Fast Formulation for Trending Colors

Posted December 09, 2016 by Mike Huda

The PANTONE Color of the Year announcement is always exciting. Not only does it set the stage for upcoming trends, it also provides brand owners and designers critical guidance for marketing and product development.

However, those who are charged with manufacturing products and packaging with trending colors (like 2017’s choice – 15-0343 Greenery) know it doesn’t “just happen.” It takes time and effort to incorporate new colors. Whether you work in paints, plastics, textiles, or printing, today’s blog shares formulation solutions that will help you be first to market for the next trend.

Developing a new color without using formulation software can be an exercise in futility. It may take a dozen iterations before you get a color that’s visually acceptable if you are developing colors by eye.

With formulation software, the process is much faster…

  1. Calculate the formula using your collection of dyes and colorants.
  2. Make your initial formulation and create the sample.
  3. Measure the sample and compare it to the standard.

It really is that simple. Although many are concerned about the initial expense of investing in a formulation solution, I’m here to tell you it’s absolutely worth it. Here’s why.

Enjoy a fast return on investment.

Formulation software can often get you within tolerance on the first try. If not, it rarely takes more than one or two corrections to calculate the perfect color. When you consider manual mixing takes an average of 12 tries to get it right, formulation software saves labs a lot of time and money during the development and production phases.

Utilize your current supply.

Formulation software not only removes the guesswork, it can also calculate a recipe using the actual collection of colorants and dyes you have on hand. Whether you have 6 or 60 available, it will develop the best recipe to quickly get you to your desired color.

Keep in mind, certain colors are tougher to achieve than others. For example, if you have a base with a high amount of titanium dioxide, you may not be able to achieve Greenery; but formulation software will certainly calculate the closest color faster than trial and error mixing at the bench.

Relax with a solid backup plan.

If your staff chemist or ink room technician leaves unexpectedly, who can pick up the reins and keep production moving? X-Rite formulation solutions are intuitive and easy to use. Once you have the system set up with your colorants, one of our applications engineers can train even a novice without an expert’s color background to step in and be successful.

Choose the solution that’s best for your needs.

We offer three formulation solutions to fit every industry and workflow.

InkFormulation Software (IFS) is designed for offset, flexo, gravure, and screen-printing inks. Here are some of the things printers, converters, and ink manufacturers love about IFS:

  • Considers the substrate when formulating inks.
  • Uses existing assortments and recipes to save time in reformulation.
  • Utilizes leftover inks in new recipes.
  • Available PantoneLIVE integration for custom PANTONE formulations using your existing colorants.

Popular for paint, plastics, and textiles, Color iMatch provides fast, accurate color analysis and colorant formulation.

  • Reduces color formulation time and cost with spectral matching via our Multi-Flux math model.
  • Improves operator efficiency with customizable user interface and workflow prompts.
  • Manages color formulations across a distributed network with Color iMatch Satellite or Color iMatch Online Edition.
  • Leverages its included Color iQC software to save time and reduce waste in quality control processes from the laboratory through production.
  • Available PantoneLIVE integration for custom PANTONE formulations using your existing colorants.

The industry’s most versatile color management software, X-Rite Color® MASTER fits well into any manufacturing operation. Here are some of its top features:

  • Fast and easy setup with standard, custom, and multiple tolerance options.
  • Compatible with sphere, 0/45 and multi-angle spectrophotometers, both contact and non-contact.
  • Designates leftover material for reuse.
  • Simplified recording and color data access.
  • Available in a web edition so operators in different locations can use it concurrently.

Each of our formulation solutions is available in a variety of configurations. Many of our customers choose to add quality control, statistical process control, or scoring solutions like Color iQC and ColorCert for the ultimate color workflow quality and efficiency.

Add Greenery to your palette! PANTONE Color of the Year 2017 can be found in these color systems.

Whether you’ll soon be tasked with producing PANTONE Greenery, are trying to quickly turn around trending colors, or just want to make your color creation process as fast and accurate as possible, formulation software may be the right answer for you. We’re happy to help you choose the best solution for your needs and integrate it into your existing workflow.

Get in touch to learn more!

Need a Quote? Contact Sales(888) 800-9580

Technical Questions? Contact Support(888) 826-3042