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MUTOH creates new generation VerteLith RIP based on Harlequin technology

Global Graphics Software has licensed the Harlequin Host Renderer to MUTOH, the Japanese manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and sign cutting plotters, in a contract spread over multiple years. The agreement includes licensing Global Graphics’ new Opal Advanced Inkjet Screens to provide high-quality half-tone screening specially developed for inkjet printing.

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The award-winning Mutoh VJ 1638 is now even more powerful with Harlequin RIP technology

The Harlequin Host Renderer is being integrated into VerteLith™, Mutoh’s RIP software, and will be available to Mutoh customers via a download service from the beginning of November this year - initially for the UV machines VJ-1638UR/UH and XPJ-461/661UF and ultimately for all the major models sold, including the eco-solvent machines. “By making extensive use of the Harlequin Host Renderer features,” says Mutoh’s Mr. Norishige Kakuno, Executive Engineer, “VerteLith delivers advanced features that conventional RIP software does not offer such as avoiding printing jobs incorrectly by displaying a sft proof and ripped image preview, and ink cost calculation before printing.” vertelith 768x232

He continues: “Additionally, while conventional RIP software mainly targets roll media, VerteLith is the new all-in-one RIP software covering most features required for roll media printing as well as integrating a jig layout tool to improve usability for UV flatbed printers. It saves a lot of time and effort by enabling auto-image positioning of the printing material on the flatbed table or auto-page layout on each individual jig slot. The jig layout tool is just one example of the new features being offered to improve customer’s efficiency and to develop new markets.”

Locally, Mutoh Australia Managing Director Russell Cavenagh, who has much experience with Harlequin RIPs from his production management days, says: "Harlequin has a great reputation in commercial print applications and I look forward to bringing this new solution to our wide-format customers. VerteLith will incorporate some of the most advanced RIPping and file management functionalities available."

With the Harlequin Host Renderer, Mutoh has experienced significantly improved RIP processing times for both PDF and PostScript files; as well as improved accuracy in printing PDF files with live transparency and spot colors. Features such as soft proof were easy to implement with Harlequin’s in-RIP color management and the ease of use of the Harlequin core technology shortened the development time of new features and functions.

GGS logoGlobal Graphics’ Japanese office in Tokyo provided responsive technical support to Mutoh; they worked closely with Mutoh engineers, often with daily contact.

Mutoh expects VerteLith to lead to the development of new markets as well as being made available to existing customers. It will drive the VJ-1638UR/UH and the XPJ-461/661UF initially. The VJ-1638UR/UH printer is designed for in-store promotion prints & deco graphics, floor & window graphics, customized structured wallpapers, event banners and exhibition graphics whereas the XPJ-461/661UF produces added value personalised prints and bespoke small-lot production of commercial and industrial print applications such as printing on phone covers, promotional items, small signs, and small series production or prototyping of packaging samples, Braille and decorative tiles.