Xitron Awarded Patent for Innovative USB-SCSI Interface

Xitron Awarded Patent for Innovative USB-SCSI InterfaceXitron Awarded Patent for Innovative USB-SCSI Interface

Ann Arbor, MI – November 5, 2018 | by Pat French

Xitron, the leading independent developer of RIP and workflow products for commercial, digital, and high-speed inkjet printing has been awarded US Patent Number 10108559 for their USB interface designed to drive SCSI CTP and CTF engines. The nearly two-year process culminated in the award on October 23rd.

Initially designed to replace aging and outdated SCSI cards driving Kodak Trendsetter CTP engines, the project quickly grew to enable owners of many other SCSI-based CTP and CTF engines to continue their use. “There are literally thousands of expensive imaging engines using SCSI technology in production around the world,” said Karen Crews, president of Xitron. “The overwhelming majority of them are driven by RIPs and TIFF Catchers on older, un-protected computers that cannot be upgraded due to compatibility issues with newer operating systems. Our interface eliminates these issues, extending their useful lives and saving the owners significant replacement costs.” For additional information or to download the full article from Xitron, click here!

About Xitron:

Xitron develops advanced workflow systems and interfaces to drive the prepress industry’s most popular new, and legacy output devices, prolonging our customers’ investments. In addition, Xitron’s pressroom workflow solutions extend the functionality of press consoles from a number of industry-leading press manufacturers. Xitron’s Navigator RIP, Raster Blaster TIFF Catcher, and Sierra Workflow solutions are recognized as prepress standards. Built around the Harlequin RIP core technology from Global Graphics and the Adobe PDF Print Engine from Adobe Systems, Xitron engineers continue to develop solutions for the graphic arts market, driving hundreds of different models of imagesetters, proofers, platesetters, inkjet printers, and digital presses. With shipments of more than 35,000 RIPs, Xitron is the largest independent provider in the market.


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Exceeding Expectations: A RIP and Workflow Story

Exceeding Expectations: A RIP and Workflow Story

Article provided by Xitron

One of the best things about helping a customer get up to speed with new RIP and workflow products is getting to see the difference it makes in their production. Having the opportunity to make a difference more than once at the same shop isn’t a common experience but when it happens it’s especially satisfying.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with John Zell of Camera Graphics in Portland, Oregon and the topic of discussion was how Xitron software had made a difference in his business; not just once, but twice. You can read his story along with several others on the Xitron website here: http://bit.ly/2AzriXF

John’s application is pretty unique in that it requires him to output to film. As most of you know, this is not as easy as it sounds as imagesetters are the horse and buggy equivalent to today’s SUV’s. The point is, even though a piece of software might be written for a more pedestrian application or function, a little creativity may allow for a profitable adaptation.
John had the foresight to recognize a niche to which few people had paid attention, and then he capitalized on it. He also called on a partner who had helped him almost 15 years earlier and found we were up for another challenge. Speaking to the support team about an OS-related issue sparked the rest of the conversation.

Satisfying? Yes, but fun also. A lot of interesting things can happen when someone asks the question, “I wonder what would happen if we did this . . .”


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Xitron – A RIP Too Many

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A RIP Too Many

By Xitron – October 10th, 2018

When speaking with prospects and customers about their RIP and workflow needs, I’m often surprised to find out just how many different RIPs are in use at their shops. I usually find this out when asking about other output devices if other output devices are running alongside their computer-to-plate imager. Their responses run the gamut from old HP and Epson proofers to DI style presses, to brand new digital inkjet presses. In almost every case, there are dedicated RIPs in front of each unit, which means there’s a lot of software that gets neglected when new versions are released. It also means there is plenty of room for problems.

Why? Interpretive differences, additional upgrade expense, and separate maintenance costs, to name a few. Plus, it can be a burden on prepress operators when they have to learn and remember how various settings are applied in five or six different pieces of software. Honestly, I have to give them credit for keeping it all straight.

The silly part is, it doesn’t necessarily have to work this way. One of the advantages of working in a Harlequin RIP environment is that the same RIP can often drive several devices at once thanks to “plug-in” technology. Using the Navigator RIP as an example, you can drive your CTP engine through a USB interface or by delivering one-bit TIFF files to the CTP’s TIFF catcher and at the same time use an Epson “plug-in” to drive a proofing device.

