Rampage LLC has granted a license to Global Graphics Software for use of Rampage US Patent Nos. 9,053,410, 9,734,440, and 9,278,566, which cover the Quantone processing methods of screening and compensation for multiple gray-level digital presses and automatic printhead registration.
Inventor and Rampage LLC managing member Mitch Bogart, said: “We chose to make the licensing of our portfolio not exclusive to Rip vendors so that others in the digital printing industry may benefit. This includes both Rip integrators as well as OEMs of digital presses and printers.”
Bogart said the Quantone technology “provides accurate, precise, and stable calibration and compensation for any digital press or printer having 'variable dot size' or '2 or more bits per pixel. It leverages any bi-level screening algorithm and provides higher image smoothness, lower screening noise, and higher speed. It easily adapts to any resolution and any pixel bit depth. The simplified registration method applies to any digital press having multiple print heads. It works by moving the data rather than moving the printheads. We look forward to more collaboration with industry leader Global Graphics to further enable them to provide the highest features, qualities, and speeds to their digital printer and digital press OEM customers.”
Global Graphics' related products include the Harlequin Rip, ScreenPro, Harlequin Multi-level Screening Engine, Fundamentals and Mako.
“We think the inkjet industry will welcome these inventions” said Gary Fry, CEO of Global Graphics. “They will sit well alongside our own inventions in screening and calibration technology and are an important consideration for anyone looking at high-speed inkjet technology.”
Bogart's vision of future digital printing control could be described as a super-ROOM (a Rip Once Output Many system on a GPU supercomputer foundation). “I have always been an advocate of using advanced electronics for imaging” said Bogart. “Where we are today is that a single PC filled with off-the-shelf GPU accelerator boards can have over 20,000 parallel GPU cores and 128 GB of memory with an internal transfer rate of over 3 terabytes per second! This is some serious overkill, as even a single-board super-ROOM system will keep up with the fastest digital presses available today. With all Ripped data for flats and pages in GPU memory, and all GPU cores running the Quantone process simultaneously, each copy can be individually screened, re-calibrated, and re-registered, all on-the-fly at the speed of the high speed press.”