Posted on | May 3, 2013 | No Comments
Jérôme Brangé, notre Spécialiste d’Applications Imaging & Media, vous fera la démonstration du tout nouvel eXact. Alors si vous n’avez pas encore été séduit par ses nouvelles fonctionnalités incroyables, son design irréprochable et son prix mini… il est grand temps de lever le voile sur le nouveau smartphone de la colorimétrie ! Inscrivez-vous vite! https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/431302271
Posted on | May 3, 2013 | No Comments
Necessiti di sapere di piu’ sul colore? Abbiamo la soluzione per te! I corsi di un giorno firmati X-Rite, i seminari Fondamenti del Colore e Apparenza, ti insegneranno le basi della teoria. Dalla fisica del colore alla misurazione e comprensione dei dati colore, un esperto X-Rite Color condividerà le migliori pratiche per la gestione e comunicazione del colore. Il seminario è illuminante, facile da capire e applicabile a praticamente ogni industria. Attraverso presentazioni e dimostrazioni live, imparerai come controllare il colore e piu’ effettivamente come applicare la pratica all’nterno della tua organizzazione e nell’intera catena di fornitura.
- - Formazione a Milano – Misurazione del Colore - Martedi 9 aprile 2013, Milano, Italia
- - Formazione a Roma – Misurazione del Colore - Martedi 21 maggio 2013, Roma, Italia
- - Formazione a Ancona – Misurazione del Colore - Martedi 4 giugno 2013, Ancona, Italia
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Posted on | May 3, 2013 | No Comments
La formation d’une journée sur les “Fondamentaux de la Couleur et de l’Apparence”, conçue par le leader de l’industrie X-Rite, vous enseignera les bases de la théorie de la couleur. Au travers de présentations et de démonstrations en direct, vous apprendrez comment contrôler la couleur de manière plus précise à l’intérieur de votre organisation et de votre chaîne d’approvisionnement.
- Formation à Limoges – Les Fondamentaux de la Couleur et de l’Apparence - 9 avril 2013, Limoges, France
- Formation à Lyon – Les Fondamentaux de la Couleur et de l’Apparence - 18 juin 2013, Lyon, France
- Formation à Lille – Les Fondamentaux de la Couleur et de l’Apparence – 2 juillet 2013, Lille, France
- - Tarif : 350€ par participant + TVA, matériel de formation inclus, déjeuner
- - Secteurs concernés : Automobile, Cosmétique, Plastique, Peinture, Textile, Cuir, Alimentaire, Chimie, Céramique…
- - Fonctions : Directeur Technique, Responsable de Laboratoire, Development Manager, Quality Assurance Manager, General Manager, Styliste, Designer…
- - Possibilité de formations personnalisées dans vos locaux
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Posted on | April 30, 2013 | No Comments
X-Rite Pantone is please to introduce the latest additions to our benchtop spectrophotometer offerings with the Ci4100 and Ci4200 models. The Ci4100 is an easy-to-use sphere geometry based spectrophotometer that accurately measure color samples, finishes, ranging from satin to high gloss, giving retail paint and hardware stores a way to provide superior customer service in color matching, while reducing instances of mis-tints and improving in-store efficiencies.
The Ci4200 provides accurate color measurements of coatings, textiles, and plastics that can be integrated seamlessly with historical databases of other X-Rite instruments. This solution is ideal for companies that want to establish or improve color control programs in industrial settings.
The Ci4100 was designed to address the needs of paint retailers for an easy-to-use, compact countertop unit that can accurately measure colors in a wide range of gloss finishes. The Ci4100′s small footprint and relatively light weight makes it easy to orient in either the horizontal or vertical position to take color measurements of large or bulky items. The instrument uses a powerful 31-point color engine and Spectalon sphere to precisely define even hard-to-match colors such as dark reds, browns and greens so paint can be mixed right the first time, with few instances of mis-tints.
The Ci4100 has a number of features that give retailers a significant competitive advantage by providing exceptional customer service in color matching, while at the same time reducing time that it takes to train personnel on proper use and calibration of the instrument. The instrument connects seamlessly with the industry’s leading software program for paint color matching and formulation — X-Rite’s ColorDesigner® PLUS software that drives all major types of dispensers.
The Ci4100 features:
- Accurate color measurement. The Ci4100 uses a 31-point color engine and precisely machined Spectalon sphere to measure colors in the 400 to 700 nm range.
- Built-in calibration tile. No more searching for the standard tile when the instrument is to be calibrated.
