Flexible film does a lot more than protect goods on the store shelf. When done right, film packaging design can capture attention and increase product sales. But measuring color on film substrates can be challenging, even for the most sophisticated converter. Here’s why. When you measure flexible film with a traditional 0°/45° spectrophotometer, the way you position the instrument compared to the film’s extrusion direction can cause interference, leading to inaccurate reading...

Posted November 02, 2017 by Ray Cheydleur

Hitting offset lithographic color targets isn’t always fast or easy. The manual process of measuring color bars and making ink key adjustments takes time and opens the door to operator error. Meanwhile, the press is running (and wasting) paper and ink. To achieve accurate and repeatable color, printers need to convert their printing operation to an efficient manufacturing process and drive efficiencies in all phases of their operation. For many, a closed-loop automated solution is the answer. Cl...

Posted August 20, 2017 by Ray Cheydleur

In a perfect world, you should be able to put ink in the press and simply run a job. Unfortunately, every year flexo and gravure printing operations waste ink, substrate and press time trying to get color right. Although advancements in technology have made it easier to achieve color accuracy, the variables that affect color still exist. In this three-part series, we’re sharing over two dozen reasons your color might be wrong on press. If you missed the first article – Instrumentation – check i...

Posted March 30, 2017 by Scott Harig

As the range of substrates, inks, and printing technologies has expanded, so has the challenge of maintaining color quality. A workflow based on digital standards is the easiest way to achieve accuracy and consistency across shifts and sites, regardless of production requirements. Adding a quality control solution like ColorCert® to your workflow can boost your bottom line even more. ColorCert provides specific modules focused on each part of the workflow, helping flexo, gravure, and offset prin...

Posted August 03, 2016 by Mark Gundlach

drupa 2016 was such a success! It’s not often we get to spend so much time talking one-on-one with our customers from around the world, and we enjoyed every minute! We met so many wonderful people and learned so many things. Although it’s hard to pick, here are a few of our favorite experiences from drupa 2016. 1 – THE SYNERGY! This time at drupa, we decided to join forces with Esko, Enfocus and Pantone to showcase our end-to–end color management solutions. Although the drupa orga...

Posted June 17, 2016 by Jackie Weeks-Atkin

If you use eXact with BestMatch™, the answer might be yes. BestMatch helps you determine if you can achieve a closer match to a specified color by adjusting ink on press. Formulating ink for a press run can be tricky because there are many things that go into it. The vehicle, colorants, and solvents are just a few of the things that impact ink quality, and whether it comes from your ink supplier or you mix it yourself, ink can vary in thickness or concentration. With BestMatch, you can confirm t...

Posted November 03, 2015 by Scott Harig

It’s no secret that attractive packaging sells, and marketers around the world are stepping up their game to stay ahead of the competition. Metallic inks, three-dimensional labels, flow wrap packaging… Although enticing for consumers, these enhancements make it even harder for printers to maintain color quality. ColorCert®: X-Rite Edition can help by simplifying color communication and ensuring color consistency so that finished products meet specifications. It’s an intuitive, customizable, and ...

Posted September 28, 2015 by Bob Binder

Each year the Printing Industries of America selects the most innovative graphics arts solutions to receive the 2015 InterTech™ Technology Awards. This year, the X-Rite eXactTM spectrophotometer with Scan Option was among the recipients of this prestigious award. Today we’ll take a look at the top features that make the eXact with Scan Option a star with offset litho, flexo, and digital printers. X-Rite eXact is the only device that measures for optical brighteners for both inks and substrate...

Posted July 27, 2015 by Tim Mouw

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