CIP3--Creating the Print Link to Digital Profit
Recently, R.R. Donnelley & Sons successfully installed PrintLink at its Roanoke, VA, facility, which manufactures hard-cover and soft-cover books using web offset and digital printing technologies. The plant runs Heidelberg Harris M-600 presses with the CPC32 prepress interface, which presets the ink keys on the CPC1 press console using PrintLink PPF files.
"The results are stunning," reports Ken Scoville, technical services representative at the Roanoke facility. "Since the implementation of PrintLink, there have been huge process improvements—the pressroom can't live without it. In fact, the pressmen put a lot of pressure on us to keep it running because they know all too well the pains of manual plate scanning."
Make sure to visit the CIP3 Web site at www.cip3.org to get up-to-the-minute reports on the international consortium's activities regarding the Print Production Format, now beyond version 3.0, which allows for control of postpress operations.
One of the major goals of the CIP3 effort is to allow all ink zone settings on the press to be controlled by digital data available at the front-end. The primary goal of CIP3's Print Production Format (PPF) is to reduce the effort required to set up different devices during the production process.
In Creo's CIP3 offering—PrintLink—ink coverage information is computed as a plate is being imaged in the Trendsetter or platesetter. The data, and other press setup information, are stored in a file that is delivered via the network to a press interface.
SQUAREspot thermal imaging technology uses precisely formed square spots to create consistent, repeatable, halftone dots. Creo contends that the square shape means that, unlike spots generated by conventional and other thermal imaging systems, its spots can be precisely knit together to form any shape of final halftone dot.
The Power of Cooperation
Dave Brown, vice president at Creo, believes CIP3 is a great example of the power of cooperation between vendors. Here's why...