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Ilse Jurriën : May 7th 2006 - 20:04 CET
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GretagMacbethGretagMacbeth new solutions for quality control : GretagMacbeth today announced three new products for the pressroom. The advent of digital technologies has brought with it an expectation for rapid turn-around time, shorter production runs, lower costs – but with no sacrifice in quality. GretagMacbeth’s new solutions further enable a true digital color communication network amongst all of the participants. The first solution, vipFLEX is the only complete solution for flexo plate production quality assurance. The second, DensiEye 750 expands the capabilities of the DensiEye 700 with additional features for advanced printing quality control. The third solution is the vipPAQ v2 inline multicolor density measuring system.
GretagMacbeth new solutions for quality controlvipFLEX Flexo plate quality control
Accurate printing starts with accurate plates, the new vipFLEX provides a complete solution, including the vipFLEX desktop flexo plate reader for all types of transparent flexo plates, PlateQuality Flexo software for analyzing and storing plate quality information and the vipFLEX target to quickly verify the accuracy of your plate reader. “With the new vipFLEX systems, press operators will no longer have to worry about stopping the press due to plate quality,” states Dr. Iris Mangelschots, vice president and general manager of digital imaging at GretagMacbeth. “The savings this generates in terms of time, ink and paper makes the vipFLEX an easy investment to justify. In addition, it enables printers to deliver measurable proof of quality to their customers.”

vipFLEX PlateQuality Flexo software
With its high resolution camera and sophisticated image recognition, vipFLEX can measure all types of transparent flexo plates. vipFLEX evaluates all of the important parameters including dot area, dot size, screen ruling, edge factor, mottling and visual analysis, and supports AM, FM and Samba (hybrid) screening. In addition, vipFLEX can be used to measure paper, film and aluminum plates. The included PlateQuality Flexo software provides all the information needed to analyze plate quality and document quality. Measurement values, plate images, plate characteristic curves, job data, customer data and reference values can be stored and printed in a variety of formats. In addition, the information can be exported to another program for more in-depth analysis. With PlateQuality Flex software, users have everything they need to document plate quality and meet ISO standards.

DensiEye 750 pressroom densitometer
GretagMacbeth is introducing the new DensiEye 750 to extend the capabilities of its popular DensiEye 700 pressroom densitometer. The DensiEye 750 measures all of the critical factors in the printing process, enabling the press operator to set up the press quicker and recognize mistakes before they get out of control. Automatic color recognition, automatic paper white recognition and automatic patch type recognition speed the whole measurement process while minimizing errors. It provides the same speed, automation and accuracy as the DensiEye 700, all at a very accessible price point.

DensiEye 750 densitometer - Features
The DensiEye 750 includes all the features found in the DensiEye 700 (density, density difference, gray balance, all densities, dot gain, dot area, trapping and print characteristic line) plus contrast, hue error, grayness and a density trend view to track the last 4 measurements of each color. Existing DensiEye 700 users can easily upgrade their units via an access code. DensiEye solutions also offers the most extensive language support: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, Polish, Finnish, Hungarian, Slovenian, Portuguese, Czech, Romanian, and Latvian.

vipPAQ v2 inline production control
GretagMacbeth is introducing new enhanced capabilities to the recently announced vipPAQ inline multicolor density measuring system. In an extremely competitive market with shrinking margins, real time printing process monitoring can widely set a company apart from the competition. Eventual deviations due to substrate, viscosity, speed, pressure temperature and ink impurities are displayed while the job is running. The vipPAQ v2 solution offers true real time job control with no need to slow down the press or extract pages since the quality check takes place during the actual print run and immediate corrective action can be taken.

GretagMacbeth vipPAQ v2 software enhancements:
• New Data Import Tool “vipPAQ Import” - allows for the direct import of SpectroEye measurement data as reference file allowing operator to adjust density values to match reference color. Also supports import of other CxF data such as standards from InkFormulation or ColorQuality.
• Display Dot Gain and Dot Area - added capability to monitor dot area values of halftone patches
• View and export data after print run in QA - reopen jobs to view data and export for further analysis
• Start/Stop Measurement without trigger marks - turn reading head on and off without having a trigger mark, e.g. to capture data from a coating line
• Alarm connection - connect an alarm system (flashing light or sound) to the PC for immediate alert of out-of-tolerance conditions
• New French language support

GretagMacbeth new solutions - Availability
This new quality control process provides substantial savings in time and material (paper and inks). Implementing vipPAQ v2 gives companies an excellent tool to raise quality and productivity through higher print speed, and gives them a competitive edge. vipFLEX system and DensiEye 750 will both be available April 28, 2006 and vipPAQ v2 will be available in June 2006 through worldwide GretagMacbeth reseller partners.

About GretagMacbeth
GretagMacbeth is a worldwide technological leader of color management solutions for graphic arts, photography, digital imaging, paints, plastics, apparel, textiles and automotive, among other industries. The company, part of Amazys Holding AG headquartered in Regensdorf, Switzerland, maintains offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia. GretagMacbeth trains and supports customers worldwide and is an ISO-9001 certified company.

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