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Fundamentals for Label and Packaging; Labelexpo 2016

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Today the inkjet industry is exploring how to achieve optimal, repeatable image quality. Brand owners expect high-quality output across all their communication channels. Yet many press manufacturers are frustrated that they are not able to achieve the quality that they expect. The physics of inkjet printing leads to challenges such as losing highlights or streaking and mottling. This is especially the case at high-speed. Experimenting with hardware choices has not overcome these quality problems. Applying color management software is insufficient.

Global Graphics Software, the developer of the Harlequin RIP, has been working with a number of inkjet press manufacturers to develop a solution to address the problem. Since 2011 they have been working on Harlequin ScreenPro, now one of the products in the Fundamentals line-up which will have its debut at Labelexpo Americas. Fundamentals provides inkjet press manufacturers with a single source of software and engineering knowhow. With Harlequin ScreenPro multi-level half-tone screens can be tuned for a specific press/media combination to produce the optimum quality.

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Fundamentals for Label and Packaging; Labelexpo 2016

  1. 1. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 FUNDAMENTALS FOR LABEL AND PACKAGING Global Graphics Software, hall F, stand 5931 Martin Bailey, CTO September 14th, 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 Today We’re introducing a new software and engineering service for inkjet presses
  5. 5. 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Billions of letter/A4 equivalent impressions 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 Medium or high  quality requirements Direct Mail and Inserts Books & Manuals Magazines & Newspapers High quality requirementsHigh quality requirementsBrochures & Catalogs Lower quality  requirements Lower quality  requirements Other Color (Including  Transaction
  6. 6. 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 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 Increasing use of inkjet in higher quality sectors And adoption in higher quality sectors of labels & packaging TransactionalTransactional Direct mail &  publication Direct mail &  publication Brochures and catalogs Brochures and catalogs Increasing use of coated stocks in GA (and impermeable media in labels and some packaging) Increasing use of coated stocks in GA (and impermeable media in labels and some packaging)
  7. 7. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Why Fundamentals? Press manufacturers face technical challenges in the development phase of a new inkjet press: • How do I build my DFE when I don’t have my own software team? • Or, I don’t want to resource up a team and then reduce back to maintenance • Is there an alternative workflow to Esko? • How do I ensure I can address the problems I haven’t even discovered yet? • How do I achieve sharp bar codes and small text? • What about ink estimation? • Do I have a solution for cross head calibration? Manufacturers have come to Global Graphics to help them fix their problems
  8. 8. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Copyright © Global Graphics  Software Limited 2016 • A bundle of best of breed products to accelerate  digital inkjet label presses to market Plus • The BreakThrough engineering service of color scientists, screening experts, and RIP  technologists with decades of experience What is Fundamentals?
  9. 9. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Fundamentals Product Bundle Optional Label Layout Station CLOUDFLOW Fundamentals ProofScope Harlequin RIP Mellow Colour Fundamentals Harlequin ColorPro Harlequin ScreenPro Best of breed software
  10. 10. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 How is Fundamentals used? Any workflow or RIPAny workflow or RIP • License what you need to address a specific problem • Take the full set to: • benefit from the essential components for building a DFE for a new  press • have an alternative to an Esko workflow • Fundamentals and BreakThrough can be applied to an existing press to  overcome common quality problems
  11. 11. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Fundamentals Product Bundle Optional Label Layout Station CLOUDFLOW Fundamentals ProofScope Harlequin RIP Mellow Colour Fundamentals Harlequin ColorPro Harlequin ScreenPro Example: common quality issues
  12. 12. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Example: 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 You can see straight lines along the media (up and down), but uneven lines across the media
  13. 13. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Example: 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
  14. 14. 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 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 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 The faster the press runs, the harder it is to control drop placement precisely Coated and impermeable media suffer more from coalescing Coated and impermeable media suffer more from coalescing
  15. 15. 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 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 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 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 problemsThey’ve come to Global Graphics to help them fix their problems
  16. 16. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Fundamentals has the answer It’s not financially viable to fix these quality problems in hardware By carefully tuning multi-level halftones we can significantly raise output quality, even on challenging media We are the only company with this screening technology Backed by the BreakThrough engineering team Years of development since 2011Years of development since 2011
  17. 17. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 The benefits for vendors Gives press vendors an immediate competitive advantage Gives press vendors an immediate competitive advantage • Address customer complaints around existing presses • Print confidently on challenging media and at higher speed • Expand into higher quality (higher margin) applications
  18. 18. 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 Intelligent software is as critical a component as the print head, media, ink, fluid control, paper movement, electronics, etc In other words
  19. 19. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 Summary Fundamentals + BreakThrough overcomes technical challenges that can delay new presses getting to market Fundamentals helps vendors address quality issues cost- effectively as they push the boundaries of inkjet technology Fundamentals provides an alternative to an Esko workflow   Fundamentals has grown out of manufacturers approaching Global Graphics to solve their inkjet problems because they cannot solve them on their own. Fundamentals has grown out of manufacturers approaching Global Graphics to solve their inkjet problems because they cannot solve them on their own.
  20. 20. Copyright © Global Graphics Software Limited 2016 QUESTIONS Contact us to book your personal demo on booth 5931 Speak to us if you are writing about DFEs, inkjet printing, variable data printing, screening, color management: Jill.taylor@globalgraphics.com Your press pack is on-line at: http://www.globalgraphics.com/company/labelexpo‐news s

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