INDUSTRY FIRST: Color data can now be shared and processed between in-line closed-loop color control and off-line color measurement industry leaders

Sussex, Wisconsin, USA—29 May, 2012—Global color and inspection experts QuadTech, Inc., with the consultation of ColorConsulting S.r.l. (Saronno, Italy; announce a breakthrough technology cooperation with Huber Group (München, Germany; including X-Rite solutions ( QuadTech introduced the cooperation at drupa 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The solution involves in-line spectral data obtained from QuadTech, ink formulation data from X-Rite, and ink dispensing technology from Huber Group, based on its consistent high quality printing ink base colors.

The groundbreaking process begins with customer-defined color targets, typically supplied by Pantone® color standard library, a Color Exchange Format (CxF) file, or color samples. These targets are evaluated off-line, manually, using the industry standard X-Rite SpectroEye. A spectral color curve is obtained and loaded into X-Rite’s InkFormulation software, which then formulates an “ink recipe.”

A Huber Group Color Database provides data to the ink dosing machine, which then prepares the ink can. After successful quality control by means of a draw-down, the ink goes to press.

The color targets are loaded into QuadTech’s Color Measurement System with SpectralCam™. Obtaining the color target data occurs simultaneously with live color measurements taken at full press speeds. Any color deviations are automatically captured and reported in ∆E values. A new color CxF file can be sent back to the InkFormulation software.

Randy Freeman, QuadTech’s Vice President and General Manager of Packaging, comments: “This is really an historic development for the package printing industry. We’re combining the advantages of in-line and off-line color measurement to significantly reduce press downtime and waste. We’re harnessing the strengths of the world’s most advanced and proven color technology companies to share data in a common format, which will give printers confidence that their color quality is well within targets, and consistently high.”

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
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