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4 Keys to Color Consistency – Hardware


This is the 2nd blog in this series. If you would like to read the first one click here 4 Keys to Consistent Color – Series Intro

When it comes to printing consistent color there are two pieces of hardware that matter most:

  1. A Consistent Printer
  2. A Measuring Device

The Printer

There is no such thing as a consistent printer! Printer variance is inevitable. One that varies very little over a week is much better than one that prints one way at 8am and quite differently at 5pm. The key is to monitor your printer’s consistency over time to both understand how variable it is and to know when to take corrective action if it varies too much. Variations can be minimized by setting up a process control program whereby you regularly measure the printer’s performance. Additionally, process control software allows you to track any variation and take corrective action should the printer’s performance go outside defined tolerances.

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SpotOn! Press 4 keys to color consistency

4 Keys to Consistent Color – Series Intro


So, what is Consistent Color and why does it matter?

Consistent Color is about reliably producing the same results over and over again. It is about printing a file for approval and then two weeks later getting that approval for the production run, then having the results look the same as the approved print. It is about printing a job six months ago and getting an exact reorder today, and having no problems matching the original print run.

If the above scenarios are what you aspire to in your production, you might want to read on. The next 3 blogs will be a simplified version of what Bruce has learned over his 40 years of experience working to control the printing process. Here is a preview of what is ahead.

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SpotOn! Press Receives FTA Technical Innovation Award for SpotOn! Flexo


April 2014 — The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) named All Printing Resources (APR) and SpotOn! Press winners of its prestigious 2014 Technical Innovation Award. SpotOn! Flexo Technology co-developed by the two companies, was the winner in the Prepress-Pressroom category. An elite team of industry professionals conducted the competitive judging, and the winners were announced at the annual awards banquet that took place on Sunday, April 27th at the FTA’s 2013 Annual Forum in Baltimore, MD.

On behalf of APR, we are honored to be recognized with the prestigious FTA Technical Innovation Award for our SpotOn! Flexo software,” says David Nieman, President & CEO of APR. Collaborating with SpotOn! Press has truly been a partnership of shared ideas resulting in a product that can save our customers time and money.

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Driving with your Eyes Closed


Definition of Process Control: An engineering discipline that deals with architectures, mechanisms and algorithms for maintaining the output of specific process within a desired range.

Process Control in our Daily Lives

How do we translate this definition into something we can understand in our daily lives? When talking about process control I’ve been asking people this question; “Can you drive down a straight stretch of road with your eyes closed?” I think we all know the answer to this question. Even though the road is straight, the answer is no.

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4 Tips For Using SpotOn! Verify


Tips on Using the new Visual Match Scorecard feature in SpotOn! Verify 2

We have been experimenting with the new Visual Match Scorecard for a handful of months now, and have some tips on how to use it effectively in a process control program.

  • Tip 1: The most important thing to remember is that this feature’s ability to predict visual matches is tied to the number of patches being measured. The rule of thumb is that more patches are better. We’ve used it quite successfully with the new IDEAlliance ISO 12647-7 Control Wedge 2013, which has 84 patches. I’d hesitate to use it with a control strip that has fewer patches.
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The Story of Bonnie and Clyde


Our new SpotOn! Verify 2.5 software explained plain and simple using a real customer and their printers!

Bonnie and Clyde, two identical inkjet printers, were originally calibrated to match the GRACoL specification as proofers. Over many months they drifted from the GRACoL target, as inkjet printers will do over time. After some time, the two printers were no longer printing the same. It was quite noticeable that they looked different when printing the same file on both printers.

We printed an IDEAlliance ISO12647-7 Control Wedge 2013 on both printers and found they both passed an IDEAlliance verification for G7 Colorspace tolerances.

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SpotOn! Verify Delivers New Visual Match Scorcard


CHICAGO AND PORTLAND, ORE. – Sept. 8, 2013 – SpotOn!, a leading developer of software for the printing and publishing industry, today announced the release of SpotOn! Verify 2.5, a quality control tool used in the printing and publishing industry to improve printing consistency, increase customer satisfaction, and differentiate their production quality from others in their markets.

The key new feature of Verify 2.5 is the Visual Match Scorecard, which applies statistical probability to define an unambiguous score for comparing print-to-standard or print-to-print based on a visual match instead of pass/fail metrics and tolerances. The score is divided into four visual zones: no visual difference (90%-100%); good visual match (80%-90%); fair visual match (70%-80%); and poor visual match (below 70%).

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SpotOn! Verify Wins Best Color Management Software Award


CHICAGO AND PORTLAND, ORE. – Sept. 8, 2013 – SpotOn!, a leading developer of software for the printing and publishing industry, today announced that it received the Readers’ Choice Award from Quick Printing magazine in the category of Color Management Software for its SpotOn! Verify product.

The inaugural Quick Printing Readers’ Choice Top Products Awards competition was conducted in early 2013 by gathering opinions from print service providers about what they considered to be the most significant products introduced to the commercial printing industry between September 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012. Readers were asked to vote for the products within each category that had the strongest impact on their businesses or created the most excitement in the industry, with only one winner in each category.