High speed at the right price
In recent years the amount of data consumed by the raster image processors (RIPs) that drive digital presses has increased significantly. Graphic design jobs are more complex because of the use of transparency, which increases the amount of processing a RIP has to do. The trend toward expanded use of personalization of direct marketing pieces, as well as transpromo jobs, has also increased the load on the RIP, as has the sharp rise in demand for image-heavy jobs such as photo books.
So the RIP, often the unsung hero of the printing process, has to be more intelligent and considerably faster than it used to be. When deployed in the RIP farms or DFEs that are driving state of the art digital presses the data rate out of the DFE has to be fast enough to drive the press at rated speed. And digital presses themselves are getting faster and faster.
It’s not enough just to be fast
The challenge isn’t just to be fast enough, it’s to achieve that goal without incurring an uneconomically high cost for the bill of materials to build the DFE. By making the Harlequin RIP exceptionally fast and efficient Global Graphics has allowed HP Indigo to achieve engine speed with fewer copies of the RIP, with a concomitant reduction in the costs for hardware, operating systems and other associated software. And that makes it greener too, because you need fewer computers and less power for the DFE.Read the full case study