Further, there is a plug-in to drive OKI engines for short run color applications, a DI plug-in that will drive almost all of the direct imaging presses available, and plug-ins to drive virtually all of the Memjet-based inkjet printers based on the popular AstroJet M1. There’s even a way to drive devices for which a direct plug-in isn’t available. It’s called Raster PDF and it allows you to RIP jobs into a PDF file that doesn’t need to be re-interpreted by whatever device you’re printing to.

The bottom line is, if you can feed all your work through a single RIP/workflow then you only have one that you need to keep current. Interpretive differences disappear, maintenance costs are reduced, and the training curve for prepress employees is greatly lessened.

>>Click to VIew Original Article Here


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Flint, MI 48507
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NEW Xitron Navigator Northstar Videos

Navigator Northstar Videos

NEW Xitron Navigator Northstar Videos

9 NEW Navigator Northstar videos have been added to our YouTube channel. These videos include:

For additional information on Xitron’s Navigator workflow, click here for more information!


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Xitron Navigator – “This Workflow Has Exceeded All Our Expectations”

Xitron Navigator Workflow

Xitron Navigator – “This Workflow Has Exceeded All Our Expectations”

In 1996, John and Christy Zell purchased Camera Graphics in Portland Oregon. Established as the first pre-press house in Portland, CG had been in operation since 1967. The Zells turned it into a full-featured shop specializing in film output; a somewhat rare specialty given the industry’s move to CTP over the last few years.

Specialize, they do, however. They are currently running three Linotronic imagesetters and an Agfa Avantra 44. One of the main reasons is a niche service providing custom dry transfers, which is a way to apply graphics to just about any item, large or small. “Think old school Chartpak or Letraset,” John explains. Their regular customers for these “rub on” graphics are industrial model shops that produce prototypes of new products, which help the prototypes more closely resemble their intended final appearance.

In 2002 John and Christy purchased their first RIP and workflow from Xitron, the Xenith Extreme based on an Adobe core. It served dutifully for a full fourteen years before the Windows NT computer became unsupportable. At that point they made the decision to investigate Xitron’s Navigator Workflow, based on the popular and speedy Harlequin RIP platform.

>> Click here to read the full article


Xitron Navigator Harlequin RIP

Xitron’s Navigator Harlequin RIP is a best-in-class implementation of Global Graphic’s Harlequin RIP technology. Providing prepress environments with fast, predictable, and reliable interpretation of PostScript, PDF, and EPS format files, Navigator is the most trusted name in RIP architecture with over 35,000 installations worldwide.

>> Learn more here


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Why Should I Upgrade My RIP?

Why Should I Upgrade My RIP?

Why Should I Upgrade My RIP?

Article provided by: Xitron, September 2018

It should come as no surprise that this is the most often-asked question when it comes to prepress RIPs and workflows. Given a couple of minutes, prepress managers, printing company owners, and even prepress operators can come up with a list of reasons/clichés against upgrading. By far, the most popular is, “There’s nothing really wrong with my current RIP.”

Depending on the kind of work you do, that may actually be true. If you’re running relatively simple jobs that are light on complexity or color content, a RIP upgrade may not pass the price/performance ratio test. But, if you handle a lot of jobs submitted from outside sources, you never really know what you’re going to get and that could spell trouble with a large dollar sign.

I recently heard from a user whose RIP software was several years old. His dealer had tried to convince him that he was overdue for an upgrade but he resisted spending the money to bring it current. Shortly thereafter he found himself eating a $6,000 print job because elements were missing and nobody noticed until the job was delivered. The PDF submitted for printing contained multiple transparency layers and his old RIP was not able to interpret it properly.

In this particular example you could fault the shop’s quality control as much as the RIP. After all, there are many prepress tools to help operators catch mistakes before its too late, not the least of which is good proofing method. But the fact remains, if your RIP is current, you eliminate the lion’s share of issues caused by inaccurate interpretation.


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Perrin Resort and Collegiate Apparel calls Xitron’s Navigator Workflow a “very good investment.”

Xitron's Navigator Workflow

Perrin Resort and Collegiate Apparel calls Xitron’s Navigator Workflow a “very good investment.”

Xitron’s Navigator Workflow

What do you call a project where saving about 37 hours of labor each day is an unexpected side benefit? Robert Kern, Illustrator and Designer at Perrin Resort and Collegiate Apparel calls Xitron’s Navigator Workflow a “very good investment.”

