Global Graphics Software Ltd of Cambourne, Cambridge at virtual.drupa in Düsseldorf -- drupa - May 28 to June 7, 2024 - Messe Düsseldorf
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Global Graphics Software Ltd

Building 2030 Cambourne Business Park, CB23 6DW Cambourne, Cambridge
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Justin Bailey

Managing Director

+44 (0)1223 926007
+44 (0)7969 909806


Jeremy Spencer

VP Business Development - EMEA

+44 (0)1223 926318
+44 (0)7891 196407


Hagiwara Yoshiyuki

Director of Sales - Japan

+81 3 6273 3198


Paul Hagen

VP Print Sales - Americas

+1 603 396 2766


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12:50 ‐ 13:10
Video conference

AI - Man vs Machine

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Join Global Graphics Software's vice president of products and services, Eric Worrall, for a discussion on how man adapts to the world where machines can make decisions faster and with more precision than man can, and therefore what print companies needs to understand and do to prepare for the upheaval. Do we need a new way to think about what printers do?
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14:40 ‐ 15:10
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A Smart Factory needs a Smart Digital Front End

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The role of the digital printer will be transformed as it takes its place in the smart factory of the future. Join this session to learn about a new DFE for labels and packaging that offers a complete solution: smart job creation with HYBRID Stepz, management & automation with HYBRID CLOUDFLOW, a Print Controller that connects your printer to the smart factory using OPC UA, RIPping and screening using Harlequin Direct™, powerful printhead electronics and software from Meteor Inkjet and Xitron.

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14:40 ‐ 15:10

A Smart Factory needs a Smart Digital Front End

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The role of the digital printer will be transformed as it takes its place in the smart factory of the future. Join this session to learn about a new DFE for labels and packaging that offers a complete solution: smart job creation with HYBRID Stepz, management [&] automation with HYBRID CLOUDFLOW, a Print Controller that connects your printer to the smart factory using OPC UA, RIPping and screening using Harlequin Direct™, powerful printhead electronics and software from Meteor Inkjet and Xitron.

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.02  Workflow and data handling software
  • 01.02.030  Workflow systems
  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.02  Workflow and data handling software
  • 01.02.055  Color management software

Color management software

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.02  Workflow and data handling software
  • 01.02.070  PDF software
  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.02  Workflow and data handling software
  • 01.02.080  Screening technologies

Screening technologies

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.02  Workflow and data handling software
  • 01.02.085  RIP systems
  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.020  Automation solutions

Automation solutions

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.025  Big Data
  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.085  Smart factory

Smart factory

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.090  Smart Products

Smart Products

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.105  Networking solutions and standards

Networking solutions and standards

Our products

Product category: Automation solutions, Smart factory, Smart Products


SmartDFE is a new digital front end for labels and packaging that's designed to be the heart of a fully automated manufacturing system. It includes:

  • Smart job creation with HYBRID Stepz
  • Management & automation with HYBRID CLOUDFLOW
  • A Print Controller that connects your printer to the smart factory using OPC UA
  • RIPping and screening using Harlequin Direct™
  • Powerful printhead electronics and software from Meteor Inkjet and Xitron

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Product category: Workflow systems, PDF software, RIP systems


Are you aiming your printer at the label and packaging market? Do you want to supply award-winning PDF creation and advanced workflow as standard with your product? Then you need Fundamentals™. Fundamentals bundles our Direct products with STEPZ and CLOUDFLOW from our partner, HYBRID Software, to give you a single source of software fundamental to a label and packaging solution for a digital press.

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Product category: RIP systems

Harlequin Core

The Harlequin Core converts text and image data from many file formats including PDF, TIFF™ or JPEG, into a format that a printing device such as an inkjet printhead, toner marking engine or laser plate-setter can understand. Proven in the field, with the Harlequin Core at the heart of your digital front end you can keep presses running at rated speed, even on the most complex jobs, without incurring high costs.

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Product category: Workflow systems, PDF software

Mako Core

The print software engineer's Swiss Army knife, Mako™ has many ‘blades’, each one matching a job that you need to get done. Using its unique document object model, Mako’s C++ and C# APIs offer control over color, fonts, text, images, vector content, metadata and more, combining precision with performance.

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Product category: Screening technologies

ScreenPro Core

ScreenPro™ is Global Graphics Software’s award-winning screening engine that converts continuous tone image data into ready-to-print halftone screened data in real time. It’s designed to enable OEMs to maximize the performance of their digital printers and get to market quicker. ScreenPro is fully compatible with your existing workflow and complements any RIP, such as Esko, Caldera, Colorgate, EFI and Sofha, or our own Harlequin RIP Core

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Product category: Workflow systems, PDF software, Big Data

Streamline Direct

If your customers' print jobs arrive from many PDF sources and creators, or you need to support non-PDF formats, Streamline Direct will check each PDF, allowing your customer to reject any that are likely to slow down your device. Streamline Direct can also be used to streamline any problem PDF to achieve the same output quality whilst maximizing your device speed. If your market requires non-PDF formats, Streamline Direct can be used to convert many formats to print-ready PDFs.

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Company news



19 Apr 2021

Global Graphics Group launches SmartDFE for labels and packaging

Designed to be the heart of a fully automated manufacturing system

Global Graphics announces its first product co-developed by all group companies today.  Global Graphics Software, HYBRID Software, Meteor Inkjet and Xitron have all collaborated to create a smart DFE for labels and packaging applications to transform the role of the digital press in the smart print factory of the future.

The SmartDFE™ is designed to be part of a fully automated manufacturing solution supporting Industry 4.0 telematics and MIS integration, plus connectivity with automated manufacturing lines via OPC UA. It brings together in one powerful solution the creation of optimized print-ready PDF files; workflow and job automation to connect with enterprise IT systems; RIPping; screening; optimized image quality; and, via Harlequin Direct™, it drives the print data directly to the printheads at blistering speeds through Meteor software and electronics, or through Xitron’s Navigator DFE platform. It meets the need for fully variable data, gives complete control of the print workflow, and provides valuable information for QA and inspection, press maintenance, and stock control.

Mike Rottenborn, Global Graphics Group CEO comments, “Digital printing presses are getting smarter all the time, and innovation is especially strong in the labels and packaging segment. These presses need a “smart” digital front end to take their place in today's smart print factories, and this is challenging for many OEM developers of digital packaging presses.  Global Graphics has developed SmartDFE to simplify the integration of the DFE and the digital press and reduce time to market for our OEM customers.”

“SmartDFE relies on tight, high-speed integration, communication and control between components from the job creation all the way to the printheads,” adds Nick de Roeck, Global Graphics Group CTO. “It requires the ability to collect detailed data from an individual press and share with the wider factory and to generate knowledge gathered from the data to predict and control the press. All of this capability is now available from Global Graphics and gives us and our customers a unique position in the market.“

The SmartDFE for labels and packaging comprises PDF editing, layout, and automated Variable Data Printing (VDP) with HYBRID Stepz and CLOUDFLOW, job cost estimation and production controls that connect to the Smart Factory using OPC UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture), rasterization and screening using Harlequin Direct™ directly to the printhead datapath from either Meteor Inkjet or Xitron.

 “SmartDFE gives you everything you need to add label and packaging printing to any industrial production scenario,” says Eric Worrall, VP of products and services at Global Graphics Software. “It provides a complete single source software and electronics stack that does everything from job creation through to printheads. Our Artemis Print Operator AI builds print knowledge into the software to keep the workflow running at maximum speed and quality. We have also joined the OPC Foundation, the organization responsible for the development and maintenance of the OPC Industrial Interoperability Standard, so our SmartDFE can connect print to the Smart Factory.”

“SmartDFE will be a godsend for smart factories requiring large industrial inkjet print systems capable of streaming variable data jobs,” says Clive Ayling, the managing director of Meteor Inkjet. “The integration of Meteor’s proven electronics and software within SmartDFE means that print system builders can select from the widest range of printheads while benefitting from Meteor's exceptional technical support service.”

“Full automation is the logical next step for Navigator support of presses using Memjet printheads,” said Karen Crews, president of Xitron. “Our base of installed systems has exploded over the last two years and the opportunity to enhance new presses with OPC UA connectivity presents us with a huge technological leap forward.”

