Esko has launched its latest generation of the Print Control Wizard, version 20.0, with enhanced test charts, crystal screens for flexo and white ink optimization.
“Print Control Wizard was developed in response to industry calls to simplify the implementation of screens and dot gain curves, and we wanted to build on our immediate success with this new version,” said Robert Bruce, RIP and screening product manager at Esko.
Bruce went on to add that Esko integrated colour management tools into the newest version, along with a new implementation process.
“For example, while global standards call for three press trials to implement a flexo project, from optimization with single screen testing, through characterization with colour management and fingerprint for dot gain, Print Control Wizard 20.0 users can now go straight to fingerprinting. This offers a significant reduction in cost and therefore press time too,” said Bruce.
Launched this week, Print Control Wizard 20.0 also features improved test chart layout, improvements to wizard-style interface, platemaking wizard, new fully automated and customizable fingerprint reports, among other advancements.
Originally released last year, Print Control Wizard was specifically designed to improve the flexo plate making process and flexo print quality using crystal screens. It offers a simplified, standardized approach when considering ink, printing press, substrate and anilox for screen and curve creation, outputting a set of crystal screens and curves used for plate exposure on a CDI Crystal XPS.
“Our goal was to provide flexographic experts with the tools to standardize and simplify screen and curve creation, enabling them to achieve the best quality results without additional steps and checks being added to the process,” added Bruce. “After Print Control Wizard was honoured with a number of top industry awards, we have been working tirelessly to develop these new enhancements. We are delighted to now release this new version as we continue supporting the work of print and packaging specialists across the sector.”
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