Mutoh has launched Mutoh ColorVerify, an on-printer color checking system, using Mutoh's SpectroVue VM-10 spectrophotometer. The SpectroVue can be equipped to the new ValueJet 1324 and 1624 printers, and comes standard with the ValueJet 1608 Hybrid printer.
ColorVerify is a quick and easy way to save time and money by verifying the printer's color output before running a print job. Mutoh's ColorVerify service provides a check for color 'drift' before it results in rejected jobs. The process takes just a few minutes to complete and can be done without sheeting off, so it fits into the operator's workflow.
How it works: When the SpectroVue option is added to a new ValueJet 1324 or 1624 printer, it automatically activates Mutoh's free ColorVerify service. With this service, the operator simply prints the built-in ColorVerify Color Check test strip at the beginning of a print run and stores the measured values as a "baseline" in the printer's on-board nonvolatile memory. Then, at any point throughout the print run, the operator can reprint the test strip and re-measure. The printer will analyze the measured values, compare them to the baseline values, and report how much color variation has occurred between the current print and the baseline measurement.
In addition to checking for color drift, ColorVerify also notifies the operator if the printer is reproducing color consistently across the full platen width, which is critical when printing multi-panel jobs such as billboards, tradeshow murals and vehicle wraps.
"Mutoh is the first in its industry to provide customers with an effortless and accurate color verification system," said Brian Phipps, General Manager of Mutoh America Inc. "In this economy, maximizing color efficiency is critical. ColorVerify quickly alerts the operator if something within the production workflow has changed that could impact color accuracy. Process control has been a relatively unaddressed issue until now."
Faster and more efficient than a manually operated spectrophotometer, the SpectroVue provides accurate and consistent color measurements. The SpectroVue mounts directly to the side of the print head and takes its measurements from the same sample spot every time a ColorVerify Color Check test strip is run.
The ValueJet 1324-54" and 1624-64" are Mutoh America's newest additions to the ValueJet printer line. Not only can they be equipped with the SpectroVue spectrophotometer, but they offer an automatic sheet off function, adaptation to different ink cartridge sizes and print at blazing speeds (up to 313 sq/ft per hour on the 1624).