James Townsend reveals new reprographics venture think repro with GMG and Roland as key components
The Devon labels and packaging specialist was determined to find the perfect solution for the launch of its new reprographics company, Think Repro
"We have been using several GMG products for some time, including ColorProof, InkOptimizer and PrintControl," says prepress manager Kristian Wells. "We are very happy with the performance of all the products, so when it came to looking at new proofing equipment, it was vital for us that GMG was driving the front end."
James Townsend already had a Digital Cromalin system, which is capable of producing a white ink using toner, but Wells felt that this did not give enough control and that each proof worked out to be time consuming and expensive. "We needed a cost effective solution that was simple to use, an inkjet proofer that was able to print white ink and to cope with all our material, including clear film and metallic substrates," he says.
More than two years ago the company had started looking at the Roland VersaUV LEC-300 and saw that it had great potential due to its use of white ink and its onboard cutter. However, Wells felt it lacked the level of colour management essential for the calibre of work required in the highly competitive packaging sector. "We pushed for Roland to speak to GMG and come up with a viable solution," he explains. "We were delighted when GMG announced that it was finally able to drive the LEC directly. We made the purchase soon after."
GMG ColorProof is based on Adobe PDF Print Engine technology which achieves identical colour output as if on any Adobe-based RIP. Its ProofStandard and CalibrationSet technology avoids the output of incorrect proofing jobs on printers and papers that cannot achieve the reproduction of certain printing standards. Therefore the customer can be assured that the proof will match the final printed product.
Think Repro specialises in artwork, proofing and the production of prototypes for the packaging industry. This move confirms James Townsend's commitment to developing the company into the best it can be and therefore provide its customers with the level of quality and service they have come to rely on. To meet those demands, Think Repro itself demands the best from its technology and uses the highest quality from digital artwork to plate.
GMG GmbH & Co. KG
GMG is a leading developer and supplier of high-end color 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 color. GMG's goal is to provide complete solutions for standardizing and simplifying the color management workflow in order to achieve consistent colors on all media types and with any printing technology. Today, more than 10,000 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 color-transformation engine, the proofing solution GMG ColorProof provides the most accurate way of calibrating digital inkjet proofing devices to produce contract color 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 colors in the halftone proof. GMG ProofControl guarantees reliable and complete quality control of digital color proofs based on a defined standard. GMG ProofMedia is a range of proofing-specific substrates manufactured to strict tolerances specifically for color critical applications. GMG ColorServer, with automatic hotfolder technology and based on the Adobe® PDF Library, provides fully automatic color conversions for all printing processes - CMYK-to-CMYK, RGB-to-CMYK and RGB-to-RGB. The GMG SmartProfiler wizard allows the profiling and calibration of different output devices, such as digital presses or large format systems, easily and quickly. GMG InkOptimizer automatically reduces chromatic colors, thus providing cost savings by reducing unnecessary ink usage, along with better print stability on press. GMG FlowConnect enables the complete integration of the color 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.