InkFormulation Software provides professional colour formulation for printers, converters and ink manufacturers. The software is the industry leading solution for ink colour recipe creation, storage, approval and retrieval for offset, flexographic, gravure and screen-printing inks.
X-Rite will demonstrate its InkFormulation Software at drupa 2016 (31 May – 10 June 2016, Düsseldorf).
‘Whether creating new recipes quickly based on high-quality match criteria, or repurposing pressroom leftover inks, X-Rite’s InkFormulation is the trusted technology for the packaging world,’ said Iain Pike, Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite Pantone. ‘In this latest version, we have streamlined the ability to exchange colour data between InkFormulation, PantoneLIVE™ digital colour libraries, and quality control software, such as ColorCert InkRoom and Colour iQC. This new capability addresses an important need of our customers: the ability to integrate colour specification and reporting into supply chain workflows to efficiently monitor print production and make ink corrections in real-time, thereby avoiding costly colour errors.’
With improved integration in InkFormulation version 6.3, ink professionals can quickly compare their formulations to a digital colour reference stored in the PantoneLIVE ecosystem, a cloud-based repository of colour libraries, or as a measured CxF standard. This automatically makes both the formula and reference data available to quality control software for a pass/fail analysis.
If corrections are required, data can be fed back seamlessly to InkFormulation Software, where recipe corrections can be made. This speeds up the ink formulation process while reducing the risk for errors and providing added value to customers.
Ink formulation issues on press can be resolved more quickly, for flexographic and gravure printers. When press-side colour measurements do not meet tolerances, and quality control software reports that tolerances cannot be met with the existing ink formulation, reformulation data is immediately sent to X-Rite InkFormulation Software. The ink room can make appropriate adjustments and dispense the new formula, speeding up the correction process on press. This minimises press downtime and keeps print quality high without the need for the press operator to be an ink expert.
InkFormulation Software 6.3 also features enhanced management information system (MIS) integration. This simplifies data interchange with MIS systems whereby the MIS system can request from InkFormulation Software a new material number based on specifications and naming conventions defined in the MIS, or by referencing a multi-colour CxF file stored in PantoneLIVE or elsewhere. This request then appears in the ink kitchen as a job with a target colour requiring an ink recipe to be defined. Once the recipe is defined, InkFormulation Software returns the recipe to the MIS with a bill of materials – a list of ingredients and the percentage for each.
‘MIS integration helps to close the loop in a production workflow for everything from estimating to invoicing,’ Pike commented, ‘making it easier to estimate ink consumption by job as well as to reuse existing ink formulations without the need to send a request to the ink kitchen. In addition, all ink recipes required for a given job can be linked to that job, streamlining the workflow even further. This will add significant value at many converter and ink sites.’
InkFormulation Software 6.3 allows for the formulation of more than one recipe in the system. The new formulation tab enables formulation and correction of whole jobs coming from quality control software. This new capability will use tags to associate ink recipes to individual jobs.
X-Rite InkFormulation Software Version 6.3 will be available on a worldwide basis in late June 2016 through X-Rite channels and directly from X-Rite.