How to Print Regulatory-Compliant Color for Life Science Packaging

Studies show consumers identify medications by color. Life Science Packaging Printers must ensure the color on the package matches the product inside, across various substrates and printing processes, to ensure safety, authenticity, and compliance for electronic recordkeeping.

Challenges

Accurate packaging color is necessary for consumer safety and to minimize the risk of counterfeiting but producing consistent color across different types of packaging is challenging.

Solution

Digital color solutions enable Life Science Package Printers to effectively communicate color requirements with brands and efficiently formulate, produce, and control packaging color. By implementing an end-to-end color workflow that includes a spectrophotometer, ink formulation software and quality control software, package printers can confidently print color a range of transparent, translucent, and metallic packaging like labels, films, metallic foils, and blister packs. In addition to ensuring tolerance, digital color solutions also create an automatic compliance audit trail for electronic record-keeping.

Results

How It Works

  1. The brand digitally communicates product color and acceptable tolerance.
  2. The printer uses ink formulation software to create an ink recipe based on the substrate.
  3. The printer uses a spectrophotometer and software to calibrate and profile for the specific printer, ink, and substrate combination.
  4. Throughout the run, the printer measures patches to analyze quality.
  5. The color measurements are loaded into quality control software to compare against tolerances and generate scorecards to share with brands to validate compliance.
  6. Quality control software generates print quality scorecards to submit to brands and a compliance audit log that details each event with operator ID, date, time, etc. for use in electronic record-keeping.

Featured Products

 

eXact Standard or Advanced

Handheld 45:0 spectrophotometer to measure the color of ink and substrates before, during, and after print production to ensure color stays on target. 

  

i1Pro 3

Professional color management device and software to profile monitors, proofers, and presses and track and verify quality, and capture spot color measurements for the highest level of color accuracy. 

 

 

Ci64

Handheld sphere spectrophotometer to measure color values on reflective surfaces like metallic packaging and foil blister packs.

  

 

ColorCert

A suite of products for brands, manufacturers, and printers to share digital color standards and tolerances, evaluate adherence, and export audit and compliance logs for print and packaging applications. 

 

 

InkFormulation

Formulation software to create recipes that consider the substrate to achieve digital specifications and work-off existing colorants for improved sustainability.

 

 

PantoneLIVE

Digital color repository that houses Pantone and custom brand colors to specify and communicate color standards and verify what is achievable on a given substrate before going to print.  

 

eXact Auto Scan Pro

Versatile scanning solution that provides press room flexibility for measuring color with spot, manual, and automated scanning capabilities. Integrates with closed loop and third-party solutions to deliver a mid-range solution for ink key control adjustments, improved quality control reporting, and G7 compliance.

 

IntelliTrax2 Pro

Ultra-fast, automated press-side integrated scanning solution provides mid- to large- size commercial and folding carton printers with instant feedback on job performance, with improved quality control reporting and with G7 compliance, for an end-to-end connected pressroom workflow.

 

Achieve Color Success

A digital color solution from X-Rite enables Life Science Packaging Printers to produce consistent color across different substrates, track compliance, and generate an audit trail. 


  

Ci7860

Ci7860

Benchtop sphere spectrophotometer that offers the highest inter-instrument agreement and repeatability available to create color standards and set tolerances for brand product and packaging color. It can measure in both reflectance and transmission mode and be fitted with containers to hold a variety of samples types, including liquids, powders, films, and small pills. 

Netprofiler 3

 

Ci64

Handheld sphere spectrophotometer to measure color values on reflective surfaces like metallic packaging and foil blister packs.

 

Color iMatch

 

ColorCert

A suite of products for brands, manufacturers, and printers to share digital color standards and tolerances, evaluate adherence, and export audit and compliance logs for print and packaging applications.  

Color iQC

 

Color iQC

Quality assurance software to share digital color standards and tolerances, evaluate adherence, and export audit and compliance logs for manufacturing and packaging applications.

 


  

Ci7860

Ci7860

Benchtop sphere spectrophotometer that offers the highest inter-instrument agreement and repeatability available to create color standards and set tolerances for brand product and packaging color. It can measure in both reflectance and transmission mode and be fitted with containers to hold a variety of samples types, including liquids, powders, films, and small pills. 

Netprofiler 3

 

Ci64

Handheld sphere spectrophotometer to measure color values on reflective surfaces like metallic packaging and foil blister packs.

 

Color iMatch

 

ColorCert

A suite of products for brands, manufacturers, and printers to share digital color standards and tolerances, evaluate adherence, and export audit and compliance logs for print and packaging applications.  

Color iQC

 

Color iQC

Quality assurance software to share digital color standards and tolerances, evaluate adherence, and export audit and compliance logs for manufacturing and packaging applications.

 


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