Use X-Rite i1Pro 3 Plus Device to Profile Fabrics and Other Digitally Printable Materials

Now that so many different types of papers, display films, art papers, packaging materials, and fabrics can be digitally printed, the professionals who produce digital prints need more versatile color-measurement devices. X-Rite and Pantone have addressed this need with the i1Pro 3 Plus color-measurement instrument and a new X-Rite iO Automated Scanning Table.

The i1Pro 3 Plus device from X-Rite Inc. and Pantone LLC is a spectral color measurement solution specifically designed for imaging, print, and textile professionals who need advanced calibration and color profiling capabilities to support today’s wide-format and industrial printing applications.

The i1Pro 3 Plus

The i1Pro 3 Plus has been optimized for digital printing on a range of materials and surfaces, including ceramics, textiles, glass, metal, wood, vinyl, plastics, thin films, cardboard, paper, and more.

Commercial, wide-format, grand-format, packaging, and industrial printers can now create ICC profiles for almost any substrate and calibrate print production devices for the highest level of color accuracy.

Background   

As more industries turn to digital printing, customers expect print-service providers to be able to achieve accurate, repeatable color. To do this, production print equipment must be linearized and profiled for each substrate.

Traditionally used profiling devices have limited ability to measure textured, rough, or uneven surfaces. And most, can’t accommodate the many different thickness of materials that can be digitally printed today.

Many devices do not have the resolution required to ensure the highest color quality when printing detailed patterns, metallic effects, or photography images. These shortcomings lead to costly color errors and rework.  

Benefits

“The i1Pro 3 Plus builds on the success of the i1 family of products and removes the variability to create accurate ICC profiles on the widest range of materials,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite. “Wide- and grand-format users and industrial material printers will see immediate value by incorporating the affordable i1Pro 3 Plus into their prepress and production workflows.” He said users can expect more accurate and repeatable color, a reduction of waste, and an increased return on investment. 

A long-term X-Rite partner, EFI (Electronics For Imaging), also sees the great potential of the i1Pro Plus 3 and supports it in their latest Fiery print-management technologies: “Due to the nature of digital textile production, this large-aperture device is an excellent fit with our latest single-pass EFI BOLT high-speed textile printer. For both color management and quality control, this device will allow our customers to produce accurate color much more easily,” said John Henze, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, EFI Fiery. 

New Features

The i1Pro 3 Plus includes a number of new features. 

The larger, 8mm aperture supports new materials and substrates used in digital printing applications. 

A new polarization filter (measurement condition M3)  reduces specular highlights and shadows on fabrics and ceramics. It provides better blacks and richer colors on rough surfaces and glossy medias, such as canvas prints and fine art photo papers. 

It can simultaneously measure M0, M1 and M2 in a single pass to account for optical brighteners. This enables prepress and print operators to quickly predict how colors printed on optically brightened substrates will look under different lighting conditions.  

A longer ruler can measure the wider charts used in grand-format printing. The ruler includes an ISO-compliant white backer and removable magnetic strips on the top and sides for holding samples in place while measuring.   

A new LED illuminant  improves device reliability. The i1Pro 3 Plus allows for four measurement conditions (ISO 13655 M0; M1: D50; M2: UV Excluded, M3 Polarized).  

It supports transmission scanning for backlit film and materials used in signage. The device can measures high brightness, up to 5K NITs for ultra-bright displays. 

“We are used to seeing bumpy shadow measurements from unpolarized devices on glossy textured medias like canvas. With the new polarization feature in the i1Pro 3 Plus, our M3 measurements are dramatically smoother in the shadows – perfect in fact,” commented Scott Martin, Founder, Onsight, a workflow consultant for print, prepress, design and photography.   

New X-Rite iO Table 

X-Rite’s new i1iO Automated Scanning Table supports the i1Pro 3 Plus. This hands-free test chart reader offers automated color profiling on a variety of substrates with reduced risk of color measurement errors. It is ideal for photographers, designers, and printers who want to speed up and automate the measurement process and eliminate manual strip reading.  

The new i1iO table can be used with a variety of industrial materials including textiles, ceramics, corrugated, etc. and supports materials up to 33 mm thick, with the optional z-axis spacer. It also supports transparencies and backlit materials. 

About X-Rite 

X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. Manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses use X-Rite products to achieve precise management and communication of color and appearance throughout their processes.

For more information, visit www.xrite.com. Connect with X-Rite on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.  

About Pantone 

Pantone provides the universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers.