The SmartDFE is available immediately from all four Global Graphics Group companies:


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19 Apr 2021

Le groupe Global Graphics lance SmartDFE pour les étiquettes et les emballages

Conçu pour être le cœur d'un système de fabrication entièrement automatisé

Global Graphics annonce aujourd'hui son premier produit que toutes les sociétés du groupe ont développé en collaboration. Global Graphics Software, HYBRID Software, Meteor Inkjet et Xitron ont collaboré pour créer un frontal numérique (DFE) intelligent pour les applications d'étiquetage et d'emballage, avec pour objectif de transformer le rôle de la presse numérique dans l'usine d'impression intelligente du futur.

Le SmartDFE™ est conçu pour faire partie d'une solution de fabrication entièrement automatisée prenant en charge la télématique Industry 4.0 et l'intégration aux systèmes MIS, ainsi que la connectivité avec les lignes de fabrication automatisées via OPC UA. Il réunit en une seule et même solution performante la création de fichiers PDF optimisés prêts à imprimer ; l'automatisation du flux de travail et des tâches pour se connecter aux systèmes informatiques de l'entreprise ; l'utilisation du RIP ; le tramage ; la qualité d'image optimisée. De plus, via Harlequin Direct™, il envoie les données d'impression directement aux têtes d'impression à des vitesses fulgurantes grâce au logiciel et à l'électronique Meteor, ou via la plate-forme Navigator DFE de Xitron. Il répond aux besoins en données entièrement variables, assure un contrôle complet du workflow d'impression et fournit des informations précieuses pour l'assurance qualité et l'inspection, la maintenance des presses et le contrôle des stocks.

Mike Rottenborn, PDG du Groupe Global Graphics, s'est exprimé en ces termes : « Les presses numériques deviennent de plus en plus intelligentes, et la dynamique d'innovation est particulièrement forte dans le segment des étiquettes et des emballages. Ces presses ont besoin d'un frontal numérique « intelligent » pour prendre leur place dans les usines d'impression intelligentes d'aujourd'hui, ce qui s'avère difficile pour de nombreux développeurs OEM de presses d'emballage numériques. Global Graphics a développé le SmartDFE dans le but de simplifier l'intégration du DFE et de la presse numérique, tout en réduisant le délai de mise sur le marché pour nos clients OEM. »

« Le SmartDFE repose sur la rapidité et la précision de l'intégration, de la communication et du contrôle entre les composants, de la création des tâches jusqu'aux têtes d'impression », ajoute Nick de Roeck, Directeur technique du groupe Global Graphics. « Il doit pouvoir collecter des données détaillées auprès d'une presse individuelle et les partager avec l'ensemble de l'usine, ainsi que générer des connaissances issues des données afin de prédire et de contrôler la presse. Global Graphics dispose désormais de toutes ces fonctionnalités. En conséquence, nous et nos clients bénéficions d'une position unique sur le marché. »

Le SmartDFE pour étiquettes et emballages comprend l'édition PDF, la mise en page et l'impression de données variables (Variable Data Printing) automatisée avec HYBRID Stepz et CLOUDFLOW, l'estimation du coût des tâches et les contrôles de production qui sont communiqués à l'usine intelligente via OPC UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture), ainsi que la rastérisation et le tramage utilisant Harlequin Direct™ directement sur le chemin des données de la tête d'impression via Meteor Inkjet ou Xitron.

 « Le SmartDFE vous offre tout ce dont vous avez besoin pour ajouter l'impression d'étiquettes et d'emballages à n'importe quel scénario de production industrielle », déclare Eric Worrall, vice-président Produits et services chez Global Graphics Software. « Il fournit un logiciel à source unique complet et une pile électronique qui prend tout en charge : de la création de tâches aux têtes d'impression. Notre application Artemis Print Operator AI intègre au logiciel les connaissances en matière d'impression, afin de garantir un flux de production optimum en termes de qualité et de vitesse. Nous nous sommes également associés à OPC Foundation, l'organisation chargée du développement et de la maintenance de la norme d'interopérabilité industrielle OPC, afin que notre SmartDFE puisse connecter l'impression à l'usine intelligente. »

« Le SmartDFE sera un atout pour les usines intelligentes nécessitant de gros systèmes industriels d'impression jet d'encre capables de gérer des tâches de données variables », explique Clive Ayling, directeur général de Meteor Inkjet. « Grâce à l'intégration de l'électronique et du logiciel éprouvés de Meteor dans SmartDFE, les fabricants de systèmes d'impression ont accès à la plus large gamme de têtes d'impression, tout en bénéficiant du service d'assistance technique exceptionnel de Meteor. »

« L'automatisation complète est la prochaine étape logique de la prise en charge par Navigator des presses utilisant des têtes d'impression Memjet », indique Karen Crews, présidente de Xitron. « Notre base de systèmes installés s'est énormément développée au cours des deux dernières années, et l'opportunité d'optimiser de nouvelles presses avec la connectivité OPC UA nous permet de réaliser un considérable bond en avant technologique. »


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19 Apr 2021

Global Graphics Group lancia SmartDFE per etichette e imballaggi

Progettato per essere il fulcro di un sistema di produzione completamente automatizzato

Global Graphics annuncia oggi il suo primo prodotto sviluppato in collaborazione con tutte le società del gruppo.  Global Graphics Software, HYBRID Software, Meteor Inkjet e Xitron hanno tutti collaborato alla creazione di un DFE intelligente per le applicazioni di etichette e imballaggi per trasformare il ruolo della stampa digitale nel settore della stampa intelligente del futuro.

SmartDFE™ è progettato per essere parte di una soluzione di produzione completamente automatizzata che supporta l'integrazione tra telematica Industry 4.0 e MIS, oltre alla connettività con le linee di produzione automatizzate tramite OPC UA. In un'unica potente soluzione, sono possibili la creazione di file PDF ottimizzati pronti per la stampa, l'automazione dei flussi di lavoro e dei processi per connettersi ai sistemi IT aziendali, il RIPping, lo screening, l'ottimizzazione della qualità delle immagini e, tramite Harlequin Direct™, l'invio dei dati di stampa direttamente alle testine di stampa a velocità straordinarie tramite i componenti elettronici e il software Meteor o tramite la piattaforma DFE Navigator di Xitron.  Soddisfa la necessità di dati completamente variabili, offre il controllo completo del flusso di lavoro di stampa e fornisce informazioni preziose per QA e ispezione, manutenzione alla stampa e controllo delle scorte.

Mike Rottenborn, CEO di Global Graphics Group, commenta: "Le macchine da stampa digitale stanno diventando sempre più intelligenti e l'innovazione è particolarmente avanzata nel segmento delle etichette e degli imballaggi.  Queste macchine necessitano di un front end digitale "intelligente" per assicurarsi il posto nelle fabbriche di stampa intelligenti di oggi e questo è impegnativo per molti sviluppatori OEM di macchine da stampa per imballaggi digitali. Global Graphics ha sviluppato SmartDFE per semplificare l'integrazione del DFE e della stampa digitale e ridurre il time-to-market per i nostri clienti OEM".

"SmartDFE si basa su una stretta integrazione, comunicazione e controllo ad alta velocità tra i componenti, dalla creazione del lavoro fino alle testine di stampa", aggiunge Nick de Roeck, CTO di Global Graphics Group. "Richiede la capacità di raccogliere dati dettagliati da una singola stampa e condividerli con la fabbrica più ampia e di creare un know-how grazie ai dati per prevedere e controllare la stampa. Tutte queste funzionalità sono ora disponibili con Global Graphics e questo offre a noi e ai nostri clienti una posizione unica sul mercato."

SmartDFE per etichette e imballaggi include la modifica del PDF, il layout e la stampa di dati variabili (VDP) automatizzata con HYBRID Stepz e CLOUDFLOW, la stima dei costi dei lavori e i controlli di produzione che si connettono a Smart Factory utilizzando OPC UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture), la rasterizzazione e lo screening utilizzando Harlequin Direct™ direttamente al percorso dati della testina di stampa da Meteor Inkjet o Xitron.
"SmartDFE ti offre tutto il necessario per aggiungere etichette e stampe di imballaggi in qualsiasi scenario di produzione industriale", afferma Eric Worrall, VP di prodotti e servizi di Global Graphics Software. "Fornisce un'unica fonte completa di software e componenti elettronici che fa tutto, dalla creazione del lavoro alle testine di stampa. La nostra soluzione di intelligenza artificiale per operatori di stampa Artemis integra le conoscenze di stampa nel software per mantenere il flusso di lavoro operativo alla massima velocità e qualità. Inoltre, siamo entrati a far parte di OPC Foundation, l'organizzazione responsabile dello sviluppo e della manutenzione dell'OPC Industrial Interoperability Standard, in modo che il nostro SmartDFE possa connettere la stampa alla fabbrica intelligente."

