Halftone Screens Related to Quality Modes

CaptureIn the colour mixing scheme of the Océ CPS800/CPS900, five classic halftone screens are selectable to optimise print quality for each document. A new dynamic colour mixing scheme has been added in the Océ CPS800/CPS900 Platinum. This reduces the graininess of lighter colours, minimises halftone screen visibility and improves sharpness.

This white paper describes the halftone screen selection, its effect on print quality and how to make the right choice for specific documents.

This white paper is part of a set of white papers to explain the Océ technologies and applications. See also the white papers ‘Selection of colour mixing schemes’, ‘Direct Imaging colour printing’ and ‘Océ Direct Imaging and Copy Press’.

1 Quality modes and halftone screens
Halftone screens create regular toner patterns on the paper, like the halftone screens in a newspaper. The fineness and size of the pattern determine the reproduction of details and uniformity. The screen selection enables users to optimise their documents for detail reproduction, uniformity, graininess or sharpness. The Océ CPS800/CPS900 R1 and R2 digital colour printers therefore offer five different quality modes, selectable by five halftone screens.

An extra quality mode has been added in the Océ CPS800/CPS900 Platinum digital colour printer. This mode consists of the dynamic colour mixing scheme with a fixed halftone screen for each colour. This new quality mode minimises the graininess in prints, reduces the visibility of halftone screening and enhances the sharpness and reproduction of details. This white paper describes the resulting six quality modes for the Océ CPS800/CPS900 Platinum.

Halftone screening is performed by the image-processing hardware in the print engine. A halftone screen mode is selected for all colours and for the complete document. The halftone screens differ in angle and frequency. The screen frequency is defined as the number of screen lines per inch (lpi). The screen angle is defined as the angle between the screen lines and the direction of the paper transport. Zero degrees means a screen line along the direction of the paper transport.

Direct Marketing Leader IWCO Direct Is First U.S. Install of Océ ColorStream 3500 Inkjet Printer

<p> <p><b></b></p> TRUMBULL, CONN. – August 3, 2011 – Océ, a Canon Group company and an international leader in digital document management, today announced that IWCO Direct will be the first U.S. installation of the newly released Océ ColorStream® 3500 inkjet printing system. IWCO Direct will deploy the system at their Chanhassen, Minnesota facility in early August 2011. The high-speed, production printer makes it possible for customers to move more easily from monochrome to full color output. </p> <p>&quot;We are committed to digital continuous color printing, and we expect to lead the way in integrating it appropriately into our customers’ direct mail streams. With the addition of the Océ ColorStream 3500 color inkjet system, we will accelerate opportunities and options for our customers to develop more personalized and relevant marketing messages,&quot; said Jim Andersen, IWCO Direct President and CEO. </p> <p>In addition to Océ printing technology, IWCO Direct uses Océ PRISMA® workflow software to drive production for all their high-volume systems, including non-Océ devices. </p>


Océ Business Services Helps Organizations Tap Records Management Best Practices for Solid Business Benefits

<p>NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 25, 2011) – In a recent document management industry survey sponsored by Océ Business Services, an overwhelming majority of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their organization's records program is providing a range of important business benefits. These benefits include enabling business records to be retained for the appropriate period of time (97 percent) and facilitating the duty to preserve information (96 percent). </p> <p>To gain the broadest range of these and other advantages, however, enterprises need to incorporate critical best practices into their records management program. An effective program spans the creation, management, storage, delivery and timely disposal of records. Océ highlights the following key elements for developing and maintaining a comprehensive and secure records management program. </p> <p><b>Create a thorough filing plan</b></p> <p>Without a well-conceived filing plan, including naming conventions and standards, documents are often lost or misfiled. This can mean executives will spend valuable time searching when they need to find important information quickly. One example is when records employees file documents without metadata (information about an item's content, such as its date). In this case, searching for a client proposal for which the exact date is unknown will not be fast or efficient without the ability to key in other known metadata such as the client name and proposal topic. A filing plan incorporating metadata and other important elements is crucial to an effective records program. </p>


