Global Print Management

pressSIGN GLobal Print Management

pressSIGN Global Print Management (GPM) uses the full power of the internet to measure, control, monitor and evaluate the colour printing process between locations anywhere in the world.

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pressSIGN GPM features a complete set of analysis tools to monitor and improve press, operator and site performance identifying issues of both quality and wastage. Control the print production from one central location, allocating standards, spot colors, tolerances and targets globally or per site depending on the campaign.

pressSIGN GPM is huge leap forward in production control for both multi-site print organisations and brand managers. Analyse the performance of each print facility depending on print process, standard or campaign performance. Utilise the new web broswer reporting tool to analyse and compare print sites, campaigns, presses, operators and much more.

Use pressSIGN’s soft proofing facility to press pass jobs across the internet. Improve communication between client, brand manager and print supplier with the chat messaging service.

pressSIGN contains the Pantone® libraries and the ability to create custom colour libraries. New in pressSIGN 5 is the ability to control spot colour tints. Set spot tint targets based on previous prints or use pressSIGN’s Visual Linear Targeting (VLT) to achieve the smoothest possible blends.

Each pressSIGN GPM installation includes one measurement client (Pro), one analysis client (Trends) and a client that operates via a web browser. Additional clients can bepurchased as needed.

pressSIGN GPM works with all printing processes from one colour to sixteen.

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Some of pressSIGN Global Print Management’s main features

  • Scores the measurement against the print target giving a colour coded overall score Print targets with tolerances and scoring are fully customisable
  • Dynamic Density Adjustment (DDA) uniquely predicts best possible density based on the selected print target and the actual paper, ink, chemistry in use for that job
  • Auto target adjustment for substrate – user doesn’t need to create a multitude of press targets for each substrate to get best quality of print.
  • Creates and updates tonal curves using either TVI (dot gain) or patent pending 4CX technology (grey balance).
  • Print targets – all international standards supported. Print targets fully customisable
  • Spot Colours – includes Pantone® libraries for up to 16 colour printing, create custom spot libraries
  • Spot Colour Tints – use pressSIGN’s Visual Linear Target (VLT) technology to set the tint target or measure previously printed tints as your target.
  • Dynamic Reports – get detailed reports on all aspects of production, compare print sites, operators, campaigns. Rank performance and follow trends all through a web browser interface.
  • Use any colour bar
  • Trend analysis reports showing press, operator, shift performance and wastage of print process for single or multiple jobs
  • Monitor performance from the production office or from anywhere connected to the internet
  • Soft Proof at the press or in the production office, see the impact of paper colour and the actual press measurements on the job
  • Check consistency across the press and against the OK sheet
  • Connects to all scanning spectrophotometers and many third-party closed loop systems

Each measurement is scored

Every measurement is given a score and colour coded to make it easy to decide how well the sheet was printed. The sheet is given an overall score which is further broken down into different measurement criteria. Finally the production report gives a score for all the measurements in the job.

The job criteria measured and scored are

  • Primary colours
  • Spot colours
  • TVI
  • Grey Balance
  • Overprints – Lab and Trapping
  • Sheet consistency
  • Consistency against an OK or accepted sheet
  • Paper colour

pressSIGN uses ISO 12647-2 tolerances by default, but all tolerances and scoring criteria can be fully customized by the user. The print target can be allocated globally across the enterprise or assigned to specific sites depending on the needs of the enterprise.

Production analysis

Create production reports to compare sites, campaigns and print process. Rank print facilities against their ability to produce to client standards. Identify strengths in your print network so that standards can be improved in all facilities.

Print Targets

pressSIGN supports all international print standards:-

  • ISO 12647-2
  • ISO 12647-3
  • ISO 12647-4
  • ISO 12647-6
  • ISO 15339
  • GRACol
  • JapanColor

In addition to the internationally recognised print standards create customized standards based on CMYK ICC profiles. pressSIGN also allows you to select a profile for the print condition and a separate profile for the grey balance. For example, customers might require a job to be printed on uncoated paper but have supplied the file with a coated profile like ISOCoatedv2.icc. The ability to set a different target for the grey balance to the print condition allows the generation of correction curves that produce the best possible visual match.

Utilising an ICC profile as the print target allows pressSIGN to adjust the print target according to the colour of the substrate simply by measuring the paper colour or typing in the substrate colour. Printing to the amended target will produce a better visual match to the proof. Export the amended ICC profile to pre-press for proofing or soft proofing.

