X-Rite announces eXact 2, the first spectrophotometer with video targeting for the print, ink and packaging industries

X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in colour science and technology, have announced the eXact™ 2, a next-generation non-contact handheld spectrophotometer designed to bring the ink, print and packaging workflow together in one device.

eXact 2 is the first colour measurement device that connects to a full ecosystem of software tools, including InkFormulation Software, ColorCert™ Suite for print quality control, PantoneLIVE™ digital colour libraries, NetProfiler® for device optimisation and the new X-Rite Link fleet management platform for real-time insight into device performance. Using patented, first-of-its-kind Mantis™ video targeting technology and a “two taps or less” touchscreen interface, eXact 2 enables operators to measure and seamlessly verify customer requirements two times faster and with higher accuracy. The speed, precision and unparalleled data connectivity of the eXact 2 help operators streamline workflows, reduce waste and free up capacity to generate revenue.

‘We have redesigned the award-winning eXact to be more than a measurement tool,’ said Chris Brooks, President of X-Rite. ‘The eXact 2 is a complete solution that sits at the centre of an integrated colour workflow. It is the most versatile, powerful, connected, and easy-to-use tool in a printer’s colour toolbox.’

Mantis Video Targeting Technology

eXact 2 is the first and only spectrophotometer to deliver enhanced measurement accuracy using X-Rite’s Mantis video targeting technology. This patented technology uses a high-resolution camera and a 30% larger display to make it easy for operators to find the precise measurement area. Operators can see, zoom and save each colour patch image for inspection on the device screen.

‘With Mantis video targeting, operators have the confidence they are measuring the right spot every time. What you see on the screen is what is measured. This eliminates any uncertainty and re-measuring,’ said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager at X-Rite.

Seamless Workflow Integration

eXact 2 makes it easy to capture colour data and seamlessly integrates with the X-Rite ecosystem of software from colour specification, ink formulation and quality control software via Wi-Fi. Built-in process control tools for the ink kitchen and pressroom support G7, PSO, and Japan Color. Embedded software capabilities include X-Rite NetProfiler for device optimisation, InkFormulation Software, ColorCert Suite for print quality control and reporting, and PantoneLIVE for digital colour specification and communication. This connectivity enables printers and converters to meet quality standards 17% faster.

‘Print, packaging and ink professionals can drive their workflow directly from the eXact 2 for maximum efficiency. With access to colour workflow software directly on the touch screen, operators no longer need to be tied to a console,’ continued Cheydleur.

X-Rite Link

Every eXact 2 model comes with the new X-Rite Link platform, an intuitive cloud-based dashboard that provides real-time insights into device performance. From one central location, customers can verify the status of one or a fleet of devices, configure and distribute updates and libraries, and more. With X-Rite Link device intelligence, operators can be confident all devices are in top operating condition.

Intelligent Interface and Ergonomic Design

eXact 2 has a new adjustable tilt touch screen and an easy-to-use “two taps or less” menu structure for less time looking through menus and faster operator training. The Digital Loupe functionality provides dynamic zoom capabilities to capture and inspect the right spot without measuring print defects and saves an image of the measurement. In addition, eXact 2 allows for non-contact measurements and can be used to measure wet ink to minimise contamination for increased accuracy, fewer re-measurements and less substrate waste.

Available Models

eXact 2 is available worldwide in three models. With the eXact 2, operators can capture colour measurements on paper, corrugated and carton board substrates. The eXact 2 Xp captures film, plastic, foil with white opaque and other unique substrates. The eXact 2 Plus offers advanced paper and flexible film control with the ability to measure metamerism, opacity and absolute and relative colour strength.