Flint Group’s Paper & Board business unit has set up a colour communication service and signed a deal with X-Rite to supply its eXact and NetProfiler colour tools for this.
Flint’s new venture, Vivo Colour Solutions is a colour communication and service platform. It’s built on Flint Group’s centralised colour service provider, the Global Colour Centre (GCC). It’s a modular system but at its heart is Vivo ColourCloud, which provides a central web-based self-service digital colour repository containing thousands of approved and tested colours. Customers can search and download CxF files, DigiSwatches, and ink recipes. It uses X-Rite’s eXact spectrophotometer to measure colours and its NetProfiler software for verifying device performance, which between them will allow converters and their clients to agree on the colours as measured. Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager for X-Rite, said: “When paired with Vivo Colour Solutions, this technology will provide the basis for converter confidence in their ink supply, and a competitive advantage to deliver consistent colour packaging.”
Stuart Duffy, director of Flint’s Professional Services Paper & Board division, added: “Following rigorous beta testing at a number of corrugated sites, our initial expectations have been surpassed. The sites conducted hundreds of searches from Vivo ColourCloud with every download achieving 100% ‘Right First Time.’ This level of performance can only be delivered through a consistent and managed digital workflow along with the support of X-Rite’s eXact spectrophotometer. This results in an effective end-to-end colour management process that fits the needs of prepress, printing, and packaging companies of all sizes while reducing variability and improving efficiencies. I have no doubt Vivo Colour Solutions, in combination with X-Rite equipment, can become an industry benchmark.”
You can find more information about this at Flint’s website.