X-Rite and Pantone (Grand Rapids, Michigan), global leaders in colour science and technology, have released the eXact 2, a next-generation non-contact handheld spectrophotometer designed to bring ink, print and packaging workflow together in one device. eXact 2 is the first colour measurement device that connects to a full ecosystem of software tools – including InkFormulation Software, ColorCert Suite for print quality control, PantoneLIVE digital colour libraries, NetProfiler for device optimization, and the new X-Rite Link fleet-management platform for real-time insights into device performance. Using patented, first-of-its-kind Mantis video targeting technology and a “two taps or less” touchscreen interface, the eXact 2 enables operators to measure and seamlessly verify customer requirements two times faster and with higher accuracy, said the companies.
The speed, precision and data connectivity of the eXact 2 help operators streamline workflows, reduce waste and free up capacity to generate more revenue. The eXact 2 is available worldwide in three models. With the eXact 2, operators can capture colour measurements on paper, corrugated and carton-board substrates. The eXact 2 Xp captures film, plastic, 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.
The eXact 2 is the first spectrophotometer to deliver enhanced measurement accuracy using X-Rite’s Mantis video targeting technology. The technology uses a high-resolution camera and a 30% larger display to make it easier for operators to find the precise measurement area. Operators can view, zoom and save each colour patch image for inspection on the device screen. Seamless workflow integration is also facilitated. The eXact 2 makes it easy to capture colour data and seamlessly integrates with the X-Rite ecosystem of software from colour specifications, 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 Colour. This connectivity enables printers to meet quality standards 17%faster, said its creators.