New CxF Spot Colour Matching Solution
SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd. and CGS ORIS have developed a new technology that will save time, lead to better quality printing, and meet the growing need for independent colour management solutions.
The new CxF spot colour matching solution – available for the CGS ORIS CxF Toolbox – is a response to market demands for software that can guarantee colour consistency, and enhance efficiencies for new and existing customers.
In the label and packaging industry, spot colours are often used to accurately reproduce brand colours. And it’s in spot colour printing in particular that the colour exchange format CxF has been recognized for more than a decade as one of the best methods to capture and transmit all the detail in a colour. Unlike conventional ICC profiles, CxF data includes the spectral information of the spot colour, including halftones and transmittance. This allows for more accurate colour calculations and an optimal basis for the precise reproduction of a colour at any time.
Generating CxF data is a very lengthy process, however, as it requires charts to be printed and measured for all printing conditions as well as target values to be set.
Printing methods have diversified as digital printers become more widely used. This has led to a need for independent colour management solutions that can guarantee consistent colour reproduction – even when switching from a flexographic printing press to a digital printing press, or from a digital printing press to another digital printing press.
To meet these market demands, SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd and CGS ORIS developed a technology that predicts halftones from limited colorimetric data by using a proprietary algorithm. This automatically generates complete CxF data, saving significant amounts of time. This has made it easier for new users to adopt CxF, as well as improving efficiencies for existing users.
More companies can now benefit from CxF’s many advantages. These include a more holistic representation of a colour, the best fundamentals for reproducing colours on different printing presses, and flexible and independent colour management – regardless of the operator’s skills.
The new technology is available for the CGS ORIS CxF Toolbox – the software solution used to capture, store and edit CxF data, in a fast, reliable and safe way. The set-up is simple, with the user needing only to present output colour charts under certain printing conditions and put the colour measurement data into the CxF Toolbox. Once the set-up is ready, the system is able to automatically generate CxF data of particular spot colours or entire libraries, without requiring any colour expertise. The generated CxF data can easily be embedded in PDF files to be used for a pre-press process.
The CxF Toolbox is seamlessly connected to the CGS ORIS Color Cloud, the cloud solution provided by CGS ORIS to communicate all stored CxF data to the entire supply chain. It guarantees authorised users around the world access to complete and up-to-date colour data – at any time. Even large amounts of brand’s CxF data can be organised and communicated with the CxF Toolbox and the Color Cloud, including brand owners with collections of more than 200 brands. Read more.
Additionally, the Color Cloud can be used with the entire CGS ORIS Software Suite, like Press Matcher, X Gamut etc, and, of course, can be connected to other workflows and DFEs that work with CxF data.
SCREEN’s newly developed UV inkjet printer for labels, Truepress Jet L350UV SAI, processes PDFs with embedded CxF data, and is able to separate them into up to six colours of CMYK + OB (the feature will be available in early 2021). In combination with CGS ORIS’s multi-colour separation technology, X Gamut, SCREEN’s inkjet technology enables the reproduction of spot colours, even with an expanded fixed-ink set in high-quality printing.