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    ccDotmeter Debuts digiLoupe proView 403: UV and IR Viewing in an Instant

ccDotmeter Debuts digiLoupe proView 403: UV and IR Viewing in an Instant

Printers involved in the creation of security-focused items, including anti-counterfeiting packaging products, have been seeking a “printer friendly” viewing tool capable of showing both IR and UV artifacts for many years. ccDotmeter was delighted to use Ipex 2014 to debut a device that will become an essential tool for printers involved in UV and IR production – the digiLoupe proView 403.

A visit to ccDotmeter, stand N3-C302/2, part of the PICON exhibit, helped printers to see just what they have been missing when printing UV and IR based work!

Commenting on the introduction of the new tool, Paul Foster, Sales Director of ccDotmeter, said: “For printers involved in the production of UV and IR security-focused print there have been very few QC tools available. Yes, there are a few extremely expensive, and extremely large devices – but the printer wants something small and portable that gives him fast, accurate images that he can see: a device that he can keep near the press.”

The hand-held digiLoupe proView 403 incorporates a triple illumination system that allows the user to view standard print, IR inks, or UV inks. “Potential users are not limited to the printer on the press of course,” added Paul Foster. “The print buyer has also been crying out for a device that will offer this capability, and the sales teams of security printers will see immediate benefits.”

Initial discussions regarding the product have already led to orders being placed by a well-known UK-based security printer.

ccDotmeter – a UK based technology company – is delighted to be at the vanguard of a technology that will give both the printers and print specifiers involved in anti-counterfeiting production a huge range of benefits.

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By |March 19th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

ccDotmeter to Debut pressDot at Ipex 2014

ccDotmeter, the UK technology company and dotmeter specialist, has confirmed that it will use Ipex 2014 to provide the worldwide show debut of its latest low-cost quality control introduction, pressDot. The single unit, hand-held highly portable device is able to measure tonal areas of printing plates and provide instant feedback with immediate on-screen readings.

pressDot is the result of the dotmeter experts at ccDotmeter listening to customer feedback, said Paul Foster, Sales Director for the UK technology company: “Customers liked the cost-effectiveness of our recent quality control range, which utilises off-the-shelf microscope hardware, but wanted the convenience of an on-screen reading rather than having to download images to a PC or Android device to get detailed results. The introduction of pressDot is sure to be of great interest to customers worldwide.”

The software added to the Taiwanese produced hardware has been created by the same team that created the award winning, UK-built Centurfax product, ccDot. The pressDot device is able to check for consistency of image output before the printer commits to the print run, whether that is in the form of a printing plate or film. The device is an essential tool in allowing users to calibrate their output device: an essential step for consistent print production.

“Now more than ever printers need to monitor quality of production very closely, and avoid costly production errors. A dotmeter is the most effective way to guard against costly mistakes,” said Paul Foster. “For far too long the “printers eye” has been the quality control tool of choice for far too many printers: there is no such thing as a consistent “printers eye”! One simple, but costly, mistake is all it takes to cover the cost of one of […]

By |March 19th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

digiLoupe: the 21st Century Way to View Print

Printers at Ipex 2014 are being encouraged to bring themselves into the twenty-first century by examining their printing through digiLoupe, a range of electronic magnification tools that can provide up to 40 x magnification of images, as well as the ability to photograph the results.

A visit to ccDotmeter, stand N3-C302/2, part of the PICON exhibit, will help printers to see just what they have been missing!

Skilled print operators in all corners of the world are still using terribly antiquated tools to check the quality of the print that they are producing. The old style loupe, typically a metal or plastic construction offering just 8 x or 10 x magnification, just isn’t suited to modern print. Not only is it inaccurate, with a very small portion of the printed item actually in focus to the average user! It is usually also smeared in ink and other press chemistry, and certainly has no ability to record what it is being viewed in order to discuss a printing issue with colleagues or suppliers.

ccDotmeter – a UK based technology company – is delighted to be at the vanguard of the technology that will allow printers to see the real detail of what is being printed, meaning that printers can once again take a proper focus on print quality.

“Every printer in every country of the world uses a old-fashioned metal or plastic and glass loupe to view the detail of his work,” suggests Bob Leslie, Managing Director of ccDotmeter. “In the modern world of ever tighter registration issues, and very fine line work, the accurate viewing of this more detailed printing is an essential requirement. In these days of tight profit margins re-print costs have to be avoided. […]

By |March 19th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Fujifilm Passes 100 microDot Orders

ccDotmeter, the UK technology company and dotmeter specialist, has announced that orders from Fujifilm offices throughout the world for its microDot dotmeter product have now passed the 100 unit mark.

The microDot is used by Fujiiflm’s plate specialists’ to measure the image on the plate, and then calibrate the platesetter. The company also promotes the use of microDot to its customers.

Commenting on the 100-unit milestone Paul Foster, Sales Director of ccDotmeter, said: “This is another great success for British software in the printing industry. Fujifilm is a company that focuses on print quality. It has successfully grown its plate and platesetter business by ensuring that customers are getting the very best from these products. As part of that whole package the business understands the need to measure plates to guarantee continued accuracy. The microDot itself was thoroughly tested by Fujifilm both in the UK and at its Tilburg factory prior to Fujifilm Europe recommending the product to its subsidiary operations and dealerships.”