"SmartDFE rappresenterà un dono del cielo per fabbriche intelligenti che richiedono grandi sistemi di stampa a getto d'inchiostro industriali in grado di eseguire lo streaming di processi di dati variabili", afferma Clive Ayling, direttore generale di Meteor Inkjet. "L'integrazione dell'elettronica e del software collaudati di Meteor in SmartDFE significa che i costruttori di sistemi di stampa possono scegliere tra la più ampia gamma di testine di stampa, traendo anche vantaggio dall'eccezionale servizio di supporto tecnico di Meteor." 

"L'automazione completa rappresenta il passo successivo logico per il supporto di Navigator per le macchine da stampa che utilizzano le testine di stampa Memjet", ha dichiarato Karen Crews, presidente di Xitron. "La nostra base di sistemi installati è esplosa negli ultimi due anni e l'opportunità di migliorare le nuove macchine da stampa con la connettività OPC UA rappresenta per noi un enorme passo avanti in termini di tecnologia."

SmartDFE è immediatamente disponibile presso tutte e quattro le aziende di Global Graphics Group.


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19 Apr 2021

El grupo Global Graphics lanza SmartDFE para etiquetas y embalajes

Diseñado para ser el centro de un sistema de fabricación totalmente automatizado

Global Graphics anuncia hoy su primer producto desarrollado en colaboración con todas las empresas del grupo. Global Graphics Software, HYBRID Software, Meteor Inkjet y Xitron han colaborado para desarrollar un front-end digital (DFE) inteligente para etiquetas y embalajes con el fin de transformar el papel de la impresión digital en las empresas de impresión inteligente del futuro.

El SmartDFE™ está diseñado para formar parte de una solución de producción completamente automatizada compatible con la integración de sistemas telemáticos y sistemas de gestión (MIS) de Industria 4.0, además de conectividad con las líneas de producción automatizada mediante OPC UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture). Reúne en una potente solución la creación de archivos en formato PDF optimizados y listos para la impresión; la automatización del flujo de trabajo y de trabajos para conectar con los sistemas de TI de la empresa; cribado; tramado; calidad de imagen optimizada; y a través de Harlequin Direct™, envía los datos de impresión directamente a los cabezales de impresión a velocidades de vértigo mediante el software y los sistemas electrónicos de Meteor o a través de la plataforma DFE Navigator de Xitron. Proporciona datos totalmente variables, control completo del flujo de trabajo de impresión e información de gran valor para el control de calidad y la inspección, el mantenimiento de las máquinas impresoras y el control de inventario.

Mike Rottenborn, director ejecutivo del grupo Global Graphics, lo explica: "Las máquinas de impresión digitales son cada vez más inteligentes y la innovación se centra especialmente en el segmento de las etiquetas y los envases.  Estas máquinas necesitan un front-end digital "inteligente" que asuma su papel en las plantas de impresión inteligente actuales, y supone un reto para muchos desarrolladores OEM de máquinas impresoras digitales de embalaje. Global Graphics ha desarrollado SmartDFE para simplificar la integración de DFE y de la impresión digital y reducir así el plazo de comercialización para nuestros clientes OEM".

"SmartDFE se basa en la integración, comunicación y control estrechos y de alta velocidad entre los componentes, desde la creación de trabajos hasta los cabezales de impresión", añade Nick de Roeck, director técnico del grupo Global Graphics. "Requiere la capacidad de recopilar datos detallados de una impresora individual y compartirlos con toda la planta, así como de generar conocimientos recopilados a partir de los datos para predecir y controlar la máquina impresora. Todas estas funciones están ahora disponibles en Global Graphics y nos proporciona, tanto a nosotros como a nuestros clientes, una posición única en el mercado".

SmartDFE para etiquetas y embalajes comprende la edición de PDF, el diseño e impresión automática de datos variables (VDP) con Stepz y CLOUDFLOW de HYBRID, la estimación de costes de trabajo y los controles de producción conectados a Smart Factory mediante OPC UA, rasterización y tramado utilizando Harlequin Direct™ directamente a la ruta de datos del cabezal de impresión desde Meteor Inkjet o Xitron.
 "SmartDFE le ofrece todo lo que necesita para integrar la impresión de etiquetas y embalajes en cualquier escenario de producción industrial", afirma Eric Worrall, vicepresidente de productos y servicios de Global Graphics Software. "Proporciona una única herramienta de software y sistemas electrónicos que se encarga de todo, desde la creación de trabajos hasta la configuración de los cabezales de impresión.  Nuestro Artemis Print Operator AI incorpora el conocimiento de la impresión en el software para mantener el flujo de trabajo en funcionamiento a la máxima velocidad y calidad. También nos hemos unido a OPC Foundation, la organización responsable del desarrollo y mantenimiento del estándar de interoperabilidad industrial OPC, para que nuestro SmartDFE pueda conectar las máquinas impresoras a Smart Factory".

"SmartDFE será de gran utilidad para las plantas inteligentes que requieren grandes sistemas de impresión de inyección de tinta industriales capaces de transmitir trabajos de datos variables", afirma Clive Ayling, director general de Meteor Inkjet.  "La integración de los sistemas electrónicos y el software probados de Meteor en SmartDFE significa que los desarrolladores de sistemas de impresión pueden elegir entre la gama más amplia de cabezales de impresión, al tiempo que se benefician del excepcional servicio de asistencia técnica de Meteor".

"La automatización completa es el siguiente paso lógico para la compatibilidad con Navigator de las máquinas impresoras que utilizan cabezales de impresión Memjet", según Karen Crews, presidenta de Xitron. "Nuestra base de sistemas instalados ha dado un salto en los últimos dos años y la oportunidad de mejorar las nuevas máquinas impresoras con la conectividad OPC UA nos presenta un gran avance tecnológico".

El SmartDFE está disponible de inmediato en las cuatro empresas del grupo Global Graphics:


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19 Apr 2021

Global Graphics Group führt SmartDFE für Etiketten und Verpackungen ein

Als Herzstück eines vollständig automatisierten Fertigungssystems entwickelt

Global Graphics stellt heute sein erstes Produkt vor, das von allen Konzerngesellschaften gemeinsam entwickelt wurde. Global Graphics Software, HYBRID Software, Meteor Inkjet und Xitron haben gemeinsam ein intelligentes DFE für Etiketten- und Verpackungsanwendungen entwickelt, um die Rolle der Digitaldruckmaschine in der intelligenten Druckerei von morgen zu revolutionieren.

Das SmartDFE™ ist als Teil einer vollständig automatisierten Fertigungslösung konzipiert, die die Integration von Industrie 4.0-Telematik und MIS sowie die Anbindung an automatisierte Fertigungslinien über OPC UA unterstützt. Die Erstellung optimierter druckfertiger PDF-Dateien, Workflow- und Auftragsautomatisierung für die Verbindung mit IT-Systemen des Unternehmens, RIPping, Screening und optimierte Bildqualität werden alle in einer leistungsstarken Lösung vereint. Weiterhin werden über Harlequin Direct™ die Druckdaten mit enormer Geschwindigkeit entweder über die Meteor-Software und -Elektronik oder über die Xitron Navigator DFE-Plattform direkt an die Druckköpfe weitergeleitet. Das Produkt erfüllt die Anforderungen an vollständig variable Daten, bietet die vollständige Kontrolle über die Druckworkflows und liefert wertvolle Informationen im Hinblick auf Qualitätssicherung und Inspektion, Druckmaschinenwartung und Lagerbestandkontrolle.

