Digital print manager Sam Fender with some of the equipment that is being colour managed by the software


Harcourt Colour Printers has installed ColourLinx to bring colour continuity to the wide range of output devices in use at the company. 

The company represents Prepress UK’s first installation of the ColourLinx product and has already seen new business and former clients returning since.

‘ColourLinx has allowed us to get a firm handle on colour output across all devices,’ summed up Ian Harcourt, managing director. When we are producing work for customers, production can span several or even all of these devices: it has been a challenge to confidently match colour across all of the various processes, but now ColourLinx has solved that issue for us.’

In addition to providing the tools to enable colour-matched accuracy, Prepress UK has also been able to introduce potential savings on offset consumables with the system, with a reduction of some 20% of on-press ink usage anticipated.

The software automatically optimises all PDF and image files to reduce unnecessary ink, standardise colour, and save the user between 10% and 40% of ink volume. Not only does the process reduce ink costs it also cuts drying times, reduces set-off, and further aids the control of colour.

Nic Chapman, sales director of Prepress UK, said, ‘We are delighted with the way this first installation has gone. Harcourt Colour Printers are quite typical of a great many printers now employing a wide range of technologies to produce their work. ColourLinx can control the output for all devices giving the print company confidence that colour management issues are now the thing of the past.’

Mr Harcourt added, ‘ColourLinx has given us the confidence that we needed to be able to talk to customers about true colour consistency across all of their work. We are winning work because of the quality of colour accuracy and consistency that we can now provide for them.’