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Spyder II 30 Direct to Screen System & Harlequin RIP-Kit
Supports frames up to 30" x 40"
(Units starting at $53,000 including two drums)

Spyder II 52 Direct to Screen System & Harlequin RIP-Kit

Supports frames up to 54" x 46"
(Units starting at $65,000 including two drums)

Are you using a KIWO I-Jet, OLEC DSI or Douthitt CTS System? Upgrade your system to a Spyder II for $25,000.
The upgrade includes: Modern Software Interface, Touch Screen Control, Bi-Directional Printing, Faster Output and Image Times, Enhanced Dot Placement, Improved Quality, Simplified Eletronics, Precision Printhead Control along with Excellent Service and Support. Call us today for more information.


Spyder II Features & Benefits
NO Film, NO Vellum, NO Toners, NO Harmful Chemicals, NO Darkroom, NO Processing Equipment, NO Vacuum

The Spyder II direct-to-screen (DTS) printer provides the ultimate in quality, while simplifying the process of creating screen masks. This high-resolution device can image screens at over two square foot per minute for extremely fast throughput. Perfect for any screen printer looking to eliminate film or vellum, reduce labor costs, speed up job turnaround time or improve print quality. The Spyder II computer-to-screen (CTS) printer uses a phase change inkjet head combined with a high-density thermal wax ink to apply artwork directly to a coated screen. This eliminates the film mask normally used, streamlining the entire screen preparation process. Imaging at over two square feet per minute, the Spyder II will keep up with the busiest screening rooms.

No vacuum is required for the exposure plus the wax ink is water soluble allowing for easy wash-out. The image is digitally placed with excellent accuracy. This system also eliminates human errors that can occur with manual placement of film separations on multiple screens. This also means less setup up time and more jobs run per day.

The new touch screen interface allows the user to easily drag and drop files into the control panel for easy printing and job re-ordering. Enhanced preview and templates make positioning your job on screen a breeze. Now you can rotate, mirror print, auto center and more, right from the Spyder II control panel. You can also assign unique templates to individual hot folders, creating a streamlined workflow.

The system can print up to 1200 dpi, allowing halftone frequencies of up to 110 lpi (lines per inch) and can output around 300 screens in 8 hours. The Spyder II 30 supports standard frames up to 30” x 40” while the larger Sypder II 52 supports frame sizes up to 54” x 46". A full-featured RTI Harlequin RIP-Kit is included to provide extremely fast and reliable file output. The Spyder II will also accept 1-bit tiff files from any RIP or workflow so it will easily fit into an existing prepress workflow.

With more advanced electronics, the Spyder II provides improved quality and reliability. The simplifed structure ensures a stable system, with long term dependability. The new bi-directional printing function renders an impressive gain in speed, while greater control over dot size and dot placement improves print quality.

Backing the system is RTI’s outstanding customer service and technical support. Whether working on-site, over the phone or over the web, our technicians are sure to keep you printing smoothly and efficiently.

Below are our standard drum sizes. Two drums are included with each machine purchase. Additional drums may be purchased separately and custom drum sizes are available.

* 20" x 24" Drum (14" x 17" Image Area) = $850
* 23" x 31" Drum (17" x 24" Image Area) = $850
* 25" x 36" Drum (19" x 29" Image Area) = $925
* 10" x 20" Drum (6.25" x 16" Image Area) = $900
* 26" x 33" Drum (19" x 26" Image Area) = $925
* 9" x 14" Drum (6.25" x 11" Image Area) = $1,200
* 21" x 27" Drum (15" x 20" Image Area) = $915
* 27" x 42" Drum (21" x 35" Image Area) = $1,450
* 27" x 47" Drum (21" x 40" Image Area) = $1,450
* 34" x 47" Drum (28" x 40" Image Area) = $1,500
* 35.65" x 34.37" Drum (28.65" x 27.87" Image Area) = $1,750
* Custom drum sizes are also available. Please contact us for more information.

Spyder Direct to Screen Wax Blocks

These wax blocks are compatible with the Spyder I and Spyder II Direct to Screen systems. With the Spyder II direct to screen system most tshirt printers can expect to output around 135 screens with one block of wax. Each block of wax costs $42.50 and weighs apploximately 100 grams. The wax blocks are sold in quantities of 10.

