July 24th 2012 – Your Print Solution of High Wycombe, Bucks, has invested in the GMG ProductionSuite wide-format colour management and workflow solution, to support expansion of its business into wide-format production. The six-year-old digital print specialist is initially using ProductionSuite to drive a new 60-inch HP Designjet L26500 printer, complementing an existing Epson Stylus Pro 9600 44-in printer.
Increasing demand for poster and other large-format work from customers such as the Wimpy Restaurant franchise for whom Your Print Solution provides print via an HP Indigo 7000 digital press, in addition to the Epson printer, meant that additional capacity was required. Having been a GMG customer since 2004, director David Jackson was more than happy to continue to use GMG solutions to maximise colour quality and consistency from the new HP printer:
“We’d been using GMG since 2004 because it was the best proofing solution out there, so when GMG showed us ProductionSuite alongside the L26500, we thought ‘if anyone knows colour, they do’,” explains Jackson. “GMG ProductionSuite includes technology that’s familiar to us, but with many additional features for wide-format output. We’re producing increasing numbers of A1 and 24 x 36-inch posters via our web-to-print portal for Wimpy, typically in runs of 30 or 40 at a time, so the larger printer made sense.”
Says Jackson: “We work to the Fogra 39L standard on the Indigo and Epson printers to match offset print that is produced elsewhere for our customers. With GMG ProductionSuite, we know that we are hitting that reliably on the HP as well, because everything is measured. Not only are we matching colour across devices and substrates but, perhaps more importantly, we are providing consistency over time, from one month to the next. Sixty per cent of our customers who place work for the Indigo are also buying wide-format work from us now.”
GMG has built dedicated functionality for wide-format production tasks into ProductionSuite; this ranges from pre-flighting and file correction tools to planning for efficient use of media via step-and-repeat and tiling options. It also includes support for the placement of non-print features such as hems and grommets, plus cutting and folding instructions for the finishing processes. As relative newcomers to the intricacies of finishing products as diverse as pull-up banners on vinyl or POS displays mounted onto board, the staff at Your Print Solution have found the know-how built into the GMG software to be a great asset:
“GMG ProductionSuite has definitely helped our move into wide-format work,” confirms Jackson, adding, “We hadn’t dealt with banners, eyelets or hem-ons before, but the software has great educational value in helping us to understand wide-format issues. The Editor module is very easy to use; as well as allowing a high level of editing, it assists with handling the calculations that relate output size, viewing distance and image resolution, for example.”
Simon Landau, technical sales specialist, GMG UK, comments: “This is just the beginning of Your Print Solution’s move into wide-format production. With its drivers for the widest range of output devices and extensive support for finishing and related equipment, GMG ProductionSuite will be able to support their further expansion in whatever direction they choose to take.”
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Image captions: David Jackson (left) and business partner Steven Brown; Posters being printed on HP printer
|About GMG: GMG is a leading developer and supplier of high-end colour management software solutions, founded in 1984 and located in Tuebingen, Germany. With more than 25 years of experience in the graphic arts industry, the GMG brand is synonymous with a guarantee for high-quality solutions for everything to do with colour. GMG’s goal is to provide complete solutions for standardizing and simplifying the colour management workflow in order to achieve consistent colours on all media types and with any printing technology. Today, more than 11,000 systems are in use among customers around the globe. These span a wide range of industries and application areas including advertising agencies, prepress houses, offset, flexo, packaging, digital, and large-format printers as well as international gravure printers. GMG is represented by branches and authorized dealers the world over.
About the GMG solutions: Based on the 4-D colour-transformation engine, the proofing solution GMG ColorProof provides the most accurate way of calibrating digital inkjet proofing devices to produce contract colour proofs precisely matched to the printing process. GMG DotProof® enables users to generate contract quality halftone proofs, using the original bitmap data of the output RIP. GMG FlexoProof is specifically tailored to the needs of the packaging industry, simulating any kind of substrate structures and spot colours in the halftone proof. GMG ProofControl guarantees reliable and complete quality control of digital colour proofs based on a defined standard. GMG ProofMedia is a range of proofing-specific substrates manufactured to strict tolerances specifically for colour critical applications. www.proofr.com is an internet platform enabling online proofing services in GMG quality through a worldwide network of remote proofing locations. GMG ColorServer, with automatic hotfolder technology and based on the Adobe® PDF Library, provides fully automatic colour conversions for all printing processes – CMYK-to-CMYK, RGB-to-CMYK and RGB-to-RGB. GMG InkOptimizer automatically reduces chromatic colours, thus providing cost savings by reducing unnecessary ink usage, along with better print stability on press. GMG FlowConnect enables the complete integration of the colour management solutions GMG ColorServer and GMG InkOptimizer into current workflow systems. GMG PrintControl is an easy-to-use solution for standardizing printing presses and effective process control in the pressroom. The GMG SmartProfiler wizard allows the profiling and calibration of different output devices, such as digital presses or large format systems, easily and quickly. United in this one application, the GMG ProductionSuite offers the entire range of functions required today in a modern wide-format production environment: efficient job preparation, data preflight, colour management, identical repetition, lower cost through reduced ink consumption, etc.
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