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This KB article describes how to load Job Templates (print standard reference values and tolerances) and how to use them in combination with the BestMatch function (http://www.xrite.com/service-support/using_the_bestmatch_function__exact) during the press calibration and process control.

One can also use Color Engine Pilot (CEP) and a spectrophotometer (e.g.: X-rite EyeOne) but if you want to measure at the press then an eXact is more convenient to use.

This KB article describes how to measure solids and tints but NOT how to make a compensation curve. You still need PressSync or Curve Pilot (both don't support the eXact) for the creation of curves!

Procedure

  1. Download the printing standards (Job templates) you need from the X-rite website:
    http://www.xrite.com/service-support/product-support/portable-spectrophotometers/exact
    1. PSO 2007 job template = ISO 12647-2:2004/Amd.1:2007
    2. PSO 2013 job template = ISO 12647-2:2013

      Click Show more if you don't see the job templates.

How to import the PSO 2007 job template

  1. Extract the PSO_2007_Job_Templates_v2.1.zip file.
  2. Connect the eXact with your computer via USB.
  3. Open the eXact Manager (can be downloaded here: http://www.xrite.com/service-support/product-support/portable-spectrophotometers/exact).
  4. Click Job Templates (below the computer name).
  5. Open the folder created after the extraction of the zip and browse to this subfolder: \\PSO_2007_Job_Templates_v2.1\PSO_Job_Templates_v2.1\PSO.
  6. Select all cxf files and drag and drop them in the Job Templates field of the eXact Manager.
  7. Click Job Templates (below the eXact name).
  8. Drag and drop the job templates to the Job Templates field below the eXact name.

How to import the PSO 2013 job template

  1. Extract the eXactJobTemplates_ISO12647-2-2013.zip file.
  2. Open the folder
  3. Follow the steps in this guide: eXactJobTemplates_ISO12647-2-2013.pdf.

As the new 2013 templates will have to use M1 as a measurement condition there is also a new eXact PSO-M1 tool prepared that you can import to your eXact and use with the new templates. This will help you to keep the 2007 and 2013 templates organized and separated from each other in order to avoid using the wrong ones in production.

PSO-M1 tool



How to measure a solid and compare it with a job template?

  1. Open the PSO tool.
  2. Click Select Job Name.
  3. Click Create new Job Name.
  4. Type in the job name and click OK.
  5. Select the new job.
  6. Click Select Job Template.
  7. Swipe up or down and select the desired Job Template.

    Consult the table at the bottom of this page (Job template details) for an overview of all the job templates and their corresponding details and use case.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Measure the press substrate.
    1. A green check ("V" symbol) means that the measurement is within tolerance.
    2. An orange check means that the measurement is within tolerance but close to failure.
    3. A red check means that the measurement is out of tolerance.
    4. Click the green icon at the top right corner (the single circle) to view the reference value.
  10. Measure any solid process color (the auto function will detect the color).

    The measurement results are presented in a Current and BestMatch view. The Current view shows the dE* value between the measured sample and the reference (5.92) and the measured density value for cyan (1.28). BestMatch calculates the closest possible match without the need to reformulate the ink.
    In the above example, a BestMatch of dE* 3.65 is possible when adjusting either the density (+0.27) when working in offset or adjusting the ink concentration by 21% when working in Gravure or Flexo.

  11. