Xeikon adds Mercury RIP to DFE

Xeikon has updated its X-800 digital front-end to v4.0, which now includes the latest Adobe Mercury RIP Architecture. Mercury is a scalability platform which takes full advantage of multiple CPU cores in modern servers to accelerate overall job throughput in print production workflows.

The processing of jobs, pages or complete signatures occurs in parallel, and can be load-balanced to ensure that no CPUs are idle while files are waiting to be rendered. Mercury can be configured to dynamically allocate some CPUs to a rush job, while other CPUs will continue to work on processing the routine work.

Mark Lewiecki, Adobe senior product manager, explains the benefits: “The Mercury RIP Architecture will dramatically raise productivity levels for Xeikon customers running high-volume Variable Data Printing (VDP) jobs.” the Mercury RIP Architecture complements the X-800 built-in metadata module, which enables variable data jobs to be defined entirely on the press. To enable tracking of production from print to delivery or to prevent counterfeiting, the X-800 allows the dynamic addition of production data or other variable elements such as sequential numbers or barcodes to already RIP’ed documents. The X-800 also features automatic printer calibration, density control and registration adjustments for colour stability and consistent output quality, and even allows post-RIP colour adjustment during printing.

Jeroen Van Bauwel, director of product management at Xeikon, commented: “Passing the rigorous qualification process is an important achievement, and we are pleased with the recognition from Adobe that our workflow is tuned for optimal efficiency and performance.

The Xeikon X-800 version 4.0 update is available end of this month to all current Xeikon press owners and will be incorporated in all new press shipments.





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