X-Rite eXact Auto-Scan Measures Print Color Bars Faster and More Accurately than Manual Scans

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The new eXact Auto-Scan combines the portability of a handheld spectrophotometer with the speed of an automated scanning system to help offset print environments minimize make ready time and waste.

The new X-Rite eXact Auto-Scan provides the flexibility for measuring color with spot, manual, and automated scanning capabilities.

The eXact Auto-Scan enables automated and quick measurement of all patches of a color bar in under 15 seconds. This can reduce make ready times by 30 percent compared to manual scans for improved operational productivity and efficiencies.

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and Pantone LLC, announced the release of eXact Auto-Scan, a versatile scanning solution that provides press room flexibility for measuring color with spot, manual, and automated scanning capabilities. With the push of a button, the eXact Auto-Scan minimizes human error when scanning to maximize speed, reduce rework, and deliver a finished product that meets the tight tolerances customers require. The eXact Auto-Scan is part of the recently expanded eXact family, the industry benchmark for measuring color in print and packaging. The eXact Auto-Scan will be on display at the Color19 Conference, hosted by Printing Industries of America and SGIA, January 12-15, 2019 in San Diego, CA.

“With commercial printers facing increased job throughput and tighter turnaround times, operators need tools that help automate reoccurring tasks such as manually measuring color bar patches,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite. “The eXact Auto-Scan enables automated and quick measurement of all patches of a color bar in under 15 seconds. This can reduce make ready times by 30 percent compared to manual scans for improved operational productivity and efficiencies.”

“The eXact Auto-Scan is a game changer in our print shop,” said Rick Fougere, General Manager, J&R Graphics Inc., an offset and digital printing business in Hanover, MA. “The solution gives us more information than using a handheld device alone and ensures we have the most accurate and consistent color control. We use it in conjunction with a suite of X-Rite color management tools including a sheet scanner for profiling. This allows us to accurately match color across digital and offset. Our press operator can put the sheet on the eXact Auto-Scan console and hit measure – no lining up, no fiddling or moving the head back and forth to get the laser on. This saves us time and helps us reduce any errors. The eXact Auto-Scan is a must-have device for any printshop with a multi-color press.”

The eXact Auto-Scan is offered as a stand-alone system or an add-on for existing eXact Standard or Advanced customers. Customers benefit from improved color quality, reduced material waste and expanded workflows.

The eXact Auto-Scan:

  • Supports all industry print standards: G7, PSO, ISO, SCTV, and Japan Color.
  • Provides access to the latest Pantone libraries and PantoneLIVE™ standards.
  • Enhances spot color handling with the creation and management of standards and color libraries on each device.
  • Delivers fast, press-side, fully-automated capabilities with readings under 15 seconds.
  • Provides immediate, comprehensive reporting of color data through Bluetooth technology, allowing the user to make prompt adjustments to the press run.
  • Integrates with closed loop and third-party solutions such as Rutherford Graphics and Digital Information to deliver complete ink key control.
  • Incorporates into current workflows.

The eXact Auto-Scan will be available in March 2019. For more information visit https://www.xrite.com/categories/scanning-instruments/exact-autoscan.

Color19 Conference
At Color19, X-Rite's top color experts will present on standards, specifications and the future of color measurement. These sessions include:

  • What’s New in Color Standards and Specifications, Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 14.
  • Imaging Spectrophotometers: The Wave of the Future, Tim Mouw, Manager, Tech Support and Applications, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14.

About PantoneLIVE
PantoneLIVE is a cloud-based solution that enables the PANTONE Color language to be communicated and targeted for accurate color production across the entire supply chain – from design concept to final color production. The PantoneLIVE family includes PantoneLIVE Design, PantoneLIVE Production - Print & Packaging and PantoneLIVE Production – Plastic, Coatings and Textile. The different offerings are tailored to meet the specific needs of designers, color material suppliers and manufacturers working with paper, film, plastics, coatings and textiles. The PantoneLIVE family is supported by licensed hardware and software that enables each area of the packaging, plastic, coatings and textile supply chains to access spectral data for matching PANTONE® Colors and specific brand palettes. This results in consistent and repeatable color across product families, for a cohesive brand approach regardless of material, media or print technology. For more information, please visit http://www.pantone.com/live.

About X-Rite
Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. With 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 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 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 provides the universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers. More than 10 million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone products and services to help define, communicate and control color from inspiration to realization – leveraging advanced X-Rite technology to achieve color consistency across various materials and finishes for graphics, fashion and product design. Pantone Standards feature digital and physical color specification and workflow tools. The Pantone Color Institute™ provides customized color standards, brand identity and product color consulting as well as trend forecasting inclusive of Pantone Color of the Year, Fashion Runway Color Trend Reports, color psychology and more. Pantone B2B Licensing incorporates the Pantone Color System into different products and services, enabling licensees to communicate and reproduce certified Pantone values and improve efficiencies for their users. Pantone Lifestyle brings color and design together across apparel, home, and accessories. Learn more at http://www.pantone.com.

©2019 X-Rite, Inc. All rights reserved. X-Rite is a registered trademark of X-Rite, Inc. PANTONE®, PantoneLIVE and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Pantone is a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated. Licensed under Sun Chemical Corporation. Sun Chemical’s patented technology enables the communication of a consistent, digital description of the desired appearance of a product. – U.S. Patent Nos. 7,034,960; 7,202,976; 7,268,918; 7,417,764; 7,738,149 and their foreign equivalents. © Pantone LLC, 2019. All rights reserved.

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