Issue: Apr 2012


Datacolor Announces Match® Pigment 2.2 with SmartMatch



New technology improves prediction accuracy for color recipes and simplifies pigmented wood stain matching

by James Hilton

Datacolor®, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced the launch of Datacolor Match® Pigment 2.2, an upgraded version of its intelligent color formulation solution, Match Pigment, for paint, plastic, ink and cosmetic industries. Match Pigment 2.2 includes SmartMatch, a new technology that improves prediction accuracy for color recipes, introduces a patented method for accurate color matching of pigmented wood stains, offers flexible color correction options, and improved data management.

“Match Pigment 2.2 streamlines management of pigment recipes resulting in more efficient processes”

Datacolor Match Pigment 2.2 features exclusive color matching software, SmartMatch. The software learns with each use and adapts future recipe predictions to deliver more accurate first-time matches. SmartMatch’s ability to automatically compensate for differences between a colorant’s actual and predicted behavior improves color formula accuracy with repeatable application procedures.

“Match Pigment 2.2 streamlines management of pigment recipes resulting in more efficient processes,” said Vincent Lequeux, Director of Product Management, Datacolor. “SmartMatch allows product manufacturers to quickly and repeatedly achieve accuracy, saving them time and costs by getting the color right on the first try more often. The software upgrade will provide our customers increased productivity and performance gains while delivering the same unrivaled ease-of-use they expect from Datacolor.”

Match Pigment 2.2 features:

Patented wood stain matching to achieve accurate results for varying wood substrates with minimal trial and error
Flexible color correction options to achieve optimal colorant quality by calculating the best amount of color needed for correction, accounting for cost and quality
Smart Calibrator evaluates pigment formulas to choose the optimum calculation method for optical quantities of pigments and colorants
Contrast Ratio Range Matching function takes into consideration contrast ratio variations during matching prediction

Match Pigment 2.2 also has improved data management features including the option to export formulas as CSV files; the ability to create custom data fields for formulas stored in the database; Windows 64-bit support; and an upgraded Sybase 12 database. For more information, please visit www.datacolor.com/MatchPigment.

About Datacolor

Datacolor is a global leader in color management solutions and color communication technology. The world's leading brands, manufacturers, creative professionals and consumers have been choosing Datacolor's innovative technology and solutions to consistently achieve the right color for nearly 40 years. A Swiss held company, Datacolor's global presence encompasses a sales, service and support network serving customers in more than 65 countries throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia, along with 13 worldwide operation and production facilities. Industries served include apparel and textile, paint and coatings, automotive, plastics, photography, home theater and others. For more information about Datacolor and its products or services, visit www.datacolor.com.

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