Spyder II Direct to Screen System Specifications


Harlequin RIP Features

Harlequin Precision Screening
Every RTI Harlequin RIP includes Harlequin Precision Screening (HPS). When placing color separations on top of one another the RIP precisely calculates screen angles and frequencies to avoid moiré patterns. HPS also uses an adaptive screening technique that adjusts each halftone dot so that it is placed within one half pixel of its ideal location. The RIP allows users to control and manage resolutions (dots per inch or dpi), line screens/frequency (lines per inch or lpi), screen angles, dot shapes, scaling, crop marks, mirror image, negative/positive, rotation and much more. Our screening technology is also designed to work with a wide range of printing processes including Flexography, Offset Lithography, Screen Printing, Gravure, Engraving and Digital Printing.
Screening Information and Sample Dot Shapes


Native PDF, PostScript & XPS
Support for PDF v.1.0 through v.1.7, PDF/X formats, JPEG2000, ISO 32000-1, optional content, cross-reference streams, compressed object streams and 16-bit images. PostScript® Level 3 support also gives users full compatibility with the latest design and printing applications including XPS documents with PrintTickets.
PDF, Postscript and XPS Information


Color Accuracy with Pantone Plus
The Harlequin RIP will ensure optimum use of the output device's color gamut. Pantone Plus support also ensures that emulation of Pantone colors printed using other inks (e.g. CMYK) are as accurate as possible. It is now even easier to achieve consistent, predictable and repeatable color reproduction across any number of devices through tight integration of the RIP with third party closed loop color controls.


Variable Data
Need the fastest performance possible for your variable data print jobs? Harlequin VariData greatly accelerates the printing of variable data jobs that were saved either as PDF/VT or as regular PDF. It is one of the unique features of the Harlequin print engine that gives it amazing power and productivity.
Variable Data Information


Electronic PDF Proofing
Output electronic proofs that accurately represent the final print. The PDF Raster Output feature can be configured to output composite halftone, composite contone or separations.
PDF Proof Information


Hyperthreading & 64-bit Speed
The RTI Harlequin RIP now takes advantage of hyperthreading, multi-core and multiple CPU architectures for faster processing. The 64-bit architecture increases performance by allowing access to more RAM so that even the most complex jobs, rendered at the highest resolutions, can run at full speed.

Built-in Calibration Manager
Calibrate your output devices using the built-in calibration manager. The RIP also includes Genlin which can be used with a supported spectrophotometer to read target data.
Calibration Manager Information


Harlequin Spot Color Editor
Easily control and edit color output for exact matching of Pantone Spot Colors.
Harlequin Spot Color Editor Information


Minimum Dot Control
Users now have the ability to specify a minimum dot which eliminates the harsh edges often seen in highlight areas. This feature will give you great looking highlight areas and allow you to print highlights and perfectly smooth vignettes from 0 through 100%.
Minimum Dot Control Information


Control Strip Verification
When enabled the control strip feature will verify that proofs and prints made from files transmitted as PDF/X have rendered correctly.
Control Strip Information


Direct Printer & Spoolfolder Configurations
Users can quickly create shared printers or spoolfolders within the RIP which can then be accessed from other Windows or Macintosh systems on the network. The RIP software also includes the latest RTI universal printer description.
Printer & Spoolfolder Information


Advanced Media Saving
This feature can be used to automatically gang or nest smaller jobs together saving you money on consumables.
Media Saving Information


TIFF Output Capability
This feature gives users the ability to output 1-bit or 8-bit TIFF files which can be used to drive a variety of output devices including but not limited to digital presses, platesetters, TIFF catchers, proofers or direct to screen machines.

Built-in Preflight Profiles
The Halrequin RIP's built-in preflight profiles are based on the Enfocus PitStop library. This feature helps ensure the quality and consistency of the final product by streamlining operations and certifying PDF files before they are output.
Preflight Information


Built-in Preview
Save material and consumables with the built-in preview feature. Users have the ability to preview individual separations or preview in full composite color before releasing jobs to their output devices.
Preview Information


Extended Font Support
Extended font support includes PostScript Type 0 (composite), Type 1, Type 3,Type 4 and fonts, as well as native processing of Type 32 and Type 42 True Type fonts. Ever had a rush job that was missing fonts? The RIP also includes a feature that when enabled will make a typographically acceptable match to missing fonts with no text overflow.
Font Information


Simple Page Positioning
Provides an easy method to position jobs on almost any output device.
Simple Page Positioning Information


Simple User Interface with Enhanced Output Controller
The Harlequin RIP was designed with the end user in mind. The main RIP monitor window gives users access to pertinent job information while the newly redesigned output controller window allows users to manage jobs and control output.
User Interface Information


Wide Range of Options
Increase productivity and enhance quality by customizing your RIP with a variety of options including Trapping, Stochastic Screening, Hybrid Screening and more.
RIP Option Information




Harlequin Precision Screening

The RTI Harlequin RIP offers you complete control of screen angles for both process and spot colors. A long-established reason for choosing the screening angles (and frequencies) of color separations has been to pick a set of values that minimize inaccuracies in the screens and consequent moiré patterning when they are superimposed. This reason is becoming less important as the accuracy of screen generation increases.

