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AVT/GMI Present Next Generation Color Control Solutions

September 1, 2009

• New Setup views that easily execute changeovers of Targets and Tolerances to support faster make readies and “hybrid” production

• A Color Conformance view for the spectral data, which also displays crucial L*a*b* parameters in a single view for fast and intuitive color evaluation

• Updated CIP 3 / 4 Preview that speeds up the ink presetting cycle while improving the accuracy and reliability of presets

• New, highly flexible hardware and software that adapt to modern press rooms.

The system is easily set up for today’s duplex and triplex press lines. ColorQuick/Clarios color control stations can be placed in multiple locations; while, when needed, multiple webs may be monitored and controlled from a single, central operator workstation
ColorQuick / Clarios is based on the unique and proven in-line spectrophotometer technology that delivers the industry’s most accurate, traceable, ISO-standard spectral measurements including CIEL*a*b*, CIEL*C*h, plus detailed 10nm spectral reflectance values for every measurement (with the optional spectral reporting module).

Microcolor / Mercury
The next generation Microcolor / Mercury platform updates the proven accuracy of GMI’s patented digital servomotors with a graphical, fully touchscreen workstation for digital remote ink control. All critical activities for setting and controlling inking can be performed with a few touches of the color display:

• Preview CIP ink profile pre-sets

• Set all keys on the press in seconds

• Inspect key profiles for all inkers, side by side

• Change key settings overall

• Copy and adjust profiles for pages or alleys

• Adapt to special ink sequences

• Store multiple versions for quick reaction to customer changes

• Save virtually unlimited numbers of jobs on the local system disk, or to network disk storage where needed

To complement the complete suite controls found on the touchscreen monitor, the Next Generation Microcolor/Mercury offers a completely redesigned, optional operator console (OCU). At this control station, the printer can adjust individual keys that are arranged to match the ink key zones on the press, one-to-one. Current settings are shown in easy-to-read, high-contrast LCD displays, one for each key zone. A full-color LCD panel provides feedback on system status and diagnostic views, right at the OCU.
The new Microcolor / Mercury OCU is now the most adaptable remote ink control solution in the industry:

• Consoles can be customized to match any ink key spacing and any number of keys per fountain.

• Microcolor/Mercury can be readily adapted to existing press desks, or installed on new, GMI-supplied desks.

• Multiple consoles for virtually any combination of webs can be configured on a single system.

Like all GMI Next Generation products, the new Microcolor / Mercury uses highly flexible hardware and software that allows a Microcolor touchscreen control to be placed virtually anywhere on a press line that an operator might need to work on setting ink keys. Multiple control stations are practical for any press. On smaller presses, all control can be done from the touchscreen alone, eliminating the need to “squeeze in” a full desk where space at press-side does not permit it. Thus the Microcolor/Mercury can be easily reconfigured as the pressroom layout changes or the staffing patterns change.

Adding Next Generation Microcolor is “plug & play” for existing Microcolor users. Because Microcolor / Mercury can work with existing GMI ink keys, fountains, and existing GMI digital servomotors, an economical upgrade path is available for today’s Microcolor users. No rebuilds of ink fountains, or fountain hardware modifications are needed to put a modern graphical workstation at every press crew’s disposal.

About AVT and GMI

Advanced Vision Technology (AVT) develops and manufactures automatic inspection systems for web applications in the packaging, labels, forms and converting sectors. Today, more than 2000 PrintVision systems are installed worldwide. On October 1, 2007, the Company completed the purchase of all outstanding shares of GMI and the related intellectual property.

Graphic Microsystems, Inc, (GMI) is the world’s premier supplier of closed loop color control systems with over 800 installations, and of color management and reporting software and remote digital ink fountain control systems with over 3,000 systems installed. The company’s products are sold to leading commercial, semi-commercial, newspaper and specialty printers in the heatset and coldset web printing markets as well as to printing press OEMs worldwide.

AVT’s headquarters are located in Hod-Hasharon, Israel with manufacturing facilities in Israel and the United States, and marketing, sales and support offices in the United States, Europe and China. AVT is a public company listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.


 

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