Prepress UK Appointed Dealer for DM Screening Solution

In Pre-Press on April 15, 2014 at 9:49 am


Prepress UK, the pre-press specialists based in Cheltenham and Brighton, has announced that it has been appointed as the UK dealer for Auraia screening – a “digitally modulated” screening solution that is quickly winning a following for the reproduction of high quality, ultra-high definition images.

Auraia 6 is a second generation “digitally modulated” (DM) screening software. This UK developed screening technology perfects stochastic screening as it not only achieves a high level of image detail (up to 500 lines per inch screens), but also produces ultra-fine flat tints that are as smooth as (or more often smoother than) conventional AM screening.

Commenting on the appointment of Prepress UK as dealer for Hamillroad Software, Andrew Aldridge, Technical Manager at Prepress UK, said: “Having been involved with Auraia since it’s early testing with CtP manufacturers, I’ve seen at first-hand the amazing quality DM screening can bring to offset print with near continuous tone reproduction.

“This is a real breakthrough in high quality screening technology. Ultra-high definition screening combined with smooth, flat tints that are easy to control and print. The quality improvements are focused on the huge tone range that can be reproduced from 0.01% through to 99.99%.

“What’s most impressive is not the benefit it can bring to the newest highest specification thermal CtP, high-end stocks and modern presses – which is startling in itself – but the fact that the same benefits and improvements can be achieved on older technology, including violet CtP and uncoated stocks.

With regard to bringing new users up to speed with the technology, Andrew explains: “We take prospective users through an easy qualification process demonstrating the quality that will be achieved by Auraia on their actual equipment – even before we will take an order from them. The installation process is straight forward and includes calibration of the high definition Auraia screening either to match the tone reproduction of existing AM screens, or that of ISO 12647-2.”

The latest enhancements to Auraia screening really do move the technology forward in several important areas of image reproduction. In addition to great images, the software gives special focus to ink-on-ink issues – an area of waste that printers pay little attention to. The product has been engineered to pay specific attention to this issue, and has already been shown to provide ink savings of up to 20% in tests.

Nic Chapman, Sales Director of Prepress UK, adds: “One particular long-held area of criticism for both AM and FM screening is with regard to creating smooth vignettes and flat tints. Auraia 6 delivers significant improvements in both areas. Printers will also want to understand that both screening and object moiré are eliminated. In short, it really is easier to print with!”

Making the Most of Computing Power

This latest innovation in screening takes advantage of the immense computing power now generally available for very little cost for file processing. It works well particularly with violet, ultra-violet, and thermal plate imaging systems.

DM screening is so named because it digitally modulates each and every pixel it produces, precisely controlling not only the dots in each separation, but also between the separations, so as to completely eliminate noise.

It does this through the use of a “stochastic rosette”, which interleaves the screens in all the separations. By doing so, it eliminates noise (and moiré). The “stochastic rosette” helps to maximise the amount of ink-on-paper and minimise the amount of ink-on-ink, expanding the available colour gamut whilst eliminating colour shifts due to misregistration.

The screening analyses each pixel it produces to ensure that no dot is too small to plate or print, no “non-dot” is too small to fill-in, and no dot or “non-dot” is too large so as to be visible. Dots are created in a carefully controlled manner to ensure detail is placed exactly where it is needed.

Why do printers need DM screening?

Vignettes are smooth and flat tints are flat. DM cleverly modulates each pixel through software algorithms that have been created with a deep understanding of laser optics, plate technology, printing press behaviour, and ink flow, to ensure that dot gain is eliminated. The result of all of this activity is the complete removal of patterning artefacts and graininess.

The final delivery is of a high quality print that was previously unachievable.

Based on years of research and experience, this patent-pending screening technology represents a fundamental change in the expectation a printer should have on the quality of print that is achievable. No longer are printers restricted by issues with moiré, misregistration, rosette drift, colour shifts, banding, dot gain, dot loss, or shadow loss, and are now free to do what they do best – print beautiful pages!

Auraia 6 screening technology is only sold through specialist resellers, such as Prepress UK, who possess the knowledge, experience and expertise to fully support the product and its users. This includes initial installation and set-up, including the checking and adjusting of the CtP device in use, as well as plate calibration, and press profiling, either to match current output or to achieve a specific standard, such as ISO 12647-2 for commercial print.

About Prepress UK

Prepress UK is an independent supplier of pre-press hardware and software. The company is able to provide significant experience and a professional and reliable approach to pre-press problems. With offices in Brighton and Cheltenham, the company provides specialised software solutions backed by an unparalleled personal service from initial enquiry through post sales support.

