14 Mai 2021

7 reasons why color management software and professional proofing solutions push the digital transformation of printing companies

This article briefly illuminates the potential color management and proofing technology has for companies of the graphic industry to push their digital transformation and improve processes.

Blod Pic DigitalizationDigitalization, automation, and sustainability are keywords these days. The corona crisis and the shutdowns are powerful drivers of change processes in SMEs as well as huge global companies. Branch surveys show what the biggest challenges for printers and packaging printers are and in which areas many of them focus to emerge from the crisis stronger than before.

This article briefly illuminates the potential color management and proofing technology has for companies of the graphic industry to push their digital transformation and improve processes.

1. Connected processes & automated quality control

Branch experts agree: The printing quality remains a key aspect in competition. Any activities which are conducted to reduce costs or to improve the productivity of the companies may not affect the results in a negative way.

Smart and flexible tools help a lot to control printing results. They also allow you to monitor all presses in your production environment as well as connected devices and other processes automatically - in real-time. The software informs the user immediately whenever a part of the system deviates from an expected standard or requires user invention. But, of course, it needs to fit easily in existing infrastructures.

Perfect overview of all processes

Detailed reports and trends analysis are available from anywhere in the world. They allow a perfect overview of all processes and deliver clear facts for further improvements or communication with customers, suppliers, and partners.

This is the best basis to achieve optimal results and reliable consistent quality – and to work more sustainably as a huge amount of waste can be reduced by identifying problems at their source – before incorrect proofs or plates enter the press room.

Automated processes and connect your devices and global production locations the best way – with central and mobile access to control, regulate and certify.

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2. Smart job handling

Smart job handling X GAMUTAnother interesting fact is that intelligent color management technology has the potential to support you with clear facts which of the printing presses in your production hall (locally or globally) fits the best for the jobs.

Special algorithms answer the question which available press should be used for the best possible result including e.g. information about the color space and ink sets.

Based on that, the software detects which available press will produce the ideal result, optimizes the print data, and sends it to the selected press for production.

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3. Maximum efficiency & productivity

Color RepeatabilityOf course, it´s not new that customer complaints and maculature are not good for your business, but besides the economic dimension, nowadays the ecological perspective gains more and more attention.

Both go hand and in hand as you will save money if you avoid unnecessary print runs, energy consumption, material, inks, and when you reduce waste and its disposal, for example.

Suitable software tools help you to work efficiently on both levels. That applies to the proofing and the production area likewise.

A professional proofing tool helps you to be more efficient and to produce fast and easy contract proofs as well as color-binding packaging proofs and prototypes. Physically and virtually.

That optimizes the communication and decision-making process with your customers and partners a lot as you have clear common goals. Also, small quantity production of labels or mock-ups is possible.

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Press Matching Color StabilityColor management software which has been specially developed for print production will help you to achieve a much more efficient printing process, it will avoid unnecessary change-over times or downtimes in our production hall.

But, it is not “just” achieving the best color result with your printing presses and the optimal and easy handling of color, it is really a lot more: You will finally get accurate and consistent color across all your printing devices and you will repeat your print jobs worldwide easily and reliably: today - tomorrow - anytime.

The last months have shown that this becomes vitally important for companies that were part of consolidations and added different printing presses as a result of these processes into their production environment.

The integration and harmonization of mixed machinery including modern and older printing presses can be easily conducted with the right software.

As a result, you will optimize the usage of your presses and create sustainability.

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4. Optimal usage of resources & sustainable working

Besides quality improvements, with suitable color management software, you can save a huge amount of ink, especially if you print advertising material like posters or banners, etc. This leads to a huge cost reduction and has several “side effects” which should not be underestimated.

A less total ink coverage leads to a higher range of your inks as well as faster drying times. This allows a higher production speed which as a result raises the capacities and productivity of the company. Increased productivity means more sales and higher margins.  

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Besides that, other results are reduced print headwear or longer UV lamp life with reduced energy consumption. The experience shows, too, that the lower ink coverage can also reduce ink breaks across folds and minimizes the negative impacts of environmental factors. Prints become less susceptible to fading and abrasion, for example. This is an important asset for promotional material.

The environmental factor can especially be observed if you use large amounts of UV inks, as these inks have the highest savings potential, resulting in less ink waste.

You will earn more money and your customers will get their orders faster and in better quality. Perfect match!

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5. High-efficiency thanks to multicolor printing

Especially if you work a lot with more than four colors and spot colors software solutions that were specially developed for this printing method can help you a lot to optimize your workflows and printing process. Why?

With the right tool, you will reproduce nearly 100 percent of spot colors with an extended fixed ink set like CMYK+OGV. And this opens up a lot of great potentials to save money and time!

Let us review some:

  • You do not need to order/pay for special inks, wait until they are mixed and delivered, etc. This reduces ink costs enormously.
  • This leads to great competitive advantages because you can offer reduced pricing and faster delivery times to your customers.
  • You do not need to store inks, pay for huge warehouses and for the disposal of useless spot inks.
  • You considerably streamline, optimize, and speed up your entire production process. This is a very important point! Without the need of changing over special inks for every single print job – or even for one job, if there are so many spot colors used that you are unable to print the job in a single run – you have faster throughput, you have no make-ready times or additional cleaning and wash-up times of the presses. The picture below visualizes on an abstract level these aspects, before expanded gamut printing and after making use of this technology.
  • Last but not least: You gain a lot of flexibility because you can gang-run print jobs, containing different spot colors. There is no longer any need to print one job after the other!

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6. Customization, flexibility and workflow integration

Easy integration software tools CGS ORISIn general, professional color management and proofing software should be simple to use and work intuitively although it is really “heavy stuff”.

That means, on the one hand, our tools basically contain an enormous amount of all powerful features and functions you may need to optimize your entire production process in the best and most effective way.

On the other hand, they offer the possibility to customize and use the tools in an individual way.

Flexibility is crucial for us: The software and its features can be used to automate processes to a maximum level, but you can also make your own decisions and selected special functions you need, customize and make changes.

You are fully free to decide the level of automation you would like to work with.

Easy integration or build up a new system

Our solutions can be integrated easily into existing workflows and infrastructures, but there is also the possibility to build up a new holistic system based on the tools.

All this applies for single locations but also for production bases worldwide – we think color globally.

7. The true digitalization of color

True color digitalizationEvery day, many companies of the graphic arts industry still face difficulties due to the communication of incomplete or misleading color information. This still causes many challenges, additional print runs, and costs recourses and money.

Today, it is possible to use smart software tools to organize, edit and communicate color with all its (spectral) properties in a simple, secure and cost-effective manner.

Of course, the central management of color is greatly important for brand owners, but also offers a lot of advantages for prepress companies, printers, brand owners, paint manufacturers, mock-up agencies, and packaging designers. 

Comprehensive digitalization of color optimizes the coordination and production processes and makes them much faster and less expensive.

This ensures e.g. that media designers have exact specifications at hand and use the correct color at any time or it also assures correct ink formulation by the ink manufacturer.

Thanks to special prediction feature the entrance to the world of “CxF data” which are the basis of all that, became easy.

The result of using spectral color data through the entire supply chain – the strong fundament of real color digitalization – is consistent color reproduction in every print run and perfect brand colors worldwide!

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7 reasons at a glance

  • Connected processes & automated quality control
  • Smart job handling
  • Maximum efficiency & productivity
  • Optimal usage of resources & sustainable working
  • High efficiency thanks to multicolor printing
  • Customization, flexibility, and workflow integration
  • True digitalization of color
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