- New system exponentially expands its color measurement and
quality control capability.
- Technology captures millions of spectral curves for greater
accuracy and color control.
- Software provides ultimate support of G7 methods for gray
- System includes a detailed reporting function that promotes
- "Prinect Image Control enables us to show our customers
what we're doing right."
- Neff Packaging Solutions, Simpsonville, KY,
has become the first U.S. company to install the latest generation
of Heidelberg's Prinect Image Control spectral color measurement
and quality control system.
"We now have the technology to significantly reduce our
makeready time, as well as to reduce the number of sheets needed to
attain color," said Jim Younkin, Vice President and General
The new Image Control system is used primarily with the
company's new 8-color Speedmaster CD 102 UV press in a double
coating configuration. Neff retains an older version of Image
Control for use with its 6-color Speedmaster XL 105. When
necessary, both systems can be used interchangeably on either
press, adding tremendous flexibility.
"Ultimately, we are reducing our costs and improving our
turnaround time," Younkin continued. "We spend less time pulling
fewer sheets, have better control of the image area, and can
measure color with greater accuracy than ever before, thanks to the
system's enhanced resolution for spectral image measurement. Best
of all, the system generates detailed reports we can use both for
internal analysis, as well as to show customers exactly what we
have accomplished. The software is also extremely user-friendly."
Neff Packaging Solutions is a G7 Master Printer providing
custom and innovative paperboard packaging solutions to customers
in the pharmaceutical, medical device, health and beauty, wine and
spirits, tobacco, automotive, and entertainment markets. The
third-generation, family run company, which utilizes state-of-the
art equipment to produce cartons efficiently and timely, has been a
Heidelberg customer and an all-Heidelberg shop from its founding.
Seeing Is Believing
Neff Packaging's Speedmaster CD 102 LYYLX UV with new Prinect
Image Control received an enthusiastic reception during a pair of
open houses Neff hosted earlier this year "to show our customers
that we continue to invest and are working hard to become as lean
and efficient as possible," Younkin said.
Customers now are able to confirm the company's newfound
efficiencies, improved accuracy and tighter process controls on the
Prinect Press Center control station's 52" High-Definition
"Our clients are very impressed," Younkin said. "Having the
ability to view and document our manufacturing efficiencies removes
the human element and enables us to show our customers their
products and explain what we're doing right. Prinect Image Control
provides deviations, tolerances, and data points that enable us to
print 'to the numbers' and show how well the operator ran a
particular job, and then to store and retrieve those parameters, as
needed, for repeat jobs. It takes a lot of the subjectivity away
and gives us more pixels and greater accuracy instead."
"The new version of Prinect Image Control already has
sparked strong interest in the capabilities that support our new
business initiatives," he continued, "with several customers moving
to minimize press checks because we now can show them a document
summarizing our process."
New Tools for G7 Qualification
The latest generation of Prinect Image Control represents the
further evolution of a color measurement device that was already
ahead of its time. Fully integrated with the prepress workflow, it
is the only viable system that measures and controls color based on
the entire printed image, including multi-line color bars and
MiniSpots™ in a single, 20-second scan of the sheet. Measured
values are evaluated and used to automatically deliver accurate
follow-up decisions to the press, providing online color control
for all printing units simultaneously.
The completely new system increases resolution for spectral
image measurement from 12 dpi to 200 dpi, and greatly minimizes the
spot size used to capture image data from the sheet. The system
uses state-of-the-art L.E.D. and spectral technologies, and
incorporates unique new features designed specifically for printers
adopting G7 methods and printing to ISO standards.
The sophisticated, yet easy-to-use system is the ideal tool
for measuring color and controlling the press, as well as a
complete color management solution for generating ICC profiles and
applying print standards. The platform connects with up to four
presses. When deployed with Heidelberg's Prinect Color Toolbox and
Saphira inks, there is no better way for printers to satisfy the
consistency and high-quality demands of their customers. If you
operate Heidelberg presses, and if G7 Master Printer Qualification
is your goal, Heidelberg can help with all your optimization,
calibration and standardization projects.