HAMILLROAD SOFTWARE’S AURAIA DM SCREENING GRANTED FIRST TWO (US) PATENTS – CONFIRMS THE GROUND BREAKING IMAGING TECHNOLOGY THAT PRODUCES THE ‘PERFECT’ SCREEN – HIGH PRINT QUALITY, ROBUST ON PRESS AND SIGNIFICANT COST REDUCTIONS VIA REDUCED INK AND LESS WASTE
16th April, 2014
CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM -- Hamillroad Software, a leading RIP and screening innovator, today announced that it has been granted its first two (US) patents on the technology that underpins their ground breaking Auraia DM Screening. Patent applications in the US (and elsewhere) have to prove that a technology is not just new, but also non-obvious (that is involves an inventive step) and are subject to rigorous examination by an independent patent officer. Hamillroad is therefore extremely pleased that following such examination, it has been granted the first two of its many patent applications covering its Digitally Modulated Screening (DMS).
Commenting on the grant of their first two patents, Andy Cave, Hamillroad CEO said “After 5 years of intense research and development into solving many of the problems faced by [lithographic] printers, we are delighted by the grant of these two patents. Not only does it provide independent confirmation of the unique technology that we have developed, but it also supports the many printers that are starting to reap the benefits of using this revolutionary technology”. Andy went on to say “We expect the impact of DM Screening to be substantial as it radically changes the traditional print industry with its disruptive technology. As Auraia DMS establishes itself as the screening method of choice for quality and cost conscious printers who want to eliminate many of the problems associated with printing, we are re-assured that we have the right strategy in place to protect the significant investment in R&D it has required.”
US Patent 8,654,400 for reduced macro-dots covers the technology that reduces / eliminates issues with dot gain (on plate and press), providing on plate / press stability and consistency. It also reduces / eliminates related problems with noise in dot structures as dots connect and allows for improved control of shadow dot size. Most noticeably, this covers the fundamental technology used in DM Screening on violet CtP, especially for newspapers, where attempts to use FM screening have either failed or proven notoriously difficult to control.
US Patent 8,654,401 for 2x1/1x2 mega dots covers the technology that allows us to eliminate the noise and bad transition areas traditionally experienced with FM screening, whilst also allowing for improved control of hilite and shadow dot size.
The two patents together cover a significant portion of the underlying technology that provides the foundation for DM Screening.
Hamillroad Software’s Digitally Modulated Screening utilises ground-breaking technology to create a unique product that is most accurately described as a fusion of the best characteristics of AM, FM, XM, GS and CS screening techniques, whilst avoiding their limitations and problems. By maximising the (lithographic or flexographic) plate and press properties of halftone screening, it dramatically enhances quality, stability and gamut, whilst offering ink savings over conventional technologies.
For more information, go to http://www.hamillroad.com/products/auraia/features.html.
Hamillroad Software’s DMS for lithographic printing, currently being sold as Auraia 6, is a revolutionary new type of screening that enables violet and thermal CtP devices to produce images that emulate the quality of a traditional 400-500 lpi screen for commercial printers and a 200-250 lpi screen for newspaper printers. It ensures stable, consistent and reliable production of rosette-free, moiré-free and noise-free flat tints that equal or better the smoothness of conventional screening (including noticeably smoother flat tints than high-lpi AM or XM screens), along with a proven reduction in ink consumption of 10-20% on typical newspaper and commercial pages.
For more information, go to http://www.hamillroad.com/products/auraia/index.html.
Hamillroad Software’s DMS for flexographic printing, currently in pre-release testing, is a revolutionary new type of screening that enables flexographic CtP devices to produce images that emulate the quality of a traditional 200-400 lpi screen. It ensures stable, consistent and reliable production of rosette-free, moiré-free and noise-free flat tints that equal or better the smoothness of conventional screening (allowing for a reduction in the number of special colors printed), along with an expected reduction in ink consumption on typical packaging and label jobs.
For more information, go to http://www.hamillroad.com/newsroom/130920.html.
Auraia DM Screening is exclusively available through Hamillroad Software's reseller network. For a list of resellers, go to http://www.hamillroad.com/sales/auraia/index.html.
Hamillroad Software is an independent software group, with offices in Cambridge, UK and Cape-Town, South Africa. The company specialises in the development and sale of software products relating to Harlequin and other RIPs in the prepress industry. Currently offering three high performance RIP related products, FirstPROOF, Lightning TIFF and Auraia, Hamillroad constantly seeks to develop and sell products that will dramatically change the way users work, making them more productive. For more information on Hamillroad Software and its products please visit their web site at http://www.hamillroad.com.
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