Color Management, Events

Looking for Solutions for Your Plastics Workflow?

K 2016 begins today in Düsseldorf and runs through October 26th. As the #1 trade fair for the plastics and rubber industries, it’s a huge event featuring industry news, product demos, and networking.

We’ll be in Hall 8b / Stand H65 showcasing our end-to-end X-Rite Pantone workflow solutions to help rubber manufacturers, compounders, masterbatchers, and converters get consistent color in a plastics workflow. Don’t miss your chance to speak with our color experts! (Here’s the best way to request a demo.)

From the North Entrance, simply turn left, head down the escalators, and Hall 8b will be on your right. We’ll be in Stand H65, waiting to meet you!

From the North Entrance, simply turn left, head down the escalators, and Hall 8b will be on your right. We’ll be in Stand H65, waiting to meet you!

Whether you’ll be at K 2016 in person or staying abreast via social media, today’s blog is dedicated to showing how a complete X-Rite Pantone solution, including the ability to digitally communicate color based on spectral values, makes it faster, easier, and less expensive to more consistently manage color in your plastics workflow.

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Color Measurement 201, Digital Color

Understanding Inter-Instrument Agreement

Inter-instrument agreement is a very important consideration when selecting color measurement devices for your workflow. Unfortunately, it’s such a technical topic that it leads to a lot of confusion about what it means and why it’s important.

The new Ci7860 is the most precise benchtop on the market with a published average inter-instrument agreement of 0.06 ΔE*ab. Do you know what that means?

The new Ci7860 is the most precise benchtop on the market with a published average inter-instrument agreement of 0.06 ΔE*ab. Do you know what that means?

Today we’re making it as simple as possible. Read on to learn what inter-instrument agreement means, how it’s different from other terms like inter-modal agreement and repeatability, and why it’s something you really need to consider for your color workflow.

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ArtPrize Eight: A Story About Color

We’re intrigued by color, and that’s no surprise. From starting conversations to subconsciously moving people to make decisions, color inspires and motivates people on a daily basis. As a company, we want to help our customers understand this impact. Through our work with artists, designers, brand owners, and manufacturers, we define and control color, and this event was a great opportunity to showcase this passion.


That’s part of the reason we get so involved in ArtPrize as sponsors, volunteers, and visitors. ArtPrize always brings color to the forefront by executing it in unique, functional, and interesting ways, and this year was no different.

Once again we were on the scene, offering fun ways to explore the role color plays in all of our lives. Here are some of the ways we observed, discussed, and interacted with color at ArtPrize Eight.

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Color Resources and Learning, How To

Learn how to maximize your color measurement devices

In color production, mistakes can happen anytime, anywhere… during specification, formulation, manufacturing, assembly, quality control, or (unfortunately) all of the above. Every mistake adds up to wasted time and materials, and stacking errors across a production workflow can get expensive very quickly.

How can you stop this error stack from happening? If your job requires you to get color right, spectral data should be your best friend.


One of our favorite eLearning courses to help customers maximize the accuracy and efficiency of their color measurement tools is Color Measurement Essentials. Each module includes videos to teach the basic concepts, plus hands-on exercises that allow you to practice what you learned using your device. Although the exercises can be applied to other instruments, they were developed with the Ci6x series in mind.

Each module also includes a short quiz to ensure you retain the key concepts. An overall score of 80% or higher earns a certificate of completion – a great way to impress your customers!

Sound interesting? Read on to learn how Color Measurement Essentials can help you increase accuracy and efficiency in your color workflow.

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Managing Background & Substrate Color in Production

Artprize Eight PosterPassionate about color? We are too.

As a company that prides itself on its color knowledge and enthusiasm, X-Rite Pantone is excited about the various ways ArtPrize showcases the power of color.

Each fall, ArtPrize installs over 1000 works of art in downtown Grand Rapids, attracting thousands of visitors. By using consistent colors in its guides, signs, banners, flags, and merchandise, ArtPrize creates a colorful map that helps both visitors and locals see the city through a different perspective.

For most companies, this color consistency doesn’t come easily. Whether you’re color activating the most attended art event in the world, printing labels for a major brand, or mixing plastic pellets to manufacture a toy car, inconsistent color can cause consumers to question quality and can affect brand integrity.

