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EQUIOS Flexo - Workflow Solutions

Full Automation/Advanced/PageFit Advanced

EQUIOS Flexo Series is a key component of Screen’s Packaging Solutions with complete JDF and PDF capabilities. Available in fully automated and advanced workflow packages, EQUIOS Flexo Series has been adapted to the unique production requirements of label, envelope, flexible packaging, folding carton and converting companies.

EQUIOS Flexo Series combines a host of powerful built-in features and new functions that streamlines print management and simplifies workflow processes. By capitalizing on the strengths of PDF for content definition and the JDF standard for job ticketing and process control, EQUIOS Flexo Series significantly improves production reliability and profitability in flexo and letterpress printing environments.

 

Features of End-to-End Automation

EQUIOS Flexo - Full Automation allows for complete JDF-enabled automated workflow from start to finish. From a file transfer upload/download off your company’s website, EQUIOS Flexo moves your job directly to advanced preflighting, auto-notification, rip, trap, impose, collaborative workflow-generated proofing approval, integration with inkjet proofing and output to digital imaging. With industryleading 4,800 dpi resolution and Flexo Dot Hi-Res Hybrid Screening including Multi-Screening, your job is directed to postpress routing, cutting and folding hardware, all while reporting back and forth within a JDF-enabled MIS system.

EQUIOS Flexo - Advanced allows for JDF/PDF workflow management, preflight, RIP, trap, impose, soft proof, integrate with inkjet proofing, output to digital imaging with industry-leading 4,800 dpi resolution and Flexo Dot Hi-Res Hybrid Screening. This workflow can be upgraded with many of the features available in EQUIOS Flexo - Full Automation.

EQUIOS Flexo - PageFit Advanced allows companies who already have an existing workflow and can integrate via 1-bit TIFF files or Hi-Res PDF files the added functionality of Screen’s industry-leading 4,800 dpi resolution and Flexo Dot Hi-Res Hybrid Screening.

EQUIOSNET partnership program

The EQUIOSNET partnership program is Screen’s workflow collaboration scheme with reliable partner vendors. It accelerates End-to-End Automation at print production and ensures overall benefit.

 

 

 

 

Full Automation

EQUIOS Flexo - Full Automation allows for complete JDF-enabled automated workflow from start to finish. From a file transfer upload/download off your company’s website, EQUIOS Flexo moves your job directly to advanced preflighting, auto-notification, RIP, trap, impose, collaborative workflow-generated proofing approval, integration with inkjet proofing and output to digital imaging. With industry-leading 4,800 dpi resolution and Flexo Dot Hi-Res Hybrid Screening including Multi-Screening, your job is directed to postpress routing, cutting and folding hardware, all while reporting back and forth within a JDF-enabled MIS system.

Screen’s Pre4m layout module subscribes to the latest JDF folding imposition templates for ease of integration with JDF-enabled MIS software. PageFit Layout allows for ease of arranging images prior to output to digital imaging.

Screen’s PDF TrapEditor is a plug-in for Adobe Acrobat Professional enabling users to control detailed trap settings and provide screening instructions for each object after auto-trapping in EQUIOS Flexo Series.

Screen’s Multi-Screening module makes it possible to mix different types of screening methods on a single job to bring out the best in each object being printed and take full advantage of the highest resolution and screening available in the industry.

Screen’s Flexo Dot Hi-Res Hybrid Screening unlocks the power and magic of true 4,800 dpi resolution with screening that provides for smooth vignettes and fine detail. 23,040,000 pixels of data to create each dot allow for printing down to 0%.

EQUIOS Online, the latest generation of Screen’s automated online proofing and approval solution, allows users to upload digital files into the prepress production workflow, proof layouts, and permit online collaboration and approval of final pages prior to Digital Imaging output. Screen’s JDF-MIS connectivity module allows for reporting back and forth trackable job information to JDF-enabled MIS software.

EQUIOS Flexo Series - Full Automation

 

 

Advanced/PageFit Advanced

EQUIOS Flexo - Advanced utilizes the native PDF-rendering technology of the Adobe PDF Print Engine 2 core. It automates all the essential tasks required for plate output on Screen FX Series flexo/letterpress imaging devices, such as preflight, OPI, automated trapping, RGB-to-CMYK conversion and imposition.

EQUIOS Flexo - Advanced also allows soft-proofing and output to digital imagers. EQUIOS Flexo - Advanced can be upgraded with many of the options included in EQUIOS Flexo - Full Automation for greater functionality.

