Sina Adds InkZone To Heidelberg Presses
By PrintAction Staff
By PrintAction Staff
SinaLite.com, the online division of Sina Printing Inc. based in Markham, Ontario, one of Canada’s largest trade printing operations, concluded a multiple press integration of Digital Information’s InkZone colour management technology, sold and installed by CMYK Distributors. The installation of InkZone CIP data, ink-presets and closed-loop technology was applied on three of SinaLite’s 40-inch Heidelberg presses.
Founded more than two decades ago, Sina Printing today operates out of a 100,000-square foot facility with several high-end presses and a full bindery. SinaLite.com is a trade-only ecommerce website, offering services to resellers of print such as printers, brokers, designers, copy houses, sign shops and marketing agencies throughout North America.
The InkZone solution at SinaLite.com includes three 40-inch X-Rite IntelliTrax colour scanning systems. IntelliTrax is X-Rite’s automated colour bar scanning technology featuring the Pantone library for integration with InkZone. CMYK Distributors explains IntelliTrax automatically scans the colour bar of a typical press sheet in less than 15 seconds and reports the information to InkZone Loop instantly.
“InkZone press automation technology is definitely one of the smartest investments we’ve made in our pressroom,” said Michael Meshkati, President of SinaLite.com. “By installing InkZone on our three 40-inch Heidelbergs, we are up to speed with the latest in automation, waste reduction, and colour control technology.”
“With InkZone, all scanned sheets are recorded and reports for any print job can be extracted to show compliance with given standards or specific brand colours,” continued Meshkati. “Further, the overall speed and accuracy of incoming colour data, as well as data sent to the press for adjustment during the run, allows us to be much more consistent and productive.”
CMYK Distributors explains the InkZone Ink-Presets and Closed Loop solution features the ability to preset minimum ink-key opening thresholds. The technology also leverages colour bar patches that allow for G7 compatible data readings, as well as a calibration curve for a given set of printing conditions that can be continuously corrected and will gradually approach an optimum. The distribution company, continued to explain the technology provides automatic measurement and evaluation of colour bars and then direct, digital feedback of the appropriate ink-key adjustments. InkZone also provides Best Match tools for printing toward a specific Delta E and adjusts the target density automatically.
“As one of the largest trade printers in North America, colour consistency is critical to SinaLite.com’s business. With InkZone, SinaLite.com is at the forefront in terms of color control,” said Mark Williams, Director of Sales for CMYK Distributors.
CMYK Distributors, headquartered in Weymouth, MA, is a distributor and installer of graphics and printing products, which includes being the exclusive distributor of the InkZone product line.