ccDotmeter – a UK based technology company – is pleased to announce its microDot quality control instrument will be on show at Graph Expo 2012, taking place in Chicago from October 7 to 10. The microdot product will be exhibited on the Ihara US Inc. stand, booth #4432.
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, International Sales Director at ccDotmeter, said: “Following a highly successful Drupa show in Europe earlier this year, we anticipate that Graph Expo will further expand our presence in the USA. Quality control is becoming a critical focus for printers seeking to gain a competitive advantage over other print businesses. The days of slashing prices have ended: consistent quality is the most important differentiator. Everybody benefits from improved print quality, and with the new RIP screening and plate technologies now being employed in the industry, process control is an ever more critical area. microDot has the very latest on-board algorithms for managing these new developments.”
He added: “One of our American partners, Ihara, is showing a wide range of quality control instruments, with microDot the most compact and cost effective of them all.”
Ihara U.S., Inc. is proud to showcase its quality control products at Graph Expo 2012. Whether it’s spectrophotometers, digital plate readers, reflection densitometers, gloss-meters, digital microscopes or pressroom accessories, Ihara has the product for every application. The company will feature special pricing for quality conscious printers.
microDot is a combination of software developed by Centurfax – the originators of the dotmeter with the CCDot product – and a powerful, standard, digital microscope. Two versions of the product are available: The microDot.is@27 and the higher resolution microdDot.is@42
The microDot device connects to a PC via a USB connection for instant analysis of the percentage dot and image. The easy to install PC software can calculate screen ruling, percentage dot values and screen angles. The device and software are suitable for measuring dots on film, plate or printed paper.
The measuring unit is highly portable and lightweight. Users simply link to their PC when they want to download the images that they have gathered. 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.