Learn about the various programs that ink manufacturers offer for tracking, mixing, and organizing inks and find out what improvements have occurred since our last review of ink-management software in the May 2001 issue of Screen Printing magazine.
By Lori Leaman
ColorManager MCM 2 Developed by Germany's Marabuwerke GmbH & Co. KG and sold through SaatiPrint, this program provides an extensive database from which users can retrieve formulas pertaining to Marabu's Pantone, HKS, and RAL ink series. The Formula Search screen provides information such as ink series, color name, color reference system, customer, and order number. The program also allows users to calculate formulas, calculate ink consumption, weigh ingredients, and save formulas (Figure 3). MCM 2 is available in several languages, supports networking and multiple users, and allows data to be transferred though e-mail.
Marabu also offers ColorFormulator MCF, a color-matching system consisting of a spectrophotometer and software specifically designed for screen- or pad-printing applications. Users are guided through the program step-by-step. The program provides adjustment functions and allows colors to be recalled from the database and remeasured. Users also can define basic shade groupings and set a maximum number of colors within each calculated formula. Formulas can be sorted by various categories.
Expected color deviations between color copy and calculated formulas are indicated in comparative color fields and in DE-values. Through a correction option, users can adjust all factors that might influence the print proof. The program either calculates an additional quantity to the available mixture or generates a new formula. The program also allows for reuse of leftover ink from previous mixtures. ColorFormulator MCF is available with either a hand-held spectrophotometer (MCF-H) or a stationary spectrophotometer (MCF-S) device.
Marabu offers three dispensing units for use in conjunction with the program. The ColorDispenser (MCD) is designed for industrial screen-printing facilities. It features automatic handling and serves several presses simultaneously. The MCD-Compact is a smaller version of the MCD and is suitable for shops with limited space. The Drum Dispense Unit allows users to connect a drum of ink to the system and dispense into a reusable container. For more information, contact SaatiPrint, 247 Rte. 100, Somers, NY 10589, 914-232-7781, fax: 914-232-4004, e-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.saatiprint.com.
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