Digital PressWatch is a Maxwell-powered 24/7 service specifically tuned for monitoring color and diagnosing the problems of digital printing systems. Often referred to as DPW by it's customers, Digital PressWatch is agnostic to any RIP, DFE (Digital Front End) or Workflow, and can actually be the single best source to consolidate all of your performance and conformance adherence monitoring.
Digital PressWatch combines automated measurement routing and full-page diagnostics with standard Maxwell features like failure notifications, pass/fail, trend analysis, multi-dimensional reporting and multi-user web browser access. This powerful combination creates a unique tool allowing press operators rapid target scanning and at-a-glance diagnostics, thereby increasing productivity. Management also has an easy and yet powerful tool to monitor print production with proactive and early detection of potential maintenance issues.
Managing color on a digital press has a number of unique advantages:
Digital PressWatch uses full page targets whenever possible. Combined with a high-speed spectrophotometer reader such as X-Rite's i1 iSis or Konica Minolta's FD-9, your print tracking becomes very powerful.
Digital PressWatch uses routing automation:
|Automated Routing||Cross-Sheet Diagnostics||Immediate Feedback and Reporting||Enhanced Meta Data Collecting|
|Feed a target & walk away! Maxwell automatically reads targets from multiple press sources and takes care of routing and tagging it to the correct track destination.||Digital presses quality will vary from side to side, and from front to back. Digital PressWatch unique HeatMap provides visual diagnostics of your press. Instantly!||Avoid or reduce press downtime, job delays and significant costs. Maxwell eliminates much of that with near instant feedback and reporting.||Gather job, project or other relevant meta data with the iSis barcode reader, or the FD-9 QR Code reader. Maxwell's reporting is fast and effective.|
Digital PressWatch takes advantage of the integrated barcode reader within any iSis or FD-9 instrument. This iSis accepts a barcode format (see left example), and the FD-9 accepts a QR Code (see right example). Maxwell employs job and equipment meta data encoded in the target’s barcode to automatically route measurements into the correct Track (Tracks are where your measurement data is stored historically). With the iSis or FD-9 in AutoScan mode, operators simply feed in the target and Maxwell will automatically download the information required to scan the target. This process is seamless and comes very close to our goal of zero-config on the operator end. Easier equates to fewer errors. And that's a very good thing for your business!
In a 2008 study of digital presses in the field, RIT determined that the three most common customer complaints dealt with uniformity problems: streaking, grain banding, lack of smooth gradation, and other problems.
Imagine being able to 'instantly' see problems with your press. For example, the TargetView HeatMap function within Digital PressWatch provides a quick view to visualize errors across the printed sheet.
Because digital presses can print each page as a separate job, its easy to print full-page color targets one-off.
Using this capability, CHROMiX has developed Digital PressWatch technology to assess cross-sheet measurements from your digital press. Combine the measurement speed of either the X-Rite iSis or Konica Minolta FD-9 scanning spectrophotometers, you can open up a whole new world of visual color diagnostics.
Cross-sheet variation tracking - catch press issues before they get out of hand. Schedule maintenance for when it's good for you, not when it breaks down (or worse yet, when the customer notices).
Maxwell gives you immediate notification of a tolerance failure, a new device added, and more. The notifier functionality is be set by the user or the administrator (or both) at almost every level: account, device, track. Notifiers work by sending out an email to the primary recipient. For additional recipients you may add one or many email addresses to the chain of information you require.
Of the many strengths within Maxwell, Reporting is one of its strongest capabilities. Maxwell was designed primarily as a reporting platform and to be used by production, management and executive levels. Maxwell reports results quickly so anyone in the vital information chain can make decisions to avoid/reduce downtime or increased costs.
Digital PressWatch HEAT-MAP takes advantage of integrated barcode readers in the iSis and FD-9. Maxwell employs job and equipment meta data encoded in the target's barcode to automatically route measurements into the correct Track. When the iSis or FD-9 are in AutoScan mode, operators simply feed in the target and Maxwell will automatically download the information required to scan the target. It is seamless and comes very close to zero-config on the client end.
