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X-Rite Pantone brings color control
to the plastics industry at K 2016

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, will demonstrate its latest color management solutions at K 2016, the largest global gathering of the plastic and rubber industry, held October 19-26 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Located in Hall 8b, Stand H65, the X-Rite Pantone booth features the theme, 'Color as You Imagined It' and showcases four Inspiration Zones that address the specific color needs and requirements for design, development, formulation,  production and quality control professionals.

"X-Rite Pantone is unique in the industry in its ability to deliver integrated, end-to-end color solutions for the plastics industry sourced from a single supplier," said Chris Winczewski, Vice President of Product Marketing, X-Rite Pantone. "Visitors to our stand at K 2016 will be able to quickly and easily focus in on their specific requirements and speak to color experts who can guide them to the best solutions for their color workflows.  From communicating color specifications to inspection of incoming raw materials, in-process work and final product, X-Rite has the tools, technologies and expertise to help customers improve their plastics workflow and reduce color errors."

Each of the X-Rite Pantone Inspiration Zones feature solutions to help designers, compounders, manufacturers and other suppliers specify, communicate, formulate and control color quality. This helps companies improve overall quality and batch-to-batch consistency reducing waste and rework, speeding time to market and ensuring high levels of customer satisfaction.

The focus of this zone is to help designers take advantage of the latest color trends, capture color inspiration and select colors that can be accurately achieved across all desired substrates. Using digital color communications and spectral data helps eliminate color miscommunication, improve approval processes and ensure color accuracy in the end product. Featured solutions include CAPSURE, Pantone® Color Guides and SpectraLight QC light booth.

Develop & Formulate
To help companies create, formulate and match color palettes, X-Rite Pantone offers a complete suite of color matching and quality control solutions for accurate color analysis and cost efficient color formulation. Using spectrophotometers and software, companies can simplify the formulation of master standards, optimize the use of colorants, reuse leftover materials and reduce approval cycles. Featured solutions include Color iMatch, Ci7x00 benchtop spectrophotometer, MA9x, Ci6x, and 964 45°/0° spectrophotometer.

In manufacturing, continuous monitoring of color makes it easier to ensure consistent and accurate color through the production workflow. This zone will focus on helping manufacturers deliver against color expectations, minimize errors and improve efficiencies by reducing rework and waste. X-Rite Pantone will showcase how offline and inline color measurement solutions can deliver quality statistics proactively and, in the case of inline solutions, can often correct color issues before they are even visible to the human eye. Featured solutions include VS450, VeriColor, and ERX130.

Quality Control
In the final step of the production workflow, having the right set of software and measurement instruments in place to ensure that customer expectations are met is critical. Quality control professionals can monitor color quality in real time to demonstrate color accuracy and reduce product rejects. Data can be shared with customers and other suppliers to validate performance. Featured solutions include Color iMatch, Color iQC, NetProfiler, and a range of range of handheld and benchtop spectrophotometers.

For further information about end-to-end integrated color management solutions from X-Rite Pantone, view website: 

X-Rite ColorDesigner PLUS 3.0 for retail paint

Includes support for all dispensing systems from one software application for ease of use and new automatic system update capabilities to ensure that the software is always up-to-date.

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announced the newest version of its industry leading retail paint color matching software, ColorDesigner® PLUS version 3.0. Paint departments in large retail brands and independent paint and hardware retailers use ColorDesigner PLUS in conjunction with an X-Rite MatchRite iVue non-contact spectrophotometer or an X-Rite Ci61 handheld instrument to make paint selection and mixing simple, fast, and accurate. The latest updates to ColorDesigner PLUS 3.0 provide improved Color Lookup, support for all color dispensing systems and automatic system updates.

"The faster and more accurately a paint department can match a customer's sample, the more likely it is that the customer will return to the store in the future," said Chris Winczewski, Vice President of Product Marketing, X-Rite Pantone. "Designed to streamline the process of matching and dispensing paint at the retail counter, ColorDesigner PLUS 3.0 allows paint department associates to spend more time helping customers to ensure that final paint colors match expectations. The software's latest features help transform a paint counter into a design center and build customer loyalty."

ColorDesigner PLUS 3.0 includes:
§ Direct management and control of dispensers allowing paint departments to manage both color matching and dispensing from one system. By seamlessly connecting to all color dispensing systems, ColorDesigner PLUS 3.0 eliminates the need for a second computer or application, saves time, and optimizes counter space.

§ Improved Color Lookup
to help paint associates quickly search the color collections of both the store and competitive brands to more accurately find paint colors requested by customers. This expanded selection reduces rework and improves customer satisfaction.

§ Automatic system updates
delivered through a cloud-based infrastructure, allow retailers to have confidence that their software is always up-to-date across the entire store network. The latest color collections and formulas are automatically updated with no additional effort required from IT to download files or install disks.

ColorDesigner PLUS 3.0 is available worldwide.

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X-Rite in profile
Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in color science and technology. With its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas.  X-Rite Pantone offers a full range of color management solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color throughout their processes. X-Rite Pantone products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries.

For further information, view website: For the latest news, information and conversations, connect with X-Rite on LinkedIn, Vimeo, Twitter, and Facebook.

Pantone in profile
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world's color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers.

For further information, view website: For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on
Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

©2016 X-Rite, Inc. All rights reserved. X-Rite is a registered trademark of X-Rite, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  PANTONE® and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC. © 2016.  All rights reserved.

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