- Small footprint that conserves countertop space. The instrument measures 8.7 inches high, by 7.5 inches wide and 10.4 inches long.
- Window that provides clear view of where measurements are taken with 4 mm area, the smallest target available for this class of instruments so colors of samples can be defined with tight accuracy.
- Gloss value enables sales associates to precisely measure colors of samples ranging from satin to high gloss finish.
- Easy connection with personal computers through USB port.
- Seamless connection with ColorDesigner PLUS software.
- Consistency with historical data with other X-Rite sphere handheld instruments.
The Ci4200 is an easy-to-use, 31-point spherical spectrophotometer that manufacturers can harness quickly to measure the colors of coatings, textiles, plastics and other materials to reduce rejection rates and scrap, improve speed to market and enhance their positions within supply chains. With its attractive price point, the new instrument is particularly well suited for companies that want to improve on existing color measurement programs that currently rely on non-spectral devices or only visual inspection pass/fail methods.
“We’re very pleased with the Ci4200,” said Dennis Herman, technical service specialist for the Graphic Systems Division of FUJIFILM North America Corp. “It demonstrates very good repeatability and is much easier to load than other machines, especially for small and hard-to-handle samples. The measurement button adds to the ease of use of the spectro, and the plug-and-play features that X-Rite included with the instrument made it easy to install the drivers and connect with its InkFormulation 6 software.”
The Ci4200 is X-Rite’s response to customers’ needs for a small, easy-to-use and flexible benchtop spectrophotometer that serves as a solid foundation for tighter controls of color for incoming materials, in-process parts and finished goods. In addition to providing accurate color measurement for gloss and non-gloss surfaces, the Ci4200 is also available with UV (Ci4200UV) for accurate color measurement of textiles and other materials that contain optical brightening agents.
The Ci4200 is NetProfiler 3 enabled and supports embedded profiling. Using NetProfiler, companies can profile their Ci4200s to ensure accuracy and consistency across measurement devices within a single facility or across geographies. NetProfiler enables the accurate exchange of spectral color data in applications where color tolerances are tight and there is little room for error. The Ci4200 and NetProfiler 3 can lower the cost of color programs by helping to eliminate color measurement problems before they result in costly rework.
X-Rite, the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of color management and communication systems, ensured that the data generated by the Ci4200 integrates seamlessly with the databases of similarly equipped X-Rite spectrophotometers so that companies can access and continue to use historical color measurements records of incoming materials, processes and finished products.
The Ci4200 features:
- Accurate color measurement. The Ci4200 uses a 31-point color engine and precisely machined Spectralon sphere to measure colors, also available with calibrated UV illumination (Ci4200UV).
- Simultaneous SCI/SCE measurement in 2 seconds.
- Flexibility in measurement. The Ci4200 can be rotated to measure test surfaces presented horizontally or vertically.
- Small footprint that conserves benchtop space.
- Potential connection with remote locations. When used with NetProfiler 3.0, the Ci4200 can be profiled to a single virtual standard.
- Compatible with X-Rite SP6x handheld historical data.
- Integration with powerful software for industrial applications. The Ci4200 connects seamlessly with Color iQC, Color iMatch and InkFormulation software packages for immediate use.
- LED membrane provides status and operation feedback with remote trigger.
- Sample targeting/viewing via sample arm.
Posted on | April 29, 2013 | No Comments
Posted on | April 17, 2013 | No Comments
Kommunizieren Sie mit Kunden, Kollegen und Lieferanten über Farbdefinition und Farbabweichung?
Das eintägige Seminar richtet sich an alle Mitarbeiter, zu deren Aufgabenbereich die visuelle bzw. instrumentelle Farbbewertung gehört und die mehr über Farbmessung wissen möchten.
- Grundlagen der Farbmetrik
- Visuelle Farbabmusterung
- Beurteilung von Farbdifferenzen u. Festlegung von Toleranzen
- Auswahl der richtigen Messgeometrie
- Normen und branchenspezifische Vorgaben z.B. VDA 280
- Praktische Übungen
Jetzt anmelden! Die Termine in Ihrer Nähe finden Sie hier.
Posted on | April 12, 2013 | No Comments
Bezpłatne webinarium w języku polskim o najnowszaj generacji
spektrodensytometrów X-Rite eXact™ prowadzone przez
współpracującego z nami eksperta – dr inż. Przemysława Korytkowskiego wykładowcę na Wydziale Informatyki Zachodniopomorskiego Uniwersytetu Technologicznego w Szczecinie
Nowa technologia – nowa metoda pomiaru –– większa precyzja.