If you have a pre-press problem, let us solve it for you. Services include: Prepress UK supplies cost effective device independent prepress workflows; PDF and PostScript RIPs and RIP upgrades; CIP3 pre-press and press integration systems; technical support for existing systems; and colour management and ICC profile creation services.

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Plockmatic Enjoys King of Sweden’s Visit

In Finishing on April 7, 2014 at 7:53 am

Plockmatic International, owners of UK manufacturing company Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, and itself a leading European manufacturer of post-press equipment, recently enjoyed a visit of His Majesty the King of Sweden to its Plockmatic Riga SIA production site in Latvia. The visit, which took place on March 27, was a part of their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden’s two-day State visit to the country.

The King of Sweden (centre) is introduced to post-press kit

The King of Sweden (centre) is introduced to post-press kit

This State visit to Latvia was part of an exchange of visits between the heads of state and marks the good relations existing between Sweden and its near neighbour. The purpose was to lay the foundations for better personal relationships and increased trade and cultural exchanges between the countries.

Plockmatic Riga SIA was selected as one of the companies to visit during the State visit. Mr Salvatore Grimaldi, owner of Grimaldi Industri (the owner of Plockmatic International AB) participated in the delegation that accompanied their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden during the two-day state visit in Latvia.

Plockmatic Riga SIA was launched in 2001. It was created to develop both its own market in Latvia, as well as to further develop suppliers in Latvia with a “lean production philosophy” in industry, financing and other sectors.

About Morgana Systems Limited

Morgana Systems Limited provides an unrivalled range of digital finishing products from the simplest, entry-level creasing units through to highly sophisticated multi-functional systems offering a range of finishing capabilities in a single unit. Since its acquisition by Plockmatic in 2013 the product portfolio has been extended with a wide range of booklet making systems to meet every production requirement.

Beginning with the launch of the revolutionary AutoCreaser in 2000, Morgana Systems has led the way in developing new and innovative solutions to cope with the special requirements of the digital printer. Morgana products that have achieved worldwide success during this time include the AutoCreaser, the DigiFold combination creaser and folder, the DocuMaster total finishing system, and several specialist folders.

Morgana’s purpose built factory in Milton Keynes produces more than 4,000 finishing products each year, with over 80% of these destined for the company’s rapidly growing export markets.

Full details of Morgana’s product line-up can be found at:



Medica Packaging Man Ready for London Marathon

In Packaging on April 7, 2014 at 7:37 am


Dave Betteley, PrePress Team Leader at Benson Group’s Medica Packaging operation in Crewe, is ready to take on the ultimate sporting challenge with this year’s London Marathon, which takes place April 13, 2014.

Running to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit at his local Leighton Hospital, Crewe, Dave is aiming at a sub-three-hour time. The Special Care Baby Unit has a special place in Dave’s heart as his youngest son spent the first week of his life there, and it is thanks to the dedication of staff in the unit that his son is here today. The money raised by Dave, and others, is going to Leighton Hospital’s recently launched “1 in 11 appeal”.

Commenting on his marathon history, Dave said: “It all started back in March 2013 after running the Stafford 20 mile road race in a time of 2hrs and 5mins. I decided at that point to run the Blackpool Marathon, with the aim of clocking a “Good for Age” qualifying time for this year’s London Marathon. This meant that I would have to run under 3hrs 15mins. On the April 7 last year I completed the Blackpool Marathon in 3 hours and 7 seconds.

“This started my focus on training straight away. By the end of 2013 I’d run 2,200 miles over 339 runs. It does call for dedication: often two or even three runs per day, no matter what the weather, as well as some gym work five days a week, using weights to complement all the running, with the aim of keeping a balance between endurance and strength, and trying not to get injured through the impact running on joints and muscles. Added to that I cycle to work every day for some additional non-impact training.”

As an added incentive, Dave’s eldest son has already completed the Sport Relief Charity Swim raising almost £500. “I’ve got try and at least match that,” said Dave, pointing us all towards his web page at

For marathon watchers, Dave will be relatively easy to spot in a bright orange vest with Medica Packaging on the front and Dave B on the back. Track his progress by following his race number 32032, and do please sponsor his efforts.

About Benson Group

Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for both the food retail and healthcare industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.

The business manufactures packaging product at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food and beverage processors are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves healthcare and consumer care markets. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs over 900 UK based employees across all four production sites.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benckiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and healthcare packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.

For further information on the Benson Group visit the web site.



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