CIP3?The Task of Automating Print
Familiar with Scitex output equipment, Scholin Brothers was eager to be a CIP3 beta facility for the technology manufacturer. "The move to CTP is being made due, in part, to our move to a CIP3 workflow," Wellman states. "Before you go out and purchase all the equipment, all the updates, it makes sense to prepare the workflow."
What's in store at Scholin?
"Our goal is to be computer-to-plate by the year 2000, and to plan for all our digital workflows before we purchase a single CTP device," Wellman offers.
"We are conservative in our approach to CTP and CIP3—we're willing to wait and do it right, while remaining on the cutting edge of technology and making money at the same time."
Smart business? Scholin is counting on it—and the potential of CIP3 to deliver digital workflows.
— Marie Ranoia Alonso
Focus: Scitex inkPRO Module
- A few mouse clicks set ink keys on-screen, enabling creation of the ink management file in just a few minutes.
- Scitex InkPRO software analyzes the RIPed files, automatically calculating all the information required to set the ink keys. These settings are sent directly to the press, eliminating the need for large, costly and time-consuming plate scanners.
- Running on the Scitex Brisque DFE or other Scitex front ends, Scitex InkPRO ink management software interfaces via a Macintosh computer with most computer-controlled press consoles, such as Heidelberg's and KBA's. An interface with Komori presses is in beta testing. Interfaces for presses from MAN Roland, Mitsubishi and other manufacturers are also being tested.
- InkPRO bases its calculations on raw data from the same RIP used for rastering the PostScript files, enabling a first-generation digital file to be used for imaging.
- With ink key information set before film or plates are exposed, makeready and turnaround times are reduced even further.