X-Rite Incorporated and its subsidiary Pantone LLC have unveiled new versions of ColorCert Suite 3.0 process control software and the award-winning eXact handheld spectrophotometer.
Both releases support all G7 and PSO metrics, and guide operators in determining whether printed output is compliant with those guidelines. The new products, combined with X-Rite’s InkFormulation Software, offer commercial printers and packaging converters an integrated, end-to-end solution for managing colour consistency in a G7 or PSO process workflow.
X-Rite and Pantone showcased the new products at the Esko stand at Labelexpo, which took place 25-28 September in Brussels.
A growing number of brand owners are investigating extended colour gamut printing, or CMYK plus Orange, Violet and Green (CMYK +OGV), as a means to achieve more than 90 percent of brand colours using process printing. In addition, brand owners, especially those in North America and Asia, are requiring G7 and/or PSO compliance from labels and packaging converters as a way to ensure consistent colour across printing processes. G7 provides a structure that guides process print to achieve a common appearance for output across presses, printing technologies and production sites. Adopting the framework can help printers and converters meet brand owner requirements while increasing press uptime and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
‘At Labelexpo, we will be showing how eXact along with ColorCert help validate that a printer has calibrated its processes to G7 and PSO guidelines, and can monitor print quality moving forward to ensure it stays in compliance,’ said Ray Cheydleur, printing and imaging product portfolio manager, X-Rite. ‘With this solution, converters can provide their customers with real-time ColorCert Scorecard data that confirms compliance with these brand owners’ specifications, speeding approval processes and often eliminating the need for expensive and time consuming on-site press checks.’
Operators can now quickly measure output with the X-Rite eXact and export the data to ColorCert Pressroom for immediate G7 or PSO compliance determination. The new ColorCert software provides guidance as to how to quickly address any issues, including adjustments to density or ink strength using the BestMatch feature. By integrating X-Rite’s InkFormulation Software to this colour workflow, operations can also ensure accurate ink formulations, validating the quality of inks upon receipt, as well as quickly creating ink recipes, including the use of leftover inks to create spot colours when required.
The new release of eXact features many user interface enhancements. Operators can now choose one-step setup for G7 and PSO jobs for an 86% performance improvement over previous tools. A new quick menu tab on the front screen offers easy access to the most commonly used features in eXact. This includes one-click access to the Density/TVI tool for CMYK print processes and the L*a*b* tool for spot colours. X-Rite eXact still offers an enhanced mode for access to advanced features for power users, making it a flexible instrument for operators of all skill levels.