial printing

Push to Stop works properly without manual intervention by the operator because Prinect Automatic Paper Stretch Compensation ensures that colors and registers are correct. Prinect Automatic Paper Stretch Compensation is an essential element for uninterrupted production on the press. Manual interventions (e.g. adjusting the register or correcting the trailing edge) are eliminated.

Advantages in packaging and label printing

Packaging and label printing require one-up equality across the entire printed sheet. Prinect Automatic Paper Stretch Compensation calculates the required stretch automatically or job-specific in advance. This allows one-up equality during printing without manual intervention, which is an important prerequisite for Zero Defect Packaging.

Smart Print Shop. Prerequisites and potential.


What characterizes a smart print shop with the Push to Stop standard? What opportunities exist? What do solutions look like? What are the benefits of optimization? In this whitepaper you will find out:

  • How you can make Push to Stop a reality in your print shop.
  • Which six key factors will help you to increase productivity.
  • How you can reduce complexity and automate processes.
  • How you can produce closer to the maximum performance level.

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