Published On: Thu, Jun 25th, 2009

Datacolor Introduces Match Pigment 2.1 Software Upgrade for the…

Datacolor, a global leader in digital color management  technology, announced that it is introducing a powerful upgrade to its intelligent color formulation software solution designed for pigment based applications including the paint, plastics, ink, and cosmetics industries.

Match Pigment 2.1 expands the functions and capabilities of previous versions by offering improved features including next generation matching algorithms, Product Line Options critical for decorative paint manufacturers, and the new Q™ function. Match Pigment 2.1 will be available in July.

Collectively, the features and functions of Match Pigment 2.1 provide a solid foundation for an integrated solution from the color laboratory, through the supply chain, to the final product by helping each department innovate faster, reduce product costs, and ensure consistent color quality. Match Pigment 2.1 also serves as a major upgrade for all previous versions of Datacolor Match Pigment software.

“Match Pigment provides users with the most powerful color management software tool in the industry,” says Brian Levey, vice president, Industrial Products, Datacolor. “We have made a major commitment to algorithm development by assembling a team of mathematicians, physicists, optical scientists, software engineers and color consultants. Our customers can see the fruits of their labor in Match Pigment 2.1 and can expect more innovative breakthroughs in the future. The addition of Product Line Options, a new Q function, and its full network and server compatibility, will help users further customize their workflow and create production-ready formulas in less time than before. Combined, these features take workflow accuracy and efficiency to an entirely new level,” added Mr. Levey.

Datacolor’s Match Pigment 2.1 provides an entire portfolio of color management functions, including the following primary features.

Next Generation Matching Algorithms

Scientifically engineered algorithms provide faster, more accurate and consistent matching for opaque, transparent, and translucent materials. This means that users can produce an optimal formula in less time using any number of user-defined matching criteria.

Robust, Powerful, and Reliable Database

Based on the industry leading Sybase database, Match Pigment 2.1 provides referential integrity, flexible data access throughout the enterprise, and fast performance for even very large databases unlike competitive systems that use Microsoft Access. This means that data is safe and available to whoever needs it.

Unrivalled Ease-of-Use with “Formula Central”

Work the way you want with Formula Central, a virtual color laboratory. Match a single sample or an entire folder of standards; then correct, search, retrieve, save, scale, or change units – all on one screen – just the way you want it. Complex matching operations are now simple and intuitive to do.

Exclusive Product Line Maintenance

The industry’s only Product Line facility allows users to organize ingredient and colorant set data based on manufacturers, systems, brands, and bases. Simple commands let users create and edit complex product lines even down to specific fill limits for different Can sizes. This means technicians can roll out new products to their retail outlets in time to meet ever-changing trends and customer demands.

New Q™ Function

Q™ lets you match an entire palette of colors against multiple sets of matching conditions (job template). Users have full control over ranking multiple job templates to their goals for cost, hide, compatibility, and durability. Once started, this automatic process continues until the best formula to meet specific criteria is achieved. Q simplifies task management so that you can set up a run before leaving for the evening and review optimized formulas over coffee in the morning.

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. 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. The shares of Datacolor AG are listed on SIX Swiss Exchange.