The Big Picture - April 2014 - (Page 27)
RIP Chord: Creating a
Nearly 50 RIP and workflow solutions for your shop.
Few things are more harmful to a print operation than
having a production workflow that's consistently out of
kilter. The typical diagram of a job's path becomes not so
much a straight line but rather an erratic zigzag you might
encounter in a maze. Jobs might indeed get done, but they
typically stagger in getting to the finish line.
As a result of all this disharmony, your overall production suffers - you're churning out fewer jobs than you
know you're capable of. Stress on the shop floor turns into a
palpable thing. Profit margins fall.
Integrating a RIP and/or workflow solution for your
shop - or simply updating your current workflow - can
help solve all that. Your job paths straighten out. More work
is completed each day. Your production floor now hums
with work, and it does so in a glorious harmony.
This year's special report on RIPs comprises two sections: The first section is our annual look at RIP specs and
features; more info on the charts below.
The second part of our report is a newly added Q&A
section - "Weighing in on the RIP," page 34 - which features comments from some of the RIP companies whose
products appear in the charts. The contributing companies
touch on a range of topics, from workflow trends and scalability to the Cloud, integration with finishing tools, and
much more. We think you'll find their responses not only
interesting but also beneficial to your business as you look
about the marketplace for a RIP and workflow solution.
Onto the charts, which begin on the next page: To help
you in selecting your best RIP, we asked RIP suppliers to
provide us with information on each RIP model and its features. For purposes of the charts on the pages that follow,
we've limited this group to "third-party" RIPs - those RIPs
typically purchased from a non-printer OEM and generally
engineered for more than one manufacturer's printers. Of
course, various printer OEMs also produce (or have produced for them) RIPs for their own machine models or utilize machine-/company-specific editions of a RIP. Although
we're not listing these here, we certainly encourage shops
to investigate all options when it comes to RIPs.
Keep these points in mind as you study the charts:
* We have only included RIP models that were geared
toward or could handle wide-format output, according to
* We list more than two dozen RIP features, and indicate if each feature is standard (S) or optional (O) on that
particular RIP. If a cell is left blank, you can assume that
the feature is not offered, as per the company.
* Printers and file formats supported: In the interest of
space, we list only the number of printers the RIP supports;
see the company's website for complete information. This
is also true for file formats.
* We list a price when provided by the RIP supplier.
* The "Notes" section contains additional information
not included elsewhere in the charts.
Finally, note that these charts are designed to be a staging
area for your RIP research. Your next best step is to contact
the RIP manufacturer/supplier to see how a specific RIP
might best suit your individual operation and needs.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Big Picture - April 2014
The Big Picture - April 2014
Graphics on the Go
Go Big or Go Home
RIP Chord: Creating a Harmonious Workflow
Weighing in on the RIP
The Ups and Downs of an Escalator Wrap
The Big Picture - April 2014