Learn more at www.pantone.com and connect with Pantone on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn

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SGIA Expo Preview: GMG Color Software Supports Automated Production

Expect to see innovative, high-end color management software in GMG Americas’ booth (2123) at SGIA Expo 2016 in Las Vegas, September 14-16. GMG Americas will demonstrate advanced solutions that wide-format graphics producers can use to manage color, produce consistent proofs, and automate production work.

“For wide-format printing firms, GMG offers three significant ‘pillars’ for exceptional printing: color quality and repeatability; the ability to provide accurate proofs on print devices other than digital presses used for production; and production automation,” asserts Bart Fret, GMG Director of Wide Format Sales. “GMG will demonstrate how all of these important goals are within the reach of every print provider.”

GMG ColorServer and GMG SmartProfiler Color Software
Whether your customers want you to produce a large-format banner, a motif wallpaper, or elegant curtain fabric, they all specify that the color must be exact.

GMG ColorServer GMG-ColorServer-500pprovides a reliable way to achieve high levels of quality and consistency, no matter which printer or digital press you use for the project. Users of GMG ColorServer can achieve highly automated workflows that oversee color for every digital press on the floor. This saves time and money for everyone involved.

GMG SmartProfiler relieves your staff of the enormous amount of work involved in separations and file conversions. Using the software wizard in GMG SmartProfiler, any employee can easily calibrate, recalibrate and profile digital and large format printing systems without advanced knowledge of color management. The software wizard guides users through each task, step-by-step.

Unlike other technologies, GMG SmartProfiler software includes useful presets for the different ink types used in large format and digital printing.

GMG ColorProof

Creating proofs on the same large-format printer or digital press you use for production. Is very inefficient. If you must substitute a different substrate to create one or two sheets for a proof, it can delay jobs that are generating income.

Using a smaller, more affordable printer for proofs makes much more sense, so your production presses can run uninterrupted. For years, GMG ColorProof has been the preferred solution for industry leaders for efficient and safe contract proofing. GMG ColorProof offers uncompromising color fidelity and is compliant with globally accepted printing standards.

Its reliability and remarkable performance make it an indispensable tool among leading color management experts. GMG ColorProof comes pre-loaded with color profiles of all common standards, so you can get started right away. To print the first proof, just select the printer, calibrate it, and you will be ready to print in just a few seconds.

PrintFactory, powered by GMG

PrintFactory, powered by GMG, is a complete production workflow software suite for printing banners, signs, and superwide graphics. Whether you run a small sign and graphics business, a medium-sized company specializing in retail graphics and posters, or a superwide-graphics business, PrintFactory can revolutionize the way you operate your print shop.

One workflow offers all the professional job preparation and file correction tools you needed to set up jobs for printing, cutting, and finishing. It includes an editor for tweaking submitted job files, one central RIP for all printers and cutters, a powerful tiling tool, industrial cutter and roll cutter support, tools for marking grommets, bleeds, folds, and pole pockets, and the ability to submit jobs from any workstation to any printer and cutter in the plant. The PrintFactory RIP can drive more than 1500 makes and models of printing and cutting devices.

PrintFactory is easy to access and quick to operate.

With a centralized color management system delivered by GMG, PrintFactory delivers exceptional color control with much easier management of digital presses.

With built-in GMG color management tools, PrintFactory also offers the latest ink optimization technology that uses a proprietary algorithm to reduce the ink consumption by as much as 20% while improving the quality of the colors in general. Print quality is stabilized and improved without any change to image quality.

 

PrintFactory can also add GMG ColorProof proofing into the workflow, increasing machine up-time and reducing waste of expensive production media and ink. With PrintFactory, powered by GMG technology, your print company can provide customers colors that are consistent throughout their entire campaign.

“With increasing color demands from brand owners, wide format printers are investing in GMG tools to ensure that the color they produce is accurate—and consistent between each and every printer,” explains Fret. “The best part is that it’s easy to do. We look forward to showing that to printers at SGIA Expo.”

About SGIA Expo

SGIA Expo is a trade show and educational conference for print-business leaders who use a combination of digital and analog printing technologies to produce many types and sizes of printed materials for brand marketers, retailers, design studios, event planners, facility designers, and product manufacturers.

SGIA members produce indoor and outdoor advertising signage and graphics, promotional products, marketing collateral, decals, apparel, vehicle wraps, fine art, retail displays, and decorative wallcoverings, glassware, textiles, and furnishings.