Sussex, Wisconsin, USA – At INFO•FLEX 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA (May 1-2, Stand 716), QuadTech will conduct live demonstrations of its new ColorTrack™ color management software. ColorTrack was launched at drupa 2016, along with the new Color Measurement with DeltaCam™ and completely redesigned Inspection System.
ColorTrack facilitates fast, accurate press-side correction of ink formulations. Without any hardware modifications to the press, 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.
According to QuadTech President Karl Fritchen, “ColorTrack’s potential to have a big impact on the industry attracted enthusiastic crowds when we first launched at drupa last summer. Since then, our developers and engineers have completed more new features that we believe will change the way printers manage color quality.”
ColorTrack’s Seven “Color Management Breakthroughs”
Pre-Laminate/Post-Laminate Color Support
Define both pre- and post-laminate color targets within the job, measure color inline, and use both targets to manage the difference on-press. This first and only automated workflow solution replaces cumbersome “trial and error” methods of achieving post-laminate color that is within your customers’ specifications.
ColorTrack Press-Side Recipe Correction Module
For the first time, it is now possible to track ink quality and manage corrections when needed at the printing press—with one product. The new ColorTrack Correction Module streamlines the correction process, allowing for fast, accurate color correction at the press to dramatically reduce waste caused by color problems.
Ink Strength/Anilox Color Correction
Manage ink color without correcting ink. Avoid the cost and time involved with recipe corrections by managing print conditions. Accurately predict the impact an ink concentration change or anilox change will have on color. Advanced “Perifarbe” math formulas tell you if and how the best-match can be achieved.
Spot Color Tone Value Calculation to ISO 20654
Designed specifically with Packaging print in mind, the Spot Color Tone Value Calculation allows you to conform to the new ISO 20654 standard by showing how well your Spot Color mid-tones match your targets.
Enhanced Color Measurement through Strip Scanning
Gather a full set of color targets for solids, tones, and substrate in one sweep with a hand-held spectro. Measure and average multiple color strips.
Simplified Ink Quantity Tracking via Patented “Virtual Scales”
Actively track ink consumption without the use of costly scales on each ink unit. Because it is software-based, this precise tracking solution can be retrofit to any flexo or gravure press, allowing you to standardize on a single color management solution across any range of press types and models.
Complete, Simplified Workflow
Increase press productivity 25% or more. Reduce color makeready and setup time up to 75%. Keep records of which ink batches are used. Dramatically reduce ink inventory and storage needs.
Color Measurement with DeltaCam
Also launched at drupa 2016, QuadTech’s Color Measurement with DeltaCam makes advanced, inline spectral measurement affordable. For about half the cost of other inline systems, you can utilize accurate, automated L*a*b* measurement on film, paper or board—ensuring that all printed product is within your customers’ color specifications.
The modernized Inspection System sets a new standard for fast, easy detection of print defects. The advanced 100% inspection technology has been “reimagined from the ground up,” based on user feedback, to create a better process for the detection and disposition of defects. Utilizing the most advanced algorithms in the industry, the Inspection System can detect a wide variety of defects such as ink spots, register/color variation, content issues, and streaks.