Colour match performance in textiles is a function of how accurately dye behavior in a formula reflects dye behavior under current conditions and processes. Color iMatch improves colour matching rate by up to 50 per cent by addressing this interdependence. It intelligently processes colour data to provide optimal initial colour 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, said X-rite in a press release.
Color iMatch has the ability to dynamically update dye characterisations to maintain dye behavior, which may shift over time due to variations in ambient conditions, procedures, equipment or materials. It gains insights from historical data and optimises the formulation process.
The software has a fully-integrated Colorant Editor for improved database performance by providing specific guidance that guarantees match prediction confidence. It incorporates 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.
It leads to easy transition between jobs by applying dynamic formulation rules that include process, material and customer specifications.
It has a gamut viewer to visually evaluate achievability by offering a unique target overlay to help lab professionals make educated formulation decisions. Color iMatch is also compatible with current and future Microsoft Operating Systems and offers support for X-Rite and non-X-Rite instruments.
“Today’s apparel and textile manufactures work with a number of natural and synthetic materials as well as a diverse colour palette that can lead to longer colourant 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 colour palettes through PantoneLive and immediately begin the formulation process in Color iMatch. Attendees will also learn how to dynamically update dye characterisations to significantly improve match performance and meet tight manufacturing deadlines while reducing environmental impact.”
At ITMA in Hall UL, Stand C109, X-Rite will display a range of solutions to help transform textile workflows by advancing colour communication, leveraging 3D visualisation technology for material colour and appearance, and integrating colour management solutions that help reduce waste and support sustainable practices. (PC)
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