Hall 9, stand 9H12 09/24/2013
Labelexpo, Brussels, 24th September,
Harlequin Digital Hub for label printing makes
its debut at Labelexpo by first-time exhibitors Global Graphics Software
in Hall 9, Stand 9H12.
Global Graphics Software has worked since
1988 to develop industry-leading front end software for conventional pre-press
film and plate-making systems and digital proof printers across many sectors
including newspapers, commercial print and wide format. For the past
decade it has built on that production-proven expertise to develop technology
for digital production printing systems as well, culminating in the Harlequin
Harlequin Digital Hub has been developed
to drive the industry’s inkjet presses and provides all the tools needed
to produce consistent, predictable output. It offers exceptional
color and screening capabilities, including multi-level and custom screens.
Harlequin Digital Hub excels at handling
all label types, even the most complex that require personalization using
variable text, image and graphics coverage. It ensures the accurate rendering
of PDF files to meet brand managers’ expectations that they can use the
same live transparency in label production as they do in commercial print,
publication and wide format, and is compatible with Esko workflows. It
comprises a range of technologies that can be customized to provide the
optimum solution whatever the combination of colorants or media. These
excellent color process control, giving accurate, consistent and predictable
color reproduction for a wide range of workflows. Harlequin ColorPro provides
full support for industry standard ICC profiles, including DeviceLink and
N-channel profiles, and fully supports hifi spaces such as CMYKOGV and
spot colorants including white and varnish. (See White Paper Color Management
for digital label presses)
- Profiling: Color accurate printing
is only possible if printing devices can be calibrated, with profiles designed
for a given combination of ink, substrate, screening and resolution. Global
Graphics supplies a wizard-based color utility called Harlequin SetGold
that is designed to prepare a press for profiling by establishing an optimal
“Golden State.” Using Harlequin SetGold together with Harlequin ColorPro
allows easy control of ink/toner limiting requirements and helps in maintaining
- Color gamuts and color matching: Harlequin
ColorPro includes the ability to emulate a conventional press (or standard
press characterization) by using multiple ICC color profiles to specify
the color behavior of the digital press on which the labels are being printed,
and that of the emulation target.
- Brand colors: Harlequin ColorPro includes
look-up tables for Pantone colors so that a brand color within the PDF
or PostScript file can be transformed accurately, in a device independent
way so it’s not necessary to develop new look-up tables for every different
substrate. Additional tables can be created for custom brand colors. It’s
also possible to configure ColorPro to emulate a conventional print process
for all of the colors in the job except the brand colors, allowing colors
that would have been printed using spot inks on a conventional press to
take maximum advantage from the digital press gamut.
A wide variety of halftones are available
with the Harlequin Digital Hub, including full multi-level screens, enabling
press vendors to maximize the image quality that output devices can achieve.
Multi-level screening produces near photographic quality and smooth flat
tints, even at relatively low resolutions. Alternatively a press vendors’
own screening technology and IP can be integrated.
- Harlequin Dispersed Screening™ is
Global Graphics’ patented second generation stochastic screening system
designed, in particular, for implementations destined for low-resolution
output devices, including inkjet and toner based digital presses. HDS
creates reproductions with increased sharpness over conventional screening
methods and offers complete freedom from both cross screen and object moirés.
It addresses many of the deficiencies in other stochastic screening techniques
to provide a robust and high quality screening solution for a variety of
- Multi-level screening: Harlequin HDS
Multi-level Screening (HDS-MLS) is used with inkjet heads that can apply
different amounts of ink in each location (often known as grayscale heads
or variable sized dots or VSD), because it can achieve the appearance of
a much higher line screen than could be achieved with a binary screen for
a given resolution, especially the lower resolutions associated with high
speed inkjets. It also increases the level of detail that can be retained
in the screened result.
Variable content at speed
In independent speed tests carried out by
the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2012 across a test suite
comprising different label types – from the very simple to the most complex
– Harlequin digital technology achieved over 20 times the processing rate
required by the leading label press with just one RIP.
About Global Graphics
Global Graphics (NYSE-Euronext: GLOG) is
a leading developer of printing and electronic document software http://www.globalgraphics.com
Customers include HP Indigo, Kodak, Canon and Fuji Xerox.
Global Graphics, Harlequin, the Harlequin
logo, Harlequin Digital Hub, the Harlequin RIP, are trademarks of Global
Graphics Software Limited which may be registered in certain jurisdictions.
Global Graphics is a trademark of Global Graphics S.A. which may
be registered in certain jurisdictions. PostScript is a trademark of Adobe
Systems Incorporated which may be registered in certain jurisdictions.
All other brand and product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks
of their respective owners
Contact: Jill Taylor, Global Graphics Software
Tel: +44 (0)1223 926489 or +44 (0)7714 410598