Mike Rottenborn, CEO der Global Graphics Group, erläutert: „Digitaldruckmaschinen werden immer intelligenter, und insbesondere die Etiketten- und Verpackungsbranche kann mit einer Vielzahl an Innovationen aufwarten. Diese Druckmaschinen benötigen ein „intelligentes“ digitales Frontend, um ihren Platz in den intelligenten Druckereien von heute einnehmen zu können. Das stellt für viele OEM-Entwickler digitaler Verpackungsmaschinen eine Herausforderung dar. Global Graphics hat SmartDFE entwickelt, um die Integration von DFE in Digitaldruckmaschinen zu vereinfachen und die Produkteinführungszeiten für unsere OEM-Kunden zu verkürzen.“

„SmartDFE baut auf intensive, schnelle Integration, Kommunikation und Kontrolle zwischen den Komponenten, von der Auftragserstellung bis hin zu den Druckköpfen“, ergänzt Nick de Roeck, CTO der Global Graphics Group. „Es bedarf der Fähigkeit, detaillierte Daten von einer einzelnen Druckmaschine einzuholen, sie mit dem gesamten Unternehmen zu teilen und aus den Daten gesammeltes Wissen zu generieren, um die Maschine besser einschätzen und kontrollieren zu können. All diese Funktionen sind jetzt bei Global Graphics verfügbar, wodurch unsere Kunden und wir eine einzigartige Position auf dem Markt einnehmen.“

Das SmartDFE für Etiketten und Verpackungen umfasst PDF-Bearbeitung, Layout und automatisierten variablen Datendruck (VDP) mit HYBRID Stepz und CLOUDFLOW, Auftragskostenschätzung und Produktionskontrollen, die über OPC UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture) mit der intelligenten Druckerei verbunden sind, Rasterung und Screening mit Harlequin Direct™ direkt von Meteor Inkjet oder Xitron zum Datenpfad des Druckkopfes.

 „Mit SmartDFE haben Sie alles, was Sie benötigen, um Etiketten- und Verpackungsdruck in sämtliche Industrieproduktionen zu integrieren“, so Eric Worrall, VP of Products and Services bei Global Graphics Software. „Es bietet eine komplette Software und Elektronik aus einer Hand, die alles von der Auftragserstellung bis hin zu Druckköpfen erledigt.  Unsere Artemis Print Operator KI macht die Drucksoftware intelligenter und maximiert so Geschwindigkeit und Qualität. Wir sind außerdem der OPC Foundation beigetreten, der Organisation, die für die Entwicklung und Wartung des OPC Industrial Interoperability Standards verantwortlich ist, damit unser SmartDFE Drucke an die intelligente Druckerei übertragen kann.“


„SmartDFE ist ein Glücksfall für intelligente Unternehmen, die große industrielle Tintenstrahl-Drucksysteme benötigen, um Aufträge mit variablen Daten streamen zu können“, erklärt Clive Ayling, Geschäftsführer von Meteor Inkjet.  „Die Integration der bewährten Elektronik und Software von Meteor in SmartDFE bedeutet, dass Drucksystemhersteller aus der breitesten Palette von Druckköpfen wählen können und gleichzeitig von dem hervorragenden technischen Support von Meteor profitieren.“

„Die vollständige Automatisierung ist der nächste logische Schritt, damit der Navigator Druckmaschinen unterstützt, die Memjet-Druckköpfe verwenden“, so Karen Crews, Präsidentin von Xitron. „Die Anzahl an Systemen, die wir installiert haben, ist in den letzten zwei Jahren durch die Decke gegangen. Die Möglichkeit, neue Druckmaschinen mit OPC UA-Konnektivität ausstatten zu können, stellt einen enormen technologischen Fortschritt dar.“

Das SmartDFE ist ab sofort bei allen vier Unternehmen der Global Graphics Group erhältlich.

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10 Feb 2021

Full Speed Ahead guide to VDP is updated to include new international standards

Second edition published today.

A second edition of the popular guide to variable data printing ‘Full Speed Ahead: How to make variable data PDF files that won’t slow your digital press’ is published today by Global Graphics. It has been updated to include several new International Standards that were published towards the end of 2020 including a “dated revision” (a 2nd edition) of the PDF 2.0 standard, a new standard for submission of PDF files for production printing: PDF/X-6, and a new standard for submission of variable data PDF files for printing: PDF/VT-3.

Full Speed Ahead is designed to complement the recommendations available for how to maximize sales from direct mail campaigns, with technical recommendations as to how you can make sure that you don’t make a PDF file for a variable data job that will bring a digital press to its knees. It carries those lessons into additional print sectors that are rapidly adopting variable data, such as labels, packaging, product decoration and industrial print, with hints around using variable data in unusual ways for premium jobs at premium margins.

The concise guide provides objective information and advice for  graphic designers, print buyers, production managers, press operators, owners of PSPs, and developers of digital presses and composition tools.

The free guide is edited by Martin Bailey, distinguished technologist at Global Graphics and the primary UK expert to the ISO committees that maintain and develop PDF and PDF/VT. A number of leading vendors and supporters in the VDP sector have sponsored the guide, including HP Indigo, WhatTheyThink!, Digimarc, Delphax Solutions, Racami, Kodak, HYBRID Software and HP PageWide Industrial.

The impact of poorly constructed PDF files on production schedules has increased as press resolution, colorant count, speed and width rise, greatly increasing the data rate required to drive them.

This increase in data places additional demands on the processing power of the DFE and risks slowing down the digital press:  a delay of half a second on every page of a 10,000-page job adds 90 minutes to the whole job, while for a job of a million pages an extra tenth of a second per page adds 24 hours to the total processing time.

Martin Bailey says the main aim of the guide is to “provide practical recommendations that help ensure that VDP jobs don’t slow down the print production workflow, without affecting the visual appearance that the brand owner, buyer or marketeer is trying to achieve.”

To download a free copy of “Full Speed Ahead: how to make variable data PDF files that won’t slow your digital press” go to

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04 Nov 2020

Mimaki creates new, improved RIP RasterLink7 with Harlequin

Global Graphics® Software has licensed the Harlequin RIP to Mimaki Engineering, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, cutting plotters, and 3D modeling machines, to create the new RIP software RasterLink7 that will be available with Mimaki printers worldwide from December 2020.

Mimaki printers are used by sign and graphics, textile and apparel, and industrial printing professionals around the globe. RasterLink7 improves performance and enhances quality as well as introducing new features such as variable data printing for applications such as sports apparel, card printing, name tags stickers and labels. Shipments are expected to be in the region of 10,000 Units a year.

RasterLink7 was announced by Mimaki on 4 November at the launch of their new JV100-160 and UJV100-160 presses for sign and graphics.

“Our objective in choosing Harlequin as the core of our genuine Mimaki RIP is to improve the performance of our products,” says Satoshi Kaneko, General Manager of software design department, MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.. “Customers will see that the RIP processing time for PDF files is considerably shortened.  There are significant quality improvements too; PDF transparency processes correctly and we have found that the expression of thin lines is improved.”

Global Graphics’ local office in Tokyo provided responsive technical support to Mimaki. They worked closely with Mimaki engineers in a number of areas to introduce unique functionality for Mimaki customers. These included multi-layer printing, the replacement of colors in graduated tints, exporting contours for cutters, and the addition of texts and graphics to submitted jobs for variable data printing. The variable data feature was implemented using the dynamic overlays in Harlequin which are specifically designed for those printing applications that require a simple form of VDP support. It combines a single background page with overlay graphics, such as text and images, that are selected using data from a file supplied in CSV format.

Harlequin is a Raster Image Processor, or RIP. A RIP is a tool for converting a page description language such as PostScript® or PDF into a format that a printing device such as an inkjet printhead, toner marking engine or laser platesetter can understand. The format that it outputs may be a raster file format such as TIFF™, or it may be a stream of raster data that is delivered more or less directly to the printing device. The exact format delivered may be tuned for each integration.

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28 Oct 2020

MUTOH creates new generation RIP based on Harlequin technology

Agreement covers all major inkjet models

Global Graphics® Software has licensed the Harlequin Host Renderer to MUTOH, the Japanese manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and sign cutting plotters, in a contract spread over multiple years. The agreement includes licensing Global Graphics’ new Opal Advanced Inkjet Screens™ to provide high-quality half-tone screening specially developed for inkjet printing.

The Harlequin Host Renderer is being integrated into VerteLith™, MUTOH’s RIP software, and will be available to MUTOH customers via a download service from the beginning of November this year, initially for the UV machines VJ-1638UR/UH and XPJ-461/661UF and ultimately for all the major models sold, including the eco-solvent machines.

