CGS ORIS has launched Real Substrate Proof packaging proofing technology. Developed in partnership with Mutoh, Real Substrate Proof enables the production of proofs and mock-ups on the final target production substrate. Real Substrate Proof retains the look and feel and all other physical properties of the substrate.
“We are very excited to bring this unique and exclusive solution to market,” said Heiner Müller, Sales Director Packaging, at CGS ORIS. “One of the key challenges in proofing packaging designs in the past was the need to use specially coated substrates not quite resembling the final stock or to use UV inks which add a distinctive ink layer to the substrate. Worse, UV inks quite often have an offensive odour.
“Also, a basic prerequisite for packaging proofing is the ability to match brand and spot colours. Our brand-new ink set, specifically designed for use with Flex Pack software, includes CMYK as well as orange, green, blue, and white, matching that requirement and covering nearly 100% of the Pantone Library.”
The inks are non-toxic, odourless, highly stretchable and print on a variety of substrates such as extremely thin flexibles, shrink and IML film, solid carton or corrugated board. They are heat resistant and can be over-varnished, making them suitable for applications like printing on metal.
Real Substrate Proof is part of the Flex Pack software and consists of the Mutoh VJ-628MP printer, or the new larger hybrid version, the VJ-1629MH, together with newly developed inks designed specifically for use with Flex Pack software (CMYKOrGrBlWh). These special water-based resin inks are characterised by their adhesion and stretching and shrinking properties, enabling printing directly on all kinds of packaging media, including shrink films.
“Real Substrate Proof is a brand-new approach to proofing and prototyping in packaging,” Müller added. “The combination of the Mutoh printers, CGS Flex Pack software and the inks enables this new approach available exclusively from CGS ORIS. It delivers best-in-class print quality in a compact footprint that fits in even the most space-constrained operations.”
Flex Pack software was designed to meet the most demanding requirements of the packaging industry. It is based on CGS ORIS´ patented iterative 4D colour management technology tailored to the needs of the packaging industry. Cloud-based colour databases such as the CxF CLOUD or PantoneLIVE, as well as brand owner proprietary colour databases, can also be integrated into Flex Pack, which also includes integrated pre-flighting, soft proofing and proof certification, and supports spectral colour data such as CxF/X-4.
Real Substrate Proof enables the production of proofs and mock-ups on the final target production substrate