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Harlequin Multi-Level Digital Screening is a new technology from Global Graphics Software. It has been specially developed so you can print confidently on challenging media and at higher speed, allowing you to expand into higher quality (higher margin) applications.

Harlequin Multi-Level Digital Screening is a new technology from Global Graphics Software. It has been specially developed so you can print confidently on challenging media and at higher speed, allowing you to expand into higher quality (higher margin) applications.

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A breakthrough in inkjet quality - Harlequin Multi-Level Digital Screening

  1. 1. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 A BREAKTHROUGH IN INKJET QUALITY Global Graphics Software, dip, hall 7.0, stand C 20 / B 21 Martin Bailey, CTO Jill Taylor, drupa media contact 2 March 2016
  2. 2. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Our customers We develop the software that provides the power to drive all of these and more:
  3. 3. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Who we are International company Listed in Brussels on Euronext (GLOG) • 80% world’s photo books • 70% world’s newspapers • In high-speed digital since 2002 • Harlequin RIP since 1986 • Expert in transforming design and pre-press data into a format that can be printed • Active on ISO standards bodies, notably PDF, PDF/X and PDF/VT
  4. 4. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Harlequin today We’re going to focus on and why more vendors are switching to our technology Harlequin in high-speed inkjet
  5. 5. 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Billionsofletter/A4equivalentimpressions Brochures Catalogs Direct Mail and Inserts Books and Manuals Magazines and Newspapers Other Color (including Transaction) Higher Quality Applications Printed on Coated Stocks Will Be a Key Driver in High-speed Production Color Inkjet Growth (10M+ Color Duty Cycle Segment,U.S.&W.E.) Source: U.S. & W.E. Digital Production Printing Application Forecasts: 2014-2019, InfoTrends • Overall page growth = 21.0% • Higher quality application growth = 28.7% • Other color growth = 9.1% Medium or high quality requirements Direct Mail and Inserts Books & Manuals Magazines & Newspapers High quality requirementsBrochures & Catalogs Lower quality requirements Other Color (Including Transaction
  6. 6. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 To put it another way 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Billionsofpagesincreaseperyear Growth in impressions High quality (Brochures, catalogs) Mid to high (DM, publication) Low (transactional etc) Low quality applications still growing, but rate of growth is slowing Mid to high quality applications growing rapidly, and at a steady rate High quality applications are quite a new space for inkjet, but growing rapidly Source: U.S. & W.E. Digital Production Printing Application Forecasts: 2014-2019, InfoTrends
  7. 7. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Trends in inkjet printing InfoTrends and other industry research show the following: Increasing top speed of the presses – still working toward matching offset and flexo Increasing use of inkjet in higher quality sectors And adoption in higher quality sectors of labels & packaging Transactional Direct mail & publication Brochures and catalogs Increasing use of coated stocks in GA (and impermeable media in labels and some packaging)
  8. 8. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Common quality issues Ink drops should ideally form a regular grid on the media Images are available on a USB stick in your press pack, and at our online press office They usually don’t You can see straight lines along the media (up and down), but uneven lines across the media
  9. 9. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Common quality issues Irregular drop positioning leads to drops ‘randomly’ coalescing on the media: Images are available on a USB stick in your press pack, and at our online press office These microscopic effects cause visible artefacts, often described as mottling or streaking: Synthetic image with exaggerated artefacts in order to be visible on a projector, or reproduced on another print process
  10. 10. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Quality matters! Brand managers and buyers are driving change by pushing the boundaries. They need high-quality at high-speed Inkjet press manufacturers are frustrated with output quality. They are reaching the limits of what can be achieved with mechanical improvements The faster the press runs, the harder it is to control drop placement precisely Coated and impermeable media suffer more from coalescing
  11. 11. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Quality matters! Brand managers and buyers are driving change by pushing the boundaries. They need high-quality at high-speed Inkjet press manufacturers are frustrated with output quality. They are reaching the limits of what can be achieved with mechanical improvements They know they need to significantly improve output quality and operate at high speeds to keep pages fed to the press. They’ve come to Global Graphics to help them fix their problems
  12. 12. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Software is the answer It’s not financially viable to fix these press problems in hardware Global Graphics have developed the solution to solve them in software Today we’re launching Harlequin Multi-Level Digital Screening the technology you need for the future of inkjet By carefully tuning multi-level halftones we can significantly raise output quality, even on challenging media Harlequin can meet that challenge, today.
  13. 13. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 How does it work?
  14. 14. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 How is it available? Digital press Harlequin RIP v11, with ScreenPro Using Harlequin for RIPing as well as screening resolves additional challenges, such as driving the press at speed for variable data jobs Any workflow or RIP Harlequin Screening Engine
  15. 15. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 What difference does it make? Gives press vendors an immediate competitive advantage Harlequin Multi-level Digital Screening enables press vendors to … • Bring new presses to market faster • Address customer complaints around existing presses • Print confidently on challenging media and at higher speed • Expand into higher quality (higher margin) applications
  16. 16. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Intelligent software is as critical a component as the print head, media, ink, fluid control, paper movement, electronics, etc We’ll be making announcements about who is using this technology in the future
  17. 17. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Harlequin 11 Latest version of Harlequin launched today • Yet more processing speed, including PDF/VT hints • More quality: including multi-level screening • New features for labels and packaging Harlequin 11 at drupa? • HP SmartStream Production Pro 6.0 is based on Harlequin 11 and will be driving HP Indigo digital presses at drupa Harlequin 11 press release is in your pack
  18. 18. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 The future Our goal is that within the next 5 years all digital press vendors will be switching to Harlequin. We have the speed, quality and compliance with industry standards We are fully focussed on solving press vendors’ issues Why wouldn’t you switch?
  19. 19. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Summary We have the answer to fix inkjet quality problems in software We are the only company in the market with this technology Our solution can be applied to any workflow    Manufacturers have approached Global Graphics because they cannot solve it themselves and they know we have the expertise
  20. 20. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 QUESTIONS Contact us: • For a one on one interview to find out more • To book your personal demo on our drupa stand Speak to us if you are writing about DFEs, inkjet printing, variable data printing & PDF/VT, screening, colour management: Jill.taylor@globalgraphics.com Your press pack is on-line at: www.globalgraphics.com/company/drupa-news

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