Image Test Labs, or ITL, is bringing its colour management and press grading process to the UK, which will be shown for the first time at Ipex. This is designed to measures the acceptance of an image rather than the image itself against a well-defined, objective list of performance parameters. The ITL report grades key press performance factors on an intuitive scale of A through F, rather than displaying performance as complex data such as average multiple delta-E, microns, and density units. Anyone can understand an ITL report, quickly and intuitively.
According to Henry Freedman, one of the company’s principal developers: “ITL has had rapid growth and we have made a lot of progress since we launched the service in the US in October. We have worked with print providers who want to understand how their particular presses are operating as well as press manufacturers who want a unique perspective of their presses’ performance before they are released to the field.”
Testing is a simple process. Users need only load the PDF target provided by ITL, print three sets on the press or imaging device, and mail two sets to ITL. ITL does the rest. “Based on the results we have delivered to date, customers find the process universally simple. All users have to do is to print a target set and mail it to us,” says Freedman.
ITL claims that the service will help printers improve the images they get from their presses and compare different printing materials and processes.
The cost ranges from $470 to $974, roughly £285 to £585, with discounts depending on quantity.
Freedman will be speaking at the IPEX 2014 World Print Summit during the ‘Colour confidence’ session on 27th March from 3:00-3:45pm.
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