CIP3?The Task of Automating Print
"Our support of CIP3 and the release of this powerful application further endorses the company's commitment to providing printers with integrated tools and systems for the entire workflow, all the way to print."
The release of the new Scitex InkPRO application follows well-
received booth demonstrations last June at IMPRINTA in Dusseldorf, Germany, as well as during PRINT 97/CONVERFLEX-USA in September in Chicago.
A Digital Stepping Stone
InkPRO has certainly been well-received at Scholin Brothers Printing in St. Louis. The company is using the InkPRO application as a stepping stone to reach new digital heights.
Todd Wellman, electronic prepress manager at Scholin Brothers, reports the company is highly enthusiastic about supporting a full CIP3 workflow; eventually, the operation will digitize cutting and folding functions.
With InkPRO, Scholin Brothers is off to a good start.
"The ink estimation is particularly impressive, as we can now predict overall ink use, down to the exact pound," Wellman explains. "We have already seen a decrease in makeready and job turnaround times, which is directly attributable to the Scitex InkPRO module."
Still, Wellman admits that implementing CIP3 into Scholin Brothers' workflow has brought a share of pitfalls and challenges, some of which involve the one component that all the digital technology in the world cannot always accurately predict.
The human factor.
"The implementation is the toughest part of CIP3—it's been tougher than we thought it would be," Wellman says. "With CIP3, you're automating a pressroom—which hasn't been radically touched for 20-plus years—so you need to introduce new ways of thinking into your workflow."
For Scholin Brothers, CIP3 seemed the first, most logical step toward computer-to-plate.
The $13 million printer didn't want to jump into an expensive CTP situation before getting up to speed with a digital workflow, making possible a future move into another, more digital domain.