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May 10, 2013 - Using 31-point color engine and Spectralon sphere, Model Ci4200 can measure colors of coatings, textiles, plastics, and other materials to minimize rejection rates and scrap. System provides simultaneous SCI/SCE measurements in 2 seconds and can be rotated to measure test surfaces presented horizontally or vertically. Using NetProfiler 3, companies can profile instruments to ensure accuracy and consistency across measurement devices within single facility or across geographies.

X-Rite, Inc.

3100-TR 44th St., S.W., Grandville, MI, 49418 2567, USA

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X-Rite Pantone Launches Ci4200 Compact Spectrophotometer to Help Companies Manage Color Accurately and Affordably

Press release date: April 30, 2013

Ci4200 spectrophotometer gives accurate color measurements of coatings, textiles and plastics that can be integrated seamlessly with historical databases of other X-Rite instruments

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  – X-Rite, Incorporated and its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone is launching its Ci4200 compact spectrophotometer as a precise and affordable solution for companies that want to establish or improve color control programs in industrial settings.

The Ci4200 is an easy-to-use, 31-point spherical spectrophotometer that manufacturers can harness quickly to measure the colors of coatings, textiles, plastics and other materials to reduce rejection rates and scrap, improve speed to market and enhance their positions within supply chains.  With its attractive price point, the new instrument is particularly well suited for companies that want to improve on existing color measurement programs that currently rely on non-spectral devices or only visual inspection pass/fail methods.

"We're very pleased with the Ci4200," said Dennis Herman, technical service specialist for the Graphic Systems Division of FUJIFILM North America Corp. "It demonstrates very good repeatability and is much easier to load than other machines, especially for small and hard-to-handle samples. The measurement button adds to the ease of use of the spectro, and the plug-and-play features that X-Rite included with the instrument made it easy to install the drivers and connect with its InkFormulation 6 software."

The Ci4200 is X-Rite's response to customers' needs for a small, easy-to-use and flexible benchtop spectrophotometer that serves as a solid foundation for tighter controls of color for incoming materials, in-process parts and finished goods. In addition to providing accurate color measurement for gloss and non-gloss surfaces, the Ci4200 is also available with UV (Ci4200UV) for accurate color measurement of textiles and other materials that contain optical brightening agents.

The Ci4200 is NetProfiler 3 enabled and supports embedded profiling.  Using NetProfiler, companies can profile their Ci4200s to ensure accuracy and consistency across measurement devices within a single facility or across geographies.  NetProfiler enables the accurate exchange of spectral color data in applications where color tolerances are tight and there is little room for error.  The Ci4200 and NetProfiler 3 can lower the cost of color programs by helping to eliminate color measurement problems before they result in costly rework.

X-Rite, the world's largest designer and manufacturer of color management and communication systems, ensured that the data generated by the Ci4200 integrates seamlessly with the databases of similarly equipped X-Rite spectrophotometers so that companies can access and continue to use historical color measurements records of incoming materials, processes and finished products.

The Ci4200 features:
• Accurate color measurement. The Ci4200 uses a 31-point color engine and precisely machined Spectralon sphere to measure colors, also available with calibrated UV illumination (Ci4200UV).
• Simultaneous SCI/SCE measurement in 2 seconds.
• Flexibility in measurement.  The Ci4200 can be rotated to measure test surfaces presented horizontally or vertically.
• Small footprint that conserves benchtop space.
• Potential connection with remote locations. When used with NetProfiler 3.0, the Ci4200 can be profiled to a single virtual standard.
• Compatible with X-Rite SP6x handheld historical data.
• Integration with powerful software for industrial applications. The Ci4200 connects seamlessly with Color iQC, Color iMatch and InkFormulation software packages for immediate use.
• LED membrane provides status and operation feedback with remote trigger.
• Sample targeting/viewing via sample arm.

For more information on Ci4200, please refer to the http://www.xrite.com website.

About X-Rite
X-Rite, Incorporated with its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone LLC is the global leader in color science and technology. The company develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite’s expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com.

About Pantone
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com.

©2013 X-Rite, Inc. All rights reserved. X-Rite is a registered trademark of X-Rite, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  PANTONE® and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC. © 2013.  All rights reserved.

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