X-Rite’s Cloud-Based Ink Formulation And Quality Control Solution Awarded

X-Rites Cloud-Based Ink Formulation And Quality Control Solution Awarded

A cloud-native solution, X-Rite Incorporated’s Autura™ Ink helps accelerate ink development by providing a centralised platform for all formulation, storage, approval, retrieval and quality control needs for offset, flexo, gravure, and screen-printing inks.

The solution received the PRINTING United Alliance 2024 Pinnacle Award for Colour Management and Quality Control. The Pinnacle Product Awards recognise products that significantly enhance the printing industry through exceptional quality, capability and productivity.

‘We are thrilled to win the prestigious Pinnacle Product Award,’ said Ming-Pong Liu, Software Solutions Product Manager, X-Rite. ‘Autura Ink represents a paradigm shift in ink development, management and quality control. By consolidating critical processes into a single platform, ink suppliers, manufacturers and converters can fast track their ink development, minimise press downtime and reduce press returns. Equally important, its modern, cloud-native architecture makes Autura Ink easier to deploy, maintain and scale for future business needs.’

The Autura Ink platform simplifies data sharing between formulation, quality control and PantoneLIVE. Users will no longer need to switch between applications to validate formulas, which is done seamlessly within the Autura platform. It also integrates with X-Rite spectrophotometers, including the eXact 2 Family, to create a connected workflow and enhance efficiency.

With Autura Ink, press operators can quickly identify ink variations and minimise downtime due to colour mismatches. The integrated BestMatch™ feature allows operators to determine if an ink is within specification or if adjustments are needed. If the on-press colour does not meet specifications, the Quick Correct feature facilitates ink formula adjustments to bring the press back on colour quickly and reduce press returns. Autura Ink also supports a more sustainable approach to print production by promoting the reuse of materials.

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