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X-Rite Showcases New Color Formulation Software at ITMA 2019


New release of Color iMatch has the unique ability to intelligently process color data to account for dye behavior under current process conditions, helping textile suppliers reduce wasteful dye attempts and support a sustainable manufacturing process.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 21, 2019 – X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, announce the availability of its latest release of Color iMatch formulation software for the textile industry. The company will showcase the software at ITMA, June 20 – 26 in Barcelona, Spain. The new release of Color iMatchaccelerates recipe creation for the textile industry through better initial matches and fewer corrections for faster dyeing times, cost savings and reduced waste.

“Today’s apparel and textile manufactures work with a number of natural and synthetic materials as well as a diverse color palette that can lead to longer colorant recipe creation times and multiple lab dips,” said Richard Knapp, Product Manager, X-Rite and Pantone. “At ITMA, textile suppliers will see how easy it is to access spectral data for a brand’s color palettes through PantoneLIVE and immediately begin the formulation process in Color iMatch. Attendees will also learn how to dynamically update dye characterizations to significantly improve match performance and meet tight manufacturing deadlines while reducing environmental impact.”

Color match performance in textiles is a function of how accurately dye behavior in a formula reflects dye behavior under current conditions and processes. The new release of Color iMatch improves color matching by addressing this interdependence. It intelligently processes color data to provide optimal initial color matches and reduce wasteful formulation attempts. With a high return on investment, Color iMatch streamlines complicated textile workflows, improves formulation efficiency, and reduces material waste.

The latest release of Color iMatch offers textile and apparel manufacturers:

  • Increases match rate up to 50% and cuts correction steps by more accurately identifying likely dye combinations and accounting for current process conditions.
  • Ability to dynamically update dye characterizations to maintain dye behavior, which may shift over time due to variations in ambient conditions, procedures, equipment or materials.
  • New matching technology to gain insights from historical data and optimize the formulation process.
  • Fully-integrated Colorant Editor for improved database performance by providing specific guidance that guarantees match prediction confidence.
  • Digital specification of Pantone standards, including Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors System for cotton and nylon, through PantoneLIVE™, which provides the official spectral values for Pantone standards.
  • Easy transition between jobs by applying dynamic Formulation Rules that include process, material and customer specifications.
  • A gamut viewer to visually evaluate achievability by offering a unique target overlay to help lab professionals make educated formulation decisions.

Color iMatch is compatible with current and future Microsoft Operating Systems and offers support for X-Rite and non-X-Rite instruments. Color iMatch is now available. For more information visit https://www.xrite.com/color-imatch.

X-Rite at ITMA 2019

At ITMA in Hall UL, Stand C109, X-Rite will display a range of solutions to help transform textile workflows by advancing color communication, leveraging 3D visualization technology for material color and appearance, and integrating color management solutions that help reduce waste and support sustainable practices.

To schedule a one-on-one meeting with an X-Rite Executive at the show, please contact alicialibucha@xrite.com.

About PantoneLIVE

PantoneLIVE is a cloud-based solution that enables the PANTONE Color language to be communicated and targeted for accurate color production across the entire supply chain – from design concept to final color production. The PantoneLIVE family includes PantoneLIVE Design, PantoneLIVE Production – Print & Packaging and PantoneLIVE Production – Plastic, Coatings and Textile. The different offerings are tailored to meet the specific needs of designers, color material suppliers and manufacturers working with paper, film, plastics, coatings and textiles. The PantoneLIVE family is supported by licensed hardware and software that enables each area of the packaging, plastic, coatings and textile supply chains to access spectral data for matching PANTONE® Colors and specific brand palettes. This results in consistent and repeatable color across product families, for a cohesive brand approach regardless of material, media or print technology. For more information, please visit www.pantone.com/live.

About X-Rite

Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. With 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 offers a full range of solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color and appearance throughout their processes. X-Rite products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com. For the latest news, information, connect with X-Rite on LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.

About Pantone

Pantone provides the universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers. More than 10 million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone products and services to help define, communicate and control color from inspiration to realization – leveraging advanced X-Rite technology to achieve color consistency across various materials and finishes for graphics, fashion and product design. Pantone Standards feature digital and physical color specification and workflow tools. The Pantone Color Institute™ provides customized color standards, brand identity and product color consulting as well as trend forecasting inclusive of Pantone Color of the Year, Fashion Runway Color Trend Reports, color psychology and more. Pantone B2B Licensing incorporates the Pantone Color System into different products and services, enabling licensees to communicate and reproduce certified Pantone values and improve efficiencies for their users. Pantone Lifestyle brings color and design together across apparel, home, and accessories. Learn more at www.pantone.com and connect with Pantone on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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