CIP3?An Ultimate Beginning
The software developer's revamped Impostrip also has the benefit of allowing CIP3 file generation prior to the actual imaging of the plates. This information can be transmitted to the press even before the last plate is ready.
"Ultimate is also solving a problem that many printers have, which is press equipment that does not have a CIP3 input option," Watson reports.
He's referring to Ultimate's INKtouch, which is a universal interface to take CIP3 data—or any PostScript or TIFF data—and convert it to ink zone control data. INKtouch processes all the data for CTP imaging and determines the appropriate ink key settings for each ink zone of a printing press, passing that information to the color control units of the printing press. INKtouch uses a touchscreen on a Windows NT workstation.
"CIP3 is just the beginning of complete computer integration in printing. It is an enabling technology on which entire workflow management systems will be built," Watson projects.
Rest assured that with Watson—who is also president of Harpell Printing, a sheetfed and heatset web printer and book bindery in Montreal and Ottawa—vitally involved in CIP3, the consortium is positioned for great contributions.
Watson would bet Harpell on it. In fact, his successful printing operation is currently implementing a complete CIP3-based workflow. "CIP3 will deliver great promise to the industry," Watson, the printer, assures. "Stay tuned for tremendous advancements."
—Marie Ranoia Alonso
In February, look for the CIP3 activities of Scitex, with a focus on CIP3 as it relates to Scitex's Lotem workflow. Expect to learn about a sampling of the Scitex CIP3 effort—in the United States and abroad.