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.
Posted on | March 27, 2013 | No Comments
Mercredi 3 avril de 11h30 à 12h15
“De l’inspiration à la production, apprendre à communiquer la couleur”
Présentation X-Rite eXact
Posted on | March 25, 2013 | No Comments
Una corretta gestione colore di carte con sbiancante ottico.
Webinar presentato da David Serenelli, TAGA Italia, martedi’ 19 Marzo 2013.
E qui le risposte alle domande dei partecipanti:
Q: Questo discorso può essere applicato anche ai tessuti?
A: Ciao Maurizio, grazie per la domanda. Se necessiti di ulteriori informazioni sul settore tessile puoi contattare il Sig. Villa, email@example.com
Q: Stampiamo prevalentemente fondi pantone per il packaging e in questo campo l’omogeneita della superficie cromatica è fondamentale. Siccome la carta subisce, durante e dopo la stampa, vari trattamenti come ad esempio l’aggresione dell’alcool di bagnature come eventuali UV serigrafici: mi chiedevo se lo sbiancante ottico può essere inficiato da questi trattamenti e se si potrebbero provocare delle aree del foglio che assumono effetti di non conformità che cambia a seconda del calore della luce a cui i fogli sono esposti.
A: Sicuramente tutto ciò che stendiamo sopra la carta interagisce con i componenti della carta stessa e quindi anche con gli agenti sbiancanti. Forti sollecitazioni UV da pare delle lampade possono attivare gli agenti sbiancanti, così come forti sollecitazioni termiche possono influire. E l’effetto è possibile misurarlo facendo test (prima dei trattamenti e dopo, verificando se la reazione all’UV è modificata. Quello che penso si possa escludere è che tali eventuali mutazioni creino disuniformità sul foglio.
Q: domanda l’ i1-isis è compatibile con queste modalità M0 M1 M2? se sì quale è la revisione che supporta le modalità prima citate?
A: M0,M2 si M1 no. Poi bisogna aggiungere dire che in fase di lettura i software di profilazione X-Rite hanno la possibilità di eseguire una compensazione per la presenza di sbiancanti ottici, che non è la stessa cosa della misura in M1 ovviamente, ma un semplice interpolazione numerica dei valori.
Q: Nella stampa con toner quale Fattore tra quelli esposti è più indicato?
Lo standard M1 è da considerare il migliore (anche se al momento non vi sono grandi sperimentazioni) in quanto è quello che ci garantisce maggiormente rispetto alla coerenza con l’apprezzamento visivo se impieghiamo carte o toner con fluorescenze. Certo che se dobbiamo misurare per conformità alla norma, al momento dobbiamo farlo ancora in M0. L’importante è comunicare e confrontare dati rilevati con le stesse modalità!
Q: Come si fa a distinguere le carte trattate con sbiancante rispetto a quello che non sono trattate?
Misurando con uno strumento M1 (sia M1 parte 1 che M1 parte2) è possibile intercettare la presenza di OBA e anche la quantità, leggendo la carta in modalità M0 e M1 e poi confrontando i valori Lab (il valore di L e sopratutto di b saranno più alti in presenza di OBA). Oppure per capire semplicemente se OBA sono presenti illuminando la carta con una torcia a led UV (o in un visore con lampada UV): se vi sono sbiancanti ottici lacarta si colorerà di azzurro.
Posted on | March 19, 2013 | No Comments
eXact webinar is also available in German!
For more info contact our local office:
Neu-Isenburg, 63263 Germany
Phone +49 61 0279 57-0
Fax +49 61 0279 5757
Posted on | March 13, 2013 | No Comments
A brief overview of X-Rite new measurement device eXact!
Have a look at the english webinar – 30 minutes for a compact presentation:
and read all the deeper information in the Q&A section below:
Q: What are the Key differentiators from eXact over Techkon SpectroDens?
A: Some of the key differentiators are:
- - eXact is the only device that supports M1 part 1
- - One click measurement of M0, M2 and M3 conditions
- - Measurement area is clearly visible for targeting
- - Very Intuitive – Touch Screen Display
- - Customizable user interface
- - Integrated Pantone libraries
- - Connectivity to PantoneLIVE
- - Optional software (NetProfiler) to manage multiple units
- - Expandable software (iQC Print, InkFormulation, NetProfiler, and more)
Q: How is the calibration affected by circumstances, like operating the X-Rite device in a darker room, a room with heavy sunlight etc.? Are there any circumstances that needs to be considered (light temperature)…
A: The calibration is NOT affected by the lightness (dark room, heavy sun-light etc.)
