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Industrial Inkjet RIP Development

The eLab RIP Package is a collection of software applications specifically designed for industrial inkjet developers and manufacturers. Whether developing a new industrial inkjet system or looking to make improvements to an existing system, eLab’s streamlined software package will significantly reduce the time it takes to get a newly developed industrial inkjet system to market. eLab includes a new Harlequin RIP™, prebuilt test configurations, and an easy-to-use interface. The included Harlequin RIP™ renders graphics submitted in PDF to a raster format, suitable for delivery to inkjet print heads, and includes options specifically suited for the needs of high speed industrial inkjet print systems.





eLab includes an easy-to-use interface, which gives development teams an ideal starting point for learning, testing, and configuring the Harlequin RIP™. While the interface is a basic example of how the software can be used to quickly RIP PDF files to TIFF, the interface also lays the ground work for learning how the RIP operates; gives developers a place to customize the RIP and run output tests. Developers also have access to the included pre-built test files, test configurations, ICC profiles, and PANTONE library.





Binary and multi-level industrial inkjet screening technologies that help eliminate output issues

Most software applications simply assume a press can print a perfect grid of dots, but on an industrial inkjet press there are often variations between the control system’s aim point for an ink drop and where it actually lands. This is especially true as the speed of the substrate passing by the inkjet head increases. The software includes halftone screening tailored to mitigate artifacts specific to industrial inkjet devices. Our software package includes a set of Advanced Inkjet Screens specifically designed to mitigate such issues. The RIP has the ability to output using multi-level screening, allowing developers and end users to take full advantage of the latest print head technologies. Harlequin’s advanced 1-bit, 2-bit, or 4-bit per pixel screening is capable of producing 2, 4, or 16 gray levels, making the Harlequin RIP™ the perfect solution for grayscale print heads or multi-pass printing. The RIP also has the ability to output 8-bit TIFF files capable of producing 256 gray levels.

Learn how our screening technologies can solve streaking, mottling, or orange peel issues





TIFF designed for your device and color format (CMYK, CMYK+OG, CMYK+OGV, CMYK+W, PANTONE, and more)

Tagged Image Format, TIFF for short, is an industry standard file format designed for use with raster or bitmapped images. Whether you are outputting composite or separations as Monochrome, CMYK, CMYK+OG, CMYK+OGV, or PANTONE, our Harlequin RIP™ can generate TIFF files specific to your output needs. Not only can the software save out to a specific color format, the software also has the ability to set the compression, making it extremely versatile and easy to integrate into most print workflows.





Built-in color management system with PANTONE® color matching for spot on brand reproduction

Another common issue for industrial inkjet manufacturers is how to deal with color management. The Harlequin RIP™ includes a sophisticated color management system called Harlequin ColorPro™. This built-in system allows for the use and management of ICC profiles for beautiful, accurate color. Providing full support for industry standard ICC profiles including v4 and DeviceLink profiles.

Learn more about our Harlequin's ColorPro Color Management software





Supporting the latest PDF versions on the world's fastest PDF render

PDF is a worldwide standard for electronic document distribution, but it is also a very important part of the print world. eLab supports all of the features of the new PDF 2.0 (ISO 32000-2) standard that are relevant for production printing. The RIP not only supports PDF 2.0, but it is also backward compatible with PDF 1.2 through PDF 1.8.





Integrated variable data printing for quick, accurate output when processing complex jobs

We realize the challenges of printing at high speeds; eLab helps overcome throughput issues. One obvious challenge of screening for a high-speed inkjet press is that the RIP engine must be able to screen files at high speeds in order to keep up with the output device. The Harlequin RIP™ is the fastest RIP on the market and includes VariData™ (Variable Data Processing). VariData™ greatly accelerates the printing of variable data jobs that are saved as PDF/VT or as regular PDF. The 64-bit architecture and flexible memory model ensure optimal use of computer horsepower while also minimizing the cost of hardware required.

Learn more about variable data processing





Built-in calibration manager makes calibrating easier than ever

Calibrate your industrial inkjet device using the built-in calibration manager. The RIP also includes color and monochrome calibration targets to help you perfectly linearize your output devices.






Easy to use, simple, command line driven controls make the Harlequin RIP™ an extremely flexible solution. Screening, speed, input, and output functions allow developers to take full advantage of everything the RIP has to offer. With this software package, a technician with reasonable print experience can have a RIP producing TIFF files ready for printing on a new inkjet system in a matter of hours.

Depending on the application, developers can choose to integrate the ready-to-use interface or build a customized interface tailored to a specific development or production environment. If a custom RIP solution is desired, eLab's Development Package allows your development team or our development team to customize the software, ultimately giving users a completely unique interface.

Screening, speed, input, and output functions allow developers to take full advantage of everything the RIP has to offer. Versatile controls allow resolution, orientation, scaling, negative/positive, mirrorprint, page range, variable data, ICC profiles, separation style, screen ruling, screening method, linearization, calibration, spot color remapping, and more to be set directly within the software.

It is important for software to remain flexible during the development and engineering process; our software allows developers to manage and make configuration changes as needed. Below are just a few of the configuration settings that can be set within the software.

* Advanced Inkjet Screening (Pearl or Mirror)
* FM Screening (Stochastic)
* AM Screening
* Resolution
* Positive / Negative
* Scaling
* Mirrorprint
* Job Rotation
* PDF Page Range Selection
* Variable Data
* ICC Profiles
* Color Separation including PANTONE Spot Colors
* PANTONE Spot Color Editing and Remapping
* Dot Gain Calibration
* Color and Monochrome Printing
* Automatic TIFF file naming
* Specialized TIFF File Naming Techniques
* Hot Folder Configurations for Processing PDF Files
* And more...

The eLab Package bundles the software and tools inkjet development and engineering teams need into one comprehensive solution. Below are just a few of the benefits the Harlequin RIP™ software offers.

* Electronic Perpetual and Evaluation Licenses (no dongles required)
* Pearl and Mirror Advanced Inkjet Screen Sets
* Harlequin Dispersed Screening (HDS) / FM Screening and AM Screening
* Harlequin ColorPro™ Built-in Color Management
* Harlequin VariData™ Variable Data Processing
* PANTONE®, PANTONE Plus®, and Custom Spot Color Matching
* 64-bit Architecture
* PDF 2.0 (ISO 32000-2) Support
* Multi-Level Screening
* PDF Manuals and Tutorials

Compatible the world's leading industrial inkjet printhead manufacturers.






eLab can transition from a development software package to a production level application with minimal effort. This also means the software can be implemented as a standalone solution or bundled into an existing Digital Front End (DFE) or Workflow. Depending on the application, you can choose to integrate the ready-to-use interface, or build a customized interface tailored to a specific development or production environment.




We understand that making a long term commitment to a software purchase early on is a difficult decision to make, which is why eLab is perfect for developers and manufacturers looking for a solution without any long term purchasing or volume commitments. If you are interested in learning more about the software packages, please email sales@rti-rips.com or complete the form below.

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