“By making extensive use of the Harlequin Host Renderer features,” says MUTOH’s Mr. Norishige Kakuno, Executive Engineer, “VerteLith™ delivers advanced features that conventional RIP software does not offer such as avoiding printing jobs incorrectly by displaying a soft proof and ripped image preview, and ink cost calculation before printing.”

“Additionally, while conventional RIP software mainly targets roll media, VerteLith™ is the new all-in-one RIP software covering most features required for roll media printing as well as integrating a jig layout tool to improve usability for UV flatbed printers. It saves a lot of time and effort by enabling auto-image positioning of the printing material on the flatbed table or auto-page layout on each individual jig slot. The jig layout tool is just one example of the new features being offered to improve customer’s efficiency and to develop new markets.”

With the Harlequin Host Renderer MUTOH has experienced significantly improved RIP processing times for both PDF and PostScript® files as well as improved accuracy in printing PDF files with live transparency and spot colors. Features such as soft proof were easy to implement with Harlequin’s in-RIP color management and the ease of use of the Harlequin core technology shortened the development time of new features and functions.

Global Graphics’ Japanese office in Tokyo provided responsive technical support to MUTOH; they worked closely with MUTOH engineers, often with daily contact.

MUTOH expects VerteLith™ to lead to the development of new markets as well as being made available to existing customers. It will drive the VJ-1638UR/UH and the XPJ-461/661UF initially. The VJ-1638UR/UH printer is designed for in-store promotion prints & deco graphics, floor & window graphics, customized structured wallpapers, event banners and exhibition graphics whereas the XPJ-461/661UF produces added value personalized prints and bespoke small-lot production of commercial and industrial print applications such as printing on phone covers, promotional items, small signs, and small series production or prototyping of packaging samples, or decorative tiles.

The Harlequin Host Renderer is a Raster Image Processor, or RIP. A RIP is a tool for converting a page description language such as PostScript or PDF into a format that a printing device such as an inkjet printhead, toner marking engine or laser platesetter can understand. The format that it outputs may be a raster file format such as TIFF™, or it may be a stream of raster data that is delivered more or less directly to the printing device. The exact format delivered may be tuned for each integration.

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05 Oct 2020

Global Graphics Software on a winning streak

Global Graphics Software, a leading developer of core technology for digital print including the Harlequin RIP®, has won a 2021 Buyers Lab (BLI) Outstanding Innovation award in Production Print from Keypoint Intelligence for its Direct™ range. Direct is a new graphics pipeline that sends data directly to the inkjet printhead electronics, removing the intermediate step of writing to disk. As a result, image processing times are significantly reduced, large volumes of data are handled with ease, and the time to print is accelerated.

“Global Graphics’ Direct technology is a new and innovative approach within the industrial inkjet market to solve the accelerating data needs of digital presses,” says Ryan McAbee, Keypoint Intelligence’s director of production workflow solutions. “Instead of writing data to an intermediary disk, data can be sent directly to the printhead electronics, which saves time and reduces the required computing storage resources—a win-win for customers.”

Global Graphics Software has been on a winning streak in recent years having been awarded a 2020 Queens Award for Enterprise recognising innovation in developing ScreenPro™ with PrintFlat™ and is in the rare position of being a recipient of the PIA InterTech™ Technology Award for Innovation on two consecutive years in 2019 and 2018.

Judging for the BLI Innovation award distinguishes a technology for its ability to disrupt old processes with a new approach to productivity, improve output consistency, improved automation, and to increase speed and efficiencies.

Justin Bailey, managing director of Global Graphics Software, said, “We are really excited to bring our unique Direct technology to the industrial inkjet market, so that the printing components of a manufacturing line can be driven as fast as the printer engine allows. These manufacturing lines need to be robust enough to run at full speed 24/7, and to be prepared to print where there is a very high predominance of variable data where every item is different. This new demanding way of printing required us to think about a new technology architecture to eliminate the need to read and write from disk, which helps with productivity and reduces the hardware requirements for our customers.”

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08 Sep 2020

Lucky 13 for the new release of the Harlequin RIP

Industry’s fastest RIP adds new features for large-scale output such as décor, textiles and corrugated packaging

Innovative new features, including automatic tiling for processing large-scale output at high speed, and extended Advanced Inkjet Screens™, for enhanced image quality, are introduced in a major new release of the Harlequin RIP® today by developers Global Graphics Software. Harlequin Host Renderer 13 raises the bar in terms of productivity features for print service providers and provides new options to press manufacturers for scaling multiple RIPs for high performance digital front ends.

Version 13 of the Harlequin Host Renderer, the printing industry’s fastest RIP, adds automatic tiling to maximize the throughput of huge PDF, TIFF™ and JPEG files such as those generated in the corrugated packaging, wide and grand format, décor and textile markets. Harlequin 13 automatically tiles these large pages – some can be up to 200 meters/650 feet long – to split them across multiple RIPs for increased speed and improved load balancing.

Output is continuously streamed to the printer so that print service providers don’t have to wait for the entire page to be RIPped before printing can begin. This new feature minimizes RAM requirements and costs for a digital front end (DFE) processing very large output.

“The new tiling feature is specifically for high-speed digital printing,” says Martin Bailey, Global Graphics Software’s CTO. “Automatic tiling helps in maximizing throughput by splitting the output across several RIPs. It also reduces the cost for a DFE built to handle huge PDF pages, either every day or as an occasional occurrence, because the peak memory usage for a tile can be much lower than that for the whole page.

“Speed continues to be a key focus of Harlequin development, because a faster RIP enables presses with very high data rates to be driven at engine speed and reduces the bill of materials for a digital front end (DFE) or controller.”

Version 13 also introduces many other features including:

  • Direct printing of PNG files, an important file type in some sectors of wide format and product decoration, in addition to PDF, PostScript, EPS, TIFF, JPEG etc. Consistent color management and halftone screening can be added for all input formats using a common API.
  • Enhanced controls over sizing of output from image file formats such as TIFF, JPEG and PNG where the image does not specify a size.
  • Extended Advanced Inkjet Screens (AIS) with the introduction of Opal; especially good at mitigating artifacts when inkjet printing on absorbent substrates at higher resolutions. AIS increase the perceived quality, and therefore saleability, of inkjet prints, and can enable the use of lower cost substrates.
  • Extended support for larger DFEs, scaling from a single RIP instance, through multiple RIPs on the same server, to multiple RIPs on each of multiple servers.
The Harlequin Host Renderer (HHR) is supplied as a component or pre-packaged with a parallel processing pipeline as Harlequin Direct to enable OEMs to achieve the fastest possible time to market and to revenue while building a highly sophisticated and high-quality DFE for a high-speed digital press.

It’s the print engine at the heart of the industry’s highest performing digital presses in products from vendors including Roland DG, Durst, HP Indigo and HP PageWide, powering their entire fleet.

Michael Deflorian, business developer at Durst Professional Services, says, “HHR – including screening capabilities – is one of the key technologies for our promise to get the best out of the printer as part of our “pixel-to-output strategy”. We share the same vision of industry-leading quality and performance with Global Graphics. We work closely with the Global Graphics team to provide our customers with the best technology available.”

Roland DG’s VersaWorks 6 RIP software is used across all current models of its printers and printer/cutters. Mr. Motohiro Ikemura, R&D general manager, Roland DG Digital Printing Business Division, said, “We integrated the Harlequin engine into our RIP software in only 6 months thanks to the cooperation between Global Graphics and our engineering teams. Its performance is outstanding and, because it processes PDF and PostScript natively, it handles files with ease. Support for PDF 2.0 was also an important factor to future proof our workflow,” Motohiro said. “Since we see more and more use of transparencies in customer jobs, Harlequin’s ability to process transparencies natively speeds up production time and reduces waste media. VersaWorks 6 recently added an important new ‘Job Assistant’ function that allows customers to automatically add cut contour lines for PDF design data without returning to the design software.”

“Harlequin Host Renderer has been powering our CLOUDFLOW RIP now for more than 5 years,” Nick De Roeck, CTO of HYBRID Software explains.  “HYBRID has a clear focus on the packaging and labels market, both for digital and conventional printing. The HHR has given us the flexibility to add our packaging know-how on top of a super solid HHR product. I am very excited with the continued innovation on the product, and our customers will benefit greatly from this lucky version 13, as it RIPs even faster on packaging files, all the while reducing the amount of hardware resources required.” HYBRID will add version 13 to its upcoming CLOUDFLOW release 20.10.