EQUIOS Flexo - Advanced comes standard with Screen’s Flexo Dot Hi-Res Hybrid Screening. Flexo Dot supports the maximum 4,800 dpi resolution of Screen FX Series imagers and produces more consistent relief patterns and natural-looking gradations in highlight areas. Flexo Dot gradations are comparable to those produced with offset litho printing equivalent to and above 200 lpi.

 

PageFit Advanced features connectivity via TIFF files and/or Hi-Res PDF files created by any workflow system allowing for the flexibility of imaging with the ability to support Screen’s powerful and industry-leading 4,800 dpi resolution and Flexo Dot Hi-Res Hybrid Screening. Additional image adjustments can be made easily by cropping or manual image placement for plate fitting. Once the layout is confirmed, PageFit Advanced transmits files directly to the PlateRite FX series device for plate output.

 

 

DynaFlex™ Flexo RIP and Software Solution

DynaFlex™ combines flexible RIP features and special functions tailored to the needs of label, flexible packaging, folding carton and converting companies. The hot folder-based DynaFlex solution integrates seamlessly into existing workflow systems, accelerating flexo prepress production and improving print quality.

DynaFlex features AM screening, standard hybrid screening and advanced flexo hybrid screening, along with preflight and soft proofing for contone and raster pages. In addition, DotTiff preview, highlight dot support, dot gain tool and trapping make the process of creating color separations more precise and effective. You save time in prepress while achieving a wider tonal range, sharper image detail and higher print density.

DynaFlex easily handles distortion, dot gain curves and other typical flexo needs. Prepress operators can interpret customer files, trap the files as they are received, apply distortion and implement the desired screening method.

• 1-bit TIFF files drive Screen PlateRite Flexo series digital imaging systems at 2,400, 2,540 and 4,800 dpi.



• Operators control the RIP process from the easy-to-use GUI in a Client Server environment running Windows-based systems.



• Enhanced preview and advanced zoom functions allow RIPed color separations to be viewed on-screen.



• DynaFlex has the ability to set custom angles and use predefined flexo angles. Screening angles can be manipulated to adjust the input resolution and output lines per inch for hybrid and conventional dots.



• Hybrid dot size can be changed to any micron size desired; all other flexo workflow options have fixed hybrid dot sizes.



• The Scum Dot Removal tool eliminates any small dots of data below a specified pixel size — an added utility worth its weight the first time you use it.



• DynaFlex enables hybrid to conventional dot transitions to be controlled even in highlights and shadow tones.



• Plate cell patterning helps transfer more ink to solids, dots, text or lines, and gives greater ink density on the printed material.



• The ink duct control calculates the ink coverage for the ink ducts of the press.



 

PaSharp Packaging Tools

PaSharp is a suite of prepress productivity tools for the flexo, packaging, gravure and design markets. The PaSharp suite offers professional trapping tools and specialized step and repeat functions for packaging, as well as a series of editing tools that enable prepress operators to boost efficiency and produce higher quality work.

Trap Sharp

Powerful trapping parameters
Modification of trap areas
Interactive trapping tool
Trapping between images and graphics
Special sliding traps between bidirectional gradients

 

 

 

Nest Sharp

  • Reverse CAD
  • Reuse of set parameters
  • Rapid step & repeat by coordinate in AI
  • Convenient interactive step & repeat tools
  • Directly import CAD layout (DFX and CFF2 files)
  • Automatically add station number with specified sequence

 

 

 

Eye Sharp

  • Minimum dot preview
  • 100,000% magnification
  • File comparison preview
  • Various preview modes
  • Separations, negative and positive

 

 

Ink Sharp

  • Ink conversion
  • Ink mix function
  • Optional knockout
  • Image channel mapping
  • Ink collection and ink sequence
 

Inspect Sharp

  • Quickly locate objects
  • Various kinds of preflight parameters
  • Identify objects that do not fit printing conditions

 

Search Sharp

  • Combination of various parameters
  • Search for customized stroke and object
  • Search for error-prone objects in a second
  • Quickly search the most frequently used objects
  • Multi-selection function for finding specified objects

 

Mark Sharp

  • Parameter set function
  • Import custom marks
  • Dozens of marks for printing

 

Tool Sharp

  • Line pathfinder
  • Specialized selection tools
  • Instant gradient tool
  • Expand text width tool
  • Pack# Guide, Pack# Align and Pack# Clip tools

 

Link Sharp

  • Preserve layers
  • Preserve clipping paths
  • Preserve spot color channels

 

TIFF Sharp

  • Operators can choose one or multiple separations to export
  • TIFF# can export both CMYK and spot colors to “.tiff” format for proofing

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