Learn about the various programs that ink manufacturers offer for tracking, mixing, and organizing inks and find out what improvements have occurred since our last review of ink-management software in the May 2001 issue of Screen Printing magazine.
By Lori Leaman
M2000 incorporates functions for ink management (ink-usage calculation, recycling of leftover inks, etc.), inventory control, job management, and purchasing. Users can create custom formulas by modifying existing formulas, price ingredients per varying units of measurement, adjust inventory levels, and view perpetual inventory of a specific ingredient or formula. Additionally, the program allows users to maintain customer databases, create job work orders (Figure 7), produce purchasing reports for outstanding jobs, and record and print information such as ink-usage calculations, formula lists, ingredients, adjustments, inventory, and job parameters.
Users select a formula from the program's custom section or the MAM Guide (which is based on formulas from a color-matching ink system that includes eight single-pigment primary colors, black and white, and nine opaque fluorescents that can all be mixed to create an extended range of colors). After the user selects a formula and enters job details that include the number of prints, print area, and mesh parameters, the program automatically calculates and displays ink-usage estimate per print, as well as cost per piece, total ink needed, and total cost. Users also can select measurement units for formula calculations.
The program also tracks VOCs and generates emission records that can be used for reporting purposes in areas where such reporting is mandated. Users can print labels that display formula and ingredient information and can be used on containers of mixed colors. And it provides features for recycling unused portions of mixed colors. Users can download Rutland's latest formulations, which are updated and placed on the company's Website, and search more than 8000 formulas that Rutland shares with the market. For more information, contact Rutland Plastic Technologies Inc., 10021 Rodney St., PO Box 339, Pineville, NC 28134, 800-438-5134, fax: 704-552-6589, Web: www.rutlandinc.com.
ColorSense ColorSense IMS, from Sericol, is an ink-management and dispensing system designed for mid- to high-volume screen-printing shops that use UV ink. ColorSense IMS is ideal for use with many of Sericol's UV Graphic Ink Lines, including Uvantage and FastCure Ultra ink.
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