New X-Rite service helps Printers and Converters better manage Colour Libraries
X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in colour science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today expanded its PantoneLIVE™ cloud-based solution for digitally communicating colour with a new service that helps printers and packaging converters manage colour libraries. The new PantoneLIVE Rationalization Service analyses and consolidates a printer’s colour library to improve colour consistency, increase production efficiencies, and avoid wasteful duplication of colour
Over time, a printer’s colour libraries can grow substantially when new colours are added. Without appropriate management or attention to the potential issues of duplication, this can quickly evolve into an unmanageable number of colours, resulting in inefficiencies in ink matching, production planning and increases ink inventory costs.
“Printers and converters can benefit from the PantoneLIVE Rationalization Service by analysing and consolidating colours that are so close together in the colour space that they are effectively the same,” said Chris Halford, Technical Director for PantoneLIVE Services, X-Rite Pantone. “We have worked with a number of converters who have seen a 30 percent to 45 percent reduction in their colour libraries. This creates a leaner colour palette with fewer colours to manage and a smaller inventory of inks. This saves time, budget and reduces errors. The remaining colours in the digital library can be easily accessed, giving the printer and the brand owner the confidence that their colours are consistent, no matter where the item is produced or what substrate is used.”
Colour Mapping is another service included in the PantoneLIVE Rationalization process. Client colours are mapped to standard Pantone® Matching System (PMS) colours and to PantoneLIVE dependent references. With this mapping, a converter’s entire packaging supply chain can easily make use of both Master and Dependent Libraries within the PantoneLIVE ecosystem.
Sometimes, due to the realities of production materials and processes, the desired Pantone Master Standard colour cannot be achieved with the target substrate and printing process. Pantone Dependent Standards are designed to represent desired Master Standards, and are the Pantone approved best match to the Master standards, while taking into account the effect on colour outcome of using various different substrates, inks and printing processes. By mapping original colours to Pantone Master and Dependent Libraries in PantoneLIVE, printers and converters can accurately communicate colour across the colour supply chain, from designer to brand owner to supplier.
To prevent future colour redundancy, PantoneLIVE and the new PantoneLIVE Private Cloud include process controls that assesses and evaluates a new colour standard when it is added to the library. The system alerts the user if the colour already exists or if there is a suitable colour match in the library before the new colour is added. The PantoneLIVE Private Cloud is an X-Rite service offering that enables the secure publication and sharing of a converter’s own colour standards via the PantoneLIVE infrastructure.
“The combination of rationalizing and colour mapping allows printers to create a palette of known converter-validated and Pantone approved colours,” says Halford. “As a result, printers can take full advantage of the benefits of reducing spot colour libraries.”
X-Rite will demonstrate the PantoneLIVE services at drupa 2016, May 31 through June 10 at the Düsseldorf Fairgrounds in Hall 8b A23. Attendees can speak with X-Rite colour experts to learn how the mapping and rationalization service can improve efficiencies across the supply chain delivering fast return on investment (ROI) and increasing customer satisfaction.
PantoneLIVE is a cloud-based solution that enables the universal PANTONE Colour language to be accurately communicated across the entire packaging workflow – from design concept to retail store shelves. PantoneLIVE extends the PANTONE PLUS SERIES Colour Library, mapping critical colour information to packaging-specific substrates. The PantoneLIVE ecosystem is supported by licensed hardware and software that enables each area of a packaging supply chain to access the same PantoneLIVE Colours, in addition to brand specific palettes. This results in consistent and repeatable colour across product families, regardless of media or print technology, providing a cohesive brand approach.
While users of any manufacturer’s ink will be able to take advantage of PantoneLIVE, Sun Chemical is the preferred ink partner. Esko, a global supplier of integrated solutions for packaging, sign and display finishing, commercial printing and professional publishing, is also a preferred partner supporting PantoneLIVE. Both companies worked closely with Pantone and X-Rite to develop PantoneLIVE.