Home' FLEXO Magazine : November 2015 Contents and L*a*b* values, it also performs a unique “plausibility check” on the
area to be measured, to be sure each is a valid color sample. The spectral
device automatically calibrates itself as needed, compensates for changes
in temperature and uses the XRGA standard; so the results are guaran-
teed 100 percent compatible with all X-Rite handheld devices.
This can be linked to a prepress department (so you can input a
desired or a standard L*a*b* value), to an ink kitchen (for work off
of leftover ink), and
can be integrated
with Pantone Live
and ColorCert from
X-Rite (so you can
certify your jobs color
to your customers).
nesses the informa-
tion collected by the
manages the data and
then allows linking
and sharing of data
processes and depart-
ments. It is the glue that links everything together in the plant and
allows the converter to reduce roll processing time and effort, while
guaranteeing the final quality of every roll shipped.
Another very exciting aspect is the system’s user interface. Using a 23-in.
4K touchscreen and gesture controls (just like those found on your
smartphone or tablet) brings simplicity of use and image navigation to a
whole new level.
Unique and exciting new features that save time, reduce waste or
increase machine productivity are found everywhere within these
systems. Here are a few examples:
• Instant setup—only three pieces of information are needed to
start a new job
• 4K camera and display technology means defects are reviewed
not as thumbnails, but as large, high resolution images, greatly
simplifying decision making
• Intelligent defect classification means the system can differentiate
between process related and sporadic defects
• Image magnification can be done with both line scan and matrix
• Error timeline gives a graphic display of all defects that have
been found, color coded by type
• Plate auditing checks at the very beginning of the job to be sure
the correct plates are being used
• A snapshot gallery allows remote monitoring of production
and sharing of the images with other computers, tablets and
WHERE YOU NEED TO GO
So the most important question is: Why would you want to invest in
such a system?
First: If you are using only visual inspection today—and this applies
equally to both narrow and wide web—you are now 10 years behind
the curve. But more importantly, you are missing a great opportunity
to improve and to maximize the productive value of your machines—
both new and old.
Second: If you have not upgraded or improved your inspection sys-
tems in the last three to five years, you have fallen substantially behind
the leaders in your market. These types of systems are being used by
your competition right now.
Third: While all this technology may sound expensive, you will be
pleasantly surprised at the affordability, not to mention that these
systems pay for themselves in a very short period of time. This kind of
technology, applied correctly, will help you optimize machine output
while minimizing waste. It will help you reduce and minimize both
startup and running waste. It will allow you to identify and correct
defects faster. It will allow you to know with confidence that you are
delivering only high quality to your customers. It will reduce reruns,
eliminate credits for substandard quality and improve overall custom-
er satisfaction, which means more orders.
In other words, today’s leading edge inspection systems are essential
tools that help the converter minimize waste and optimize machine
productivity while improving quality—all critical success factors for
competing in a global marketplace. n
About the Author: John Thome is director of
Latin America sales and marketing for BST
Eltromat International, a worldwide leader in
products that reduce waste, maximize produc-
tivity and enhance quality. He has been in the
printing industry since 1984 and involved with
web inspection and print management technolo-
gy since 1992.
John has spoken in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, India and
Australia. His presentations have covered trends and changes in
inspection systems and technologies over the past 20 plus years and he
has conducted and presented studies on color measurement, register
and pressure, and the impact of 100 percent inspection. John has been
published on the Internet and in more than 50 printing and converting
trade magazines, in more than 15 languages. His work has earned him
the designation of expert on the subject of print inspection.
“These types of systems are being
used by your competition right
The original Super HandyScan, introduced in
1992 and still sold today.
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