The microDot is suitable for reading a wide range of plate types including Fujifilm’s Brillia HD PRO-T3 – described by many as the world’s most advanced printing plate. PRO-T3 uses no processor chemistry or gum, making it one of the most environmentally friendly plate offerings available.

Sean Lane, Product Manager, Offset Solutions, at Fujifilm UK, added: “The microDot gives us fast and accurate feedback when our engineers are out in the field installing equipment or preparing customers for our printing plates. We get speedy, reliable data returned from every reading taken meaning that we can set-up equipment quickly and accurately, leaving customers with a machine that will surpass every quality standard in the market. We generally recommend that they purchase a dotmeter themselves, […]

By |October 22nd, 2013|News|0 Comments|

Ivor Solution Replaces Centurfax Dotmeter after 13 Years!

Trade print and business card printing specialist Ivor Solution, London, has announced the purchase of a new microDot dotmeter from ccDotmeter, the company owned by Centurfax, the UK technology company and dotmeter specialists.

Ivor Solution has been a long-time fan of Centurfax quality control instruments, having purchased a ccDot tool from the company some thirteen years ago. “We are working through our applications for both ISO9000 and 14001,” explained Nikki Brin, Sales and Account Manager at Ivor Solution. “In order to comply with British Standards we needed to have some official confirmation that the ccDot was still reading accurately. Having an instrument to check the quality of our printing plates is great, but only if the instrument is accurate in the first place. In short, due to the age of the ccDot it was more effective to replace the unit with a new microDot instrument!”

Ivor Solution considers itself to be the best trade supplier for template print production and small orders, particularly in printed stationery and on-demand marketing materials. 95% of orders are completed within 48 hours. The company’s hybrid business model is unique, combining “best-in-class” web-to-print with specialist production and fulfilment, providing an all-round incredible service. Nikki explained further: “We are not a “one size fits all” print supplier. Our customers are trade buyers and need the best supplier for a particular job.”

Commenting on behalf of ccDotmeter, Paul Foster, Sales Director, said: “The ccDot at Ivor Solution hit its 13th birthday early in August, but owing to the difficultly in obtaining certification for something of this age, it was more cost effective all round for the customer to install the new microDot. This is even more efficient and effective than the previous unit and […]

By |September 22nd, 2013|News|0 Comments|

Presstek Monitor Quality with microDot

Leading digital-imaging press and computer-to-plate equipment supplier Presstek Europe Ltd, West Drayton, has detailed the purchase of three Centurfax microDot quality control instruments in order that its service team can confirm the quality of plate creation during installation and on-going customer support visits.

The dotmeter units were purchased from quality control specialist company Ripware. Paul Foster, Managing Director of Ripware, commenting about the recent order from Presstek, said: “We are delighted to add Presstek to the list of equipment suppliers that utilise our quality control tools to help ensure customer satisfaction with their products. Every plate creation solution needs to be calibrated to the printing press in order to provide accurate images for reproduction. Dotmeter products such as the microDot are invaluable to computer-to-plate support personnel. They save a great deal of time and provide for a known standard in evaluating plate image quality.”

The Centurfax microDot product was launched to the world at IPEX 2010 and has since shipped in significant numbers due to its highly compact, portable size and very affordable price tag. The microDot dotmeter provides accurate magnified views of dot structures on printing plate and film. The detailed measurements displayed via a PC allow for accurate calibration of platesetters and imagesetters – a critical area with regard to quality control in the printing process.

Simon Knights, Pre-Press Program Manager at Presstek Europe, said: “Being able to analyse the image on the plate in fine detail is invaluable to our support team. The software analysis tools that are provided with the Centurfax microDot enable fast and simple calibration of the plate, ensuring the very best quality prints are produced on all Presstek DI products and computer-to-plate installations. The compact unit size, yet easily readable […]

By |July 26th, 2013|News|0 Comments|
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    Free Productivity Upgrade for microDot Users with Harlequin RIPs

Free Productivity Upgrade for microDot Users with Harlequin RIPs

ccDotmeter – a UK based technology company – is pleased to announce the latest upgrade to its popular microDot range of dotmeter software solutions. Harlequin RIP® users can now automatically send the RIP calibration data directly from microDot to the Harlequin internal calibration strip, completely by-passing operator intervention.

The key benefit of this new upgrade is that the operator does not have to re-key the highly detailed colour and tonal value readings from this sophisticated quality control instrument. The automatic delivery of the required information offers a significant time-saving and ensures 100% accuracy of information.

The microDot instrument is a product that is in use at print businesses throughout the world to provide quality control assurance to printers focused on creating the best of images. The device utilises robust, standard digital microscope hardware combined with unique, patented Centurfax software to create a product for reading the image on a litho printing plate and the printed output, providing the mechanics for calibrating both pre-press and printing equipment. Dotmeters, such as microDot, are essential tools for any printer seeking to conform to industry quality standards, including ISO12647-2.