Q: Is software also available for Mac?
Q: Can it measure the strength of white?
A: The eXact Advanced support multiple white and yellow indexes, as well as color strength
Q: Are the measurements compatible, comparable to SpectroEye’s measurements?
A: SpectroEye’s calibrated to XRGA standard are comparable with eXact.
Q: What about a recertification, yearly?
A: We recommend a yearly re-certification. >> for more info check xrite.com/support_warranty
Q: How can the PantoneLIVE libraries be updated when there is an update available in the cloud?
A: The eXact Manager Software is linked to PantoneLIVE . In order to get the PantoneLIVE libraries you will need to purchase a license. Once this is done the eXact Manager will get’s notified when there is an update available to the relevant libraries.
Q: In the eXact is the D50 filter, which needs to be manually mounted by default, included or is it an option?
A: It is included and part of every eXact measurement device. It is a switch on the side of the device.
Q: Am I correct to assume that with Bluetooth you can connect wirelessly with a computer and an X-Rite software?, Which software would that be? (Only the eXact manager?)?
A: With the Bluetooth option the PC can communicate to the eXact as if it would be attached with USB cable. All software that supports the eXact can receive measurements data from the device via Bluetooth. With the eXact DataCatcher software (included) you can forward the measurement data to any other software, for example Excel.
The eXact Manager software requires the device to be connected via USB, as the purpose of this software is to manage the device, that means download and upload of standards and job templates, which have a higher data volume than pure measurements, that requires a much quicker and safer communication to the device.
Q: What is the Accuracy & Repeatability?
A: You can find all the product specifications under the following link: xrite.com/documents/literature/
Q: Can this connect directly to a Mac or is it just PC?
A: You can connect only to PC
Q: If we always used D65 filter to do all our measurements, do I need to re-measure all the assortments when starting to use eXact?
A: The D65 filter in the SpectroEye creates an effective spectral distribution curve that is closer to the theoretical spectrum of D50 than D65. The SpectroEye measurement values for D65 can therefore be compared with the M1 values of the eXact. However, the SpectroEye does not contain a specific calibration of the UV level. D65 assortments can be used with eXact (latest InkFormulation 6.11 is prepared for that).
Visit eXact webpage for all the information you’re looking for at xrite.com/product_overview
X-Rite Pantone launches Bluetooth®-enabled CAPSURE to speed workflow for paint contractors, architects and interior decorators
Posted on | March 12, 2013 | 1 Comment
X-Rite, Incorporated and its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone LLC is unveiling a more powerful version of its popular CAPSURE device that enables paint contractors, architects and interior decorators to fully utilize their mobile devices to save time and improve customer satisfaction in the selection of architectural coatings.
The new CAPSURE with Bluetooth® technology allows professionals to transfer colour measurement data taken at worksites to their tablets, smart phone and desktop computers wirelessly, said X-Rite Market and Product Marketing Manager Matthew Adby.
“X-Rite is responding to the demand by our customers to give them the best tools possible for seamless workflow and reduced errors in ordering paints,” Adby said. “The new device will extend the performance and functionality of CAPSURE using Apple iOS and Android apps, increasing its value for colour harmonization, visualization and communication.”
CAPSURE has proven to be an indispensable tool for professionals to accurately image and measure the colours of walls, carpets or inspiration objects and match those colours with an electronic fan deck of tens of thousands of paint chips. X-Rite Pantone representatives most recently demonstrated the Bluetooth®-enabled CAPSURE technology at FARBE – Ausbau & Fassade 2013 in Cologne.
Adby said a paint contractor or architect theoretically could use a Bluetooth®-enabled CAPSURE to take multiple colour measurements at a worksite, then transfer the measurements wirelessly to a mobile device for planning and refinement. After the planning is completed, the professional can place paint orders to retailers directly via the mobile devices. Paint manufacturers that have adopted the Bluetooth®-enabled CAPSURE system can provide apps to make ordering easy by linking the instrument’s measurements with their library of paint chips, and Pantone customers will have access to the myPANTONE Apple and Android applications.
