13 September 2020 Digital Printing Technologies

The Harlequin Rip reaches the printers' dozen

Global Graphics has announced the Harlequin 13, the latest and most powerful version of its Rip.

Global Graphics has announced V13 of its Harlequin Rip, now described as the Harlequin Host Renderer as the purpose of the software has expanded.

Conceived originally to process PostScript and then PDF files, the latest version of the Rip takes functionality into ultra grand format inkjet printing, corrugated packaging, decor and textile sectors as well as addressing the needs of a commercial print sector that is shifting into high speed digital printing.

The Rip includes Global Graphics’ Advanced Inkjet Screens to minimise artefacts when printing large format inkjet. The PrintFlat and ScreenPro modules to improve the output of inkjet print have been joined by Opal. This is designed to minimise unwanted artefacts when printing on absorbent substrates at high speeds, so allowing companies to use lower cost papers and to cope with the demands of printing to corrugated

There is support for printing directly from a .PNG file, recognition that in some of the new sectors, commercial print formats such as PDF, JPG, EPS and TIF are not dominant. This is particularly the case in some large format applications, product decoration, textiles and so on. The company reports a growing interest from these industrial sectors in digital printing.

And it will automatically split the job into tiles for simultaneous processing by a number of Rips for increased speed of handling to drive the printer to produce an output which can comfortably stretch to 200 metres long, beginning to send the file to the printer before that the last part of the job is Ripped to increase productivity further. “A 200 metre long by 1200dpi output for a building wrap or for decor printing is challenging to a Rip,” says Martin Bailey, Global Graphics Software’s CTO.

“The Rip allows OEMs to support long pages and handling across multiple Rips and where there is a requirement to deliver data to the press at 10-20G, requiring a lot of Ram.

“The new tiling feature is specifically for high speed digital printing. Automatic tiling helps in maximising throughput by splitting the output across several Rips. It also reduces the cost for a DFE built to handle huge PDF pages, either every day or as an occasional occurrence, because the peak memory usage for a tile can be much lower than that for the whole page.

“Speed continues to be a key focus of Harlequin development, because a faster Rip enables presses with very high data rates to be driven at engine speed and reduces the bill of materials for a DFE or controller.”

As such it fits with a development programme which announced Direct, a software architecture to eliminate the necessity to write and read from computer disks, in May. This is intended to increase processing speed for high speed inkjet presses where a combination of additional press width, and increases in resolution and press speeds has meant a huge increase in demand for processing capacity.

With the power of Harlequin 13 there is a benefit for end users. “We can reduce the hardware cost of the DFE once Rip performance exceeds press speed,” says Bailey.

The new version of the Rip supports automated bar code generation, a function that will appeal to the corrugated sector where track and trace is of increasing importance. There is colour management support, as well as the Harlequin screen library, as part of the Rip. It will help achieve consistent output across different output devices while an easy to use operator interface will help those running different styles of output.

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The Harlequin Rip has resched 13, outlasting and out performing any other PDF Rip available thanks to Global Graphics' focus on the demands of the print and graphics market. These demands are answered on the latest version.

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