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X-Rite test chart reader

Ralf Jurrien
PMA 2010 Report
Monday 12th, March 2007
Posted by: Ralf Jurrien

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader and internationally known name in color technology, showcases new levels of automation for ultra-fast test chart reading - the versatile X-Rite i1 iO Automated Scanning Table, which automates existing i1 workflows, and the high-volume X Rite i1-iSis for enhanced productivity at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA). Both automated test chart readers are additions to the award-winning X-Rite-i1 Swiss engineered product line, the latest effects of a merger with fellow world-class color technology developer GretagMacbeth. The test chart readers are designed for attaining exceptional color throughout high volume and large format production.

X-Rite test chart reader

X-Rite i1-iO - Automatic color calibrating
While both read up to 500 patches per minute and produce custom profiles in record-time, photographers and other digital imaging professionals have a choice of automated readers, each developed to meet specific needs. The X-Rite i1-iO Automated Scanning Table sets a new industry standard for color quality by providing existing X-Rite-i1 users with an easy method to automate their digital workflow. It combines with the industry’s only true handheld spectrophotometer, the Swiss-engineered X Rite i1PRO, for the fastest measurements for reflective test charts, as well as an array of monitors, scanners, projectors and printers, at a breakthrough price point.

Professional photographer color measurement solutions
Any professional photographer, digital imaging professional, creatives/designers, prepress, corporate design, ad agencies, as well as for ‘print for pay,’ fine arts, sign shops, textile printing, large format printing and high speed digital printing environments will find this invaluable time saving automation provides more consistent and reliable results, reducing the risk of errors in the digital workflow. It is the only device on market capable of reading substrates with unlimited thickness up to 10mm,from thin polybag material to ceramics and textiles.

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Color scanning table - PMA trade show
Moreover, the all-new X-Rite i1-iO offers existing i1PRO owners exciting expansion potential by creating ICC profiles for the i1-Family of products. Visitors to Booth B191 can learn how to bring affordable automation into their production environments and experience an increased level of versatility by upgrading with the innovative X-Rite i1-iO that includes: scanning table (arm + base plate); replacement glider ring; auto-rating power supply 100-25VAC, 50/60Hz; main power cable; X-Rite i1Software CD for Mac and Windows and a quick start guide.

PMA trade show - Color metering solutions
Show visitors also can explore the value-added options for the X-Rite i1-iO when it comes bundled in featurerich packages powered by the X-Rite i1PRO to create complete solutions for profiling cameras, scanners, display monitors and all printers. These include the XRite i1-iO Photo and the X-Rite i1-iO Photo SG with XRite Digital ColorChecker SemiGloss SG chart for profiling the digital camera environment. These value added professional bundles give users the most efficient seamless color management tools from capture to final output at breakthrough price-performance levels.

X-Rite i1-iSis - Reflective test chart measurement
X-Rite i1-iSis: Hi-Volume Production Has Never Been So Easy For those who need to measure color in reflection charts only, the X-Rite i1-iSis delivers unparalleled technology and ease of use. The X-Rite i1-iSis delivers fast and accurate measurements for reflective test charts on substrates that fall within the thickness range of .08 to .45 mm, such as inkjet, copier, coated and uncoated paper. While it matches the speed of the X Rite i1-iO -up to 2,000 patches in four minutes - the X-Rite i1-iSis is designed specifically for exceptional performance in high production and fine art environments, such as pre-press high end proofing and photo processing with capabilities that eliminate the most time-consuming tasks of cutting charts and feeding multiple pages.

X-Rite test chart reader at PMA - Highlights
• Printing up to 2500 patches on an A3 page - a real bonus for hi-end pros who need a patch prolific method of producing profiles for large format.
• Button-less automatic feeding.
• Automatic adjusting for feeding misalignments
• with the unique built-in “vision system.”
• Barcode reader - chart identification that adds further ease of use and error safety.
• Switchable UV illumination to capture no-filter and UV-Cut filter data in a single measurement cycle.

X-Rite test chart reading solutions
• 6 to 23 cm (2.4 to 9 inches, A4+, Letter size)
• 6 to 33 cm (2.4 to 13 inches, A3+, Tabloid size)
• Paper Length: 12 cm to 66 cm (4.7 to 26 inches)
• Paper Thickness: 0.08 to 0.45 mm

PMA Trade show - High speed format
PMA’s own research reveals that photo imaging has now become an $87 billion industry worldwide. As the digital market continues to evolve, designers, photographers, prepress, corporate design, and ad agencies need accurate, easy to use solutions that ensure color excellence in large format or high speed printing environments. The All-New X-Rite Family of Color Solutions raises the bar in versatility and productivity for automated testchart reading with the X-Rite i1-iO and X-Rite i1-iSis, designed to meet these needs (with an exceptional hi-speed table that is as easy to use as it is fast, and the hi-volume chart reader both products provide true spectral measurements while simplifying handling).

X-Rite i1 color solution - Performance
Both products bundle other innovations in the X-Rite-i1 family of products for exceptional performance and flexibility. Professionals like John Paul Caponigro Stephen Wilkes, Douglas Dubler, Vincent Versace, and Jay Maisel rely on reproducing reliable consistent color with X-Rite i1-Solutions for creating their internationally acclaimed photography. PMA attendees will be pleased to learn more about receiving their own original, signed collector’s edition print, produced with Epson inks.

About X-Rite
X-Rite, which recently acquired GretagMacbeth, is the global leader in color management, offering hardware, software and services for measuring, formulating and matching color. The Company serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. X-Rite serves customers worldwide from its offices in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

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