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Discover why a modern ink saving software helps printing companies to not only save on inks

Who wouldn’t like to find the key component in his company that could cut his costs in half? When printing houses come up with the question of how to save money, "Ink Saving" keeps on talking.

Global communication of brand colors - consistent and effective

Our customer does business in more than 150 countries and has a large collection of over 200 brands. Several global players are included. They are one of the top consumer products companies in the world – according to their economic performance as well as their consumer relationship. Of course, color management is enormously important for them, because the look and feel of the brands, especially brand colors, always need to be perfect.

Needless to say, the company works with many different types of suppliers like packaging separators and printing companies all over the world. This caused a lot of color communication challenges in the past related to the exchange of data and printing results.

Accurate Color Exchange

On the one hand, several packaging separators edit and prepare data, put them in a color library and on the other hand, printing companies extract the data and produce with different printing machines and inks in individual environments. This workflow creates a complex environment and errors may occur which lead to a variation of printing results.

But, of course, the printing outcomes of the product labels, packaging or advertising material need to look accurate and consistent as defined by the designer – in every country and over time. This is vitally important for the company itself and its individual brands.

That means, the data, e.g. color aims, need to be communicated correctly between all involved parties. And the cooperation with the suppliers and the edited data files have to fit into the internal workflow. This includes, that the company has to be able to proof the results easily by themselves. For example, to check, if spot colors are correct and quality standards are reached.

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Working with CxF data was nothing new for our customer. This global player already knew the advantages of CxF and had an existing color library, where suppliers could leverage that data to work with.

Unfortunately, the library was not well-organized or ready to use. It contained a lot of duplicate color data or data that was incomplete to the current CxF-4 standard. This was the first challenge in the process.

Additionally, the customer required a central location to administer and communicate CxF data, which any of its suppliers would be able to easily access and utilize. CXF TOOLBOX & CLOUD offered all of the desired functionality.

Standard Operating Procedure

Therefore, the common journey began with the organization of the company´s color library. The first task was to clean and organize the existing CxF library. In the next step, a standard operating procedure (SOP) was established and communicated to all suppliers to ensure the SOP worked well and
delivered the required results.

An onboarding process was started to synchronize the suppliers color data, equipment and teach all involved parties on how to use the tool, either personally or by webinars. The initial rollout phase took roughly one year. By the second year, our customer was already using CGS ORIS CXF software across their global network of suppliers.

Excellent Service & Support

The functional core benefits of CXF TOOLBOX & CLOUD were obvious to them, but the main reason they selected CGS ORIS as a strategic partner was the added value, extended by excellent service and support. They expressed: “CGS ORIS listened to our needs and built a solution for us” and “it is incredibly easy to gain secure access to our brand colors, these are our crown jewels”, which creates confidence in the supplier, and makes it easy to reach the aim to be one team with one color scheme“.

It was essential for them to “own” their color library and have the flexibility to easily create their own CxF color definitions, instead of using alternative solutions with limited customization capabilities. CXF TOOLBOX & CLOUD on the contrary are holistic solutions, which enable end-users to communicate and even export spot colors directly, e.g. for ink formulation.

Quality Assurance at any time

CGS ORIS tools offer the ability to characterize printing substrate during the creation of CxF data, they are not pre-determined. CGS ORIS makes it possible to verify supplier measurements, which is essential for quality assurance, and to certify color accuracy.

To sum up, this international brand owner benefited greatly by having full customization capabilities and the ability to brand CXF TOOLBOX & CLOUD as their own.

"CGS ORIS believes strongly in the benefits of CxF standards. This project was unique and exciting, offering both companies an opportunity to work together to develop a solution that elevated their ability to create and communicate brand colors like never seen before. CGS ORIS did not just sell a software product to the customer, we were there to clearly understand the individual company needs and requirements to develop a customized solution and services that delivered on those needs. Listening to and understanding our customer’s needs and requirements has always been a key to CGS ORIS’ success”, Andreas Kämmerer, Chief Operating Officer of CGS comments

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Who wouldn’t like to find the key component in his company that could cut his costs in half? This article summarizes what you need to know about ink saving and its great options regarding cost reduction and quality improvement.

Extensive Upgrades with New Features

Hainburg, Germany (November 04, 2019) – From proven classics like ORIS Color Tuner and ORIS Press Matcher to the very latest hits such as ORIS X Gamut, CGS announces extensive upgrades for ORIS products and many new features.

Bernd Rückert appointed CEO

Hainburg (26 September 2019) – Following the retirement of Jan de Maeyer, former head of Research and Development, who remains with the Company for high-tech systems analysis and programming projects, Bernd Rückert (48) has been appointed to the management team.

