Chemistry-Free Thermal Imagesetters
No chemistry, darkroom, processing equipment, inks or toners
When purchasing a Liberator imagesetter you eliminate the need for hazardous developing and fixing chemicals used in traditional film imagesetting systems. You also save space by eliminating the need for a darkroom which also cuts down on energy costs because the imagesetter does not require a processor.
Xitron helps you to deliver those more demanding jobs efficiently while producing full-size film up to 54 inches wide. That is about 4 times bigger than other conventional products currently on the market. Our thermal imagesetter technology offers clear, compact, environmentally friendly solutions to artwork production, enabling you to eliminate outsourcing of large-format films and bring production control in-house. The unique, chemistry-free, dry-imaging ThermoImpression® film requires absolutely no fixers, developers, inks or toners while providing UV densities that exceed industry standards.
The high performance 1200 dpi Liberator XE Wide-Format Thermal Imagesetter enables you to produce superb quality film separations right in your own shop without a darkroom, processor or chemicals. Create great looking film positives or film negatives using one machine. It truly is the ultimate film solution for the screen, gravure (engraving), flexo (flexography), textile, POP, sign, banner, corrugated and offset printing markets.
The Liberator XE Series is built using the latest innovative technologies, including: Closed Loop Registration (CLR) control for accurate registration overlay, Multi-Level Pulsing (MLP) for superior dot quality, and Enhanced Nib Management (ENM) to provide smooth, high-quality images every time. Liberator XE ThermoImpression Systems include a new Harlequin RIP-Kit. This forward thinking, trouble-free fully featured RIP is PostScript compatible and is fully compliant with PostScript Level 3 specifications. Each system includes media saving functions and can be customized with trapping, proofing, and specialized screening to fit your requirements. The bottom line: accurate registration, higher performance, versatility and flexibility.
Environmentally Friendly Thermal Film
• 600 or 1200 dpi resolution
• Up to 120 lpi (line screen)
• Produce dark films with density between 4.0 and 5.0 using SPx or XP film
• Outputs film positives and negatives
• Great for flexo, offset and screen printers
• Imaging speeds up to 6 inches per minute
• Closed Loop Registration (CLR) control
• Multi-Level Pulsing (MLP) for superior dot quality
• Enhanced Nib Management (ENM)
• Latest Harlequin RIP™ with media saving
• Chemistry, darkroom and processor-free
• NO inks, toners, cameras or disposal costs
• Automatic media cutter
• In-house production control
• Low maintenance
• Accurate registration and repeatability (plus or minus 0.01% measured at a length of 60 inches)
• 1 Year Full Parts Coverage with Extended Warranties available
This video shows a TechStyler thermal imagesetter. The Liberator XE models use the same technology with support for 1200 dpi.
18” to 54” wide film systems from $25,000
All Liberator XE Thermal Imagesetter purchases include the following: Liberator Thermal Imagesetter, Xitron Harlequin RIP-Kit, License/Product Key, Install DVD, and Installation Instructions. Film and computer sold separately.
Liberator XE 1812 Thermal Imagesetter for 18.25" wide film with Harlequin RIP-Kit™ ($25,000)
Liberator XE 2812 Thermal Imagesetter for 28.5" wide film with Harlequin RIP-Kit™ ($30,000)
Liberator XE 3612 Thermal Imagesetter for 36" wide film with Harlequin RIP-Kit™ ($37,000)
Liberator XE 4212 Thermal Imagesetter for 42" wide film with Harlequin RIP-Kit™ ($42,000)
Liberator XE 5412 Thermal Imagesetter for 54" wide film with Harlequin RIP-Kit™ ($54,000)
Environmentally Friendly Thermal Film
ThermoImpression™ Film is a specially coated polyester which, instead of being light sensitive like other graphic art films, is heat sensitive. When the imagesetter applies heat to the film, the reactive layer turns black and creates the image. Our thermal film doesn't require messy toners, dyes, inks or transfers. This is the only consumable needed for the Liberator, TechStyler, TechSetter, and EcoPRO product lines.
Thermal Film Features:
• .005” thickness for better handleability
• Lays flat before and after exposure
• Dimensionally stable for accurate registration
• Light safe
• Produce dark films with density between 4.0 and 5.0 using SPx or XP film
Thermal Film SPx 18.25 inch x 200 feet $548
Thermal Film SPx 28.25 inch x 200 feet $855
Thermal Film XP 36 inch x 200 feet $1,080
Thermal Film XP 42 inch x 200 feet $1,260
Thermal Film XP 54 inch x 200 feet $1,620
Buy an imagesetter and get a new Harlequin RIP
Every thermal imagesetter purchase includes the latest version Harlequin RIP This RIP software includes over 30 different dot shapes along with Stochastic Screening (FM Screening). Getting jobs into the RIP and output is easy. Printing to the RIP can be done through a shared printer, or users can drag and drop PDF files into shared spoolfolders for processing. The easy-to-use interface and ability to preview will help you produce great looking films, and the RIP's built-in positioning and ganging/nesting features can help optimize film usage.
Over 30 Dot Shapes
Exceptional Halftone Screening
Every Harlequin RIP-Kit includes Harlequin Precision Screening (HPS). When placing color separations on top of one another the RIP precisely calculates screen angles and frequencies to avoid moiré patterns. HPS also uses an adaptive screening technique that adjusts each halftone dot so that it is placed within one half pixel of its ideal location. The RIP allows users to control and manage resolutions (dots per inch or dpi), line screens/frequency (lines per inch or lpi), screen angles, dot shapes, scaling, crop marks, mirror image, negative/positive, rotation and much more. Our screening technology is also designed to work with a wide range of printing processes including Flexography, Offset Lithography, Screen Printing, Gravure, Engraving and Digital Printing.
