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X-Rite and Alwan Announce IntelliTrax with Print Standardizer

Press release from the issuing company

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. & LYON, France -- X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, and Alwan Color Expertise, a world leader in standardization and color management implementation, have joined forces to deliver the graphic industry's first automated press quality control and standardization solution featuring award-winning technologies from Alwan and X-Rite including: Alwan's Print Standardizer software based on their CMYK Optimizer engine, and X-Rite's IntelliTrax, the industry's choice for automated press-side color control.

Designed to address the graphic industry's ever growing need for standards compliance, it provides an affordable and easy to implement standardization solution within the G7 workflow for analog and digital presses.

This combined offering establishes a new class of standardization solutions in the graphic arts industry. Print Standardizer's intuitive and easy-to-use wizard-based, IntelliTrax Manager, allows users of any skill level to set their preferred parameters based on the press and substrates in use. This allows the software to make automatic, real-time, and dynamic dot gain adjustments to ensure plate curves remain in balance, thereby allowing customers to achieve instant workflow compliance with G7 requirements.

Users can also set their chosen timeframe for the system to make its automatic plate curve adjustments to keep the press calibrated over time, with press-performance and job-tracking capabilities. With Print Standardizer, users can match any G7 and ISO standard printing condition including Fogra 39, GRACoL and SWOP on each and every job. The new solution allows printers to reduce print preparation time, and dramatically cut waste paper and ink consumption, increasing overall profitability.

"Together with Alwan, we provide a powerful and easy to implement standardization solution that empowers users to print to any specification and make real-time dynamic plate curve adjustments based on the press conditions," comments Laura Pursley, Senior Product Manager for Pressroom Solutions at X-Rite. "Using IntelliTrax together with Print Standardizer, printers will be able to faithfully reproduce their clients' colors, each time and every time, while minimizing waste and lowering their overall operating expenses."

"With the combination of IntelliTrax and Print Standardizer, small and medium-sized print houses will be able to consistently and easily apply the G7 proof-to-print process to help them achieve international production standards. This in turn will help them improve their overall workflow, reduce waste and down-time, and increase productivity while staying ahead of the competition," said Elie Khoury, President of Alwan Color Expertise.

IntelliTrax with Print Standardizer will be shown for the first time in North America at the 44th IPA Technical Conference, Intercontinental Hotel, Rosemont IL June 8th – 10th 2009. Visitors to the X-Rite booth (booth number 10) will be able to get hands on demonstrations of the new solution.

Available now throughout North America, this bundled solution includes Alwan's Print Standardizer software, X-Rite's IntelliTrax auto scanning system, complete custom installation, and a three-day training course. Full return on investment is estimated within two to six months, even in a small print shop. The solution is available from X-Rite and Pilot Marketing, Alwan's American representative.