In the course of miniaturization and increasing the speed of
digital components, the development of large image storage
units and the realization of a materialless (without film copies)
final-page assembly is feasable. This includes:

- Picture-in-picture montage
- Color corrections: true to color for real-time printing
- Image size change
- Text-in-picture montage of finished text

In the year 1977 the first ideas for electronic image data processing are coming up at Hell.

The Combiskop image processing station was demonstrated at the GEC in Milan already in 1979.

The first complete Chromacom system (system scanner / recorder together with combiskop) was launched at IPEX in 1980. (International Printing Machinery and Allied Trades Exhibition) presented in Birmingham.The DC350S / CP340 / 341S and the
DC 380S are serving as image data input-output devices.
The high-performance scanner S 3010 and Tango / Primescan in combination with the various job preparation devices will be launched a bit later.

The job preparation stations are increasing the productivity of the expensive scanner by ChromaMount -mounting the original to the drum- or by doing the color correction using the ChromaSet.


The film exposure (final page) is also carried out by the devices mentioned above and later by the system recorders R 3020 and
R 3030.

The offset plate setters represent the end of the recorder development.

At this point at the latest, the use of "film" has become obsolete, the entire repro process is digitized throughout.

system development in 1977      (German)
  Farbreproduktionssystem 300 1977
  Chromacom System 1980

Combiskop 1984        (catalog; German)

The "heart" of picture data processing

  Combiskop Bedienplatz

ChromaCom 1000 1988

ChromaCom 2000 1988 

  ChromaCom 1000
Additional information about ChromaCom System
(taken from "Klischograph"; German))
Verbundbetrieb im Chromacom              (1982)

DaVinci     (1993)

Based on the experience of ChromaCom development,
the DaVinci image processing system was developed
under the company Linotype-Hell.
DaVinci marks the end of the dedicated
EBV workstation development.
  DaVinci 1993




System Scanner

ChromaGraph S 3010

Series: ChromaGraph DC 3000  (catalog)

Additional Systemscanner (Scan-Stationen;
                                        catalog; German)
  DC3000 Roboter 1993 de

System Scanner

Tango / Primescan (1997)



System Recorder

ChromaGraph R 3020/R 3030

Series: ChromaGraph DC 3000  (catalog; German)

  R 3020