Podczas webinarium dowiecie się Państwo:
O nowych wymaganiach w zakresie standardowych warunków oceny wydruków.
O urządzeniu, eXact, które powstało jako odpowiedż na te nowe wymagania.
O bogatej funkcjonalności spektrofotometru eXact oraz jego kompatybilności
z oprogramowaniem do kontroli barwy i recepturowania.
X-RitePantone – Silver Sponsor of the ART OF PACKAGING 2012 in Poland, Category Beauty Packaging Professional
Posted on | April 5, 2013 | No Comments
X-Rite Pantone – Silver Sponsor of the ART OF PACKAGING 2012 in Poland, Category Beauty Packaging Professional
X-RitePantone had the pleasure to sponsor this very popular and prestigious Polish contest for best packaging of the year 2012 organized by European Media Group. The winners of both Debuts and Professional Categories were announced at the finishing Gala in Poznan on Monday, March 18th. The winner of Beauty Packaging Professional category sponsored by X-Rite is Mrs Barbara Golimowska, Art Director from company Cederroth for luxury black and gold packaging of skin cosmetics products inspired by black orchid. The prize was given to the winner by X-Rite Sales Manager Mrs. Malgorzata Lososova-Ungradova.
ART OF PACKAGING 2012
The winner in beauty packaging category
Category Partner: X-Rite
Packaging for skin products
Applicant, designer and user: Cederroth Polska
Manufacturer: Druk Markuszewscy, Decorglass Działdowo
The packaging design was inspired with the image of the black orchid and is dedicated to luxury line of Dermika Mesotherapist lifting day and night face cream. The packaging shape, colour and they way it is opened and presented (imitating the insides of the flower) was designed to underline the product’s uniqueness. The black colour is the background for beautiful, gold graphics and emphasizes its balanced proportions. The outside packaging consists of three pieces. The lid of the box is made of cardboard with matt satin foil and gold hot-stamping gilding with the Dermika logo on it. The bottom was manufactured from metalized cardboard with customized finishing and printed orchid image on the inside and outside. In order to achieve more glossy effect, the golden varnish was used with shimmering flakes. The third piece of the box is the jar insert made of black printed cardboard. The glass jar was finished with black and gold metallization and orchid embossing. The inside packaging are gold and black jars, airless containers and bottles with gold hot-stamping.
Info in Polish http://artofpackaging.pl/2013/
Info in English http://artofpackaging.pl/2013/en.html
We also would like to invite you to Beauty Packaging Workshop in April 16th.
Interview with Andrej Repar Sun Chemical Central European Technical advisor on Ink leftovers and his practical experience.
Posted on | April 3, 2013 | No Comments
X-Rite (XR) Can you give us some background on ink leftovers?
Andrej Repar (AR): Ink leftovers, also called waste or return inks, are the amount of inks that remain in the press after a job has been finished. The amount of Ink leftovers depends on a few factors:
- - Printing technology
- - Size of the press
- - Type and size of jobs
- - Human factor
Depending on the printing technology, the proportion of Ink leftovers to basic inks is different and significant many times over. Generally speaking, flexo and gravure technologies are the biggest inducers of ink leftovers.
For flexo and gravure the size of the press is an essential factor for the ink leftover. To start printing, the pumps and pipes system needs at least 10 to 15 kg per ink. That amount will also remain unused in the press when the job is finished. So if a company is printing with an 8 ink press 80 to 120 kg of return inks are left after each job. That is a lot of money! That amount of waste inks was an accurate estimate because in practice you can’t estimate in detail. Changing the ink film thickness or adjustments in the viscosity results in more corrections directly at the machine. And this all depends on the skills of the responsible person at the press.
If you do not use X-Rite InkFormulation Software (InkFormulation) but instead decide to mix the inks „by eye” you will never know the amount of ink you will have available, before you reach the right color. For a request of 10 kg of Ink you might get 12 kg or maybe even more, it all depends on the feeling you have for colors.
XR: How do print shops handle their ink leftovers issue without InkFormulation?
AR: Without InkFormulation it is a hard work. The process that some print shops follow is to label the leftover barrel with the name of the last print, to know what color is inside. Then they wait for a job with a similar color. If they find a similar color to an existing leftover, they take the leftover and try to rematch the color for the new job by adding some basic colors in leftover
There are a couple problems with this:
- - Matching by eye is inaccurate, takes a lot of time and the resulting volume and weight of the required ink is unpredictable. The amount of the re-matched ink can be more than the one required for the job.
