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New X-Rite and Pantone Color Measurement Tool Improves Color Compliance

Pantone and its parent company X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, unveiled Monday a new series of tools for accurate color measurement across the supply chain.

The X-Rite Ci7800 is a master-level, next generation spectrometer and the compatible Ci7600 is a more cost-efficient option. Both are designed to help users meet color specifications and improve process controls.

Color errors can occur at a wealth of points along the complex supply chain. Whether it be in design, formulation or manufacturing, final product can come out far from desired because of a breakdown in communicating color standards—but doing so digitally and having accurate sample-to-sample color measurement can reduce those errors and cut back on costly rejects and time wasted reworking, according to X-Rite.

“These instruments set a new benchmark for measuring, managing and communicating color data. The Ci7800 and Ci7600 are the most accurate and reliable benchtop sphere spectrophotometers in the market today. They are easier to service and offer an unprecedented audit trail for each sample taken, improving overall color compliance in the supply chain,” said Chris Winczewski, X-Rite vice president for product marketing.

Here are the product highlights:

  • Advanced auditing capabilities: An on-board camera captures images of each measurement, providing a visual record of every sample as well as a detailed audit trail of the settings at the time of measurement. The result is a seamless, automated and consistent color measurement and management process that can be easily audited for invalid measurements and sample defects. On-board sensors capture temperature and humidity at the time of measurement.
  • Automated instrument set-up: Easy to use software makes instrument configuration simple and eliminates error with pre-loaded customer settings for measurement consistency.
  • Measurement flexibility: The instruments come with up to five apertures and three automated UV filters for increased measurement flexibility across opaque, transparent and translucent materials.
  • Migrate legacy colors: The instruments help ensure that legacy data remains valid and the new devices fit seamlessly into existing environments regardless of data format.

According to X-Rite, the products are ideal for textiles, plastics, automotive and paint/coating industries, and can adjust to any color supply chain.