If your printing facility is driven by a CTP system, we can save you time and money. Whether you have sheet-fed, web offset or flexo presses, Compose Plate Controller's  high precision job placement mode allows you to do special jobs such as step-and-repeat and box die-cuts and special shape labels as well as precision alignment for double-sided printing. Plate Controller supports both PDF as well as post-RIP file formats such as 1-bit TIFF, Harlequin PageBuffers and Compose NetFlow Raster files.

Highlights

  • Special Design for step-and-repeat setup to meet Printing industry requirement
  • Enable for PDF or 1-bit workflow
  • Easy to locate job by Instant preview in job input queue
  • Powerful automatic or manual step-and-repeat features
  • Supports multiple step-and-repeat styles, and
  • 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 surfaces
  • 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. User can freely design the plate size, or paper size to make up the layout of their choice. Defined layout can be stored for easy retrieval, making reprint, or re-layout that much easier.

Integration with any Front-end

Plate Controller can be a plugin for the popular Compose Express RIP, it can also be easily integrated into existing Express workflow system too. Most important of all It can also work as a standalone unit working in tandem to most workflow systems in the market.

Double sided Operation

Smart double-sided placement

Plate Controller offers precise page positioning for double-sided printing. By dragging a job onto another job, user has the choice of placing the second job on the other side of the first job, with adjustment according to the work and turn style, allowing the front and back jobs to be perfectly aligned. If the job on the front side is moved, the corresponding job on the back side will also be moved accordingly.

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.

 

PDF & 1 bit Workflow

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

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.