“The Harlequin RIP platform has been used in the Elan since its initial release,” comments Richard Lee, CEO of Delphax Solutions. “It was selected primarily due to its quality and performance characteristics. Since that time, the RIP’s performance and has increased further, and become more feature rich, which has helped reduce the associated hardware costs required to drive our high-performance devices. Coupled with the support provided by the entire team at Global Graphics, this has easily justified the decision to have not only the Harlequin platform, but also the Global Graphics team, as a key part of our range of high-speed inkjet digital production presses both today and into the future.”

Harlequin Host Renderer is supported on 32- and 64-bit Microsoft Windows, 64-bit Linux and Mac OS.

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08 Sep 2020

Glückszahl 13 für die neue Version von Harlequin RIP

Der schnellste RIP der Branche bietet neue Funktionen für umfangreiche Druckerzeugnisse wie Dekorationen, Textilien und Wellpappeverpackungen

Die Entwickler von Global Graphics Software stellen heute innovative neue Funktionen wie automatische Kachelung für die Verarbeitung umfangreicher Ausdrucke mit hoher Geschwindigkeit und erweiterte Advanced Inkjet Screens für verbesserte Bildqualität in einer neuen Version von Harlequin RIP® vor. Der Harlequin Host Renderer 13 setzt neue Maßstäbe bei Produktivitätsfunktionen für Druckdienstleister und bietet Druckmaschinenherstellern neue Optionen zur Skalierung mehrerer RIPs für hochleistungsfähige Digital Front Ends.

Version 13 von Harlequin Host Renderer, der schnellste RIP der Druckbranche, bietet zusätzlich automatische Kachelung, um den Durchsatz großer PDF-, TIFF™- und JPEG-Dateien zu maximieren, wie sie zum Beispiel bei Wellpappenverpackungen, für breite und große Formate sowie Dekorationen und für den Textilvertrieb generiert werden. Harlequin 13 teilt diese großen Seiten – die zum Teil bis zu 200 m lang sein können – automatisch auf mehrere RIPs auf, um die Geschwindigkeit zu erhöhen und den Lastausgleich zu verbessern.

Die Ausgabe wird kontinuierlich an den Drucker übertragen, sodass Druckdienstleister nicht warten müssen, bis die gesamte Seite geRIPt ist, bevor der Druckvorgang gestartet werden kann. Diese neue Funktion minimiert den RAM-Bedarf und die Kosten für die Verarbeitung eines sehr großen Digital Front Ends (DFE).

„Die neue Kachelungsfunktion ist speziell für den digitalen Hochgeschwindigkeitsdruck konzipiert“, so Martin Bailey, CTO von Global Graphics Software. „Die automatische Kachelung hilft, den Durchsatz zu maximieren, indem die Ausgabe auf mehrere RIPs aufgeteilt wird. Außerdem werden die Kosten für ein DFE reduziert, das für die tägliche oder gelegentliche Verarbeitung großer PDF-Seiten entwickelt wurde, da die Spitzenspeichernutzung für eine Kachel wesentlich niedriger sein kann als die für die gesamte Seite.“

„Geschwindigkeit bleibt weiterhin ein wichtiger Entwicklungsschwerpunkt bei Harlequin, da mit einem schnelleren RIP Druckmaschinen bei sehr hohen Datenraten mit Motordrehzahl betrieben werden können, wodurch die Materialkosten für Digital Front Ends (DFE) oder Controller sinken.“

Version 13 bietet außerdem viele weitere neue Funktionen, darunter:

  • Direktes Drucken von PNG-Dateien – ein wichtiger Dateityp in einigen Bereichen mit Querformat und in der Produktdekoration – zusätzlich zu PDF, PostScript, EPS, TIFF, JPEG usw. Konsistentes Farbmanagement und Halbtonrasterung können für alle Eingabeformate über eine gemeinsame API hinzugefügt werden.
  • Erweiterte Steuerelemente zur Größenanpassung der Ausgabe aus Bilddateiformaten wie TIFF, JPEG und PNG, bei denen keine Größe angegeben ist
  • Erweiterte Advanced Inkjet Screens (AIS) mit der Einführung von Opal; besonders gut geeignet zur Minderung von Artefakten beim Tintenstrahldruck auf saugenden Substraten mit höherer Auflösung. AIS erhöht die wahrgenommene Qualität und damit die Verkäuflichkeit von Tintenstrahldrucken und ermöglicht somit die Nutzung kostengünstigerer Substrate.
  • Erweiterte Unterstützung für größere DFEs, Skalierung einer einzelnen RIP-Instanz über mehrere RIPs auf demselben Server bis zu mehreren RIPs auf jedem einzelnen von mehreren Servern.

Der Harlequin Host Renderer (HHR) wird als Komponente oder im Paket mit einer parallelen Verarbeitungspipeline wie Harlequin Direct geliefert, sodass OEMs die schnellstmögliche Markteinführungszeit und Umsatzrendite erzielen und gleichzeitig ein hochentwickeltes und hochwertiges DFE für eine digitale Hochgeschwindigkeitsdruckmaschine aufbauen können.

Die Druckmaschine im Herzen der branchenweit leistungsstärksten Digitaldruckmaschinen in Produkten von Herstellern wie Roland DG, Durst, HP Indigo und HP PageWide treibt deren gesamte Produktpalette an.

Michael Deflorian, Unternehmensentwickler bei Durst Professional Services, erklärt dazu: „HHR – einschließlich der Screening-Funktionen – ist eine der wichtigsten Technologien, um unser Versprechen zu erfüllen, im Rahmen unserer „Pixel-Output-Strategie“ das Beste aus dem Drucker herauszuholen. Genau wie Global Graphics verfolgen wir die Vision branchenführender Qualität und Leistung. Wir arbeiten eng mit dem Global Graphics Team zusammen, um unseren Kunden die beste verfügbare Technologie zu bieten.“

Die VersaWorks 6 RIP-Software von Roland DG wird für alle aktuellen Druckermodelle und Drucker/Schneidegeräte verwendet. Herr Motohiro Ikemura, General Manager für Forschung und Entwicklung der Roland DG Digital Printing Business Division, erklärt dazu: „Dank der Zusammenarbeit zwischen Global Graphics und unseren Konstruktionsteams konnten wir die Harlequin-Engine in nur 6 Monaten in unsere RIP-Software integrieren. Ihre Leistung ist herausragend und dank der nativen Verarbeitung von PDF und PostScript, ist das Datei-Handling ganz einfach. Auch die Unterstützung für PDF 2.0 war ein wichtiger Faktor für die Zukunftssicherheit unseres Workflows“, so Motohiro. „Da immer mehr Kunden Transparenzen nutzen, wird die gesamte Produktionszeit durch die native Transparenzverarbeitung bei Harlequin verkürzt und Abfall reduziert. VersaWorks 6 hat kürzlich mit dem „Job Assistant“ eine wichtige neue Funktion ergänzt, mit der Kunden Schnittkonturlinien für PDF-Designdaten automatisch hinzufügen können, ohne zurück zur Designsoftware zu wechseln.“

„Harlequin Host Renderer bildet jetzt seit mehr als fünf Jahren die Grundlage für unseren CLOUDFLOW RIP“, erklärt Nick De Roeck, CTO von HYBRID Software.  „HYBRID konzentriert sich klar auf den Verpackungs- und Etikettenmarkt für den digitalen und konventionellen Druck. HHR hat uns die Flexibilität gegeben, unser supersolides HHR-Produkt durch unser Verpackungs-Know-how zu ergänzen. Ich freue mich sehr über die fortwährende Innovation des Produkts, und auch unsere Kunden werden von dieser Version mit der Glückszahl 13 profitieren, da sie Verpackungsdateien schneller RIPt und gleichzeitig die Menge der erforderlichen Hardwareressourcen reduziert.“ HYBRID wird Version 13 zu seiner nächsten CLOUDFLOW Version 20.10 hinzufügen.