- - On the other hand it can happen that the volume of re-matched ink produced is less than expected which means that the printer needs to mix more ink, a challenging and complex process when the recipe of the ink is unknown.
XR: What is the financial impact of ink leftovers?
AR: The financial and economical impact is huge, if you take a flexo printing company with an annual consumption of 100 -200 tons of ink; the amount of the return inks can be between 5 and 20 tons, it all depends on the handling of the leftovers. From a financial side, this means that the cost of leftover storage can be a six digit number in Euros.
XR: How can InkFormulation software help with ink leftovers?
AR: InkFormulation can significantly help to reduce leftovers.
It is a great tool to:
- - Make quick and accurate color re-matching of leftovers
- - Reduce break downs on the press
- - Have an overview on the stock of leftovers
- - Have control over recipes with and without leftovers
- - Gives you the possibility to recalculate „clear” recipes, to use leftovers.
XR: What savings can a mid-size company have per year when using InkFormulation for their ink leftovers?
AR: The economical benefit using InkFormulation is significant.
All calculations done at the customer side shows that besides all of the production benefits like an accurate database of recipes, simple recalculation, electronic and an accurate database of standards, they can save a lot of money by reducing press set-up time by 10% to 20%. Leftovers can be reduced to minimum stock.
XR: Can you tell us your experience with a mid-size company and what is the impact of not having InkFormulation/ink leftover saving capability?
AR: Sure, one of them is really interesting.
At one company InkFormulation Software was successfully installed and the responsible person was trained in the use of it. As a result a few months later the volume of ink leftovers in stock had reduced to below half when compared to the situation before InkFormulation was implemented. They were very satisfied with the result and saved money.
Unfortunately after a few months the person in charge left the company and an unqualified printer without the knowledge of how to use the software took over and started to work the old way, as they did before. In a few months the stock of leftover ink increased dramatically, close to the volume before the implementation of the InkFormulation software. The owner immediately decided to call me and booked a training session for the new worker. The company did the calculations and they were losing a few hundred Euros per week, just on dead stock, which was growing every day and they were consuming new inks instead of leftovers on stock.
XR: Is it complex to effectively implement the ink leftover functionality in InkFormulation?
AR: The transition and implementation of InkFormulation for some customers this happens very smoothly – in a few weeks. Most of the print shop owners who have decided to invest in the InkFormulation software take it really serious and are committed to having an experienced person in the color formulation position that is skilled in working with computers. This is essential.
Other companies have the opposite situation: the transition is much more difficult because the print shop owners are convinced that color mixing is simple and everyone in production can pick up color by spectral measurement and make recipes following instructions on a screen. Even though the InkFormulation interface is very user friendly, making recipes and using ink leftovers is not as simple as they imagine.
XR: How do you recommend using ink leftovers in practice?
AR: The workflow is different from customer to costumer and their specific production, but generally there are three different ways of using ink leftovers.
One option is to collect all similar inks, for example all reddish leftovers mixed together in one barrel, greenish in another one and bluish in a third one. All other inks, like brownish or violets go together in one barrel. These inks usually give a dirty dark gray-brownish color, which is successfully used as a replacement for the black component of black toned colors in new recipes, especially in yellow reddish spectrum.
Another option is when a printer is working with big volumes of special inks, where color shades remain as leftover, as is the case of brand colors (Coca Cola red or Milka violet). Since these return inks cannot be used for other jobs or customers, they are added into the leftover database in the usual way and used in the creation of other recipes and eventually used and deleted from database.
Finally printers can also use the correction procedure to rematch ink leftovers. This only works if the ink leftovers have a close shade to the target color.
Posted on | April 2, 2013 | No Comments
X-Rite Pantone introduces new technology at in-cosmetics 2013 to ensure colour quality and revolutionise point-of-sale!
The X-Rite booth, M136, will première a Bluetooth version of CAPSURE, already being adopted by some of the largest cosmetics retailers to encourage shoppers to experiment with new makeup. The company will also show Total Appearance Capture, that can be used to accurately render iridescent and shimmery cosmetics. Laboratory personnel will see how they can improve quality control by accurately measuring wet and dry samples with the VS450 non-contact spectrophotometer.
X-Rite’s Matthew Adby will present: “Advances in Colour Measurement Techniques and Communication,” on 17 April. For a demo with a color expert, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org looking »