Riding DRUPA's Prepress Wave
Creo will also debut Print Console 2.0, the latest release of its device control software. A graphics-based, user-friendly evolution in device control, Print Console 2.0 provides connectivity from a variety of front-end systems to Creo and Heidelberg/Creo output devices. Print Console 2.0 provides connectivity from a RIP or the TIFF Downloader, delivering raster files directly to the selected output device, which then images digital halftone proofs, plates, film and flexographic or offset plates.
Creo will announce the Creo SP process on an offset press. Creo has been developing its SP technology for years and holds a number of patents fund-amental to switchable coating application on-press. The SP process involves spraying a switchable lithographic media onto a reusable substrate, which is mounted on the plate cylinder of the press. Immediately after the media is applied to the cylinder, it is imaged as a regular plate would be with Creo Squarespot thermal imaging technology. At the end of the print run, the reusable substrate is wiped clean of the imaged media and is then ready for the spray application of fresh media for the next print job. All of this is achieved on-press, without the use of conventional printing plates.