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X-Rite and Pantone’s Latest Color Collab Could Cut Time Out of the Supply Chain

X-Rite and Pantone are enabling their customers to communicate spectral color data with a new digital service expansion—and it may mean time savings in the supply chain.

X-Rite Incorporated, a global color science leader, and Pantone LLC, a leading color authority, announced that PantoneLIVE, their cloud-based digital color-standard ecosystem, will feature official spectral data from the Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors System for cotton and nylon and the Pantone Matching System (PMS) for coatings and plastics.

Color manufacturers will have access to updated spectral values for a myriad of Pantone Colors used for coatings, plastics and textiles.

“The PantoneLIVE Production—Plastic, Coatings and Textile license gives users instant access to the official Pantone spectral color values as their single point of truth. Suppliers can easily integrate these values into digital workflows and begin production faster and with confidence,” said Pantone’s general manager Adrián Fernández. “By using both physical and digital standards, customers can more easily and effectively communicate and verify color intent while improving manufacturing efficiency [and] reducing errors and rejects due to color issues in production.”

According to a joint statement from the color companies, fashion, homeware and product designers use physical Pantone Color Standards for inspiration, specification and communication of color intent. The license can be used to improve color communication with production suppliers, allowing them to seamlessly match Pantone Color Standards while accessing precise spectral data for the colored material they need to manufacture. Another benefit of the license is the ability to determine cost-effective amounts of pigments, potentially saving time in the production process.

Customers can access Pantone spectral data in PantoneLIVE Production—Plastics, Coatings and Textile standards via X-Rite Color iMatch and Color iQC software while measuring pigment amounts with a Ci64 handheld spectrophotometer or an X-Rite benchtop spectrophotometer. Pantone and X-Rite said this process fosters an integrated color-management workflow, so customers can formulate the right Pantone Colors for their coatings, plastics and textile products. Additional benefits of the PantoneLIVE family, which also includes PantoneLIVE Design and PantoneLIVE production—Print & Packaging, include accurate color production from design concept to final product and the ability to cover more than 80 percent of packaging applications that may need different hues.