CIP3 Automated Press Ink Key Control

The CIP® Output Plug-in enables the Fusion Harlequin® RIPs to produce Print Production Format (PPF) files containing information about print jobs, including administrative data, information about inks, and preview images. The PPF file is then read by a CIP reader at the printing press control systems, which provides instructions for automatically setting ink fountains on the press. PPF file generation through the Fusion RIP is just as easy and automatic as generating the plates and films themselves. Integrating these files into your press can bring you to color far faster, while reducing make-ready time, wastage and the need for plate scanners.

PPF : Print Production Format 
PPF is the file format specification developed by the original CIP3 consortium. PPF files may contain any or all of the following items relating to the front and/or back of fully imposed press sheets:
• Inking data for the press, allowing automatic setting of ink fountains on press. *
• Plate size and mounting position in relation to the press. *
• Separations required for the job. *
• Positions and colors of color test strips, allowing automatic setting of closed loop adjustments on press.
• Positions of registration marks, allowing automatic setting of registration test meters on press.
• Positions of fold and cut marks, allowing at least preliminary setup of post-press operations to be handled automatically.

CIP3 Product Sheet

CIP3 Product Sheet

* Included in Fusion CIP3 Plug-in PPF file

CIP3® & CIP4TM Background Information 
The term CIP3 stands for the International Cooperation for Integration of Processes in Pre- press, Press and Post-press.

   CIP3 is an international standards body whose purpose is to encourage computer-based integration of all processes involved in graphic arts workflows by specifying and publishing standards.

   CIP4 is the successor to CIP3, which started in 1995 as a joint initiative of vendors for the graphic arts industry.

   The current focus of the association is on the development and adoption of the JDF (Job Definition Format) Specification, which incorporates the existing PPF format.

Fusion Systems' CIP3 automates ink-key settings greatly reducing make-ready times on the press. This eliminates paper waste and the need to manually adjust ink zone coverage. CIP3 produces a PPF file (Print Production Format file) that is fed directly in to the press controller. When the PPF file provides instructions for automatically setting ink fountains on press. The production efficiency gained by deployment of this software is dramatic, and often results in the ability to print more jobs within a given production shift.

The Fusion CIP3 Press Controller Ink Pre-setting solution supports the following presses:

  Akiyama Printing Presses
  Akiyama Sheetfed Presses including Jprint, Bestech,
  eXtreme, 26, 28, 29, 32, 40, 44 vintage machines
  Supported consoles include Akiyama Console

  Eltromat Presses
  All Eltromat machines using the Eltromat console can be connected
  Supported consoles include Eltromat FFS console (Off con I, II and III)

  GMI Presses
  All GMI machines using the GMI Microcolor console can be connected
  Supported consoles include GMI Microcolor console

  GOSS Presses
  GWC-NP Custom development by Fusion Systems now allows us to send PPF
  data specially configured for the GOSS GWC-NP interface

  Graphic Microsystems, Inc. (CIP3 Reader)

  Heidelberg Presses
  Heidelberg Printmaster PM/GTO 52, Printmaster PM
  Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 52, Speedmaster SM 72, Speedmaster SM/CD 74,
  Speedmaster SM/CD 102, Speedmaster XL 105 and vintage machines (MO).
  Heidelberg Web Presses including Harris/Heidelberg M600
  Supported consoles include Heidelberg CPC 1.02, CPC 1.03, CPC 1.04, CPC32,
  Web PrePress Gateway and CP 2000
  Other Heidelberg models accepting CIP3/CIP4 or Heidelberg Job Card

  KBA Presses
  KBA Sheetfed Presses including Rapida 74, Rapida 105, Rapida 130, Rapida 142,
  Rapida 162, Rapida 185, Rapida 205, KBA 74 Karat
  Supported consoles include Colortronic, Ergotronic

  Komori Presses
  Komori Sheetfed Presses including Lithrone 20/25/26/28, Lithrone 32,
  Lithrone 40/44, Lithrone 50, vintage machines
  Supported consoles include Komori PQC Console, Press Station, K-Station,

  MAN Roland Presses
  MAN Roland Sheetfed Presses including Roland 200, 300, 500, 600, 700, 800,
  900, 900XXL, vintage machines (Favorit, Rekord)
  Supported consoles include MAN Roland RCI I, II, III, (PPI2) PECOM,
  MAN Roland Chip Card

  Mitsubishi Presses
  Mitsubishi Sheetfed Presses including Diamond 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000,
  6000, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X, vintage machines
  Supported consoles include the Mitsubishi Console

  Planeta Presses
  Planeta Sheetfed Presses including Varimat, Variant, Variomat 17, 24, 26,
  27, 28, 33, 36, 37, 42, 44, 46, 47, 48, 50, 54, 56, 57, 58, 64, 66, 67, 76, 77
  Supported consoles include Fuji Varicontrol/Variocontrol &
  Web Printing Controls (WPC)

  Ryboi Presses
  Ryobi 522, 524, 525, 526, 684, 685, 686, 688, 6810, 754, 755, 756, 758, 7510
  Ryobi 3302H/HA and 3304H/HA (with optional PCS-F)
  Ryobi 524HX and 522HXX (with optional PCS-H)
  Ryobi 524HXX, 525HXX, 526HXX
  Ryobi 662HX, 662PFHX (with optional PCS-J)
  Supported consoles include Ryobi PCS-G printing control system

  Sakurai Presses
  Sakurai Sheetfed Presses including Oliver 2102EPII, 474EPII DI, 475,
  575, 675, 466, 566, 666, 458, 558 (SD & SDP, SI & SIP), vintage machines
  Supported consoles include SCC Sakurai Color Console, Type I & Type II

  Screen Presses
  Screen TruePress 344, 544

  Shinohara Presses
  Shinohara sheet-fed presses using SRIM press console software

  TKS Color Top Presses

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