Significans Automation, a provider of integration and automation systems for the graphic arts industries, has launched Version 1.0 of its cloud-based ink management utility, Virtual InkBooks.
Developed for creating custom ink libraries, Virtual InkBooks allows users to view cataloged and custom ink libraries in real-time, giving production teams the ability to easily customize and record job-specific ink data in the cloud. These libraries can be used for repeat work downstream or across multiple jobs on a variety of output devices, reducing make-ready costs and improving and augmenting color consistency across multiple platforms.
According to Marc Raad, CEO of Significans Automation, the time and effort required in the past to achieve accurate, consistent color is simply too tedious and costly in today’s digitally driven market.
'We developed Virtual InkBooks to give our customers the ability to control color up-front and repeat it rather than spending valuable time downstream interpreting and matching,' commented Raad. 'At its core, this software solution exemplifies simplicity and delivers unprecedented value for anyone seeking to adopt automation efficiencies into their workflows.'
According to Significans Automation, it first designed Virtual InkBooks based on the needs of its California-based corrugated display and packaging client, Bay Cities who recognized the benefits of automating color data management.
'It’s important to keep equipment in tune but it is also important to keep our data in tune,' explained Bay Cities’ director of IT and automation, James Hawton. 'Virtual InkBooks is the tool that allows us to do this.'
Regardless of their location, skills, or printing application, users of Virtual Ink Book Version 1.0 can mix and match custom colors, input color data such as LAB, RGB, CMYK, or import libraries using CXF data, save and reuse libraries for future projects, receive support, utilize Inkbooks in Adobe Illustrator, collaborate and share Inkbooks with multiple groups and users.
The incorporation of ArtBooks, a robust asset management module, further enhances Virtual InkBooks. The launch is particularly timely given Pantone and Adobe's recent parting of ways, recent price increases for Pantone Connect, and current industry-wide challenges finding qualified prepress staff.
According to the company, the development of Virtual InkBooks has been a natural progression for Significans Automation, which has enjoyed a tremendous track record of improving production efficiencies and automating workflows for its printing and packaging clients.
'Our goal was to help the client reduce the variables, manpower, and costs associated with managing color consistency, particularly with re-orders, and the results have been outstanding,' concluded Raad.