Create a print standard based on a single or set of previously measured printed sheets. The ability to capture the existing print set up makes it easy to match re-runs that are outside any international standard. For example press passes agreed at one site can be used throughout the group.

The print target contains not only the standard but also the tolerances and scoring. Set up print targets centrally that can be applied in all locations.

DDA

pressSIGN’s Dynamic Density Adjustment ensures that the operator is always achieving the closest colour match to the press target whatever the ink, paper or pressenvironment. On each new job pressSIGN recalculates the correct density adjustment based on the current conditions. In fact, pressSIGN only needs to read one patch to know how to adjust the density.

The measurement client shows the operator how to adjust each ink key across the press. The operator is targeting 0% adjustment, which means that if the ink level is either increased or decreased then the Delta E will rise. Instead of trying to hit an arbitrary density target the operator is achieving the best possible colour match to the press target.

The print measurements taken by the operator can be seen by anyone with appropriate permission anywhere in the organisation.

Auto Substrate adjustment

Printers who are asked to print to international printing standards like ISO 12647-2 or GRACol will often be asked to produce work on paper stocks that deviate from the standard. pressSIGN v 5 gives print buyers and printers the option of allowing pressSIGN to automatically amend the print target based on the substrate’s white point.

Changing the white point target in response to paper color gives a better visual representation of the original than sticking to a target whatever the paper color is being used.

Set and update tonal curves

pressSIGN offers two methods of creating tonal curve adjustments, Tonal Value Increase (TVI) and patent pending 4CX. By measuring the colour bar containing aminimum of three tonal patches per colour (e.g. 25%, 50% and 75%) pressSIGN creates tonal adjustment curves and exports these curves to a whole variety of RIP formats for platesetters and digital devices.

Alternatively output the tonal curves to AutoCurves and apply the adjustments to a PDF workflow. AutoCurves is an additional application that is useful in a digital environment or where a platesetter RIP is unable to update an existing curve.

TVI, usually deferred to as dot gain, is the traditional way that printers have matched international standards such as ISO 12647-2. It is a simple method of achieving colour matching to an ISO 12647 standard.

Patent pending 4CX (4 Colour Exchange) technology targets grey balance for the tonal adjustments. 4CX takes into account black and white points of the target and print to produce the best visual match. For more details on 4CX technology visit thededicated web page.

When all conditions including ink and paper are ideal on a sheet fed offset press then 4CX and TVI adjustments will produce the same results. However, we recommend 4CX on non-offset devices and where ink and paper do not precisely match the ISO standards.

Dynamic Reports

Create dynamic reports showing trends, comparisons and ranking. Select all the data from the Server or sort by any criteria and generate reports.

pressSIGN web browser reports
Pie Charts Ranking with average score & number of jobs Diagram with trend

Analyse your data to find out who is printing best whether it is a press, operator, print site or shift. See which paper stock gives you the best results and dig into how your campaigns have printed and with which press, printer etc you need to concentrate your resources.

Spot Colours

To ensure brand consistency spot color printing is essential. pressSIGN GPM can measure and control from one to 16 colors. The spot colors can be from either the PANTONE® libraries or customer created libraries. These color libraries can be assigned to sites based on the job or campaign.

The Pantone® spot colour libraries are included within pressSIGN. Select any Pantone colour and pressSIGN will show the operator how to adjust the density to achieve the best possible match on the substrate.

Create custom spot colour libraries by measuring the colours, importing colour data files like CxF, or type in Lab values. Custom spot colour libraries can be assigned to specific sites for different campaigns.

Compare any measurement with the nearest colour from the spot colour libraries.

Why rely on each site to make a visual judgement of a spot color from a faded book when all can benefit from centrally controlled spectral data.

Spot Colour Tints

Set the right tonal target for spot colours based on colour not density. pressSIGN’s Visual Linear Target (VLT) sets the target from your choice of Spot Colour whether it is from the Pantone or a custom library. VLT calculates the correct tint target to give the smoothest blend.

Creating a tint target is easy in pressSIGN. There are two options. Measure an exisitng set of tints and use these to set the target. pressSIGN will then score the measurement, show the operator how close he is to the target and tional adjustments can be exported to the RIP or PDF workflow.

A more effective solution that produces much smoother spot colour blends is pressSIGN’s Visual Linear Target (VLT). VLT requires no previous printing. Select the spot colour from the Pantone® or custom library and measure the tints. VLT will provide tonal adjustments curves based on pressSIGN’s mathematical calculation of the ideal tones.