First Océ ColorStream 3500 placed at Itergo

<p>Venlo, The Netherlands, 18 July 2011 – Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery, today announced that Océ Deutschland GmbH and Itergo Informationstechnologie GmbH have signed a contract for the installation of four Océ ColorStream® 3500 printing systems and their operation as twin systems. This is the first placement of an Océ ColorStream 3500 in Germany. Itergo will use the two continuous feed twin systems for high-productivity fully variable color inkjet printing, with installation planned for later this month.</p> <p><strong>Colored elements boost printed communication <br /></strong>Using this Océ ColorStream plain paper solution, Itergo can in future produce full color transaction documents such as insurance policies, damage assessment reports, customer information or account statements in one work step without the need to produce offset-printed forms in advance. Substituting preprinted material gives Itergo a considerable potential for process optimization. Moreover, communicating in color creates new possibilities to better and more accurately address customers. Colored elements in correspondence, policies and invoices make orientation within the document easier for the reader and permit the sender to selectively highlight important information. </p>


Océ Première Collection of Media Expanded for Océ ColorWave 600 Large Format Printer

<p>TRUMBULL, CONN., July 18, 2011 – Océ, a Canon Group Company and an international leader in digital document management, today announced the availability of three new substrates for use in the Océ ColorWave® 600 printer. They join an ever-broadening selection of media in the Océ Première Collection designed for robust performance and longevity. </p> <p><b><i>Océ 6008 Outdoor Polypropylene Film</i></b> is designed for indoor or short-term outdoor use. This 8-mil film is weather resistant and virtually waterproof. It can be used outdoors without lamination. Available in 24- and 36-inch widths; rolls are 100-feet long on a 3-inch core. </p> <p><b><i>Océ 6046 Presentation Paper</i></b> is an economical, heavyweight paper with an extreme whiteness and a 97° brightness rating. This 7.8-mil substrate is ideal for posters, information boards, display graphics signage and presentations. Available in 24- and 36-inch widths; rolls are 100-feet long on a 3-inch core. </p>


CMYK Colours Defined as K-only Printing K-only Data With Black Toner Only

Capture11 Meaning of K-only data

In traditional full-colour offset printing, device CMYK data is used most of the time. These CMYK values directly represent the proportions of inks (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) used on top of each other in the print engine. This CMYK data is therefore directly related to the device-dependent inks used. For example to get reddish colours, magenta and yellow ink layers are used on top of each other. If a little cyan or black is added, the colour becomes darker.

A neutral colour can be achieved by mixing cyan, magenta and yellow ink layers. An alternative neutral colour can be achieved by using a single layer of black ink only. This means there are two traditional ways of generating a neutral colour. One of these is by using ‘CMYK’ data, meaning cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks, and the other is by using ‘K-only’ data, defined only by black ink with no cyan, magenta and yellow inks.

2 Advantages of K-only data

If CMYK data is used, the definition of the inks needs to be known and the correct inks must also be used. Neutral colours can be achieved by a mixture of cyan, magenta and yellow. Neutral colours are sensitive to the exact ratio of cyan, magenta and yellow inks and the colour definitions of these inks. In practice, the correct definitions or inks are not always used, and therefore the desired neutrality is not achieved.

Océ, Stroma and Newspaper Abroad bring good news to London readers

<p>London, England, 12 July 2011 – Stroma and Newspaper Abroad, two pioneering companies in digital newspapers, today announced an agreement that will bring more international newspaper titles available the same morning to London for the first time. The partnership will ramp up production with 45 new titles printed from the London headquarters of Stroma, the digital printer with the widest range of newspapers from around the world being produced digitally in color in London on a daily basis.</p> <p><strong>Agreement brings additions to 1400-strong newspaper title database <br /></strong>Already, Stroma – the company at the forefront of digital newspaper printing for more than a decade – has been printing between 50 and 60 titles a day from a 1400-strong newspaper database. The announcement is being made today at a newspaper industry event for an international audience near Heathrow followed by a live digital printing demonstration at Stroma in west London. Crucially, this will pave the way for new international newspapers to be made commercially available in London.</p>


