ccDotmeter, the UK technology company and dotmeter specialist, has confirmed details of its attendance at Ipex 2014, the UK’s premier print industry exhibition.
The company will exhibit its quality control focused products on stand N3-C302/2 – a part of the Picon exhibit.
Product on show will include the leading quality control instrument microDot, which comprises a combination of software developed in the UK by Centurfax – the originators of the dotmeter with the ccDot product – and a powerful, off-the-shelf, digital microscope. This lightweight, portable measuring unit reads the images on a printing plate and can calculate screen ruling, percentage dot values and screen angles. The device and software are also suitable for measuring dots on film or on printed paper.
It will be joined on the ccDotmeter stand by easyDot – a combination of microDot and software for viewing scanned results on a standard Android tablet device.
These quality control tools enable printers to check the quality and the reliability of their plates and output devices, and are able to provide the essential checking process as stipulated within the ISO12647-2 colour printing standard.
Paul Foster, Sales Director of ccDotmeter, said: “Ipex offers the ideal platform for us to demonstrate our products to both printers and equipment suppliers from the world of print. For a company of our size, the location within the stand of Picon is fantastic – especially for our overseas visitors, so many of whom seek out Picon for the best of British equipment.
“We will also look forward to welcoming a number of our European distributors to the show, and even a few from further afield.”
ccDotmeter is looking forward to introducing a number of new plate types to the extensive list of materials that it can read by microDot. “We have the ability to check dots on virtually every type of printing plate on the market, but new developments are always being added. We anticipate making some announcements regarding new plates that we can read at the show,” added Paul Foster.
The microDot measuring unit is highly portable and lightweight. Users simply link to their PC when they want to download the images that they have gathered on the unit. Image dots of less than 10 micron are perfectly readable by microDot meaning that the unit is ideal for all types of screening, including FM, hybrid and AM. The device can be set up to read multiple colour plates.
Once an image has been downloaded to a PC it can be measured for percentage dot size, screen ruling and screen angle. Images can, of course, be stored on the PC for future reference, or for e-mailing to support personnel and suppliers.
Centurfax has installed some 20,000 customer solutions since its formation in 1979, many of these using the original ccDotmeter, with over 400 installations from the new microDot range.