Network Accessible Shared Spoolfolders
Drag and Drop files into Spoolfolders
Do you have PDF, PS, EPS, XPS, or TIFF files that are ready for processing? The Harlequin RIP allows users to drag and drop supported file formats directly into a shared spoolfolder for processing.
Automated Ganging | Nesting
Save Media and Ink
This feature can be used to automatically gang or nest smaller jobs together saving you money on consumables.
Minimum Dot Control
Highlight Areas Done Right
Users now have the ability to specify a minimum dot which eliminates the harsh edges often seen in highlight areas. This feature will give you great looking highlight areas and allow you to print highlights and perfectly smooth vignettes from 0 through 100%.
Direct File Processing
Supports Multiple File Formats
Process a variety of file formats directly including PDF, PS, EPS, XPS, TIFF and more. Natively process the latest PDF and PostScript® Level 3 data with full compatibility from the latest design and printing applications.
Control Strip PDF Verification
Certified PDF Processing
When enabled the control strip feature will verify that proofs and prints made from files transmitted as PDF/X have rendered correctly.
PDF Based Preflighting
Preflight Files Quickly and Efficiently
The Harlequin RIP includes built-in preflight profiles based on the Enfocus PitStop library. This feature helps ensure the quality and consistency of the final product by streamlining operations and certifying PDF files before they are output.
The RIP included with the thermal imagesetters includes Stochastic Screening. With this option users can output using our FM/Stochastic screen sets, and now you can also output using a newly developed Stochastic Yellow feature. This feature allows users to output Cyan, Magenta, and Black along with any spot colors using Harlequin's conventional AM screen sets while applying a stochastic screen to the Yellow.
Simple User Interface
Simplified Job Control
The Harlequin RIP was designed with the end user in mind. The main RIP monitor window gives users access to pertinent job information while the newly redesigned output controller window allows users to manage jobs and control output.
Simple Page Positioning
Position and Placement Tools
Provides an easy method to position jobs on almost any output device.
Pantone Plus Support for Extremely Accurate Color
The Harlequin RIP will ensure optimum use of the output device's color gamut. Pantone Plus support also ensures that emulation of Pantone colors printed using other inks (e.g. CMYK) are as accurate as possible. It is now even easier to achieve consistent, predictable and repeatable color reproduction across any number of devices through tight integration of the RIP with third party closed loop color controls.
Variable Data Processing
Need the fastest performance possible for your variable data print jobs? Harlequin VariData™ greatly accelerates the printing of variable data jobs that were saved either as PDF/VT or as regular PDF. It is one of the unique features of the Harlequin print engine that gives it amazing power and productivity.
Extended Font Support
Font Manager with Font Emulation
Extended font support includes PostScript Type 0 (composite), Type 1, Type 3,Type 4 and fonts, as well as native processing of Type 32 and Type 42 True Type fonts. Ever had a rush job that was missing fonts? The RIP also includes a feature that when enabled will make a typographically acceptable match to missing fonts with no text overflow.
Network Accessible Shared Printers
Print Directly to the RIP
Users can quickly create shared printers at the RIP which can then be accessed from other Windows or Macintosh systems on the network. The RIP software also includes the latest Postscript Printer Description (PPD) for loading on to design stations or the RIP. This universal printer description is designed to work with all of our supported output devices.
Precisely Calibrate Your Output
With the Harlequin RIP-Kit you can calibrate your output devices using the built-in calibration manager. The RIP also includes color and monochrome calibration targets to help you perfectly linearize your output devices.
Advanced Color Management
ColorPro™ provides excellent color process control, giving accurate, consistent and predictable color reproduction for a wide range of workflows. ColorPro™ provides full support for industry standard ICC profiles (including device link profiles) avoiding dependence on the generic, system level color management of the computer’s operating system.
Hyperthreading 64-BIT Processing
The Fastest RIP Just Got Even Faster
The Harlequin RIP-Kit takes advantage of hyperthreading, multi-core and multiple CPU architectures for faster processing. The 64-bit architecture increases performance by allowing access to more RAM so that even the most complex jobs, rendered at the highest resolutions, can run at full speed.
Create PDF Proofs
Built-in Proofing Capability
Output electronic proofs that accurately represent the final print. The PDF Raster Output feature can be configured to output composite halftone, composite contone or separations.
The best support in the industry
One on One Training
Xitron is here to help, and we want to make sure your new equipment purchase and setup go smoothly. We take time to go through a one on one training session to ensure you know your new equipment and how to operate and maintain it. We will also login to the RIP computer as well as the design computers to go through the software configuration with you.
Free Technical Support Included
All film purchases include free technical support via TeamViewer Remote Support, Phone, Chat or Email. TeamViewer allows Xitron to assist you using a high speed internet connection.
Free Calibration Services
Xitron includes calibration with every film purchase. If you don't have a densitometer and would like us to calibrate your film, just mail the film into us and we can read the targets and enter the values back into your RIP.
Available options and plugins
TRAPPRO in-RIP Trapping
Automated Trapping Option
TrapPro™ is an automatic, object-based in-RIP trapping solution available as an option for the Harlequin RIP-Kit TrapPro is integrated into the RIP for enhanced workflow efficiency and maximum job throughput.
Die Line Contour Processor
Easily Remove Die Lines
Many packaging and label jobs include die lines and other technical separations which often need to be printed for proofing, or for aligning prints and pre-cut media or post-print die cutting. Those separations need to be removed from the raster data for production printing. Harlequin Contour Processor™ intercepts specified spot separations.