New software forecasts accurate colour
Published: 3 October 2016 | No comments yet
Xeikon has launched X-800 v5
Xeikon has unveiled version 5 of its X-800 software, which has been designed to allow more jobs to be processed faster with minimal human intervention, to improve accuracy and ensure repeatability.
Jeroen Van Bauwel, director for product management, said, ‘We have created X-800 5.0 with our four cornerstones of development in mind – improvements in colour quality, moving closer to green button printing, helping facilitate management and integration with the customer’s environment. We always look to provide additional ways to positively impact these areas.’
One key new feature is the ColorForecast tool for the reproduction of custom or brand colours. ‘Everyone wants to meet the set expectations by producing the correct colour,’ commented Mr Van Bauwel. ‘With ColorForecast, this can be achieved in pre-press. It predicts if the file will print to the desired results. It can test and verify if the colour will match output. This reduces set up times and waste. Customers don’t have to print, check, send samples, wait for a response, modify settings and then print again. It can all be done offline.’
Another feature, enabled by re-designing the calibration process, ensures Xeikon presses get up to quality faster, improving machine throughput and efficiency. It also provides immediate operator feedback on the engine’s status. Mr Van Bauwel explained, ‘We are very good in having stable output but with this new, incremental, calibration we can create the curve faster and more accurately. As a result, Xeikon presses can get up to quality faster improving machine throughput and efficiency.’
For more complex delivery, the company has developed shuffle imposition for mixed label production. This saves an extra step and time in prepress. It also allows end-users to be more creative with promotional campaigns but enabling the easy combination of designs and variable information.
Xeikon X-800 5.0 will be released at the beginning of 2017 and will be made available for all MyPress-based engines.