QuadTech to Introduce New Press Control Innovations at drupa 2012
Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam uses a proprietary 6-channel spectral sensor and QuadTech patented technology to provide CIELAB image-based color control. This ensures color control over an entire image, making automatic adjustments throughout the run for consistent high quality and accuracy. It also provides fast detection of scumming, plate verification, and other inspection capabilities from the same sensor. At drupa, QuadTech will unveil an enhanced AccuCam system with automated water control capabilities, ensuring optimum water and ink balance and further reducing manual interventions during production.
Until today, retail insert printers had to rely on the time-consuming manual process of taking random color measurements with a handheld device. QuadTech’s Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam solves this problem by providing fully-automatic closed-loop color control. QuadTech accomplishes this by capturing the entire printed image—no color bars, no gray bars. The patented spectral sensor provides unprecedented levels of accuracy. The system will also inform the printer of the occurrence of scumming, when plates are accidentally hung in the wrong position, or when other print defects occur.
As the point-of-sale presentation plays a significant role in brand success, there is greater emphasis on package print quality. Brand-owners expect their print suppliers to deliver to exacting global standards. At the same time, the increasing diversity and complexity of films in flexible packaging can make measurement and inspection more problematic. For the flexo and gravure package printer, QuadTech offers fast in-line inspection and spectral color measurement solutions for film, foil, paper, and various laminates, enabling quality consistency and reduced waste.
QuadTech’s true 100% Inspection System uses line-scan technology to compare each print repeat against a ‘golden template’ which is a printed copy considered by the press operator to be as close to perfect as possible.
Inspection System with SpectralCam provides 100% defect inspection and true spectral color measurement using the same proven 31-channel spectral sensor found on QuadTech’s commercial color control. The system can measure up to 72 targets, then analyze the data to ensure that there is no deviation from the target aim points. The result is greatly reduced waste.