X-Rite has launched eXact 2, a new spectrophotometer with a video targeting tool, plus a connected ‘ecosystem’ of software intended to bring ink, print and packaging workflows together.

The new non-contact colour measuring device is the first to use X-Rite’s Mantis video targeting. This uses a high resolution camera and larger display to help operators correctly identify and line up on measurement patches, using zoom as necessary and saving patches for later inspection.

‘With Mantis video targeting, operators have the confidence they are measuring the right spot every time. What you see on the screen is what is measured. This eliminates any uncertainty and re-measuring,’ said Ray Cheydleur, printing and imaging product portfolio manager at X-Rite.

Captured colour data can be shared seamlessly with the X-Rite ecosystem of software, which covers colour specification, ink formulation and quality control software, via Wi-Fi. Built-in process control tools for the ink kitchen and pressroom support G7, PSO and Japan Color standards. Embedded software capabilities include X-Rite NetProfiler for device optimisation, InkFormulation Software, ColorCert Suite for print quality control and reporting, and PantoneLive for digital colour specification and communication. This connectivity enables printers and converters to meet quality standards 17% faster, says X-Rite.

‘Print, packaging, and ink professionals can drive their workflow directly from the eXact 2 for maximum efficiency. With access to colour workflow software directly on the touch screen, operators no longer need to be tied to a console,’ explained Mr Cheydleur.

Further online support comes via the X-Rite Link platform, a cloud-based dashboard that provides a real-time view of device performance. From one location, users can verify the status of one or a fleet of devices, configure and distribute updates and colour libraries.

The eXact 2 is available in three models. The standard one handles paper, corrugated and carton board substrates, while the eXact 2 Xp captures film, plastic and foil with white opaque and other unique substrates. The eXact 2 Plus offers advanced paper and flexible film control with the ability to measure metamerism, opacity and absolute and relative colour strength.

‘We have redesigned the award-winning eXact to be more than a measurement tool,’ said Chris Brooks, president, X-Rite. ‘The eXact 2 is a complete solution that sits at the centre of an integrated colour workflow. It is the most versatile, powerful, connected, and easy-to-use tool in a printer’s colour toolbox.’