Today we’ll look at why background and substrate color matters, and how ArtPrize successfully managed this variable in production.

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Color Measurement 101

End Your Print Rework Cycle with Softproofing

Softproofing – the ability to simulate how an image will appear in print right from your monitor – can save a lot of time and effort in your printing workflow. Although many photographers already rely on it, anyone who designs, approves, prepares or prints brand and color-critical images can also benefit.

Here’s why.

A typical color workflow includes a lot of editing, proofing, rework, and approvals. Even then, what comes off the printer is often a disappointment. If you’re working from a monitor that is displaying the wrong color, it’s impossible to make good design and editing decisions.


With softproofing, designers can create with actual specified colors (no more trial and error!), project owners can approve layouts without physical proofs (predictable color!), and printers know exactly what’s expected of them when they receive a job (no surprises!).

Today we’ll explain how to set up softproofing…

  1. Ensure your monitor can produce accurate colors,
  2. Calibrate to optimized settings,
  3. Create an ICC profile, and
  4. Convert the display so all of your applications are using the profile

…Plus share tips to help you get the most from your calibrated and profiled display.

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X-Rite Pantone Sponsors ArtPrize Eight

ArtPrize®, the nation’s largest art competition, begins today. As a leadership sponsor and a proud Grand Rapids-based company, we are honored to contribute to this creative and inspiring community event.

ArtPrize attracts artists from around the world who use a mix of colors, textures, and substrates to express themselves in unique ways. Their creations, often demonstrating the color challenges that color professionals have in their plants or print shops, are installed indoors and outdoors throughout Grand Rapids venues. ArtPrize then engages the public by including them in the voting process – a concept that has been recognized as the most-attended public art event on the planet by The Art Newspaper, and was recently highlighted in The New York Times’ 52 Places To Go in 2016. The fact that it all takes place just steps away from our world headquarters makes ArtPrize even more special to us.

Guiding attendees to over 170 venues in downtown Grand Rapids, the 2016 Pantone Pathways act as a colorful roadmap for color-loving attendees.

Guiding attendees to over 170 venues in downtown Grand Rapids, the 2016 Pantone Pathways act as a colorful roadmap for color-loving attendees.

Color, a key ingredient in art, creates both conscious and subconscious emotional connections. It affects how we select the products we buy, the foods we eat, and the even the venues we frequent. As the global leader in the art and science of color, it’s our responsibility to deconstruct this connection so we can understand how color (or the lack of) inspires us.

Every day we help artists, designers, brand owners, and manufacturers define and control color. From our presence at the largest printing equipment exhibition in the world, Drupa, to our upcoming involvement the world’s premier fair for the plastics and rubber industry, K 2016, we’ve had the opportunity to present our leading innovations to many countries and industries.

As a sponsor of ArtPrize Eight, we’re thrilled to share how this passion for color extends further than tradeshows and office walls. We’ll be on the scene, offering fun ways to inspire and explore the role color plays in YOUR life.

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Color Measurement 201, Digital Color, Uncategorized

i1iSis 2 wins Printing News Readers’ Choice Award!

top-products-logo-2016Each year Printing News asks their readers which new products made the most difference in their productivity. We’re excited to announce that our very own i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL are among the winners!

These two automated chart readers are the latest members of the popular i1iSis solutions family for pre-press, pre-media, photo, and pressroom color management and profiling.

i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL

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Color Measurement 201

Which Color is the Hardest to Control?

Spectrophotometers are instruments that measure color. Manufacturers use them in every industry where accurate color is important, from paint and plastics to textiles, packaging, and even food. The data captured by spectros allow designers, brand owners, manufacturers, and quality control professionals to precisely communicate color and ensure it stays accurate throughout production.

Sometimes I’m asked which color is the hardest to measure and control. Can you guess what it is?


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Color Measurement 101

Even graffiti removal needs a little color measurement

Walking through the streets of Los Angeles, it’s no secret that graffiti is a huge problem. According to LA Weekly, graffiti-removal requests have increased by 64 percent in the last five years. City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana says that by June the Board of Public Works had already recorded 141,000 requests for the 2015-16 fiscal year, compared to 86,000 in 2010-11.

Image courtesy of

Image courtesy of

Graffiti a big problem that is continuing to grow, but color measurement solutions from X-Rite are helping.

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