The 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, according to X-Rite's Public Relations Manager Alicia Libucha.
The new Ci6X/ColorScout A+ solution will be made available through a variety of RIP manufacturers that support industrial inkjet output devices, Libucha said.
“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 X-Rite VP Jan Keller. “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.”
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, according to Libucha.
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, Libucha said.
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, the press release states.
“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.
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