Thursday, 18 October 2018

Hit the Spot. Print Solutions #52 – October 2018

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Hit the Spot. Print Solutions #52 – October 2018

Colour Engine is an expert when it comes to colour management, but it also helps customers to solve problems. When it comes to brand colours, Logos and product flavours it will help to maintain the consistency of the brand.

Print Solutions #52 – October 2018

Thursday, 02 August 2018

Printweek, Me and My Alwan

Alwan CMYK Optimizer Hine Labels Labels TruePress Xeikon

Printweek, Me and My Alwan

“Consistency was lacking from device to device, process to process, month to month, year to year,” says managing director Bill Hine. “We weren’t the only ones, other label printers were telling us that they also had issues with consistency with presses and front-ends similar to the ones we had.”
The biggest problem was that the two digital presses were from different suppliers and used different print processes, he says. “Everyone bundles colour management for their own machines and so off you go with it and it really works, but only for that machine. If you want to match one make of engine to another make, you don’t get a lot of help from the suppliers. So we went to an independent colour management supplier.”
Dantex Graphics, which supplied the Screen inkjet to Hine, recommended Colour Engine, a specialist technical consultancy and colour management integrator. Directors Mark Anderton and Malcolm McKenzie assessed Hine’s needs and recommended the Alwan Color Suite of software. The main elements used are ColorHub, the main colour server that transforms PDFs, and PrintVerifier, which checks that the printed output conforms to the desired standard.
Hine Labels is a trade-only label producer, offering flexo, digital and hot- and cold-foiling services. It has five flexo presses for conventional label work, encompassing a mix of Nilpeter and MPS presses of different specs and ink types, both water-based and UV.
Its Xeikon 3300 was originally a 3030 model installed in 2009, then field-upgraded to 3300 standard in 2014, which doubled its speed to 19.2m/min. Hine says the results remain good, but maintaining consistency has been tricky – temperature and humidity can alter print characteristics, but so can the different replacement cycles of the various consumables that age at different rates – developer, drums, corona wires and so on.
He says the Screen inkjet press is more consistent over time and is particularly impressed with the wide-gamut UV inks, but it was necessary to be able to match results with the Xeikon and with the flexo presses for short-run repeat orders, as well as to ensure consistency on different label stocks.
The first Screen inkjet has proved so successful that a second one is on order for installation in March. This will be a Truepress Jet L350 UV+ LM model with food-safe low-migration inks, nitrogen purge and five colours.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Fespa UK News

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Fespa UK News

Colour Engine Rev Up for Membership

Colour Engine the ‘go to’ guys for high-end colour management have joined FESPA UK Association.


For the past seven years Colour Engine have been working with both very large and small POS printers in the UK and have a great track record of looking after their clients.

Mark Anderton MD at Colour Engine, comments: “There’s nobody else quite like us -we’re an interesting hybrid of software distributer, consultancy and communications rolled into one, offering excellent technical knowledge and straightforward advice that is too often lacking from some operations.

“Better colour whilst using less ‘digital ink’ realised by the intelligent use of GCR is just one of the wins Association members may be interested in, but there are many more. We know our way around all the Print Standards and our experience across digital, litho and flexo gives us an unequalled breadth of knowledge.

“We joined FESPA UK Association because we liked their professionalism and enthusiasm to help their members and we hope to be able to grow our business through building relationships. For POS and speciality printers we need to further understand their issues and so our approach is conversational.

“We offer first class Colour Management Services, pre-sales, specification, workflow, specialist lighting services, colour accurate monitor proofing, digital closed loop, installation, training, documentation, support, consultancy along with instrumentation and hardware where needed.

“We’re excited to be working with FESPA UK Association and plan to build a great partnership with the Association and its members.”

Fespa UK

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Alwan ColorHub gets even better

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Alwan ColorHub gets even better

Alwan ColorHub (and CMYK Optimizer before) has always proven to be the best choice for your demanding customers since its first release in 2004.

Our competitors and other workflow manufacturers have since developed technologies giving comparable results and are currently chasing your customers claiming superior ink savings.

This is why we developed our new Ink Saving Boost technology which puts the bar so high that no competitive software or workflow will be able to beat it for a long time.

Since the release of Alwan ColorHub 6.5 in December 2018, we have won all comparative tests, be it with conventional presses, digital presses (Konica Minolta KM-1, Xerox Trivor) or large format printers! We were also able to win several competitive upgrades at customers using other ink saving technologies.

Upgrade and keep your customers, and win customers over your competitors thanks to Alwan Ink Saving Boost!

Alwan’s Dynamic Maximum Black ink saving technology has been selling and used successfully by our customers since seven years. However, when we tested Alwan’s new Ink Saving Boost technology, we were impressed to see that not only ink savings were significantly boosted in many cases, but that color accuracy and reproduction quality were improved as well!

Real production tests and ink consumption calculations done with 550,000 prints done of each vendor software. Alwan ColorHub showed a better image quality and 5% more ink savings with Alwan Ink Saving Boost! De Jong therefore decided to upgrade and keep URTS for Alwan ColorHub!

Not only Alwan Hydra profile in a Fiery Controller gave better colorimetric results and grey balance than CGS Press Matcher. Moreover, using the Xerox Trivor's functionality to output a report of ink used on the device per job showed that Alwan using Ink Saving Boost had best ink savings.

We were able to replace ColorLogic and BasicColor by Alwan ColorHub and win 2 new customers with potential sales for additional Alwan products and services.