„Die Harlequin RIP-Plattform kommt seit ihrer ersten Version in Elan zum Einsatz“, erklärt Richard Lee, CEO von Delphax Solutions. „Sie wurde hauptsächlich aufgrund ihrer Qualität und Leistungsmerkmale ausgewählt. Seitdem haben sich Leistung und Funktionsumfang des RIPs weiter verbessert, wodurch wir in der Lage waren, die damit verbundenen Hardwarekosten für unsere Hochleistungsgeräte zu reduzieren. In Verbindung mit der Unterstützung durch das gesamte Team von Global Graphics hat dies die Entscheidung gerechtfertigt, nicht nur die Harlequin Plattform, sondern auch das Global Graphics Team heute und in Zukunft zu einem wichtigen Teil unseres Angebots an digitalen Hochgeschwindigkeits-Tintenstrahldruckmaschinen zu machen.“

Harlequin Host-Renderer wird unterstützt von Microsoft Windows (32- und 64-Bit), Linux (64-Bit) und Mac OS.

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18 Aug 2020

Global Graphics powers Miyakoshi's high-speed digital press

Japanese manufacturer looks to roll out Global Graphics’ technology across all digital presses.

Global Graphics® Software has licensed Fundamentals™ to Miyakoshi Printing Machinery Co. Ltd. to create a new software engine for the Miyakoshi MJP20AXW high-speed, high-resolution digital press for commercial and transactional applications. The new engine will be available in presses launched at the end of this year and Miyakoshi plans to adopt it across its entire digital fleet.

The Miyakoshi MJP20AXW is a four-color duplex press which will operate at 160 meters/min and 1200 dpi resolution. The new engine will be driven by Fundamentals which bundles together Harlequin® Direct from the new Direct™ graphics pipeline announced by Global Graphics in April this year with PACKZ and CLOUDFLOW from Global Graphics’ partner company, HYBRID Software. The result is a powerful pipeline that links together seamlessly all the processes in the print production workflow from job submission through to delivering data directly to the Miyakoshi printhead electronics.

Global Graphics’ Technical Services team is working alongside Miyakoshi engineers on the project.


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28 Jul 2020

Mako adds value to Racami transactional workflow

PDF files from multiple sources are “cleaned up” seamlessly before onward multi-channel processing.

Global Graphics Software has licensed its Mako™ SDK to Racami, the authors of the Alchem-e™ customer communications management platform (CMM). Mako converts incoming documents into PDF and optimizes these files for onward processing through multiple delivery channels such as email, web viewing, bill payment, and printing.

Alchem-e™ is widely used by the insurance, financial, healthcare, book publishing, and marketing sectors to support the mass production and distribution of customer communications.  Corporate clients are often looking to reduce operating costs, comply with government regulations, speed up printing times, and automate processes.

One of the challenges in the industry is standardizing the multitude of data and print streams that are commonly used. This is important because the variety of file formats and the inconsistency in how they are constructed causes work to slow down or be of poor quality. Data preparation slows down, printers slow down, jobs are constrained to specific workflows and equipment. Normalization is key to solving this problem and companies use Alchem-e™ with the embedded Global Graphics Mako technology to speed up processing, reduce file sizes, and produce higher quality output.

Matt Mahoney, executive VP of Sales and Marketing at Racami comments, “As companies mature with multi-channel communications for marketing and transaction processing, they benefit from clean optimized PDF files. We are extremely happy with our choice to work with Global Graphics. We embed their Mako technology into Alchem-e and offer it as a stand-alone PDF preflight tool. Global Graphics is one of the best companies we’ve worked with because they are so responsive.”

“It’s exciting to work with Racami because they regularly bring us new challenges,” says Global Graphics Software’s Paul Hagen, VP of sales. “We investigate these straightaway and because we give our customers access to the product manager their requests are quickly translated into an item for our roadmap.

“Mako is multi-functional like a Swiss army knife. Racami started off using one of the blades to transform incoming files into robust PDFs.  We’re pleased to see them using other facets of this very capable technology with PDF optimization. It’s an interesting application of our technology and we sense that they have a growing market presence and great brand awareness.”

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11 Jun 2020

Global Graphics collaborates with Inèdit on digital textile production

Global Graphics Software, developers of core technology for digital printing, is collaborating with Inèdit, the authors of neoStampa, the most popular RIP software for textile digital printing, to create an enhanced PDF engine for textile workflows.

NeoStampa is compatible with most digital devices sold into the textile market including from vendors such as Mutoh, Epson, EFI Reggiani, Mimaki and Konica Minolta. It allows the textile printer to connect potentially complex workflows, organizing job queues to send designs to different devices easily and increases productivity. It is compatible with the leading textile design tools.

“The PDF format provides an enhanced way of communicating creative design and job/device instructions for textile design houses, mills and print centers,” comments Jeremy Spencer, Global Graphics Software’s vice president of business development. “We are one of the leading experts in PDF technology whose use is growing in the textiles market. So, to collaborate with a world leading workflow provider such as Inèdit is a wonderful opportunity to expand our reach within the textile community.”

Likewise, Daniel Martinez, product owner at Inèdit Software assures that: “This collaboration with Global Graphics will mean a change in our clients’ results, providing them with improved precision in PDF printing, that, combined with our color management system, will make neoStampa the most complete RIP software on the digital textile printing market.”

Inèdit will be replacing their existing PDF Library with Global Graphics’ Mako™, an SDK that enables the creation of fast, scalable solutions for print workflows from PDFs or other vector formats. Among other benefits for the textile market Mako gives control over color and images, providing quality rasters for the workflow, and combines precision with performance.

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28 Apr 2020

Global Graphics unveils new class of software to power the next generation of faster, wider, high-resolution digital presses

  • Direct™ unlocks the potential of digital presses by driving print jobs directly to the printhead electronics giving unprecedented speed and image quality
  • First fully integrated product line from Global Graphics
  • Designed to be part of a fully automated print solution, supporting Industry 4.0 telematics and integration with digital press controllers and MIS systems
Global Graphics Software announces today a new class of print software for the next generation of faster, wider, high-resolution digital presses.

Direct is a new graphics pipeline that sends data directly to the printhead electronics instead of writing to disk, and so reduces image processing times significantly, handles large volumes of data with ease, and accelerates the time to print.

“Direct is a new way of looking at things,” says Eric Worrall, Global Graphics Software’s VP of product management. “Rather than expecting print service providers and press manufacturers to make do with a workflow that may have driven a flexo or a litho press which is so often the case, Direct is created from the ground up specifically for the digital world and is compatible with any digital press. We started with the toughest requirements for data and image quality because once you’ve cracked that problem, you can scale back from there for less demanding environments with the appropriate choice of hardware.”

Industry data rates are accelerating: press resolutions are moving from 600dpi to 1200dpi, a quadrupling of data; speeds are increasing to up to one thousand feet per minute/300 meters per minute; presses can be up to 13 feet /4 meters wide; and extended gamut inks use many more ink channels than previously with multi-level screening up to 7 drop sizes on inkjet presses.

A Direct workflow protects the investment in a press made by the print service provider and the press manufacturer by building in the flexibility needed to future-proof print production at the outset. This means that the capability of a press is not limited as data rates increase and the press does need to be reengineered to meet future requirements, for instance transitioning from a static to a fully variable workflow.

Fully integrated pipeline
Direct integrates together several technologies from Global Graphics Software. Jobs entering the workflow are streamlined to optimize their processing through the RIP with innovative new software called Streamline™. Files are RIPped by Harlequin Direct™, using the fastest RIP engine in the world, or screened by the award-winning ScreenPro Direct™ with PrintFlat™ to achieve the optimal quality at speed. Direct can be tightly integrated with printhead drive electronics and software from Global Graphics subsidiary Meteor Inkjet, or with other common drive electronics from other vendors.

Global Graphics Software has developed solutions for some of the hardest engineering tasks in digital printing by partnering with its OEM customer base. Working through challenges set by some of the industry’s leading brands has led to the development of Direct.

“When aiming for the highest possible image pipeline speed,” continues Worrall, “it’s important to be able to integrate with tight knowledge and access to each component, to squeeze out every bit of performance. You can only do that if you have control and access to all components. Global Graphics Software is uniquely placed in the market as we have access to every line of code for every component; we don’t need to request features and knowledge from any third-party suppliers.”

Advantages for print service providers and press manufacturers
Direct brings print service providers the benefits of increased processing speeds and enhanced image quality. Productivity is higher, even on complex jobs with large amounts of variable data, because the time to RIP and screen data is significantly reduced.

