A new software and engineering service for labels and packaging presses will be on show at Labelexpo Americas (on Stand 6455) following the success of its introduction at drupa by Global Graphics Software.
Called ‘Fundamentals’, the service provides inkjet press manufacturers with a single source for the key software components and engineering knowhow that are essential to building a digital front end to drive a press. The goal is to help to reduce time to market and engineering costs by breaking through the common barriers that prevent manufacturers from getting out to market on time and on budget.
Crucially, the software can also be applied to existing presses to overcome common quality issues, such as poor quality barcodes or small text, or, defects caused by mottling and chaining, irrespective of other software choices that may have been made.
It provides manufacturers with an alternative to an Esko workflow or can be used alongside an Esko RIP.
“We’ve been working with several manufacturers who are pushing the boundaries of inkjet technology as they bring new presses to market,” said Martin Bailey, CTO, Global Graphics Software. “We’ve created Fundamentals to respond to the problems they face in the development phase of a new press which they often can’t solve on their own.”
Eric Worrall, who heads up the Global Graphics’ BreakThrough team, added: “Every press, every application and every operating environment is different. We work side by side with the manufacturer to create a solution that is truly customised to their press. In doing so we give the manufacturer access to our tools and a unique pool of print scientists and engineers with decades of specialist knowledge exactly when they need them.
“Recently we’ve been working on solutions for cross head calibration, ink estimation, even controlling the beta test environment. We can even help out when manufacturers are using a DFE with a different RIP to Harlequin.”
Fundamentals includes ‘best of breed’ software from other vendors and marks the start of closer collaboration between Global Graphics Software and HYBRID Software, both of which share the same chairman in Guido Van der Schueren.
Fundamentals creates a much broader software offering alongside a RIP and is Global Graphics’ response to the many press vendors who are looking for the optimal choice of software components to drive their inkjet presses. A key ingredient is the BreakThrough Engineering Service provided by Global Graphics colour scientists, screening experts and RIP technologists. They provide the integration services that link Fundamentals together.