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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Continuous RIP: Coming This Fall

This week, I had the opportunity to get a “Sneak Peak” at an exciting new technology coming this fall.


C7500G Label
C7500G Printed Using a RIP
If you attended Pack Expo in Las Vegas last year, it may not be so new.  Epson America and Wasatch Computer Technology (https://www.wasatch.com/softripmain.html)  demonstrated an early prototype of a RIP (Raster Image Processor) for the C7500.  Since Pack Expo 2015,( http://colorlabelsondemand.blogspot.com/2015/10/pack-expo-2015.html), these two companies have made significant changes to their early prototype. Let me tell you more.

As background, a RIP is defined as “a hardware or combination hardware/software product that converts images described in the form of vector graphics statements into raster graphics images or bitmaps.”

To read why Wasatch believes you need a RIP, read this page:  https://www.wasatch.com/whyrip.html

According to the Epson technician that demonstrated the new software, “the Wasatch RIP enables you to control the colors and amount of ink over your entire label.  This control enables you to match colors precisely; and to automatically replace colors with the corrected RGB or CMYK color.  Overall, the Wasatch Rip enables much better print output; like much more expensive label printers provide.”

The image above was printed using the RIP on the C7500G on gloss paper.  Based on this print output, I believe the C7500G will produce outstanding/beautiful labels.  And print these images easily, reliably and more affordably than any other on-demand color, digital printer.

In addition to managing color, the Watsch RIP and updated firmware will enable the C7500G to print on continuous label material.  Currently, the C7500G requires either die cut or blackmark labels.  See these labels in the C7500G using the updated firmware don’t have either means to find top of form.

C7500G Printing Continuous Labels
C7500G Using Continuous Labels
C7500G Printing Continuous Labels
C7500G Using Continuous Labels
By combining the RIP software with continuous media, printers and manufacturers can produce full-bleed digital labels using the same workflow as companies running million dollar presses.  By printing the label on continuous media; and then using a post-printing finishing process to die cut and then laminating/coating the labels.  In this video, I feature the Scorpio+ finishing unit from DPL that shows the machine laminating, die cutting and weeding the matrix from the label to produce professional grade labels easily. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiVD74MtD4I

I see the new RIP and continuous capabilities of C7500 or C7500G combined with a finishing unit as a great option for printers, converters or larger manufacturers with print shops who want to produce their own professional, full-bleed labels.  It’s a very low cost way to produce short-run digital labels.

Epson says they will show the new RIP and continuous capability at Label Expo this fall.  Learn more about this show here:  http://www.labelexpo-americas.com/.  I attended two years ago; and will attend again this year on September 14th and 15th, 2016.  If you are attending, let me know so we can meet.

If you are a printer, converter or manufacturer with a print shop, contact us to discuss how you can use the C7500G and the new RIP to expand your business or improve the look of your labels.

Guy Mikel
855-962-7670


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