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May 2019

X-Rite eXact Auto-Scan Measures Print Colour Bars Faster and More Accurately than Manual Scans

X-Rite eXact Auto-Scan Measures Print Colour Bars Faster and More Accurately than Manual Scans

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in colour science and technology, and Pantone LLC, announced the release of eXactTM Auto-Scan, a versatile scanning solution that provides press room flexibility for measuring colour with spot, manual, and automated scanning capabilities. With the push of a button, the eXact Auto-Scan minimizes human error when scanning to maximize speed, reduce rework, and deliver a finished product that meets the tight tolerances customers require. The eXact Auto-Scan is part of the recently expanded eXact family, the industry benchmark for measuring colour in print and packaging.

“With commercial printers facing increased job throughput and tighter turnaround times, operators need tools that help automate reoccurring tasks such as manually measuring colour bar patches,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite. “The eXact Auto-Scan enables automated and quick measurement of all patches of a colour bar in under 15 seconds. This can reduce make ready times by 30 percent compared to manual scans for improved operational productivity and efficiencies.”

“The eXact Auto-Scan is a game changer in our print shop,” said Rick Fougere, General Manager, J&R Graphics Inc., an offset and digital printing business in Hanover, MA. “The solution gives us more information than using a handheld device alone and ensures we have the most accurate and consistent colour control. We use it in conjunction with a suite of X-Rite colour management tools including a sheet scanner for profiling. This allows us to accurately match colour across digital and offset. Our press operator can put the sheet on the eXact AutoScan console and hit measure – no lining up, no fiddling or moving the head back and forth to get the laser on. This saves us time and helps us reduce any errors. The eXact Auto-Scan is a must-have device for any printshop with a multi-colour press.” 

The eXact Auto-Scan is offered as a stand-alone system or an add-on for existing eXact Standard or Advanced customers. Customers benefit from improved colour quality, reduced material waste and expanded workflows. 

The eXact Auto-Scan: 

• Supports all industry print standards: G7, PSO, ISO, SCTV, and Japan Colour.

• Provides access to the latest Pantone libraries and PantoneLIVE™ standards.

• Enhances spot colour handling with the creation and management of standards and colour libraries on each device

• Delivers fast, press-side, fully-automated capabilities with readings under 15 seconds.

• Provides immediate, comprehensive reporting of colour data through Bluetooth technology, allowing the user to make prompt adjustments to the press run.

• Integrates with closed loop and third-party solutions such as Rutherford Graphics and Digital Information to deliver complete ink key control. • Incorporates into current workflows.

The eXact Auto-Scan will be available in March 2019. For more information visit

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