DRUPA 2004 -- Gearing Up for the Big Show
Picking Up a Six Pack
Tackling the same issue is M.Y. PrinTech B.V. with its FMsix technology. Noting that it was developed by a printer for printers, the company bills the system as "the best kept secret in six-color printing" of packaging.
According to Jan Goovaerts, sales and marketing manager, M.Y. Cartons B.V. (which spun off PrinTech to market the system) did not set out to increase the gamut of CYMK printing, but rather was seeking a user-friendly solution for reproducing spot colors with greater consistency. PrinTech claims its technology can reproduce 85 percent or more of all specialty colors within tolerances smaller than the color variation normally seen with use of a special ink.
FMsix uses standard CMYK inks for images, but combines FM screening with two (of three) special colors to print spot colors. Proprietary FMsix Orange ink is combined with either FMsix Blue (90 percent of the time) or FMsix Green.
Initial development work on the technology was done in cooperation with Creo, Sun Chemical and Artwork Systems. MAN Roland and DuPont have since contributed to the effort, which in DuPont's case includes enabling Digital Cromalin to proof the process.
Presstek Inc. is betting on its new ProFire Excel thermal imaging technology to bring improved productivity, higher quality and reduced cost in CTP and DI (Direct Imaging) applications. The imaging system uses a single Image Data board in place of the nine separate boards required in its current imaging unit.
According to the company, this compact design and resulting smaller footprint open up new options for both applications, but specifics of its roll out were embargoed until after the publication date of this issue.
DI presses using the ProFire Excel will have the potential to produce up to a 300 line screen at no incremental cost, Presstek claims. In CTP systems, it will offer faster imaging, smaller spot size and increased reliability. In addition, the new data board features Image Plus technology that implements a new writing mode to increase image quality, while reducing the possibility of moiré patterns in standard screen sets.