The RIP includes Harlequin Precision Screening (HPS), a technology that provides more accurate screening and reduces moiré without unduly limiting the choice of screen angle and frequency. Harlequin Precision Screening allows users to choose how rosettes are formed in the image and gives users the ability to generate extra gray levels which allow the use of higher screen frequencies than the resolution would normally allow. With 'Generate Extra Gray Levels' enabled you can also limit the number of distinct gray levels at 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048 or 4,096.

HPS allows you to select any screen frequency and to use the usual CMYK screen angles of 0°, 15°, 45°, and 75° (plus multiples of 90°). To reduce moiré patterning, HPS uses an adaptive screening technique that can adjust each halftone dot so that it is placed within one half pixel of its ideal location. HPS also allows you to choose how rosettes are formed in the image. When color separations are combined, the dots form one of two rosette patterns (clear-centered rosettes or spot-centered rosettes). Clear-centered rosettes are less likely than spot-centered rosettes to show a significant color shift if separations are printed slightly out of register, but the output produced is normally less saturated, lighter, and has a more noticeable rosette structure. In general, output at high frequencies, or where the output may be run on presses with poor registration, should use clear-centered rosettes, while output at low screen frequencies or on well registered devices (including most color printers) should use spot-centered rosettes.

Clear-Centered and Spot-Centered Rosette Sample

You may wish to override a set of angles requested in a job. This is especially useful if the job has requested a set of angles that optimize the output quality for a particular output device, such as a laser printer, but that may diminish the quality on other devices, such as a platesetter. You may want consistency. For example, on all pages of a single publication when the jobs come from different sources. Enforcing settings in the RIP is the simplest way of getting such consistency.

A good choice of angles for general use with color separations in offset litho work is a set in which the colors are separated by 30°, for example: 15°, 75°, 0°, and 45° respectively for CMYK (and related sets using these angles plus or minus multiples of 90°). For use with elliptical dots, a separation of 60° is recommended, leading to angles of 15°, 75°, 0°, and 135° for CMYK.

Using a Euclidean dot shape produces better saturated grays at gray values above 50%, especially at finer (higher) screen frequencies. Euclidean strategies increase the fill of halftone cells from the corners, instead of the centers, when the gray value exceeds 50%. That is, when the gray value is less than 50%, the dots are black, the background is white, and the dot size increases as the gray value increases; when the gray value reaches 50%, the dots become white, the background becomes black, and dot size decreases as the gray value increases.

Manipulating the dot shape generated can greatly influence the amount of dot gain in an image. The Harlequin RIP offers a variety of dot shapes, and your choice between them might depend on the output device, resolution as well as media being used. Standard dot shapes included with the RIP are: Euclidean, Euclidean PDF, Round, Cosine, Diamond, Diamond 0, Diamond 1, Diamond 2, Diamond 3, Diamond 4, Diamond Round, Double Dot, Ellipse, Ellipse A, Ellipse B, Ellipse B2, Ellipse C, Ellipse C PDF, Elliptical1, Elliptical2, EllipticalP, EllipticalQ1, EllipticalQ2, Inverted Double, Inverted DoubleDot, Inverted Ellipse A, Inverted Ellipse B, Inverted Ellipse C, Inverted Simple Dot, Line, Line 90, Rhomboid, Square1, Square2, Square Concave and Cross Dot.

Euclidean Dot



Round Dot



Cosine Dot



Diamond Dot



Diamond 0 Dot



Diamond 1 Dot



Diamond 2 Dot



Diamond 3 Dot



Diamond 4 Dot



Diamond Round Dot



Double Dot



Ellipse Dot



Ellipse A Dot



Ellipse B Dot



Ellipse B2 Dot



Ellipse C Dot



Ellipse C PDF Dot



Elliptical 1 Dot



Elliptical 2 Dot



Elliptical P Dot



Elliptical Q1 Dot



Elliptical Q2 Dot



Inverted Double Dot



Inverted DoubleDot Dot



Inverted Ellipse A Dot



Inverted Ellipse B Dot



Inverted Ellipse C Dot



Inverted Simple Dot



Line Dot



Line 90 Dot



Rhomboid Dot



Square 1 Dot



Square 2 Dot



Square Concave Dot



Cross Dot




RIP Options

If you already have an RTI Harlequin RIP and would like to test any the RIP's options please call (941) 925-1303 or email sales@rti-rips.com. If you do not have an RTI Harlequin RIP and would like to test the RIP or RIP options please visit ripdownloads.com.

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