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How to Print Spot Colours – Without Expensive Spot Inks

Special colour printing is increasing in volume due to several factors: brand colours are important to maintain product identity, recognition and awareness, as well as to reduce counterfeiting and maintain copyright protection.

However, this increase creates a greater level of production complexity for the printer.

Extra inventory, higher prices, frequent colour changes and subsequent wash-up and press downtime all add up to reduced flexibility in job processing and significantly impact the whole production workflow. As a result, the printing press is not used to the best of its potential and productivity drops. That costs time and money.

CGS’s new product, ORIS X Gamut, eliminates those challenges with ease. Since ORIS X Gamut is a fully automatic colour management software for extended colour printing on digital and conventional presses, this enables the reproduction of spot colours accurately by using a standard fixed colour ink set (CMYK+N). No need to mess around with special ink mixes.

Beta Customer Case Study

During a large project with a multi-national consumer goods corporation, the power of ORIS X GAMUT was impressively demonstrated. Using the new multi-channel functionality, the company was able to import, measure and re-separate the 13 spot colours used in air freshener packaging samples and to convert these spot colours easily and reliably into a fixed ink set comprising CMYK, orange, green and violet – while completely maintaining visual brand identity.

The benefits the customer gained from all this were enormous: Large time savings owing to shorter ink changing, job change-over, press wash-up and press down times as well as more flexibility resulting from the ability to print jobs including different spot colours on the same press and in the same run. As a result, the company was able to reduce production and delivery times and to increase overall productivity. This allowed them to offer their services to more customers and at more competitive prices. Finally, costs could be cut considerably because of reduced (spot) ink consumption, less ink to be kept on stock and less ink waste. All this allowed our customer to maximize their profits.

“This project and the calculations which were made during the tests showed that our customer was able to save nearly 380 hours of total press time, 20 percent of ink costs and RMB 370,000 of printing costs during the first half of 2017, which means that productivity can theoretically be increased by almost 50 percent – just with one single print project,” commented Christoph Thommessen, COO of CGS.

About the Customer

The company is one of the top 20 printers in China and the biggest manroland user worldwide. It was founded in 1978 and has four production bases in China today. The largest has an area of 100,000 m2. Approximately 3000 people are employed and the global player is responsible for 120 brand customers. Many of them are part of the FMCG branch.

The company is specialized in customized industry solutions and produce high-quality consumer packaging products with outstanding finishings on several materials as well as promotional tools and smart e-commerce solutions and are a member of the Global Packaging Alliance (GPA).

Accurate Spot Colour reproduction with ORIS X Gamut

ORIS X Gamut is a fully automatic colour management software for extended colour printing on digital and conventional presses. Using a standard fixed colour ink set, spot colours can be accurately reproduced – usually by adding orange, green and violet to the standard process inks (e.g. CMYK+OGV). No need to mess around with special ink mixes.

The perfect match of software features and intelligent workflow tools in ORIS X Gamut enable printers to leverage the full gamut of the press and ink set so that spot colours and images are brilliantly reproduced in all their detail – all without the need for special colour inks. This not only considerably streamlines the production process, but also helps to reduce costs enormously – for printers and clients alike.

Key Features

  • Spot colour reproduction without using special inks

  • Spot colour correction and refinement

  • Increase the colour saturation of RGB picture files

  • Generate custom multi-channel test charts

  • Separate, optimize, and convert files with spot colours into multi-channel data

  • Generation of multi-channel profiles

  • Link to Pantone colour libraries, create and edit your own colour libraries

  • Import CxF data

  • Support of CxF / X-4 data for correct output of spot colours

  • Connectivity to CxF Cloud

  • Simple QC check with spot colour report

  • Process control with ORIS Certified // Web

  • Simple and reliable use through wizard-based operation (Setup Wizard) and fully automated processes

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