More on this year's big winners.
Diamond Color Navigator
Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses (MLP U.S.A. Inc.)
Diamond Color Navigator is a new color adjustment interface that lets press operators perform color adjustments both prior and during printing by using their own intuitive color sense rather than attempting to interpret the CMYK balance. With a single operation, the user can color balance an entire image or sections of the image without manual ink key adjustments. Less-experienced operators can isolate specific areas to adjust and select precise shades from a color wheel rather than guessing at percentages.
The judges said this color adjustment approach allows for more effective use of the press by all of the operators.
Xeikon 3300 Digital Color Label Press
Punch Graphix Americas, Inc.
The Xeikon 3300 Digital Color Label Press offers a significant improvement in label printing quality with its 1200 dpi (four bits per spot) resolution. It can print on scalable widths and a wide range of substrates from self-adhesive films, including co-extruded film, to unsupported film, paper, foils, and paperboard with weights ranging from 1.6 mil to 16-point board. The Xeikon 3300 can handle monthly duty cycles of up to 2.3 million linear feet and has no frame size restrictions. It features full rotary technology where the speed of the press is independent of the label size and the number of colors used.
According to the judges, the printer’s productivity and 1200 dpi resolution, which allows for security features to prevent counterfeiting, are its major strong points.
Flex-Production Control System
Flex-Production Control System (Flex-PCS) is a workflow engine for connecting equipment with front-office MIS applications integrating those that support JDF workflows with those that do not. Flex-PCS provides a "rules engine" for automated production workflows and real-time communications between front office planning systems and shop floor execution results.
The judges said this system solves many of the industry’s oft-seen integration problems. SoftSolutions' product strategy allows for full integration across the whole production environment independent of the existing device capabilities. This expands on the real-time feedback that is provided by the existing MIS to provide actual production data that can be used to optimize and manage based on the machine, consumables used, or operators.
A technology review booklet showcasing all 21 entries will be available at www.printing.org/InterTech starting fall 2009.
The InterTech stars will be presented during the PIA’s 2009 Premier Print and InterTech Awards Gala, which will be held in Chicago on September 13.
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