VLT takes into account the substrate and the colorants making up the solid color. As the colorants and the substrate change so the necessary tonal curve adjsutments will change. VLT ensures the best possible blend for spot color whatever the conditions.

Select Any Colour Bar

Create any colour bar in pressSIGN’s colour bar generator and pressSIGN will score the reading against the target you have set.

Import CGATs or CxF data files and make these the print target files. pressSIGN version 5 gives the user huge flexibility to determine what will be measured. For example, make the target bar a single colour with multiple tint patches to see how the printing device is producing a tonal curve for that colour. Check on the across the sheet consistency of a digital printer.

Create or import multi-line color bars such as the GRACol P2P target or FOGRA/UGRA Media wedge or simply copy an existing color bar including slurs marks.

pressSIGN Reports

pressSIGN GPM offers the brand or production manager much better understanding about the performance of the printing devices and the operators under his control through pressSIGN’s  production reports. See which operators take longest to get to production. pressSIGN GPM provides production managers with detailed analysis reports for individual jobs and across multiple jobs. Compare the performance of

  • the various printing sites
  • presses
  • digital printing devices
  • operators
  • shifts
  • consumables and paper.
  • category or subcategory

Produce a certification report for clients to demonstrate the quality of print from multiple sites or for a particular campaign.

pressSIGN GPM also produces measurement report and a scoring report to give production manager’s a quick overview of any particular job.

pressSIGN Clients

pressSIGN v 5 is a SQL Server based product that allows multiple clients to input and monitor the data from the printing devices connected to it. As part of the basic configuration pressSIGN GPM v 5 is shipped with three clients additional clients can be added as required.

  • the Pro client that is used by the operator to measure and control the print device
  • the Trends client for use in the production/brand manager’s office- to assign jobs to the operator or site, to update tonal curves, to analyse performance and communicate to customers and colleagues
  • the Mobile client for the production manager to monitor performance and communicate with the operator from anywhere connected to the internet

While the Pro client sits by the printing device in order to read and monitor individual printed sheets and show the operator how to make the necessary adjustments to the press the Trends and Mobile clients allow production and brand managers to monitor the press performance without the need to be on the shop floor or even on the same site.

The brand/production manager can see all jobs that are currently printing from his office, new jobs can be created, targets created and jobs assigned to right site, press, or operator. When the operator signs into pressSIGN he only sees his own jobs. From the production office the manager can update tonal curves without the need to visit the factory floor or even the site or disturb the operator. All production reports and analysis can take place using the pressSIGN-Trends client.

Keep in touch with the performance of the operators and presses from anywhere connected to the internet through the web browser pressSIGN-Mobile client.

Communicate directly with operators, managers, clients, brand owners via pressSIGN’s chat messaging service.

Soft Proofing

Soft proofing is included free of charge with pressSIGNMSIS. All Pro and Trends clients have the soft-proofing module built-in.

Use the soft proofing module even before printing has started. Open up the print job in pressSIGN and measure the actual paper colour. See what impact the underlying substrate is going to have before printing has started.

Use pressSIGN’s soft proof module at press side to compare the printed sheets with the target. Use the soft proof module in the production office to see how well the job is being printed and to see the impact of updating the tonal curves on the printed sheet. Use the soft proofing remotely to carry out press passes without the need to travel to the site.

Provide customers with a Trends code and a user name and password so they can see their own jobs and remotely sign off a press pass.

Check for all types of consistency

Consistency is vital for all quality conscious print buyers. Consistency between printed jobs, wherever they are printed, consistency throughout the job and consistency across the printed sheet are all vital in matching clients requirements. pressSIGN GPM allows the production controller to monitor all types of consistency and helps the operator maintain consistency.

pressSIGN Connectivity

Use pressSIGN GPM to control of all the following Spectrophotometers:-

  • X-Rite Intellitrax S
  • X-Rite EasyTrax
  • X-Rite Eye-One Pro and Eye-One Pro2
  • X-Rite 530
  • X-Rite SpectroEye
  • X-Rite eXact
  • Techkon SprectroDrive
  • Techkon SpectroJet
  • Barbieri LFP

pressSIGN GPM connects with several third party closed loop systems including but not limited to Digital Information’s InkZone Loop, PrintFlow’s DIPS Online, Rutherford’s AutoPilot.

pressSIGN GPM will accept data from a variety of different press consoles like Heidelberg’s Image Control or Komori’s PDC-SII and PDC-SX

See how pressSIGN GPM can help you and your company improve print quality, meet clients expectations and lower costs. Download a demo of the latest version of the software today.

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