Customers will pay a modest premium for a Bluetooth®-enabled CAPSURE, and the files of existing CAPSUREs are compatible with the new version of the instrument.
With its proprietary technology and user-friendly features, CAPSURE set the standard for pocket-sized devices that can accurately measure colours at FARBE – Ausbau & Fassade 2010. “The technology ensures WYSIWYG — What You See Is What You Get,” Adby said. “With the CAPSURE, users can have confidence that the device is recording their inspiration item or prescribed colour sample exactly as they see it and matching it to paint they can buy.”
CAPSURE was developed to easily and accurately measure colour of straightforward and hard-to-measure surfaces such as textured walls, facades, carpets, fabrics with small patterns and open-weave textiles that can confound other instruments because of their textural complexity. For instance, CAPSURE can extract up to four dominant colours from an intricate pattern so that the viewer can clearly identify the desired colour.
After measuring a surface, users can record the date and time of the measurement, image, text, and voice dictation. Like a huge fan deck, the CAPSURE suggests a specific paint to match the sample and can also suggest colours that harmonize with the sample.
X-Rite Pantone to open deep toolbox of solutions at 2013 European Coatings Show that can be used to strengthen every link of supply chain
Posted on | March 4, 2013 | No Comments
X-Rite Pantone will demonstrate at the 2013 European Coatings Show how its deep toolbox of solutions can help companies to strengthen all the links of their supply chains — from concept and initial design work to point of sale.
Among a number of money-saving innovations, X-Rite Pantone representatives will demonstrate how the language of color can help companies to become design leaders in their industries, how a new technology captures both the colors and appearance of complex coatings and shapes, and how retailers can become more efficient with new point-of-sale options.
Attendees of 2013 ECS being held from 19 to 21 March in Nuremberg, Germany can view demonstrations and obtain information on the new offerings at X-Rite’s stand at 5-346 in Hall 5 of the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg.
X-Rite Pantone products will also be displayed at the stands of value chain partners at various locations. The company is keeping some details about the new offerings under wraps in anticipation of their ECS introductions.
“We are pleased to present a full 360-degree view of our solutions for the paints and coatings industry,” said Francesco Tomasello, Vice President of Sales for Europe. “We are particularly excited to showcase how X-Rite Pantone instruments, software, services and standards can be used at every link of the supply chain — concept, design, manufacture, quality control and point-of-sale. Effective communication of color and appearance can significantly increase the efficiency of processes, saving time and money.”
Among the highlights of X-Rite Pantone’s presentations are:
- Inspiration for design. Pantone’s color trend forecast “PANTONE VIEW Colour Planner Spring/Summer 2014” looks at color as a language with a multi-discipline color forecast that highlights 7 key palettes for industrial design, fashion, cosmetics, lifestyle, and graphic design. Within each of the season’s directional color palettes, a general introduction outlines the colors included and the philosophy behind them. In addition, a specific breakdown of each palette highlights harmonies, suggested color combinations and suitable patterns, fabrics and products according to end use.
- Total Appearance Capture technology. As a new solution for design work, X-Rite Pantone’s new Total Appearance Capture technology allows the visualization of photo-realistic virtual prototypes with a new level of precision and realism by measuring and digitizing the reflectance characteristics of highly complex object surfaces. “The created digital materials can then be used in CAD, or rendering software, and visualized in any environment, or lighting situation,” said Christophe Dauga, Market Director for Appearance Markets. The innovation will significantly advance current capabilities for accurate simulation and visualization used in prototyping, communication, and promotion of colors, effects, and materials.
- Future point-of-sales solutions. X-Rite Pantone will give visitors a preview of new and exciting connectivity options for point-of-sales applications that the company expects to launch over the next year.
- Next generation instrumentation. Like the point-of-sales products, X-Rite Pantone will give visitors a peek at new sphere-based spectrophotometer technology that will raise the bar for performance by combining affordability with measurement accuracy and integrity into easy-to-use compact benchtop solutions. The next generation of benchtop spectrophotometers have powerful applications for accurate color measurement, management and communication.
