Color/Quality Control

Color Measurement on Metalized Substrates
August 1, 2011

Printing on metalized or “mirror-like” substrates is becoming increasingly popular. This article looks at instruments that are best suited to meet the unique requirements of measuring color on metalized substrates.

Color by the Numbers
April 1, 2011

A large printable surface area combined with a wide range of sizes, shapes, and decorating options make beverage cans the ideal packaging format to create brand presence on the shelf and in consumers’ hands. While creatively enticing, however, the proliferation of options for can decoration give rise to a tremendous number of opportunities for unwanted variation and distortion in the printing process, where consistent, repeatable color measurement is the key to color quality control.

Perfecting Proofing
January 1, 2011

The goal of an effective proofing system is to ensure predictable, repeatable results throughout a print run by achieving the closest possible match between the proof and the printing press using color management and screening techniques. An effective proofing system will be able to accurately reproduce trap and overprint characteristics, together with the fine lines and text that are critical in package and label design. Inks or dyes, media, RIPs, and color management tools all will play important supporting roles.

Soft Proofing:
 Is It Hard?
September 1, 2010

Among the factors driving its acceptance are the significantly shortened product life cycle of consumer goods, coupled with a greatly accelerated rate of product development and market launch.

Unilux Expands LED Inspection Strobe Line
August 13, 2010

SADDLE BROOK, N.J.—While LED inspection lights carry a higher initial cost than the strobe lights with Xenon lamps, they do not have the same replacement costs and can operate effectively even if some of the lamps burn out.

Unilux Expands LED Inspection Strobe Line
August 13, 2010

SADDLE BROOK, N.J.—While LED inspection lights carry a higher initial cost than the strobe lights with Xenon lamps, they do not have the same replacement costs and can operate effectively even if some of the lamps burn out.