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X-Rite wins innovation award

July 30, 2015
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Grand Rapids-based X-rite produces the X-Rite eXact spectrophotometer with scan option. Courtesy X-Rite

A new product that improves the capabilities of printers and packagers has earned a Grand Rapids company a national award.

X-Rite recently won the 2015 Printing Industries of America InterTech Technology Award for Innovative Excellence for its X-Rite eXact spectrophotometer with scan option. The product helps those in the printing and packaging industries to improve “color accuracy, efficiency and the ability to more easily comply with industry standards,” according to X-Rite.

Product details

The eXact is a handheld color measurement solution that enables printers and packaging converters to understand, control, manage and communicate color across the entire color workflow, avoiding reprints and rework.

According to X-Rite’s website, the eXact can be “set up to position key elements in the order most likely to be needed by individual users, including press operators and operations managers, giving users instant access to the tools they need, often in a single click, via a color GUI.”

The process results in improved operator productivity, fewer opportunities for human error, less paper waste and increased color quality.

InterTech Awards

The InterTech Technology Awards have honored the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries since 1978.

Judges undergo a thorough evaluation in naming award recipients.

Mark Bohan, vice president of technology and research for the Printing Industries of America, said the eXact was selected due to its “flexibility in allowing accurate measurements when no track scanning is possible, especially important in many packaging applications.”

He said the eXact improves the “full extent of supported M-Series measurements as specified in ISO 3664, allowing for predictable results when optical brightening agents and fluorescent materials are involved; and the speed with which color measurement can be achieved in the pressroom.”

“We are honored to be a recipient of this prestigious award,” said Ron Voigt, X-Rite’s president.

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