- The debuts of other recently launched X-Rite products, including:
- ColorDesigner PLUS, v.2.0, the next generation color formulation system for in-store paint color matching;
- SpectraLight QC, the new light booth that provides more accurate illumination than any other standard solution for finely controlled visual assessment of color;
- RM200QC, the spectrocolorimeter that allows quick and easy on-the-spot control of color on coatings and plastic parts;
- Pantone Lighting Indicator stickers that give companies confidence they are performing accurate color evaluations under proper illumination, helping to ensure accuracy in workflows and quality control; and
- Pantone CAPSURE, the Pantone PLASTICS Standard Chips, the Pantone FASHION + HOME Products and the Pantone PLUS SERIES products.
For updated information on X-Rite Pantone at the European Coatings Show, please bookmark http://www.xrite.com/events/ECS2013/index.html.
Those who would like to meet with X-Rite Pantone staff during the show can visit http://www.xrite.com/events/ECS2013/meeting.html to set up appointments in advance. For journalistic enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on X-Rite, please refer to the company’s website at www.xrite.com.
Boots UK rolls out revolutionary system of colour matching No7 cosmetic foundations with skin tones of customers using X-Rite technology
Posted on | January 23, 2013 | No Comments
Boots UK has begun offering in 668 stores a new service that accurately measures colour values of customers’ skin with a specially designed X-Rite instrument, then identifies the closest colour match amongst the No7 Foundation collection.
More than 1,000 No7 advisors have been trained to carry out the No7 Foundation Match Made Service, which uses a handheld X-Rite spectrocolourimeter to identify the colour of a customer’s skin, then precisely targets the closest matches among 17 colours of No7 foundations across a number of formats. Boots is the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer with close to 2,500 stores across the UK, and X-Rite Incorporated is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of colour management solutions and parent company of Pantone LLC.
The No7 Foundation Match Made Service is the result of more than three years of research and development by Boots UK. The research included the measurement of skin tones of over 2,000 British women to create a whole new shade palette of skin-true foundation shades unique to No7.
“Our researchers found that 78 percent of women in theUKsaid they would change their foundation if they could find a better match,” said Joanne Watson, Innovation Technologist, Boots UK. “Our customers who have used the No7 Foundation Match Made Service say it delivers on providing accurate, better matches. They are very, very satisfied with the results.”
Watson said that early trials of the system showed that women appreciated the experience of having their skin tones measured with a sensitive instrument that could give more accurate and objective colour readings, no longer relying on in-store lighting conditions. The device shows a digital photo of a person’s skin, and the foundation colour that is the closest match.
Boots UK selected the device from X-Rite because it provided a robust method of colour measurement and was easy for advisors to use and keep on their person, Watson said.
Matthew Adby, Product/Market Manager for X-Rite, who oversaw the European introduction of the device, said X-Rite engineers customised aspects of the device’s firmware to handle some of the unique challenges of measuring a person’s skin accurately. He said they had to take into consideration the translucent nature of skin, its texture and variations in colour in a small measurement area.
The device employs proprietary camera technology that illuminates the skin from three different directions while simultaneously recording 27 colour-accurate images within 2 seconds, eliminating the shadows and interference inherent to textured surfaces. With 8 different visible illuminations and 1 ultraviolet illumination, the instrument is able to more accurately define the location of a skin tone in colour space than traditional colourimeters that typically have only three illuminations of red, green and blue light.
“Using an instrument of this quality really resonates with our customers,” Watson said. “It takes the guesswork out of trying to find a shade since there is so much choice in the market now. They particularly like that the Match Made device has its own internal light source, so the lighting in the store doesn’t impact the way the shade is selected.”
Sales advisors like the Match Made device’s compact size and the fact that it is light weight too allows them to wear the instrument around their necks if they wish. The device is powered by a lithium ion battery that lasts through a whole day of measuring customers before it needs recharging.
“Personalization is the future of cosmetics,” Adby said. ”People are embracing the use of technology to help them to decide easily what cosmetic they want from today’s many choices.” Some cosmetics manufacturers have used instrumentation on a large scale to check person’s skin hydration, but this is the largest single rollout of a system checking skin tones, he said.« go back — keep looking »