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GretagMacbeth's Eye-One iO And DensiEye Products

(July 2004) posted on Tue Jul 27, 2004

New color tools help meet ISO specifications


At Drupa, GretagMacbeth introduced the
Eye-One iO, designed to automate color
management for scanners. For the creative
professional, the Eye-One iO is a scanning
table in which an Eye-One Pro spectrophotometer
is mounted; the Eye-One Pro then
moves back and forth to capture the color
information from a test chart.

The iO comes with two scanning
options"?white backing for use with colormanagement
applications, and black
backing to meet ISO specifications. It also
offers a transparent base to measure various
transparent materials. In addition,
the iO enables characterization of thick to
very thick substrates, such as those used
in textile printing or in direct printing
applications onto thick substrates
(ceramic tiles, for instance).

The Eye-One iO, with its automated
workflow, allows for faster test chart
readings, lowers the necessary skill level
for operators, and reduces the risk for
error. The Eye-One iO will be available
later this year.

That isn't all that GretagMacbeth rolled
out for color-management enthusiasts at
Drupa. The company's new DensiEye 700
is a fully automated 4-channel densitometer
for CMYK measurement, with a
measure time of less than 0.1 sec and a
response time of less than 0.5 sec. It
measures up to density 3, essential for
the high-pigment ink market, and has an
optional small aperture and polarization
feature to measure small color bars.

The DensiEye 700's easy-to-read display
can be set to show information in any
language and provides direct access to
commonly used functions such as auto-
matic color, solid, halftone, trapping, and
balance patch recognition. The densitomenter
has an optical Pass/Fail indicator,
which shows users at a glance whether
the measured item is within tolerance.

Using LED technology for low power
consumption, DensiEye is capable of up
to 500,000 measurements per set of
standard AA batteries. A USB port is also
included for fast communication with a
PC, as is ISO standard predefined reference
density sets. (GretagMacbeth: www.gretagmacbeth.com)


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