SCREEN launched new Digital Label Printing Machine with CGS´ Color Management

SCREEN Truepress CreditsSCREENHainburg, Germany (September 24th, 2019) – SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd. (SCREEN GA) presented their latest developments in digital label printing at the LabelExpo Europe in Brussels. The Truepress Jet L350UV SAI enables optimized color reproduction, color expression, superior scalability and impresses with improved print quality.

Thus, SCREEN provides the right answer to the current needs of the globally growing label printing industry, which shows an increasing demand for small print runs in the segment of high-end luxury products.

In addition to that, SCREEN is focusing on another key trend: The new Truepress provides seven ink slots, making it possible to work alongside CMYK with white, orange and blue, which enlarges the color space in a special way.

Established in 1985, CGS Publishing Technologies International GmbH is a global leader in color management, digital proofing and specially formulated media. Headquartered near Frankfurt (Germany), CGS also has operations in the United States, Japan and many other countries, as well as sales and support partners throughout the world.

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What’s most important in this solution is very clear to us, and that’s the quality improvement that we can achieve with it.

Bernhard Stiefel, Managing DirectorStiefel Digitalprint & Eurocart GmbH

Quality Improvement with INK SAVER

By reducing ink, quality improvement is not possible, right? At first glance, most people will agree with this correlation. It’s unanimously believed that if you reduce the amount of ink the quality of the print will suffer. However, the opposite is true if you use the right tools as demonstrated here by the international STIEFEL Group.

Situated in Lenting, close to Ingolstadt, the company has 14 printing machines, 2 high-frequency welding towers, 4 guillotines and 3 laminators in their 5500m2 production hall.

Every day thousands of square meters of printed materials from giant fabric prints for flags, wall coverings, canopies and tablecloths, complex display banners and building wraps to foil printing for expo booths and vehicle wraps are produced. Direct printing to board and fleece wallpaper with imposing designs complete the STIEFEL portfolio.

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This Upper Bavarian company also provides post-processing, delivery and assembly of the final product on site. Managing Director Bernhard Stiefel’s first priority is providing his customers with the best quality possible. Software from CGS gives him exactly that.

Just over a year ago, STIEFEL installed PRESS MATCHER with the INK SAVER module. “What’s most important in this solution is very clear to us, and that’s the quality improvement that we can achieve with it”, Bernhard Stiefel comments. “Printed results show considerably improved sharpness, they are noticeably more brilliant and edges are clearly defined” he said with satisfaction.

At first, he didn’t expect such incredible results. “We had already tried other ink-saving solutions, but none even came close to what we desired and this is why we were not convinced it was even possible. I was very positively surprised, because the results printed with ORIS Ink Saver even overachieved what CGS ORIS´ business partner, DRX Pack, had reported the software would deliver”, summarized Stiefel.

What’s most important in this solution is very clear to us, and that’s the quality improvement that we can achieve with it.

Bernhard Stiefel, Managing DirectorStiefel Digitalprint & Eurocart GmbH

As well as the increase in quality, ink-saving was also outstanding. On average, the company is saving around 20 % in ink. For example on the Canon Colorado that‘s 22% in saved ink costs. On certain printing machines the ink saving was even greater.

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Ink savings can depend on factors such as image design, printing substrate and the machine itself. STIEFEL has a wide range of equipment from DURST, HP, VUTek, Canon and SwissQPrint. “We save most on the foil machines where we see up to 35%”, according to Stiefel.

Over and above the quality and cost-saving benefits the Managing Director praised the ease of integration of the software with his existing workflow.

As well as quality improvement and less ink usage, the INK SAVER module brings other unexpected benefits along with it. Because there is less ink on the substrate, drying time is reduced so that the production process can be speed up and the printer freed up for additional customer projects.

The origins of STIEFEL lie in the printing of maps. Bernhard Stiefel’s father, Heinrich, founded the company in 1982 with the idea of outfitting every school classroom with geography maps; in those days mostly by offset printing. “In the 90’s we started to use digital printing more and more, particularly as the many changes in European country borders meant constant map updates and that would not be economical on offset”, explains Bernhard Stiefel, who has led the company with his father since 1990.

So finally, in 2003, STIEFEL Digitalprint GmbH was formed alongside the existing STIEFEL Eurocart GmbH. Maps in various forms are still produced today through the major part of the business is advertising and display material of every kind and size. The Group has around 100 employees, mostly in Lenting in beautiful Oberbayern.

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The INK SAVER helps us to reduce our internal costs and brings additional benefits for our customers.

Andreas Hanbuch, CEO Hanbuch PackagingHanbuch Packaging, Pfungstadt
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