Newsroom Océ Business Services CaseData Document Review System Introduces Streamlined Collaboration for eDiscovery

<p>NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 27, 2011) – Océ Business Services, a leader in document process management services and technology, today introduced several new features to its CaseData™ system that will reduce the time and costs associated with eDiscovery and document review. CaseData enables legal teams to collaboratively produce, search and review documents for legal discovery and regulatory matters. </p> <p>Litigation requires that attorneys review large volumes of electronic and paper documents as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. CaseData's advanced features enable legal professionals to collaborate more efficiently and manage eDiscovery projects with greater accuracy and control. </p> <p>One new feature is smart folders. These are different from traditional folders, in which a static set of documents are stored. No static documents are stored in smart folders. Instead, smart folders store specific search criteria (such as a specific term related to a case) and the search is run every time the smart folder is opened. In CaseData, each smart folder displays the last known document search count. When a smart folder is opened a new search is executed; the results are shown and the last known search count value is updated. Smart folders offer a significant advantage because legal teams can quickly see how a document set is progressing toward a second review tier and into production. This can enable document review teams to more effectively construct an accurate timeline for the production of thousands of documents. </p>


Canon imageWARE Remote Technology/Security Whitepaper

Capture1About this Whitepaper

This document is intended for IT administrators who would like to study the security features, system architecture and network impact of Canon U.S.A.’s imageWARE Remote service.

This document is NOT confidential.

About imageWARE Remote

imageWARE Remote is a service developed by Canon Inc. that is being made available to Canon U.S.A.’s dealers and service providers, enabling them to provide better service to their customers.

imageWARE Remote consists of two components: imageWARE Remote Meter Reading (collects meter reads automatically from enabled imageRUNNER devices) and imageWARE Remote Service Monitor (provides information about device status, error notifications and statistics about parts lifetime and consumables). Both services use the same underlying technology

- either eRDS (embedded Remote Diagnostic System), or RDS Plug-in (imageWARE Enterprise Management Console Remote Diagnostic System Plug-in) to capture device information and transmit such information to a server managed by Canon Inc. via the Internet, where it is accessible by the service provider via a web interface (the Canon Inc. Universal Gateway or “UGW”).

The RDS Plug-in solution requires imageWARE Enterprise Management Console to be installed as a base operating platform and this requires a server to host the software.

The eRDS solution on the other hand does not require any additional hardware or software since the solution is already embedded within the imageRUNNER device.

Once activated, eRDS/RDS Plug-in will submit both meter readings and service information to the UGW. However, depending on the business model selected by the Service Provider, the UGW will allow for access of meter reading only (imageWARE Remote Meter Reading) or both meter reading and service information will be made available (imageWARE Remote Service Monitor).

Océ Japan to Become Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Canon Marketing Japan

<p>Tokyo, Japan; Venlo, The Netherlands, 23 June 2011 – Canon and Océ announced today plans to combine both companies' printing operations in Japan. The move follows the completion on 9 March 2010 of the public offer by Canon Inc. for Océ outstanding common shares, which was launched with the aim of creating the overall No. 1 presence in the printing industry. </p> <p>To facilitate the combination in Japan, Canon Marketing Japan Inc., a company in which Canon Inc. holds the majority of the voting rights, and Océ N.V. have reached an agreement by which Océ N.V. will sell 100% of the share capital in Océ-Japan Corporation to Canon Marketing Japan Inc. Océ-Japan Corporation accounts for less than 1% of overall Océ revenues. The transaction price amounts to Yen 1,100 million (approximately EUR 9.6 million*). </p> <p>By combining their Japanese businesses, Canon and Océ will be better placed to generate sales, particularly in the wide format and production printing segments. The combined sales organizations will make both companies' products and services available to a broader customer base, serving to reinforce the Canon-Océ market position in Japan. Moreover, employees will have greater opportunities as a result of the strengthened combined business. </p>



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