FTA Technical Innovation Award

SpotOn! Press Receives FTA Technical Innovation Award for SpotOn! Flexo


April 2014 — The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) named All Printing Resources (APR) and SpotOn! Press winners of its prestigious 2014 Technical Innovation Award. SpotOn! Flexo Technology co-developed by the two companies, was the winner in the Prepress-Pressroom category. An elite team of industry professionals conducted the competitive judging, and the winners were announced at the annual awards banquet that took place on Sunday, April 27th at the FTA’s 2013 Annual Forum in Baltimore, MD.

On behalf of APR, we are honored to be recognized with the prestigious FTA Technical Innovation Award for our SpotOn! Flexo software,” says David Nieman, President & CEO of APR. Collaborating with SpotOn! Press has truly been a partnership of shared ideas resulting in a product that can save our customers time and money.

Our vision of creating an effective, accurate and dependable tool for flexo press operators to consistently control ink densities would not have been possible without the support and involvement of APR. Together we have delivered a powerful tool unlike any other. SpotOn! Flexo is Color Made Easy,” says Bruce Bayne, Founder and SpotOn! Flexo architect.

SpotOn! Flexo Pressroom Software

SpotOn! Flexo is a color analysis software tool that incorporates new, leading-edge technology making it possible to get optimum color reproduction and ink density information for any color. Utilizing a Predictive Analysis algorithm it determines the best ink density to achieve optimum color reproduction in the pressroom or the ink lab.

SpotOn! Flexo creates a new metric for flexo press output, “Optimal Ink Density.” Using spectral information, the software compares the measured color from a press pull (using a spectrophotometer) to the reference color and provides the press operator the ink density for optimal color reproduction. It also incorporates a unique chart that provides the targeted ink density range. Although originally designed for the pressroom, SpotOn! Flexo can also be used in the ink lab to determine if the ink can be successfully matched when it’s run on press. Prior to this technology, matching spot colors has been done subjectively by a visual comparison or by using a spectrophotometer to calculate the Delta E (ΔE). Both of these methods have many variables, making it difficult to achieve consistent and accurate results, press-to-press and job-to-job. Neither method provides any corrective actions to improve the color match.

Our collaborative goal was to create an easy-to-use product that provides converters with immediate benefits and cost-savings,” says Richard Black, Director Digital Solutions of APR. Being recognized by the FTA with this award confirms we have accomplished this goal. We at SpotOn! are genuinely pleased to see the FTA recognize the result of a true collaboration between two companies with common interests. We, along with our partner APR, are excited to get the word out to the industry,” says Robin Michalisko, Director of SpotOn! Marketing.

To learn more about SpotOn! Flexo software, visit http://www.spotonflexo.com.

About SpotOn! Press

SpotOn! Press, LLC is a software developer for the printing and graphic arts industries. SpotOn! is a calibration and process control software tool for the proof-to-press process and was released in 2008. Bruce Bayne, founder of SpotOn! Press, has over 35 years in the printing industry and is a GRACoL Certified Expert. Bayne specializes in color management and prepress workflow hardware and software solutions. He uses this experience to create unique and valuable software tools that empower users to measure and manage color. SpotOn! Press is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. SpotOn! Flexo along with SpotOn! Verify and the soon to be released SpotOn! Analyze comprise the entire SpotOn! Software Suite. Learn more atspotonpress.com.

About All Printing Resources, Inc. (APR)

All Printing Resources, Inc. (APR) is a proven resource for solutions, trusted service, and support to the flexographic printing industry. APR delivers measurable performance enhancements and total cost reductions, including the after sale attention needed to see optimal results. APR represents some of the most innovative product lines worldwide and takes a “team” approach to deliver process improvement and innovative solutions. For more information about APR, go to www.teamflexo.com.

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