InPrint 2019: ColorGATE Shows Several Innovations

ColorGATE’s booth: A6.626

ColorGATE, a leading supplier of high-performance software and hardware for color-critical digital printing applications, is presenting its broad portfolio for standardizing and automatizing of the entire process chain in inkjet printing at InPrint 2019 in Munich.

For the first time, ColorGATE is showing its current project with the Austrian IPAC: a new system for inline quality assurance and color correction in digital printing, for example in the production of furniture surfaces, laminates and floors.

Inline Color Measurement and Automatic Color Matching: IPAC

The Inline Colour Measurement System (ICMS) is the latest development from IPAC, a technology leader for colorimetric quality control of decorative surfaces.

The ICMS enables fully automated production monitoring tailored to the respective print image. Color drifts are detected in real time. Profiling also takes place in the production process, without targets, directly on the sample. The previously common offline workflow with the measuring of test forms is no longer necessary

The multi-spectral inline scanner can be used for different materials (e.g. paper or wood) and printing processes, and supports the definition, evaluation and reproduction of the color impression of decorative surfaces.

IPAC and ColorGATE are working together on a project for Closed Loop Color Correction. The result is a joint solution for correcting measured color drifts during ongoing production.

The ICMS splits a decorative surface into spots that are spectrally measured

Spot Colors in Digital Packaging Printing

Another highlight at ColorGATE’s booth will be the upcoming version of Packaging Productionserver, the modular RIP, workflow and color management solution for packaging production.

The new Spectral Spot Module from ColorGATE supports the spectral characterization of spot colors based on the latest CxF/X4 standard. While conventional CIELAB-based color definitions are only binding for certain illuminants and viewing conditions, spectrally defined spot colors can be used very flexibly and with maximum color accuracy.

Starting with the upcoming major release, ColorGATE's Productionserver will also support the color palettes from PantoneLIVE and the HLC color atlas from freieFarbe e.V. With the Spectral Spot Module, users can create and communicate their own color tables and achieve color-accurate print results.

3D Surface Director: Complete surface capture with SuperScan

Also on display at the ColorGATE booth will be the 3D Surface Director, a comprehensive scan-to-print solution consisting of the ultra-fast Surf 3D scanner from Metis srl. and ColorGATE's Productionserver.

With the SuperScan of the Surf 3D light direction and intensity can be controlled. In addition to color, structure and gloss properties of an object can also be captured. With this data, original designs can be reproduced accurately or completely new designs can be created.

ColorGATE's color management systems enable color-accurate printing on a wide variety of output systems. In combination with a 3D printer, test prints of newly designed objects can be created directly on site.


About ColorGATE

For more than 20 years, ColorGATEs software, color and service competence has been driving the digitalization of the printing industry. The company offers a broad range of proofing and color management solutions for graphic arts and large format printing, but it is also growing strongly in the growing industrial printing market. ColorGATE offers digital expertise and solutions for printing system manufacturers, as well as print service providers and technology users in décor, ceramics, textile and packaging printing.

ColorGATE delivers an innovative, tailor-made and modular portfolio of software and hardware solutions for industrial printing and decoration applications along the entire process chain. ColorGATE puts a special focus on accurate and consistent color reproduction, combined with highest performance.

ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions GmbH is managed by co-founder Thomas Kirschner as CEO since 1997 and is an independent subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd. since 2018.


About IPAC

Improve Process Analytics and Control GmbH (IPAC), based in Villach, Austria, is a member of the Fagus-GreCon Group.

IPAC is a technology leader for color measurement of decorative surfaces. Our products ACMS™ - hyperspektral offline and ICMS™ - multispectral, inline support our customers in the definition, evaluation and reproduction of the color impression of decorative surfaces.

The IPAC quality of colour measurement is the basis for Digital Quality Management (DQM). The visual control of the color impression of physical samples along the entire industrial value chain will be replaced by certificates generated offline with ACMS™ as well as inline with ICMS™.