Colour Control
At Printing United in Dallas, Color-Logic will introduce Touch7 Photo ECG, an Extended Color Gamut (ECG) tool designed to simplify the use of extended colour gamut in wide-format and digital presses.
X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC in September 2018 announced the launch of ColorCert QA, a pressroom quality assurance software designed to help pressroom personnel manage standards more efficiently, optimize jobs on press and facilitate strong ink room integration.
X-Rite describes its new eXact Auto-Scan as a versatile scanning solution that combines the portability of a handheld spectrophotometer with the speed of an automated scanning system to help offset print environments minimize makeready time and waste.
CGS-ORIS has announced it will begin selling Barbieri North America colour management measuring devices, including the Spectro LFP qb spectrophotometer, to complement its colour management software solutions. Barbieri explains the fully automatic Spectro LFP qb will help open possibilities to measure reflection and transmission media using different measurement apertures.
Techkon, a provider of colour measurement solutions for packaging and commercial printers, has released ChromaQA version 4.0, describing it as an advanced print colour quality solution that monitors the colour quality of jobs on press.
Colour management specialist GMG has released version 2.2 to its GMG OpenColor profiling solution, which incorporates automatic, spectral data-based optimization of measurement data.
The latest product from colour management developer CGS is Oris X Gamut, a fully automated software product for expanded gamut printing on conventional and digital presses.
At Packaging Innovations 2018, Baldwin Vision Systems plans to feature its latest solutions for automated production processes as well as colour management and defect detection technology.
Adobe this week announced version 5 of Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE 5), described as extending PDF Print Engine’s colour reproduction with new capabilities to harness the potential of digital and conventional presses.
X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone announce six new libraries for PantoneLIVE, a Cloud-based digital colour standard ecosystem. Developed with their PantoneLIVE Preferred Partner for ink supply, Sun Chemical, the six new dependent standard libraries allows UV-cured flexography printers and converters to match achievable Pantone colours in label and carton applications.
GMG has expanded its ColorPlugin for Adobe Photoshop in Version 1.3. The update, explains GMG, means creating colour accurate separations from RGB into Multicolor colour spaces are possible with up to seven colours. This is based on GMG OpenColor separation profiles. The conversion can be switched on or off at any stage during image processing. This way the final result can be directly simulated at any stage of processing.

The ColorBoost function makes images more saturated and vivid explains the company. The flexography function MinDot Adjust is now also available for defining the tonal-threshold value for spot colours. The Set-with-curve option, explains GMG, ensures the capture of gradient details when doing so. In addition, MinDot Adjust can now also be used on hidden or locked layers.

With GMG ColorPlugin 1.3, individual channels can be exchanged or removed entirely or selectively. The automatic compensation by the remaining channels ensures colour consistency when doing so. It is also possible to make a colour-accurate conversion between a range of colour spaces – in the Pro version also based on a self-created colour profile.
Flint Group’s Paper & Board business has entered into a new partnership with X-Rite to distribute and support a colour-management solution, called VIVO Colour Solutions, that leverages the X-Rite eXact and NetProfiler in the package print supply chain.
Beta has added the new Presto Spectro product to its line of colour densitometers and spectro-densitometers, aimed at both multiple colour offset or flexo presses. It can measure offset plates as well as print. It features what the company describes as Red (Stop) and Green (Go) traffic light indicators to show printers whether colour is correct and within their specified working tolerances as set by the user. The unit sells for approximately US$3,499.

The Presto Spectro measures density, dot gain, dot area, gray balance, trapping order, L*A*B*, Lch, Delta E, and opacity. It also includes a new feature called Spot Color Tone Value (SCTV), which the company describes as especially useful for flexographic spot colour tone matching.  

The Presto Spectro-Densitometer needs no chargers, explains the company, running on AA batteries for 50,000 measurements per battery set. Beta also explains it features an “ever bright” white display that makes reading values easier, as well as an “Easy Glide” track designed to never touch wet ink.

The Presto Spectro includes a built-in 32 colour customizable library that is expandable to thousands of colours with the addition of the optional PrestoConnect Color Library software and database, which maintains job parameters to create, collect and manage colours and job information. The PrestoConnect Color Library software database can organize by colour, customer and job date.
Barbieri has released a new measuring device for colour management in the field of digital large-format printing. The Spectro LFP qb provides a range of  features and also supports the M1 measurement mode.

The new Spectro LFP qb spectrophotometer from Barbieri comprises three components. First, the Spectro LFP platform is the measuring stage with an enhanced clamping system and integrated M1 backlighting (for transmitted light measurement).

The spectral unit (measuring head) incorporates the latest qb technology and comprises what the company describes as the high-precision spectral core, three light sources for uniform illumination of the media surface from three different angles, and seven LEDs to guarantee real M1 daylight illumination pursuant to the standard. The spectral unit has another extremely useful feature, explains Barbieri: The measuring head is removable and therefore ideal for fast and reliable spot measurement.

The third component, the sensing unit, is described by the company as an innovation in the field of professional digital printing: an integrated camera offering a range of applications never available before. With the help of the camera, the measuring device automatically recognizes the target, performs a precision measurement and communicates the position and the photo to the RIP software for further processing.

The new system also includes switchable apertures (2, 6, 8 mm) for measuring different materials, surfaces, inks and resolutions.

“We want to turn our customers into top performers so that they can deliver the very best certified quality to their customers. Our Spectro LFP qb incorporates the know-how we have built up through 15 years of collaboration with leading international bodies, regular customer feedback and experience on the market,” said Markus Barbieri, Director of R&D. “Now we are satisfied: We can offer our customers not only solutions for existing problems but for the first time also a platform that opens up a world of new possibilities and applications.”
RISO and EFI have partnered for the release of the first EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE) for RISO printers. The new ComColorExpress FS2000C from EFI is aimed at high-volume colour inkjet printing, using Fiery DFE technology and the Fiery Command WorkStation job management interface.

The new DFEs, running on the latest Fiery FS200 Pro platform, are geared for RISO ComColor printers, running at 160 pages per minute. The new DFE provides centralized job and colour management.

“Adding ComColorExpress FS2000C powered by EFI Fiery to our top-of-the-line ComColor GD series will bring significant added value for RISO customers,” said Andre D'Urbano, RISO's Director of Strategic Business Development. “We are especially pleased with the ease of use this solution provides, which gives operators the ability to perform even the most complex tasks with a fast learning curve.”

RISO customers now have access to Fiery make-ready options such as Fiery Impose, Compose, and JobMaster, as well as productivity features like Fiery JobFlow Base for automation of job preparation and Fiery Hot Folders for drag-and-drop file printing workflows. Customers can also use the server to integrate their digital printing operations with EFI’s Digital StoreFront Web-to-print and Productivity Suite MIS/ERP workflows.

Colour management in the Fiery DFE along with tools available in the optional Fiery Color Profiler Suite maintain consistent colors throughout and between print runs. Operators can correct brand colours such as corporate logos with Fiery Spot-On and enhance photos in a click with Fiery Image Enhance Visual Editor.
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