NY-Based DISC Graphics Achieves PANTONE Certified Printer Status
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 20, 2017 –X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announced that DISC, a leading New York-based packaging converter, has achieved PANTONE® Certified Printer status for offset printing and offset extended gamut printing. The PANTONE Certified Printer Program reviews and analyzes every aspect of a printer’s color operations – preflight, to file preparation and proofing, to ink formulation and mixing, and to process control in the pressroom. DISC’s certification confirms the company’s ability to consistently achieve the most stringent customer color requirements, efficiently and cost effectively, using offset and extended gamut printing with a fixed palette of seven colors.
“X-Rite worked with DISC to produce our Pantone Extended Gamut Guide, and we’re very excited to announce that DISC is the first packaging converter to achieve extended gamut seven-color printing process,” said Adrián Fernández, Vice President, PantoneLIVE™, X-Rite. “Extended gamut printing opens up new color palette possibilities for brand owners and converters without the added expense of spot color printing. Our certification process helps printers, like DISC, close the gap between CMYK and spot color printing by establishing standard processes for measuring and monitoring color in an extended gamut printing process.”
Headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, DISC is a leading producer of packaging and print for the beauty, healthcare, private label, entertainment media and consumer products industries. The company offers a range of advanced capabilities for prepress and design services, digital, flexo and offset printing, and finishing and converting for paperboard, plastic and mini-flute corrugate packaging as well as pressure-sensitive and extended-content labels.
As part of the certification process, X-Rite Pantone experts evaluated DISC’s three manufacturing facilities to establish and document standard operating procedures (SOPs) for more effective operating processes. Performance is evaluated on a quarterly basis to ensure continuous improvement and compliance with the company’s established procedures.
DISC now uses a CxF color exchange workflow and is PantoneLIVE™ enabled, instilling new confidence in customers that color will be right the first time and every time. To better manage the complexities of CMYK, extended gamut, and spot color workflows, DISC leverages ColorCert, a color quality control, specification and reporting solution in conjunction with the X-Rite eXact, a handheld spectrophotometer. By implementing new SOPs, software and hardware, DISC can achieve the highest quality and color for the most demanding brand customers efficiently and on-time.
“These two certifications are the result of an exhaustive six-month review and testing of our systems and offset printing process,” explains Margaret Krumholz, president of DISC. “We were thrilled to work alongside X-Rite Pantone on the development of its seven-color extended gamut printing process, and to receive these certifications is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our team to reach these challenging world-class standards.”
To learn more about the PANTONE Certified Printer Program visit http://www.xrite.com/pantone-certified-printer-program or read X-Rite’s blog post at http://blog.xrite.com/pantone-certified-printer-q-a-with-mark-gundlach/.
PantoneLIVE is a cloud-based solution that enables the universal PANTONE Color language to be accurately communicated across the entire packaging workflow – from design concept to retail store shelves. PantoneLIVE extends the PANTONE PLUS SERIES Color Library, mapping critical color information to packaging-specific substrates. The PantoneLIVE ecosystem is supported by licensed hardware and software that enables each area of a packaging supply chain to access the same PantoneLIVE Colors, in addition to brand-specific palettes. This results in consistent and repeatable color across product families, regardless of media or print technology, providing a cohesive brand approach. PantoneLIVE libraries are developed in close cooperation with Sun Chemical, the exclusive PantoneLIVE preferred partner for ink supply.
Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in color science and technology. 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 color management solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color 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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