Xitron has signed an agreement to develop a prepress workflow to drive a number of devices manufactured by the Chinese vendor Liaoning Basch Digital.
The devices in question are the Panthera 3322C colour inkjet label press, which uses Memjet’s Sirius printhead, the 3326V digital inkjet varnish press and the Panthera CTP line, including the Panthera 500G, which can image flexographic, resin, and metal printing plates up to a maximum size of 670mm x 640mm.
Xitron will supply its Northstar RIP and workflow, which is essentially a version of the Navigator RIP that has been optimised for use with Memjet printheads. The Navigator RIP and workflow itself is based on a Global Graphics Harlequin RIP. This system will provide job submission, job tracking, spot colour matching as well as label-based step-and-repeat and variable data input in the case of the 3322C label press.
Karen Crews, president of Xitron, noted: “Our experience with other Memjet OEMs places us ahead of the curve in development of these systems, so time-to-market will be short. Of equal benefit is our background with commercial offset and flexographic CTP devices, which will allow us to bring a full-featured workflow to Basch’s Panthera CTP line as well.”
Du Xuan, general manager of Liaoning Basch, explained that the company chose Xitron for its ability to supply a single solution, adding: “Instead of supporting several separate systems based on output type, we are able to collapse to a single architecture that includes the features necessary for high-speed, colour-accurate throughput regardless of destination.”