FFEI Enhances Inkjet Press


HEMEL HEMPSEAD, UK | FFEI, the global developer of digital imaging solutions, reports that its Graphium hybrid digital inkjet label press now offers a host of new features that significantly increases productivity and the number of finished label jobs that can be produce in a shift.

Enhancements include:

• A new print engine software boosts print speeds, which means press now can print premium quality, five-color labels at more than 45mpm.

• A new camera for auto registration is said to -boost productivity by reducing the time needed to check and correct registration for different medias. By doing so the new auto registration system will reduce substrate wastage, company adds.

• Operators will also have the ability to set the press into a “cold standby” mode. The new mode allows a quick machine start-up time and also reduces power consumption and ink wastage.

Company also announces Graphium Label Production Workflow, designed specifically for the conversion of labels in a digital, flexo, and hybrid environment. As a fully automated prepress system, just a minimal manual intervention is required to transform complex digital files into finished fit-for-purpose labels, company says, adding that in doing so, it ensures converting production waste and prepress production touch points are kept to a minimum while at the same time improving accuracy and repeatability.

Andy Cook, FFEI’s managing director, says, “We developed Graphium Label Production Workflow, to address a vital but as yet unmet need to efficiently manage label production. Our customers helped us define workflow tools that can dramatically increase the benefits of a hybrid system and take productivity way beyond anything available today. The result is that Graphium Workflow provides prepress operators with an intuitive, end-to-end means to digitally control the setup of files in the most cost-efficient manner—regardless of whether that is just simply inkjet or inkjet, flexo, and finishing.”

Graphium Workflow enables a single job to be split across multiple output devices with tight centralized color management and touch-free automation. It allows color using ISO standards to be implemented across flexo and digital. With Graphium, the most prominent and typically largest coverage areas can be printed on a flexo spot plate. This is said to create a balance between set-up cost, which is much lower than pure flexo, and running cost that is much lower than both pure flexo and pure digital for medium run jobs.

The workflow’s multichannel processing also enables spot colors, text, graphics, and bar codes to be processed efficiently using optimized settings. This means it can process images and graphics to ISO standards, create spot colors utilizing the full Graphium gamut, achieve Grade-A barcodes on almost any device, and optimize small font reproduction with almost no manual intervention.

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