Ink Optimization RoundUP - 2010 Results Report

In an exhaustive evaluation of ink-saving technologies, the world's leading ink optimization software systems were put through a series of tests designed to assess their ink saving capabilities, as well as educate printers and print buyers on the use, benefits and pitfalls of ink optimization software. Ink optimization software works by reducing the amount of CMY inks required to produce a color, replacing them with black ink.

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The 2010 Ink Optimization Roundup study, led by Dr. Abhay Sharma, Ryerson University, and Ben Starr, compared ink optimization systems to assess their capabilities in total ink reduction, color change, stability on press and file integrity. The report identifies individual features of each solution.

Systems examined include:

  • Agfa :Apogee InkSave
  • Alwan CMYK Optimizer ECO
  • Beijing Founder EcoInk
  • CGS ORIS INK SAVER
  • FineEye ICEserver  
  • GMG InkOptimizer
  • Kodak ColorFlow
  • OneVision PlugINKSAVEin
  • ppi Media InkReduction
  • TGLC PerfX Pro and PerfX DeviceLink Pro
  • MPX360 Colorserver

RESULTS SUMMARY

Ink optimization results were tested on press using Sappi's McCoy paper on an 8-color ROLAND 700 offset press. Test results indicate that ink optimization works, with systems able to:

  • process files in real time
  • lower CMY values
  • reduce ink consumption on press
  • retain colorimetric accuracy and visual similarity to the original

This comprehensive results book provides an invaluable resource for prospective buyers of ink optimization solutions.

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