Direct has been designed to be part of a fully automated print solution, supporting Industry 4.0 telematics and integration with PLCs and MIS systems, where feedback from the print line such as a quality inspection system, can help automatically correct for any issues as they occur.

For press vendors Direct removes the software development effort from their in-house teams so that they can get their presses to market more quickly. Because Direct has been engineered to meet the demands of fully variable data from the outset, it gives manufacturers the option to use lower performance PC hardware for less demanding (static or mixed data) jobs. This is achieved by RIPping on the fly and streaming image data in memory directly to the printer electronics so there is no need to waste the time to RIP ahead to disk and no need for huge image stores holding vast amounts of data.

Platform support
Harlequin Direct and ScreenPro Direct are cross platform, supporting Windows and Linux and optimized for Intel i9, Xeon and AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. Both can be used with Meteor NozzleFix™ technology.  Harlequin Direct and ScreenPro Direct can also be used with Meteor Mixed Mode to reduce the hardware costs for markets that mix static and variable data (Zoned Variable Data).

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28 Apr 2020

Global Graphics präsentiert neue Softwareklasse für schnellere, breitere und hochauflösende Digitaldruckmaschinen der nächsten Generation

  • Direct™ erhöht die Effizienz digitaler Druckmaschinen, indem Druckaufträge direkt an die Druckkopfelektronik geleitet und so eine beispiellose Geschwindigkeit und Bildqualität ermöglicht werden
  • erste vollständig integrierte Produktlinie von Global Graphics
  • entwickelt als Teil einer vollständig automatisierten Drucklösung, Direct unterstützt die Telematik der Industrie 4.0 und die Integration in digitale Druckmaschinensteuerungen und MIS-Systeme
Global Graphics Software stellt heute eine neue Klasse von Drucksoftware für schnellere, breitere und hochauflösende Digitaldruckmaschinen der nächsten Generation vor.

Direct ist eine neue Grafikpipeline, die Daten direkt an die Druckkopfelektronik sendet, anstatt sie auf eine Festplatte zu schreiben. Dadurch werden die Bildverarbeitungszeiten deutlich verkürzt, große Datenmengen lassen sich problemlos verarbeiten und die Druckzeit wird reduziert.

„Direct ist eine neue Art, die Dinge zu betrachten“, so Eric Worrall, VP of Product Management bei Global Graphics Software. „Oft wird von Druckdienstleistern und Druckmaschinenherstellern erwartet, dass sie sich mit einem auf Flexo- oder Litho-Druckmaschinen abgestimmten Workflow abfinden. Direct wurde von Grund auf anders konzipiert und ist mit jeder Digitaldruckmaschine kompatibel. Da wir bei unseren Entwicklungen stets bei den höchsten Anforderungen an Daten- und Bildqualität ansetzen, konnten wir mit der richtigen Hardware auch die Anpassung an weniger anspruchsvolle Umgebungen vornehmen.“

Die Datenraten in der Branche nehmen zu: Die Druckauflösungen steigen von 600 dpi auf 1200 dpi – eine Vervierfachung der Daten. Die Geschwindigkeit steigt auf bis zu 300 Meter pro Minute und die Druckmaschinen können bis zu 4 Meter breit sein. Druckfarben mit erweiterter Farbskala nutzen, mit einer mehrstufigen Rasterung von bis zu 7 Tropfengrößen bei Tintenstrahldruckern, sehr viel mehr Tintenkanäle als zuvor.

Um Druckmaschinenhersteller- und Dienstleister bei ihren Investitionen abzusichern, wurde Direct mit einer zukunftsorientierten Flexibilität entwickelt.

Somit bleibt die Funktionalität einer Druckmaschine auch bei steigenden Datenraten erhalten und zukünftige Anforderungen, wie z. B. der Übergang von einem statischen zu einem vollständig variablen Workflow, werden kein Problem darstellen.

Vollständig integrierte Pipeline
Direct vereint mehrere Technologien von Global Graphics Software. Aufträge werden für die Verarbeitung durch den RIP mittels einer innovativen neuen Software namens Streamline™ optimiert. Die Dateien werden von Harlequin Direct™ mit der schnellsten RIP-Engine der Welt verarbeitet oder von der preisgekrönten ScreenPro Direct™ mit PrintFlat™ gerastert, um optimale Qualität bei hoher Geschwindigkeit zu erzielen. Direct kann in die Elektronik des Druckkopfantriebs und die Software der Global Graphics Tochtergesellschaft Meteor Inkjet, oder auch in andere gängige Antriebselektronik weiterer Hersteller, integriert werden.

In enger Zusammenarbeit mit ihrem OEM-Kundenstamm stellt sich Global Graphics immer wieder den technischen Herausforderungen des Digitaldrucks. So entstand auch Direct als anwenderorientierte Lösung einer komplexen Aufgabe.

„Um die größtmögliche Geschwindigkeit der Bildpipeline zu erreichen“, so Worrall weiter, „benötigt man enorme Fachkenntnisse und den direkten Zugang zu allen Komponenten. Nur wenn Sie die Kontrolle über und den Zugriff auf alle Komponenten haben, kann die maximale Leistung erreicht werden. Global Graphics Software besetzt eine exklusive Position auf dem Markt, da wir Zugriff auf alle Codezeilen für jede der Komponenten haben. Wir müssen keine Funktionen und Kenntnisse von Drittanbietern beziehen.“

Vorteile für Druckdienstleister und Druckmaschinenhersteller Plattformunterstützung
Harlequin Direct und ScreenPro Direct funktionieren plattformübergreifend. Sie unterstützen Windows und Linux und sind für Intel i9-, Xeon- und AMD Ryzen Threadripper-CPUs optimiert. Beide können mit der Meteor NozzleFix™-Technologie verwendet werden. Harlequin Direct und ScreenPro Direct können mit Meteor Mixed Mode verwendet werden, um die Hardwarekosten für Märkte zu reduzieren, die statische und variable Daten (Zoned Variable Data) kombinieren.

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21 Apr 2020

Global Graphics Software wins a Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Cambridge-based Global Graphics Software, a leading developer of core technology for digital print, has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The Company has been recognised for its excellence in innovation and is one of 220 organisations nationally to receive a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Global Graphics Software’s award recognises the development of ScreenPro™, screening software that corrects quality defects that occur due to the physics of jetting ink onto substrate. ScreenPro is effective in single pass and multi-pass inkjet printing using any electronics or printheads and can be applied to any workflow. It is now in use in several applications including wall coverings, textiles, ceramics, packaging, flooring and labels.

Justin Bailey, managing director of Global Graphics Software, said, “We are humbled to receive this honour from Her Majesty the Queen. It recognises the innovative thinking of our teams and the quality of the software they produce. ScreenPro has the potential to transform digital print. It makes it possible to print a greater number of jobs digitally by removing artefacts from printed output. As a supplier to the global printing marketplace I feel sure that this award will help us with sales of our technology in countries who associate British technology with the highest quality.”

Global Graphics Software’s roots are in Cambridge and go back to 1986. The Company sells technology to press manufacturers across the world, such as HP, Roland, Durst, Kodak and Canon.

Global Graphics Software plans to celebrate its award during a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners in the summer, and later in the year, a celebration for all employees at its Cambourne head office.

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Our core technologies for digital printing enable press manufacturers to future proof their solutions, achieve the productivity and quality output they require and keep their bill of materials under control. All our software is developed by our award-winning in-house teams giving you complete control over your project. We’re trusted by global brands to supply the technical innovation that adds value to their solutions.

If your main business is manufacturing printers or integrating digital print into industrial processes, our Direct™ range, for printer OEMS and integrators, takes the rocket science out of developing software for the next generation of faster, wider, higher resolution digital printers.

If you create your own print software, our cross-platform Core SDKs, including the Harlequin RIP®, ScreenPro™ and Mako™, come with over 30 years of print industry experience and a reputation for unrivalled speed and quality. Together with our SDKs you get access to our Technical Services team whose only job is to get you to market in record time.

For press manufacturers aiming your printer at the label and packaging market, Fundamentals™ bundles our Direct products with STEPZ and CLOUDFLOW from our partner, HYBRID Software. This gives you a single source of software fundamental to a label and packaging solution for a digital press, providing you with award-winning PDF creation and advanced workflow as standard with your product.

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