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News release: X-Rite Color Management Solutions Support G7 and PSO Workflows for Print and Packaging

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today unveiled new versions of ColorCert Suite 3.0 process control software and the award-winning eXact handheld spectrophotometer. Both releases support all G7 and PSO metrics, and guide operators in determining whether printed output is compliant with those guidelines. The new products, combined with X-Rite’s InkFormulation Software, offer commercial printers and packaging converters an integrated, end-to-end solution for managing color consistency in a G7 or PSO process workflow. X-Rite and Pantone will showcase the new products at the Esko stand 3C50 at Labelexpo, September 25-28 in Brussels.

A growing number of brand owners are investigating extended color gamut printing, or CMYK plus Orange, Violet and Green (CMYK +OGV), as a means to achieve more than 90 percent of brand colors using process printing. In addition, brand owners, especially those in North America and Asia, are requiring G7 and/or PSO compliance from labels and packaging converters as a way to ensure consistent color across printing processes. G7 provides a structure that guides process print to achieve a common appearance for output across presses, printing technologies and production sites. Adopting the framework can help printers and converters meet brand owner requirements while increasing press uptime and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).