Perrin is an employee-owned screen printer, located in Comstock, Michigan, with over 200 employees. Perrin’s customers include theme parks, museums, airports, sports teams and resorts worldwide. To meet the demand, twenty M&R screen printing presses are fed by three M&R i-Image ST computer-to-screen imaging units that produce up to 900 screens a day.

Prior to the Xitron system being installed, color transitions (gradients) were a problem, according to Kern. “It wasn’t smooth transitioning between, for example, 10% and 40%.” The need for improved quality sent Perrin looking for solutions that would complement the built-in software on their CTS systems. Industry consultant Lon Winters of Print This, Inc, recommended the Navigator workflow.

After a six-month evaluation and study, Perrin determined the Navigator workflow greatly exceeded expectations.

>> Click here to read the full article


About Xitron Navigator Harlequin RIP

Xitron’s Navigator Harlequin RIP is a best-in-class implementation of Global Graphic’s Harlequin RIP technology. Providing prepress environments with fast, predictable, and reliable interpretation of PostScript, PDF, and EPS format files, Navigator is the most trusted name in RIP architecture with over 35,000 installations worldwide.

>> Click here to learn more


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The perfect CTP for small format printers – at an unbeatable price!

CRON CTP Model 26HThe perfect CTP for small format printers

This complete Eco-friendly package includes the perfect 2-page CTP solution: the CRON CTP Model 26H, the compact all-in-one CTP, auto feeder, imager, punch and conveyor. Featuring comprehensive automation options, this system offers fast, highly cost-efficient UV plate production and the most convenient footprint for small format printers available today.


CRON CTP Model 26H 3-In-1 Fully Automated CTP System with Auto-Loading & In-Line Punch

The CTP Model 26H (26”/670mm format) is the first in a line of automatic 3-in-1 integrated imaging systems designed by CRON. The H-series system combines fully automated plate loading with precision imaging, punching and transport, providing a low cost, easy-to-use and compact unit which is easy to maintain. With a total footprint just 60% the size of comparable units, this system offers high performance alongside improved convenience and cost efficiency. The exposing engine, based on CRON’s market-leading magnetic linear drive platform, provides fault-free imaging across a wide choice of resolutions with registration accuracy up to 0.01mm and a tonal range 1-99%, in either conventional or stochastic screening. Consistent drum pressure control, and integrated online punching for up to 3 punching heads, enables precise registration for a wide range of formats.

Click here to learn more!


Watch the CRON CTP MODEL 26H In Action Below


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Graphic Whizard demos at your door!

Graphic Whizard Equipment Roadshow

Graphic Whizard will be heading our way on June 11th and June 12th, 2018.

Graphic Whizard demos at your door!

Graphic Whizard will be coming our way with their mobile demo unit on Monday, June 11th – Tuesday, June 12th, 2018. They will be ready to demo a slit-cut-crease machine, a UV coater, a perfect binder, a creaser knife folder, a numbering machine and much more!

Crease, Perforate, Number, Slit Cut, Perfect Bind, UV Coat, & More! Equipment line-up will include the following: 

This is a great opportunity to bring some sample work to put through the machines they have on hand. If you would like to reserve a time for your onsite demonstration or would like to stop by, click here to register.


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
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Challenge Machinery – The Hole Truth

Challenge Machinery – The Hole Truth

For more than 50 years, the EH-3 has been the standard by which all other drills are compared. The legend continues…

The Challenge brand is well known for excellence in innovation, reliability and durability. The EH-3 model of paper drills have been the industry-standard for over 50 years, with over 50,000 units sold worldwide.

The rugged steel and cast iron design of the EH-3 provides accurate drilling for years to come. Powerful hydraulic operation minimizes operator fatigue and results in consistent, clean holes. The taper-fit shank design ensures that our drill bits will seat centrally and securely into the spindle. The EH-3 can drill 25% more stock on every stroke with its standard 2-1/2” drill bits.

The EH-3 utilizes an automatic-return of the drilling heads as standard equipment, minimizing the contact between the drill bits and the drilling block. This allows for longer intervals between sharpening and longer bit life. The Challenge EH-3 proudly displays the UL label, providing added assurance of our quality and safety. Proudly manufactured in the US, the EH-3 continues our legacy of providing assurance you made the right decision.

Click here for your instant brochure download or watch the video below!

 


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
PH: 810.238.7370
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