X-Rite has announced the availability of eXact Scan, a new option that extends the functionality of the X-Rite eXact spectrophotometer platform. eXact Scan adds unmatched speed, flexibility and new quality control tools to the market-leading eXact colour measurement instruments for the printing and packaging industries.

When combined with InkKeyControl software from X-Rite, eXact Scan enables colour management at a low cost of entry, allowing printers to extend the useful lives of their presses. InkKeyControl allows printers to achieve faster make-ready and improve quality control through control of ink keys. It displays real-time measurement results in a graphical red/yellow/green ‘traffic light’ report, which enables press operators to quickly manage changes as they print.

X-Rite used Pazazz, a certified G7 Master Printer, as a beta test site for eXact Scan. Warren Werbitt, CEO of Pazazz said, ‘We first migrated to the eXact to make the transition from using print density in quality control to the more accurate spectral readings. In addition, with the Scan Option, we have more capability to deliver the higher quality our customers expect. With eXact Scan, we can now comfortably hold on to an older press that we were not ready to update or retire.’

The eXact Scan Option extends the instrument’s ability to accurately read conventional and non-continuous strips for quality assurance applications, such as flexo printing for packaging. Also, it is the ideal solution for offset litho printers that have large capital investments in older presses that aren’t equipped with in-line colour measurement capabilities.

Dan Magnia, the print and packaging market manager for X-Rite, said, ‘X-Rite eXact has been well-received in the marketplace. Building on that success, we developed eXact Scan in response to suggestions from our customers about how to add even more value to the instrument. With expected high product demand, X-Rite is proud to offer a loyalty program to current eXact owners so they can be the first to take advantage of upgrading their equipment to include this new capability’

With a few simple steps, pressroom personnel can install the new eXact Scan chassis and software to greatly extend the ability of the eXact spectrophotometer to accurately read different length colour bars on a variety of printed materials.