X-Rite Proposes Standard for Third Parties

The purpose is to enable printers to exchange high-quality data between sites that use different instruments.

X-Rite Pantone proposes program for print and packaging industries to reference and harmonize color measurement results for different makes and models of instruments

X-Rite proposes opening XRGA standard to third parties so printers can exchange high quality data between sites that use different instruments, regardless of legacy affiliation

X-Rite, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone LLC are proposing a program for the printing industry that’s designed to reduce problems that companies face when they try to exchange color data that have been measured with different instruments made by the same manufacturer or with instruments made by different manufacturers.

According to X-Rite, printers can reduce waste and save time spent in job setup and the approval process when they are confident that instruments acquired over time from the same manufacturer and instruments purchased from more than one manufacturer are all giving the similar readings when they measure the same color sample.

“Just about every company in the printing industry deals with this problem at one time or another. Unfortunately, some printers deal with this on an almost daily basis as they are trying to exchange high quality color measurement data to stakeholders in their supply chain,” says Stephen Miller, market manager for print solutions at X-Rite.

XRGA is a standard that X-Rite implemented about two years ago to integrate its own technology with that of GretagMacbeth, Pantone, and other entities that X-Rite acquired over the past several years. X-Rite says XRGA aligns all X-Rite instrumentation to a single standard, regardless of the point of manufacture or date of manufacture of a product and notes that anufacturers that find their instruments meet the tolerances of XGRA can use the standard to harmonize color measurement with their customer bases.

XRGA incorporates ISO-13655 with other best practices in color-science methods to reduce measurement variation among instruments due to different calibration standards.

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