Maxwell's HeatMap report (image to the right) uses the 'TargetView' graphic plus other Quality Control results for immediate press-side reporting. The TargetView function provides a visually intuitive 'heat map' view which allows a press operator to quickly and easily see any errors across the printed sheet. With a a quick glance at the heat map, the pressman can easily identify a press problem and usually the source of the problem. Once a problem is identified, corrective action can quickly be taken, thereby saving time and money. Another feature added recently is the Channel Breakout function at the bottom of the HeatMap report. This feature effectively shows how the color channels are behaving separately and will highlight any obvious offenders. An operator can quickly view which channel(s) are contributing most to the issue at hand and address the solution quicker than conventional channel diagnosis. This is a huge plus for digital presses which lack most of the traditional diagnosis tools for litho presses.
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Who uses Maxwell Reports?
Maxwell's database facilitates the uploading of Meta Data with every measurement. Maxwell natively includes and uses the standard parameters of Time, Equipment and Location fields for Meta Data. CHROMIX has added fields for Job, Project, Product and Customer information as well as custom information upon request. It is also possible to capture and import Meta Data information from another system or DFE. CHROMiX is uniquely positioned to be your development partner for your specific needs.
Maxwell has automated plus manual measuring methods to help users add Meta Data information to the database. Automated: Meta data can be automatically embedded into an iSis Barcode or FD-9 QR Code. CHROMiX is developing other automated methods for Meta Data capture. Manually: Maxwell Operators or Administrators can also manually add Meta Data by keying in the information in the Maxwell Client measurement window.
Measuring needs to be easy, quick and accurate to avoid time and cost issues.
The Maxwell Client does the job of connecting to your measurement devices, a label printer, your network and the internet. The Client also does the primary communication with Maxwell Online (cloud) and provides some local reporting. The Maxwell Client has a store-and-forward capability to work if or when the internet goes down. It will cache your job, reference and metrics data and then upload it once re-connected to the internet. Because of this security feature, many companies rely on this assurance and use Maxwell for mission critical operations.
The Maxwell Client, Mac or Win versions of the software, can reside where it makes most sense for your environment. It's a smart idea to leverage your investment of Maxwell measurement scanning workstations, and Maxwell gladly accommodates this scalability. For busy pressrooms with many presses, you can add as many of these workstations as is practical for your needs. Or, place fewer scanning workstations in your environment, but in central locations. CHROMiX can help consult with the best approach for you.
With AutoScan and Routing functionality, operators choose a Maxwell measuring workstation connected to an X-Rite iSis or Konica Minolta FD-9 device. The operator simply feeds their target into the instrument in 'stand-by' mode, and with the barcode or QR code Maxwell takes it from there. No configuration is necessary and operators can get right back to their print jobs, confident the measurement is processed for local reporting, notifications and routed to the correct destination in Maxwell Online.
The entire process is easy and efficient leading to better productivity.
Maxwell Digital PressWatch is a 24/7 subscription service. Customers are typically billed 'after' the month or quarter of Maxwell usage. Post-usage. And that's all customers pay for. Customers can pay as they go, however, if Maxwell is being used in an on-going basis, we recommend setting up an payment process via credit card or company PO.
Digital PressWatch is billed per press, with discount tiers for more presses. Each press device has unlimited tracks available for that press. Each track could represent a different print condition or paper setup.
Single Press Pricing is as follows:
$40 Maxwell Digital PressWatch VERIFY: per press, per month, subscription service
$50 Maxwell Digital PressWatch AUTO-ROUTING (includes Verify functionality): per press, per month, subscription service$85 Maxwell Digital PressWatch HEAT-MAP (incls Verify+Auto-Routing functionality): per press, per month, subscription service