Industry first: QuadTech and System Brunner enhance INSTRUMENT FLIGHT® with new color balance control strategies, including ISO and G7®

Printers can easily comply with different color standards and specifications, based on customer requirements for each print job.

Sussex, Wisconsin, USA—8 May, 2012—QuadTech and System Brunner now offer printers the ability to achieve more consistent color fidelity by specifying a strategy for different quality targets and image-related criteria.

QuadTech’s Color Control System with SpectralCam™, along with System Brunner’s INSTRUMENT FLIGHT® are already proven technology, with hundreds of web offset installations worldwide.  SpectralCam delivers a full range of print attribute data – including L*a*b* and TVI – for precise color management. INSTRUMENT FLIGHT + L*a*b* software places priority on gray balance and TVI by taking more than 30 printing attributes into account.

For the first time, press operators can now choose between five color balance-related control strategies through a simple drop-down menu during job setup:

  1. INSTRUMENT FLIGHT Gray Balance Priority is a picture-related control strategy for reproductions with common UCR/GCR.
  2. INSTRUMENT FLIGHT Gray Stabilization/GCR is a control strategy for image reproduction with strong black and reduced CMY colors.
  3. INSTRUMENT FLIGHT ISO/PSO is a control strategy including single Color Solids, TVI, spread of TVI in the color control, according to ISO/PSO guidelines.
  4. INSTRUMENT FLIGHT G7 is a control strategy with reference to Gray Balance Calibration G7, giving major priority to Gray Balance for production control.
  5. INSTRUMENT FLIGHT Solid Balance is a control strategy for reproductions with strong influence of solid tones—such as brand colors and 1- or 2-color banners.

    QuadTech-Instrument Flight

Daniel Würgler, CEO of System Brunner comments: “Controlling TVI and Gray Balance together with solid tones and L*a*b* is the key for consistently perfect image quality.  INSTRUMENT FLIGHT + L*a*b* automatically regulates these attributes, through the entire print run. These new enhancements enable printers to comply with different standard targets and specifications to achieve even greater color consistency. This solution is a key consideration in overall Color Management, and ensures the highest level of color fidelity and economy.”

QuadTech’s Color Control System with INSTRUMENT FLIGHT + L*a*b* and SpectralCam provides optimal color control on web offset presses. Greg Wuenstel, QuadTech product manager, comments: “Printers now have the flexibility to choose the control methodology based on the requirements of the individual job. This ensures that color quality expectations are achieved, and that they’re adhering to the given standard or specification.”

About System Brunner

System Brunner, a global leader in process control, color control, quality assurance and standardization, develops and markets system solutions for the graphics industry. For more than 30 years, System Brunner has led the way in the definition of industry standards for classic printing processes, from prepress through to printing. System Brunner's competence is based on a comprehensive knowledge of the printing processes and highly developed measuring, interpretation and evaluation methods.

About BALDWIN | Vision Systems (formerly QuadTech)

BALDWIN’s Vision Systems division is the world’s leading innovator of advanced color and inspection technology for the printing industry. BALDWIN | Vision Systems sells its automated control systems in more than 100 countries to the packaging and converting markets, web offset newspaper and commercial markets, and publication gravure market. BALDWIN maintains a worldwide network of sales and service operations, and is privately owned by BW Forsyth Partner, the investment arm of multi-billion dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller.


Craig Du Mez, BALDWIN | Vision Systems
Phone: +1 414 566 7500

Clare Porter, Bespoke
Phone: +44 (0) 1737 215200