Paul Foster, Sales Director at ccDotmeter, said: “This feature has been requested by many Harlequin RIP users. Following feedback from private demonstrations at the recent Drupa 2012 show it was decided to incorporate this development into the latest deliverable and fully tested product software.

“Drupa was a very successful show for microDot products, and this additional feature will be popular with our dealer network.”

Foster continued: “As a post-Drupa gift and as thank you to all those dealers who worked hard to make the show a success, we are offering this feature as a free upgrade to existing microdot users. In addition, we are […]

By |July 26th, 2013|News|0 Comments|

easyDot Puts Tablets in Focus

easyDot Puts Tablets in Focus UK technology company ccDotmeter has announced details regarding the release of easyDot, the latest in its Centurfax line of dotmeter products. easyDot utilises popular off-the-shelf tablet technology to interface to a standard microDot microscope reader. The easy-to-read statistical data fed back from the tablet provides a highly accurate measure for checking a printable image on a litho plate.

Feedback via the easyDot Android tablet interface will provide fast, accurate details of the dot percentage which in-turn enables efficient calibration of the output engine, whether that be a computer-to-plate device or a computer-to-film solution.

The product will receive its official worldwide show debut at China Print 2013, taking place from May 14 to 18, at the New China International Exhibition Center in Beijing.

Commenting on the introduction, Bob Leslie, managing director of ccDotmeter, said: “The use of affordable tablet devices is becoming commonplace. Integrating a tablet computer with our microDot to create the easyDot solution makes life even easier for print quality control specialists. Prior to this release a microDot would have needed to be connected to a PC to provide the hard numbers required to complete a calibration routine. The immediate feedback from the tablet connection will make data gathering a more effective and efficient exercise.

“This first version of the software has been created for the Android operating system. Android-based tablets are both lower cost and more plentiful than the Apple equivalent. We are unlikely to provide a specific piece of tablet hardware – the profit margins are hard to find in such a low priced item. However, it is not difficult to find good quality product to recommend – items such as the Google Nexus 7 for example. This device is […]

By |July 23rd, 2013|News|0 Comments|

ccDotmeter at China Print 2013: Go East and Prosper!

UK technology company ccDotmeter has detailed a highly successful debut appearance at the China Print exhibition, which saw the company sell all ten pieces of equipment that they had on the stand, as well as taking a number of significant orders for the company’s unique measuring equipment. The show took place from May 14 to 18, at the New China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. Unofficial reports suggest that day one of the show welcomed over 64,000 visitors.

ccDotmeter used the show to release easyDot, the latest in its Centurfax line of dotmeter products. easyDot utilises popular off-the-shelf tablet technology to interface to a standard microDot microscope reader. The easy-to-read statistical data fed back from the tablet provides a highly accurate measure for checking a printable image on a litho plate.

Feedback via the easyDot Android tablet interface provides fast, accurate details of the dot percentage which in-turn enables efficient calibration of the output engine, whether that be a computer-to-plate device or a computer-to-film solution.

Commenting on the success of China Print 2013, Bob Leslie, managing director of ccDotmeter, said: “We were more than delighted with the way that the show went for us. I can honestly say that Paul Foster and I never stopped, and the vast majority of dems and discussions were with real prospects. It sometimes felt like “Open all Hours” – the till never stopped ringing! It is fair to stay that I have not been to a show as busy as that for a long-time.

“It was interesting to note that good old fashioned networking still works even in these distant territories. Paul and I were eating in a local, quiet bar one evening when we struck up a conversation with the next […]

By |June 26th, 2013|News|0 Comments|

ccDotmeter Gives Web Site that Mobile Look

ccDotmeter – a UK based technology company – is delighted to confirm that the company’s web site has now been made “mobile friendly” with both iPhone and Android versions of the site now working effectively on smartphone hardware.

The new version of the site is switches into action automatically when the ccdotmeter.com address is entered on a small screen device. Commenting on the enhancement to the company’s web presence, Bob Leslie, Managing Director of ccDotmeter, said: “Users don’t want to know the differences between a traditional web site and a mobile-optimised site, but they can get seriously frustrated at trying to load and read a standard site on a 3.5-inch screen! Too many companies forget that there is a significant difference in looking at a site on a 24-inch monitor and the small screen of your phone. We hope that both dealers and end-users find this enhanced web view of ccDotmeter a great help.

“Our own unofficial survey showed that less than 10% of UK printers and equipment supply companies create mobile friendly sites,” added Mr Leslie.

The company’s leading quality control device for the print industry is the microDot instrument. This hand-held unit is a product that is in use at print businesses throughout the world to provide quality control assurance to printers focused on creating the best of images. The device utilises robust, standard digital microscope hardware combined with unique, patented Centurfax software to create a product for reading the image on a litho printing plate and the printed output, providing the mechanics for calibrating both pre-press and printing equipment. Dotmeters, such as microDot, are essential tools for any printer seeking to conform to industry quality standards, including ISO12647-2.

Commenting further on the web site enhancements, […]

By |November 26th, 2012|News|0 Comments|