ORIS Press Matcher // Web was especially effective in maintaining the color accuracy and consistency of the VUTEk grand-format devices. Similarly, ORIS Color Tuner // Web was used to manage the company’s three Epson inkjet printers, used to create contract proofs for offset printing jobs. To make sure each device remains consistent, ORIS Certified // Web provides a simple but accurate way to measure any piece, and track the color trend for each device. For the Epson 9900, ORIS Certified uses the device’s in-line spectrophotometer to measure each output—saving even more time.
“What’s impressive about ORIS is the fact that every device is color managed via the Web,” Mendoza says. “A centralized solution gives me an accurate picture of the entire plant—how each device is performing—and alerting me to potential problems before they happen.” ORIS Certified // Web data may be used to precisely plan routine calibration cycles.
Anderson/LA’s use of ORIS technology also extended to the company’s digital printing operations. For short-run or variable data color print jobs, the HP Indigo 5500 has been a reliable press, albeit with many of the color consistency issues present with the VUTEk and HP grand-format devices. CGS and Mendoza implemented ORIS Press Matcher // Web, with results that Mendoza described as “fantastic. The difference was like night and day.” Indigo color output became consistent with the quality of Anderson’s conventional offset printing.
Not only was the ORIS-managed Indigo output consistent from run-to-run, it also matched color output from other digital presses throughout the Consolidated network, an essential aspect of the company’s service to large, multi-site corporations.
For Anderson’s offset printing operations, another CGS product, ORIS Ink Saver, was applied. Using a unique color transformation process, Ink Saver maintains the highest level of color quality and consistency, while at the same time significantly reducing ink coverage. In addition to cost savings on ink, drying time and the potential for image offset and show-through is greatly reduced. When Mendoza was running tests for Ink Saver, he applied it to one half of a press sheet containing two identical images. The pressman was unable to see the difference in quality, but noticed that the ink key settings for the Ink Saver side were 15 to 20 percent lower than usual.
Administration of the ORIS software is remarkably easy, Mendoza notes, with much of the measurement data from ORIS Certified // Web residing in a Web database. “It’s color management in the Cloud,” he remarks. Training others to use the software has also been easy, and has virtually eliminated the hours needed for manual tweaking.
Although the ORIS implementation at Anderson may seem like magic, Mendoza was quick to note that CGS took nothing for granted during testing and installation. Careful initial profiling and device testing was a joint effort by Mendoza, CGS’ field technical manager, and specialists from CGS partner Fujifilm. (The team installed ORIS Link Profiles into the VUTEk RIPs to apply ORIS color management without altering existing workflows.) “Most printing professionals appreciate the value of great end results,” he says. “The process is important, but at the end of the day, it’s only the finished product that matters. Despite the comprehensive nature of this project, the process of testing, installing, and deploying ORIS throughout the plant was very smooth.”
Mendoza is now in the process of creating color samples for his sales team, using the same color images on every possible substrate, including plastics as well as paper from both digital and offset presses. “Our sales team is very excited,” he says. “Our ability to maintain an even greater color consistency than in the past throughout our entire fleet of very different devices is a big competitive selling advantage. Anderson, like all of Consolidated Graphics’ companies, is a high-value print supply chain partner. ORIS is part of that value.”
John Parsons is a writer, researcher, and analyst in the printing and publishing industries. He writes and advises on a variety of technology and business topics, including Web-to-print, digital color, on-demand, premedia workflow, and print-to-mobile (QR Codes). He writes for several industry publications, and is the former editorial director of The Seybold Report. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.