X-Rite announces eXact 2 spectrophotometer

X-Rite, which has developed an extensive portfolio of colour measuring devices, has introduced a new version of its eXact handheld spectrophotometer that’s said to be 17 percent faster than the older model.

X-Rite has launched this eXact 2 spectrophotometer complete with the Mantis video technology.

A spectrophotometer works by breaking light down into different wavelengths and measuring the intensity of the electro magnetic energy for each of those wavelengths. They are widely used across many different industries – anywhere that its important to understand the colours used – and different spectrophotometers are designed with the functionality and form factor to suit specific applications. 

Thus the eXact range is aimed at printers, converters and ink suppliers and is designed to read individual samples or colour bars from flat surfaces, either tethered to a computer via USB or separately through Bluetooth. Users can also toggle between spot measurement for individual patches and scanning mode for reading colour bars via an integrated camera, though the scanning only works when its tethered to a computer. 

The eXact 2 incorporates xRite’s Mantis video targeting technology, which uses a high-resolution camera to see the target, that’s then displayed on a screen. Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio manager for X-Rite, noted: “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.”

The new eXact 2 also features a 30 percent larger display with twice the resolution than the older model, which should help operators select the measurement area. Operators can see, zoom, and save each colour patch image for inspection on the device screen.

X-Rite has improved the overall usability of the device so that it has a new adjustable tilt touch screen and the menu structure has been streamlined so that you can access any feature with two clicks or less.

The measuring aperture is now recessed into the body of the device, so that there’s less chance that it will pick up wet ink from the substrate that might contaminate the measurement. 

There’s a digital loupe that can zoom in by up to 10x to inspect patches during or after measurement, which makes it easier for users to avoid artifacts or dirt.  You can zoom in on the measurement area, inspect patches, analyse any dot gain, read plates, and even save up to 20 images of colour measurements if needed for any form of compliance.

Naturally, the eXact 2 also connects with a number of X-Rite’s software solutions, including ColorCert, which allows converters and brand owners to communicate colour requirements, as well as the Ink Formulation software, which works with offset, flexo, gravure and screen printing inks. It can also integrate with X-Rite’s Link, which lets users manage a number of X-Rite measuring tools.

There are three different versions. The standard model works with paper, corrugated, and carton board substrates. There’s an XP version, which has all the same features as the standard version but can also work with films and plastics. In addition, there’s a Plus edition, which has all the features of the other models and also gains the ability to measure metamerism, opacity, and absolute and relative colour strength. It includes an additional reflectance graph to evaluate the material’s reflectance characteristics for shiny and metallic substrates. It can also measure paper in terms of its whiteness or  yellowness.

The XP version can be used to measure simultaneously M0, M1 and M2 with the Standard and Plus models also capable of M3 measurements. 

All three versions come preloaded with the Pantone Formula Guide for solid coated and uncoated materials as well as Pastels and Neon Guide, both coated and uncoated. But only the Plus edition also comes with a one year license to PantoneLive to access further libraries. 

They are available now and you can find further details from xrite.com.

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