By: E&P Staff
Large Turkish dailies Hurriyet and Milliyet enhanced their ProImage Newsway production-workflow automation solution by adding ProImage On Color ECO ink-optimization software, ProImage Ink Control software, and changing from a TIFF to the faster PDF workflow.
In all, 11 different dailies and up to 80 different supplements for these newspapers are printed each day at six different printing plants in Turkey owned by the Dogan Publishing, which reports less start-up waste, less ink usage, and higher productivity.
For almost 10 years both newspapers have used ProImage NewsWay’s growing feature set to automate and manage complex production workflows. Newsway uses a browser for Web-based workflow automation and integration from editorial front ends through press controls.
OnColor ECO ink optimization reduces color ink consumption and reduces the publisher’s carbon footprint. In the first two months, color ink use was reduced by about 19%, according to New ProImage Ltd., based in Netanya, Israel, with offices in Princeton, N. J., and London.
Citing improved quality since using OnColor ECO, Kerem Cetinsarac, technical manager of Istanbul-based Dogan Print Centre, said in a statement: “It automatically analyzes PDF files and determines the exact amount of ink needed to produce the best quality, thereby decreasing the C,M,Y content on the page, and replacing the reduced C,M,Y ink with K.” Highight detail has been enhanced and, with less ink used, set-off has been reduced, he added.
To further improve quality and ink-use management, the papers also installed ProImage Ink Control software, which automates the sending the correct ink data from each RIPed page pair to the existing MAN Roland Pecom press-control system.
With the PDF workflow, page transmission from the editorial site to the plants is faster, according to Cetinsarac, who cited the change from rotating each separation 90 degrees in the TIFF workflow to rotating in the RIP, for one rotation per page in the PDF workflow. “When needed, we can also apply a different RIP curve for each printing plant which further increases quality and consistency,” he said.
The Istanbul plant’s seven Agfa Polaris platesetters expose a daily average of 5,000 single plates. There are a total of 15 Agfa platesetters at five Dogan print sites around Turkey. New ProImage is owned by Agfa.
Received pages are load-balanced between two Harlequin RIPs and the Polaris units, which can be monitored, with status messages displayed, through NewsWay. Pages are then imposed and text and furniture (a digiwedge and two types of vision marks for Nela benders) burned on the final image.