X-Rite and Canon Europe Collaborate to Deliver Enhanced Color Management for Canon imagePRESS Digital Color Presses

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Updated i1Process Control software from X-Rite tailored for Canon workflow.

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By tailoring the X-Rite solution for a Canon workflow, we’ve reduced the need for manual adjustments to color, improving overall productivity. We’ve also made it easier than ever to accurately print spot colors using named color profiles, a growing requirement in today’s demanding market.

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, together with Canon Europe, a world-leader in imaging solutions, today announced a new version of X-Rite’s i1Process Control color management solution which is sold with the Canon imagePRESS digital color presses. i1Process Control version 5.1 includes the X-Rite i1Pro 2 color calibration and profiling solution, the new standard for color perfectionists, along with updated i1Process Control software specifically tailored for a Canon workflow. It can be optionally bundled with X-Rite’s i1iSis 2 XL, an A3/SRA3 automated chart reader to automate printer profile creation.

“This latest version of i1Process Control ensures that print service providers will be able to take full advantage of the exceptional color capabilities of Canon’s line of imagePRESS digital color presses,” said Chris Winczewski, Vice President, Strategy and Product Planning, X-Rite. “By tailoring the X-Rite solution for a Canon workflow, we’ve reduced the need for manual adjustments to color, improving overall productivity. We’ve also made it easier than ever to accurately print spot colors using named color profiles, a growing requirement in today’s demanding market.”

X-Rite i1Process Control version 5.1, in combination with the i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer or the i1iSis 2 XL automated chart reader, assembles X-Rite's industry-proven suite of color management and control technologies into a single, easy-to-use solution for Canon printers using L*a*b* and spectral formats. Its simplified interface allows users to build ICC profiles for both display and CMYK output devices. In addition to ICC technology, i1 Process Control incorporates spot-color palette building tools. These tools provide the additional color control required to get the highest quality reproduction of Pantone® and custom spot color libraries.

i1 Process Control includes support for a variety of industry standard verification bars to help ensure that the Canon workflow is consistent with printing standards, including:

  •     FOGRA 51
  •     FOGRA MW3
  •     ISO 12647-7:2016
  •     ISO 15311-2:Rev 2017 (PSD)

The X-Rite i1Process Control also includes support for measurement condition M1, the standard method of measuring substrates and imaging or proofing colorants enhanced with optical brighteners. In addition, measurement data can now be saved in CxF format in compliance with ISO 17972-1:2015. Version 5.1 features an updated display tool for greater ease of use as well as the ability to analyze and average measurement data to create averaged ICC profiles.

“Our long-term collaboration with X-Rite continues to add value to Canon’s digital color offerings,” said Antony White, European Marketing Specialist of Canon Europe. “This is especially important as we continue to enhance the real-world productivity, versatility and color quality of our imagePRESS digital presses. By incorporating i1 Process Control into their workflow, imagePRESS owners will be able to position themselves even more competitively and deliver the accurate, consistent color their customers demand.”

For more information about X-Rite solutions visit http://www.xrite.com/.

About X-Rite
Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. With its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite Pantone offers a full range of solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color and appearance throughout their processes. X-Rite Pantone products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit http://www.xrite.com.

About Pantone
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at http://www.pantone.com.

About Canon Europe
Canon Europe is the EMEA arm of Canon Inc., a global provider of imaging technologies and services, and one of the world’s most well-recognised and loved brands. Canon Europe has operations in around 120 countries, employs approximately 19,000 people across the region, and contributes about a third of Canon’s global revenues annually.

Founded in 1937, Canon has been a leading name in imagery for the past 80 years, and is dedicated to helping people constantly re-imagine what is possible through imaging. From cameras to commercial printers, business consultancy to healthcare technologies, Canon enriches lives and businesses through imaging innovation.

Canon is growing the positive power of imaging technology and services. By delivering social and environmental benefits through our people and products, we are powerfully demonstrating our commitment to our philosophy of Kyosei: living and working together for the common good.

Further information about Canon Europe is available at: http://www.canon-europe.com

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