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Software & Controls QuadTech looks to a successful

future after a ‘fantastic’ 2016 Q&A with Isaam Lutfiyya, business development manager, QuadTech

HOW HAS 2016 BEEN FOR QUADTECH – WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS? “2016 has been a fantastic year for QuadTech. We launched four brand new products this year and dramatically increased the pace of our innovation. The results of which have set us on a course to better meet the needs of our customers today, but importantly, tomorrow too. We have some amazing products and technology in development. We have been delighted by the market’s reaction to these changes – and seen a significant rise in sales, from both existing and new customers. “Importantly, our systems seemed like

never before to shift from a nice-to-have capability to a must-have technology, enabling printers and converters in an ever-competitive market to drive eficiencies, increase print quality and critically, increase profitability.”

CAN YOU TALK US THROUGH THE BRAND- NEW SOFTWARE SOLUTION, COLORTRACK, LAUNCHED AT THIS YEAR’S DRUPA “ColorTrack is a colour management software for flexo and gravure packaging applications. Without any hardware modifications to the press, ColorTrack software [right] seamlessly integrates with ink formulation software to not only simplify workflow, but also dramatically reduce the number of ink corrections needed

to achieve accurate, optimal colour. “With human colour experts, three to five

colour corrections on start-up are typical for a new job—or even six to eight for dificult colours. ColorTrack can achieve more accurate colour in one or two corrections. It is the only software solution that offers this level of press-side connection between colour measurement and ink management.”

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BRINGING TOGETHER COLOUR MEASUREMENT AND INK MANAGEMENT IN THIS WAY? “Perhaps one of the greatest developments is that all of this is now possible press-side. Traditionally, colour measurement data had to be sent to the ink kitchen to correct the ink recipe, but this can now be done at the side of the press, using software and ‘virtual scales’ that can accurately determine the amount of ink remaining in each ink unit. Printers can therefore track their ink quantities so that they know exactly the right quantity that is needed to bring the colour back within tolerances, and can make the correction on the fly. Hugely significant savings in time and ink can be realised in this way, through optimising the usage of ink already on the press.”

WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES AND PREDICTIONS FOR THE INDUSTRY IN 2017? “The key priority moving into 2017 is preserving the pace of innovation that we’ve kick-started this year. With new products planned for launch in early 2017, we’re not only developing individual segments, but also taking a holistic view on the needs of our clients and the wider market, and working on solutions that connect us across segments. We recognise that, while we have market- leading solutions, we have opportunities to increase customer value and help them solve other business issues. This recognition has led us to broaden our approach and solidify our focus for 2017, on solutions that help customers improve their entire workflow. We’re excited to show the packaging market what QuadTech has in the pipeline!”

Newsoftware debut for label and packaging presses A

new soſtware and engineering service,

called Fundamentals, was unveiled by Global Graphics Soſtware at the Labelexpo Americas exhibition in Chicago back in September. The service provides inkjet

press manufacturers with a single source for the key software components and engineering knowhow that are essential to building a digital front end to drive a press. The goal is to help to reduce time to market and engineering costs by breaking through the common barriers that prevent manufacturers from getting to market on time and on budget.

Crucially, Fundamentals can also be applied to existing presses to overcome common quality issues, such as poor quality barcodes or small text, 30 November 2016

or defects caused by mottling and chaining, irrespective of other software choices that may have been made. It provides manufacturers with an alternative to an Esko workflow or can

be used alongside an Esko RIP. “We’ve been working with several manufacturers who are pushing the

boundaries of inkjet technology as they bring new presses to market,” says Martin Bailey, CTO, Global Graphics Software. “We’ve created Fundamentals to respond to the problems they face in the development phase of a new press which they often can’t solve on their own. We can step in and help them out with our combination of best of breed software and our new BreakThrough Engineering Service. The goal is to breakthrough every technical barrier, accelerating the press to market.” Fundamentals includes best of breed software from other vendors and marks

the start of closer collaboration between Global Graphics Software and HYBRID Software, both of which share the same chairman in Guido Van der Schueren. Fundamentals creates a much broader software offering alongside a RIP –

it can include the Harlequin RIP, but does not need to – and is Global Graphics’ response to the many press vendors looking for the optimal choice of software components to drive their inkjet presses. A key ingredient is the BreakThrough Engineering Service provided by Global Graphics colour scientists, screening experts and RIP technologists. They provide the integration services that link Fundamentals together.

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