Leading Edge Process
Stochastic FM Screening
FM (Frequency Modulated, also called “Stochastic”) screens consist of irregularly spaced, same-sized micro dots. Traditional AM (Amplitude Modulated) screens consist of larger, regularly spaced, variable-sized dots. With FM screening, tone densities are varied by placing different numbers of small dots within a given area rather than by changing the sizes of a fixed number of dots as in conventional AM screening. The effect is that the dots seem to disappear, resulting in unsurpassed clarity and detail, especially in images of fabrics, jewelry, automobiles and skin tones. FM screening also eliminates moire patterning, rosettes and colour shifts which can form in halftones.
The roadblock to successful FM screening was not being able to consistently hold the fine dots on press. The breakthrough came with the introduction of digital workflow and computer-to-plate (CTP) technology. CTP bypasses the capricious nature of film-based workflows and has proven to be an ideal partner for FM screening. In CTP workflows, digital files are RIPed directly to a device that uses a laser beam to image the plates. This results in sharper dots, improved registration and reduced dot gain. It also helps ensure quality when printing more than four colours — for example, touch plates, knock-outs, screen tints, hexachrome — because there are no screen angles to cause moire.
Colour innovations uses the latest generation plate-setters which can hold a 1% dot. That makes a big difference in high-end colour work such as brochures, catalogues, annual reports, POP, and packaging.
The key to successful FM screening is having prepress and printing under one roof. It is vital that the correct dot gain compensation curve is developed by extensive testing for each press on coated gloss, matte coated and offset stocks. FM screening is an excellent technology but implementing it requires discipline.
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High Density Inks
High density inks contain stronger pigments than regular inks and create increased contrast on the printed sheet without loss of definition or detail. The end result is a richer, more vibrant looking project on all types of stock including uncoated.
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New MFX/CIX processes make metallic printing fast, convenient and cost-effective.
Colour Innovations recently introduced to the Toronto market a new metallic ink palette using the MFX Silver and CIX Gold and Bronze processes. The licensed MFX software includes a metallic colour library and software system that produces literally hundreds of thousands of metallic colours efficiently and cost-effectively and allows designers to use a wide range of colours in a single piece while still meeting budget limitations. Special effects which can be created with this process include LiteFX which can make artwork appear to change colour, HoloFX which can be used to make areas of an image appear and disappear, hidden text, and a 3-D effect.
Traditionally, metallic inks have been expensive to use and the colour gamut has been limited. This new process creates thousands of metallic colours out of only five colours – a special MFX silver base plus the regular CMYK process colours – and can produce an infinite number of metallic shades and hues. For example, an 8-page self-cover could use 1,000 different metallic colours but be printed using only 5 colours! The MFX proprietary software can also automatically convert images, faces and backgrounds into metallic tints.
Responding to designer demands for even more range and versatility, Colour Innovations developed its own CIX proprietary system to create a full spectrum of gold and bronze metallic hues to compliment the MFX silver-based range.
Computer to Plate Manufacturing Systems
Fuji Luxell 9600vxt is a digital modular plate-making system compatible and fully integrated to our PCC Pageflow workflow system
- Plate production system includes fully automated operation with plate setters, plate manager, an integrated on line processor, 200 plate autoloader, automatic plate stacker
- Multi-stage automation provides for 3 plates to move through the system simultaneously
- System is capable of outputting 32 plates per hour
Creo Trendsetter 800 Quantum digital platemaking system fully integrated to our PCC Pageflow system.
- Capable of outputting 10 micron thermal plates
- Output speed of 27 plates per hour
- Heidelberg Speedmaster 11 colour perfecting press perfecting 6 over 5 colours, fully automated and computerized printing press including CIP3 and chilled ink units for FM(stochastic) screening. 30″ x 40″ Latest technology from Heidelberg Printing Press Mf
- Fully equipped Plate-making facility
- Mitsubishi F6 six colour press with coater 30″ x 40″ with coater and chilled ink units for stochastic and waterless printing.
- Adast Cutter