Global Graphics Software to launch SmartMedia, an upgrade to its SmartDFE digital front end for label, packaging presses, at Labelexpo Americas; SmartDFE built around Harlequin Direct RIP technology, which is designed for fast, wide-format inkjet presses

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CAMBRIDGE, England , September 2, 2022 (press release) –

  • SmartMedia technology creates a library of predefined media definitions describing all the settings needed to get perfect color and quality
  • On booth 3015 Hall B Global Graphics Software will show the SmartDFE™ processing fully variable data at blistering speeds and communicating out to the wider print factory

Global Graphics Software, developer of innovative components for digital printing and subsidiary of Hybrid Software Group, will be launching SmartMedia at Labelexpo Americas (Booth 3015, Hall B). SmartMedia, a major upgrade to the SmartDFE digital front end for label and packaging presses, removes complexity from the process of color profiling to ensure the best quality and color output from the press.

SmartDFE provides a full software and hardware stack, built around the award-winning Harlequin Direct™ RIP technology that has been designed to drive the fastest, widest and highest inkjet presses. SmartDFE is capable of processing fully variable data at blistering speeds and communicating out to the wider smart print factory, providing valuable information for QA and inspection, press maintenance, and stock control. It enables inkjet engineering teams to get to market quickly with a future-proofed, high-performance solution, whilst allowing them the space and capability to add their own value. SmartDFE provides a complete software stack for high-speed, single-pass inkjet presses and print bars, offering everything from a powerful pre-press workflow through to an ultra-high-speed RIP and halftone screening solution.

SmartMedia is a new suite of components that simplifies the process of obtaining the best quality and color output from a digital press. Powered by the award-winning PrintFlat™ and enhanced with powerful color tools from ColorLogic GmbH, recently acquired by Hybrid Software Group, SmartMedia packages all the OEM’s reference press settings for each media and ink set into a library of media definitions and, via a wizard-like experience, enables press operators to easily select the appropriate media and ink set combination without needing specialist knowledge.

Eric Worrall, Global Graphics’ VP of products and services explains: “The rise of extended color gamut, or 7-color printing, has created an opportunity for SmartMedia technology, as we help manufacturers set up their presses to produce high-quality results across all media types. Smart Media Manager enables the OEM to package their optimal settings for each media into a library. Our innovative technology enables any operator to bring the press back into a reference or golden state so that each media will give great quality and color in the field.”

SmartDFE is designed to be part of a fully automated manufacturing solution supporting Industry 4.0 telematics and MIS integration, plus connectivity with automated manufacturing lines via OPC UA, the open standard for information exchange for industrial communication. It has been co-developed using components from other Hybrid Software Group companies who are also exhibiting on booth 3015, including HYBRID Software’s STEPZ®, the native PDF job creation solution for pre-press and VDP, and HYBRID Software’s CLOUDFLOW® providing advanced workflow automation. SmartDFE also includes support for Meteor Inkjet’s industry-leading printhead electronics and software.


About Global Graphics Software
Global Graphics Software develops innovative core technology for digital print, including the Direct™ product range, SmartDFE™, the Harlequin RIP®, ScreenPro™, PrintFlat™ and Mako™. Customers include HP, Canon, Durst, Roland, Kodak and AgfaThe roots of the company go back to 1986 and to the iconic university town of Cambridge, and today the majority of the R&D team is still based near there. Global Graphics Software is a subsidiary of Hybrid Software Group PLC. (Euronext: HYSG).

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