X-Rite Color Management Solutions Support G7 and PSO Workflows for Print and Packaging
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 25, 2017 – X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today unveiled new versions of ColorCert Suite 3.0 process control software and the award-winning eXact handheld spectrophotometer. Both releases support all G7 and PSO metrics and guide operators in determining whether printed output is compliant with those guidelines. The new products, combined with X-Rite’s InkFormulation Software, offer commercial printers and packaging converters an integrated, end-to-end solution for managing color consistency in a G7 or PSO process workflow. X-Rite and Pantone will showcase the new products in the Esko stand #3C50 at Labelexpo, September 25-28 in Brussels.
A growing number of brand owners are investigating extended color gamut printing or CMYK plus Orange, Violet and Green (CMYK +OGV) as a way to achieve more than 90 percent of brand colors using process printing. In addition, brand owners, especially those in North America and Asia, are requiring G7 and/or PSO compliance from labels and packaging converters as a way to ensure consistent color across printing processes. G7 provides a structure that guides process print to achieve a common appearance for output across presses, printing technologies and production sites. Adopting the framework can help printers and converters meet brand owner requirements while increasing press uptime and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
“At Labelexpo, we will be showing how eXact along with ColorCert help validate that a printer has calibrated its processes to G7 and PSO guidelines and can monitor print quality moving forward to ensure it stays in compliance,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite. “With this solution, converters can provide their customers with real-time ColorCert Scorecard data that confirms compliance with these brand owners’ specifications, speeding approval processes and often eliminating the need for expensive and time consuming on-site press checks.”
Operators can now quickly measure output with the X-Rite eXact and export the data to ColorCert Pressroom for immediate G7 or PSO compliance determination. The new ColorCert software provides guidance as to how to quickly address any issues, including adjustments to density or ink strength using the BestMatch feature. By integrating X-Rite’s InkFormulation Software to this color workflow, operations can also ensure accurate ink formulations, validating the quality of inks upon receipt, as well as quickly creating ink recipes, including the use of leftover inks to create spot colors when required.
New Interface Improvements in eXact
The new release of eXact features many user interface enhancements. Operators can now choose one-step setup for G7 and PSO jobs for an 86% performance improvement over previous tools. A new quick menu tab on the front screen offers easy access to the most commonly used features in eXact. This includes one-click access to the Density/TVI tool for CMYK print processes and the L*a*b* tool for spot colors. X-Rite eXact still offers an enhanced mode for access to advanced features for power users, making it a flexible instrument for operators of all skill levels.
“While print consultants and other technical stakeholders require access to in-depth G7 and PSO metrics, a majority of press operators only need tools to quickly help them determine whether print output is compliant, and guidance on how to correct any color problems,” continued Cheydleur. “This latest release of eXact makes it easy to measure against G7 and PSO targets. Operators no longer need to manually select each job using multiple clicks. Now the instrument guides the user through the process automatically in one step.”
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Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. With its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite Pantone offers a full range of solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color and appearance throughout their processes. X-Rite Pantone products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com. For the latest news, information and conversations, connect with X-Rite on LinkedIn, Vimeo, Twitter, and Facebook.
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com. For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
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