The Color Care Package from Konica Minolta offers an efficient software application package to define, achieve, and maintain product-specific quality standards for any color device. The package includes Konica Minolta’s FD-5 Spectrodensitometer, an M1-type instrument, utilizing Konica Minolta’s original VFS (Virtual Fluorescence Standard) to provide measurements corresponding to D50. The Care Suite is comprised of three modules. Color Care Catch measures and controls the color output and verifies that the quality conforms to the standards defined for the bizhub PRESS systems. Color Care Profiles creates high-quality ICC printer profiles on the newly installed color device. Color Care MatchPatch permits ICC printer profiles to be further refined and optimized.
At Graph Expo, Mitsubishi Imaging previewed its chemistry-free, violet-sensitive DigiPlate CTP System, which will be available in 2012. It is comprised of the chemistry-free PDP-VL DigiPlate and PDP violet CTP platesetter. The violet sensitive PDP-VL plate uses a polymer cross-linking technology that requires no chemical processing to create the image area. It is designed for high-resolution printing with run lengths of up to 20,000 impressions. It requires only water for rinsing; with no pre-heating or gumming needed.
Presstek highlighted its Aurora EXP plates, which combine the performance of grained anodized aluminum plates with the benefits of chemistry-free imaging. Once imaged, the plate requires only a water wash and it is ready to print. No developing, baking, or gumming is required. Aurora EXP is rated up to 50,000 impressions and can be imaged at a resolution of 1% to 99% at 200 lpi. This plate has a strong resistance to UV inks and solvents and can be used in both UV and conventional printing, and is compatible with a range of thermal platesetters.
The ColorBurst digital inkjet CTP system produces press-ready aluminum and polyester printing plates for 2-up and 4-up presses. The system includes the RIP and Plate Press. It works with standard Epson UltraChrome Ink on an Epson Stylus Pro 4900, 7900, 9900, 7890, or 9890 inkjet printer. The Plate Press heat cures the printed plates using a standard 120V-20a power connection. The finished plates are rated for 20,000 impressions. The system is an eco-friendly, low-cost alternative to traditional platemaking.