Plate Controller can save you time and money if your printing facility is currently using a CTP or Flexo machine. Compose Plate Controller’s high precision job placement mode allows you to position jobs such as step-and-repeat and boxes with die-cut lines or unique shaped labels, as well as precision alignment for double-sided printing. Plate Controller supports PDF and post-RIP formats such as 1-bit TIFF, Harlequin Page Buffers, and Compose NetFlow Raster files.,
- Unique Design for step-and-repeat setup to meet Printing industry requirements.
- Enable for PDF or 1-bit tiff workflow.
- Locating a job by Instant preview in the job input queue is easy.
- Powerful automatic or manual step-and-repeat features.
- Supports multiple step-and-repeat styles.
- Supports both pre-separated and RIP-separated jobs.
- Supports template setup to pre-define placement of job.
- Supports absolute or relative placement.
- Automatic alignment of front and back jobs.
- Easy job preview in thumbnail, dimension and job name
Features & Benefits
Offset and Flexo Printing
The plate layout functions of Plate Controller are designed for sheetfed offset and Flexo printing. Users can freely create the plate or paper size to make up the layout of their choice. The defined layout can be stored for easy retrieval, making reprinting or re-laying out that much easier.
Integration with any Front-end
Plate Controller can be used as a standalone app in front of the Express RIP and can be easily integrated into the existing Express workflow system. Most importantly, it can also work as a standalone unit, working in tandem with most workflow systems in the market.
Smart double-sided placement
Plate Controller offers precise page positioning for double-sided printing. By dragging a job containing a front and back job onto a plate, the user can find the front and back jobs are correctly located on either side of the front and back plate. Moving the job in the front plate will automatically move the job on the back plate, allowing the front and back positions to be perfectly aligned all the time.
User definable placement templates
Plate Controller supports user definable templates, allowing a layout to be created and saved for future use.
Absolute or relative placement
job placement can be achieved by absolute value or relative value on to the plate, this will help to increase precision of job placement.
The Job Placement tools enables users to place jobs on the plate automatically or manually using x-y coordinates, snap-to-grid, or simply mouse drag and drops. Placed jobs are defined by name and dimension, and can be viewed as thumbnail.
Designed for PDF or 1-bit workflow
Like our other Imposition products, Plate Controller is designed to work with PDF or 1 Bit tiff format document. Harlequin PageBuffers and Compose NetFlow Raster format are also supported.
Selectable file output formats
When input 1-bit TIFF, Harlequin PageBuffer, or NetFlow Raster files, Plate Controller allows user to generate output files in a selectable output formats (1-bit TIFF, Harlequin PageBuffer, or NetFlow Raster) for matching the appropriate machine on output.
Unique Job Management method
The input job management on Plate Controller can be either hot folder and queue operation. Users are available to classify their job based on defined queue and requirement. In addition, jobs are easily located in the input queue with search function.
Step and Repeat and Automatic fill
The step and repeat function allows jobs to be placed in automatic or manual mode. Automatic mode will fill up an area, or the entire sheet; while manual mode allows user to specify the number of repeats horizontally and vertically. Multiple step-and-repeat styles are also provided for irregular shaped jobs such as die-cut box and round labels to ensure economical plate output.
WYSIWYG graphical user interface
Plate Controller provides a WYSIWYG graphical user interface for accurate placement of jobs and automatic alignment of front and back jobs. It allows user to graphically set the offsets between repeats. User can also fine tune the offsets by manually entering them in the step-and-repeat setup.
WYSIWYG graphical user interface for accurate placement of jobs and automatic alignment of jobs on front and back plates
Preview of jobs by thumbnail, dimension and job name
All jobs on Compose products are not only referencing by job name, but also by its thumb nail. Making sure mistakes will not be made by referencing the job name only.
Plate Controller offers instant preview for all input job formats, including thumb nail view for easy identification of the job in the input queue, as well as full screen preview at up to 200% for soft-proofing your jobs.
Using absolute value to place jobs
The Job Placement tools enables users to place jobs on the plate automatically or manually using x-y coordinates, snap-to-grid, or simply drag and drop by mouse. Placed jobs are defined by name and dimension, and can be viewed as thumbnail.
Plate Controller enables accurate placement of jobs via co-ordinates input, also enables easy front-and-back alignment and step-and-repeat jobs
Advance alignment tools
Comprehensive alignment tools allowing you to align or distribute jobs, or align to plate edges or printing plate edges. User can also limit the movement of jobs on the sheet to horizontal only, vertically only, or in 45 degrees only, making it easy to move a jobs without changing the alignment with other jobs.