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What makes the X-Rite eXact so popular?

The X-Rite eXactTM is a portable spectrophotometer designed for pressroom use. Two big reasons for its success are it’s cordless operation and innovative color touch screen, which it make it very easy for printers and packaging converters to understand, control, manage, and communicate color from anywhere on the pressroom floor.

X-Rite eXact

Today we’ll take a look at the top five features that make the eXact an invaluable tool for offset litho, flexo, and digital printers.

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X-Rite eXact Scan Receives 2015 InterTech Award

Each year the Printing Industries of America selects the most innovative graphics arts solutions to receive the 2015 InterTech™ Technology Awards. This year, the X-Rite eXactTM spectrophotometer with Scan Option was among the recipients of this prestigious award.

Today we’ll take a look at the top features that make the eXact with Scan Option a star with offset litho, flexo, and digital printers.

X-Rite eXactTM Scan; InterTech Award

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The Science Behind Visual Evaluation

Many companies spend a lot of time and money on color measurement instruments and software but forget about the importance of lighting when approving products for shipment.

When used properly, spectrophotometers and color management software can tell you if your colors are within tolerance, and they can also manage gloss and metamerism (see explanation of metamerism below). However, you could still be sending out unsatisfactory parts if they don’t look right after they’re assembled, once they hit the store shelves, or after they arrive in the consumer’s home or office. At some point in the supply chain, someone must visually evaluate these parts – next to each other and under different light sources – to make sure they are ready to ship.

Proper evaluation considers how the product will look, when assembled, in each possible location. A light booth can simulate colors pre-purchase under store lighting, as well as under lighting that might represent their final environment. For instance, carpet manufacturers need to know how their products will look in the showroom as well as under incandescent tungsten, warm-white fluorescent, and the LED bulbs increasingly found in homes.

When a finished good is comprised of several materials, a light booth can ensure that the harmony among components remains constant under all lighting conditions. A light booth should be used to verify color acceptability, and more importantly, to ensure that the item does not exhibit physical defects.

Today we’ll look at the color science behind why a light booth is a necessary part of every color evaluation workflow.

Visual Evaluation; X-Rite Technology

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Evaluating Color Without a Light Booth

As we’ve talked about in previous posts, proper lighting conditions are crucial for evaluating color. The best way to know you’re seeing color accurately is to evaluate your samples in a light booth.

But what if you don’t have a light booth available?

xrite pantone lighting indicator stickers

Pantone has solved this problem with its LIGHTING INDICATOR Stickers. They’re economical, easy to use, and the second best way to find out if your viewing conditions are right for color evaluation.

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Munsell Food Color Standards

When you think of Albert Munsell, do you think of dirt, food and electrical wires? The United States government does.

Munsell Color Standards are used for more than just design and Fine Art. They’re also used to ensure safety and reliability, and to maintain compliance with federal regulations. Today we’ll look at some of the government agencies and trade associations that rely on Munsell’s exacting standard color codes.

munsell color standards color codes

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