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CIP3--Automating the Connection

March 1998

To accommodate CIP3, Screen's TaigaSPACE can now output PPF standard preview image data, critical elements in PPF files. This lets users extend their digital prepress to press workflow and improve productivity by reducing the labor involved in printing press set-up.

Heidelberg's CPC32 prepress interface unit interprets Taiga-SPACE's preview data and provides area coverage values to Heidelberg's CPC1 directly or via the CPC51, which converts the data to ink settings.

Where's the benefit?

This system not only eliminates the need to scan plates before printing, but also provides automatic digital ink management for perfect, effortless ink keying.

Recently, Screen has been emphasizing more efficient, productive workflows with TaigaSPACE 4.1, an open-architecture system that allows for improved Scitex data incorporation, Windows 95 desktop support and intelligent communications software programs to access and distribute information.

Focusing on CIP3, TaigaSPACE can also be used with Komori presses, in addition to Heidelberg presses, thanks to a conversion algorithm developed by Screen.

"The technology itself will allow for many different features, depending on what's happening at the press," Screen's Mitchell explains.

"Eventually, the prepress will plug directly into the press—that is what is happening now with CIP3."

—Marie Ranoia Alonso

Next Month
In April, learn more about the CIP3 activities of Heidelberg, the catalyst for the launch of the International Cooperation for the Integration of Prepress, Press and Postpress in 1995. The profile will take a special look at the Delta technologies and related prepress CIP3 activities of Heidelberg Prepress.


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