GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., August 30, 2017 – X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announced it has joined forces with ColorPartner, a German company, to help automate color management for industrial inkjet applications. The unique solution combines the ColorPartner ColorScout A+ automated color measurement table and X-Rite’s Ci6x family of sphere spectrophotometers allowing industrial printers to accurately measure color on metallic, wood, plastic, ceramic and textured materials. The new Ci6X/ColorScout A+ solution will be made available through a variety of RIP manufacturers that support industrial inkjet output devices.
“Inkjet technology makes it possible to print on a wide variety of materials, opening up new opportunities to industrial and commercial printers from fast fashion to flooring to packaging to home décor,” said Jan Keller, Vice President, X-Rite. “With higher material costs, printers cannot risk color errors that may be inherent in a manual measuring process. The Ci6x/ColorScout A+ solution eliminates these potential errors and can quickly and easily pay for itself by ensuring less waste due to color issues, increasing profitability and speeding time to market for brand owners and manufacturers alike.”
As the market moves to greater use of industrial inkjet, there is a growing need for an automated measurement solution that can quickly measure color across flat, textured and reflective surfaces. The popular 45/0-based measurement devices used in graphic arts applications are ideal for smooth or matte surfaces but have limited capabilities for textured or reflective materials.
The Ci6x/ColorScout A+ solution, in A3+ size (other standard sizes: A2+, A1+; others on request) accommodating materials up to 515mm by 310mm (20.3 x 12.2 inches) and up to 30mm (1.18 inches) (60mm (2.36 inches) optional) thick, is ideal for measuring color on surfaces that do not perform well with a 45/0 spectrophotometer. As a sphere spectrophotometer, the Ci64 can accurately measure smooth, matte, reflective or uneven surfaces such as metallics, special effect finishes and textures commonly used in industrial inkjet applications from small label printing to LFP. Integration with color RIPs through X-Rite’s software development kit (SDK) will enable better color calibration and profiling of industrial inkjet printing and deposition solutions.
In addition to being more reliable, the Ci6x/ColorScout A+ solution saves precious time in busy production environments. X-Rite tests reveal that it measures up to twice as fast as manual measurements, saving as much as an hour per 1,000 measurements.
“The Ci6x/ColorScout A+ solution is truly rare in the market, as it incorporates a sphere spectrophotometer to handle thick and textured materials, as well as reflective surfaces,” said Ingmar Brumm, Managing Partner, ColorPartner. “This will help packaging converters and industrial manufacturers achieve consistent color faster and with more repeatability .”
Jay Larsen of INX International, a leading manufacturer of inks for conventional and inkjet printing, was an early user of the solution, integrated with a CGS RIP. According to Larsen, “the biggest benefit is the time savings and the repeatability of the measurement. The unit is very well engineered and well built - which should result in years of useful service.”
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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.