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QuadTech® ColorTrack™

For Packaging and Converting

QuadTech’s ColorTrack software facilitates fast, accurate press-side correction of ink formulations. Without any hardware modifications to the press, our ColorTrack software seamlessly integrates with ink recipe software to not only simplify workflow, but also dramatically reduce the number of ink corrections needed to achieve accurate, optimal color.

Meeting the quality and consistency demands of brand owners has become increasingly difficult. QuadTech, in partnership with ColorConsulting, has developed a “color expert in a box” that automates the process of delivering absolute consistency from press-to-press, shift-to-shift, and plant-to-plant.

With human color experts, three to five color corrections on startup are typical for a new job—or even six to eight for difficult colors. ColorTrack can achieve accurate color in one or two corrections. ColorTrack is the only software solution that offers this level of press-side connection between color measurement and ink management.

 

ColorTrack Workflow

Features & Benefits

  • Simplified, flexible, automated color management workflow for flexo and gravure applications
  • Reduce the number of ink corrections needed to achieve optimal color
  • High return on investment via ink and substrate waste savings
  • Increased press productivity due to faster setup
  • Complete color expert capability—eliminating reliance on specialized ink mixing experts and subjective ink correction
  • Deliver absolute color consistency press-to-press, shift-to-shift, and plant-to-plant
  • Works with water-based, solvent-based, UV-cured, and EB-cured inks
  • ColorTrack User Interface
  • Easy to install on any press type, independent of press manufacturer
  • Requires no hardware modifications to the press
  • Accurate inline and press-side spectral measurement
  • Quick and convenient access to data provides color quality assurance
  • Press-side recipe correction
  • Reduce ∆E by 50% or more with each color correction
  • Single solution for color measurement and ink recipe correction
  • Easy-to-use operator user interface requires little training
  • Direct connection from customer inputs—data files, product examples, ink samples, digital formula guides, color books, etc.—to ink recipe creation, to press-side correction
  • Ink consumption monitoring with “virtual ink scale” alerts operators to remaining ink levels, eliminates the need to add ink scales for each tank
  • Keep accurate batch records across all presses and printing facilities
  • Dramatically reduce ink inventory, storage needs
  • Decrease liability exposure and rebates, increasing profitability
  • Optional, patented web stabilizer increases color measurement accuracy on a variety of substrates by stabilizing the web during inline measurement, and utilizing ISO-conforming reference tiles for transparent materials
  • Spot Color Tone Value helps you conform to the new ISO20654 standard by showing how well your midtones match your targets
  • Integrates with ink recipe software: Search databases for the best recipe match
  • Seamless measurement agreement with industry-leading handheld devices
  • Optional Job Setup module allows complete job configuration off-press, saving setup time on-press. Job data is immediately available to the ink kitchen and the pressroom
  • Store and quickly recall commonly-run jobs, set up next jobs remotely, set up the next job while the current job is running
  • Manage and correct overprints
  • Strip Scanning feature allows you gather a full set of color targets for solids, tones, and substrate in one sweep with a handheld spectro.
  • Measure and average multiple color strips
  • ∆E best match function based on ink strength adjustment, and “perifarbe” color correction calculation eliminates the need to reformulate the recipe
  • Save measurement data for color quality reporting
  • Optional InkWeigh™ helps the operator weigh the exact amounts of ink components to correct the color
  • Meet or exceed brand owner expectations
  • Provides a new competitive advantage to attract brand owners and print buyers

 

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