X-Rite releases eXact Auto-Scan for faster and more accurate measuring of colour bars

The X-Rite eXact Auto Scanner.

X-Rite, a global leader in colour science and technology, and Pantone, have announced the release of the eXactT Auto-Scan – a versatile scanning solution that provides pressroom flexibility for measuring colour with spot, manual and automated scanning capabilities. The new product will be available in March of 2019. With the push of a button, the eXact Auto-Scan minimizes human error when scanning to maximize speed, reduce rework and deliver “a finished product that meets the tight tolerances customers require.” The eXact Auto-Scan is part of the recently expanded eXact family of scanners designed for measuring colour in printing and packaging. The eXact Auto-Scan is currently on display at the Color19 Conference, hosted by the Printing Industries of America and SGIA, January 12-15, 2019 in San Diego, California.

Ray Cheydleur.

“With commercial printers facing increased job throughput and tighter turnaround times, operators need tools that help automate re-occurring tasks such as manually measuring colour bar patches,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager at X-Rite. “The eXact Auto-Scan enables automated and quick measurement of all patches of a colour bar in under 15 seconds. This can reduce make-ready times by 30% compared to manual scans, for improved operational productivity and efficiencies.”

The eXact Auto-Scan is offered as a stand-alone system or as an add-on for current eXact Standard or Advanced customers. Clients will benefit from improved colour quality, reduced material waste and expanded workflows. The new eXact Auto-Scan:

  • Supports all industry print standards including G7, PSO, ISO, SCTV and Japan Color
  • Provides access to the latest Pantone libraries and PantoneLive standards
  • Enhances spot-colour handling with the creation and management of standards and colour libraries on each device
  • Delivers fast, press-side, fully-automated capabilities with readings under 15 seconds
  • Provides immediate, comprehensive reporting of colour data through Bluetooth technology, allowing users to make prompt adjustments to a press run
  • Integrates with closed-loop and third-party solutions such as Rutherford Graphics and Digital Information to deliver complete ink-key control
  • Incorporates easily into current workflows


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.