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GretagMacbeth Introduces Color iMatch Software

Published on 2005-02-01. Author : SpecialChem

NEW WINDSOR, NY -- GretagMacbeth announced the release of Color iMatch color formulation software -- the latest addition to their recently introduced suite of Color i color control software. Color iMatch streamlines color development in two key areas: (1) obtaining accurate color and effective formulations and (2) managing workflow locally and within the supply chain. The software will be marketed to the paint, coatings, plastics and related industries.

New Color iMatch replaces the popular GretagMacbeth ProPalette color formulation software. However, the company will continue to use the robust color matching engine that popularized ProPalette.

"We've combined the industry's leading color matching engine with a flexible workflow interface. Now operators get the most effective formulas in less time," says Richard Knapp, product manager, color and appearance business unit. Knapp adds that the software follows typical industry workflows, which makes the software easier to learn and use by operators at all proficiency levels.

Color iMatch transforms color control from a series of unrelated color samples and standards to a series of interrelated jobs. This workflow interface streamlines color development by automating various matching parameters.

The software is designed for today's color-on-demand manufacturing. Using a networked database, formulas can be easily shared with other laboratories to ensure rapid color development and consistency across all manufacturing facilities.

A unique advantage of Color iMatch is its ability to match a wide variety of materials from a single database. According to Knapp, "Most manufacturers are dealing with multi-component parts, many of which include different materials. Yet all these materials must come together with color uniformity. Instead of requiring separate software or additional databases, Color iMatch provides accurate color in the most effective formula for each material."

Optional Color iMatch Professional Edition includes an enhanced on screen color simulator for electronic color communication. The simulator now includes appearance attributes such as texturing.

"This is a major breakthrough," says Knapp. "For the first time, operators have an integrated sample simulator that costs a small fraction of other stand alone simulators. Plus, they gain a reliable, time-saving tool for electronic sample submission and approval."

Optional companion editions enhance color collaboration among management teams and global manufacturing facilities. The companion editions include Color iMatch Manager, which connects managers to the laboratory without leaving their offices or tying up production systems. Color iMatch Satellite Edition provides centralized formula control for decentralized manufacturing.

The software is compatible with most popular color measurement instruments. It's also compatible with a variety of common color data formats, making it easy to upgrade from previous ProPalette versions or other color formulation software brands.
Color iMatch is currently shipping.

About GretagMacbeth

GretagMacbeth is a leading innovator of enterprise color management technologies for graphic arts and digital imaging, paints, plastics, apparel, textiles and automotive, among other industries. The company, part of Amazys Holding AG headquartered in Regensdorf, Switzerland, maintains offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Color i and ProPalette are trademarks of GretagMacbeth, LLC.

Source: GretagMacbeth

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