Under the leadership of Armand Coetzee, the Pre-Press department has the latest software to output proofs and plates efficiently. Equios, enables the department to impose and rip the supplied pdf file and output it to any of the available machines. The customer then has the option to receive a physical proof which is printed on the Indigo 5000 Digital Press or one of the Epson 9900 plotter proof printers, or an electronic proof. The Electronic proof is a pdf file that is produced from the ripped file. It is accurate for checking content, but not advisable when resolution and colour is of concern. The proofs from the Indigo 5000 press is 90-95% colour accurate and provides an excellent idea of the print quality one can expect once the job is printed Litho or digitally. Equios outputs the plates and colour information for the printing presses straight from the pdf supplied. This makes the make ready when printing quick and accurate.
The state of the art plate setters are Belgium made Basys. The machines are profileddaily to ensure colour consistency between all the presses. We are able produce up to 60 A1 plates per hour so the printing presses never have to wait for plates.Equios now offers an online proofing solution called Equios online. This allows customers to log on to the server, upload their pdf, and receive high resolution, ripped, interactive previews for approval. These proofs are not colour accurate as each computer monitor might display the colour differently to the actual printed work but it provides a fairly accurate proof.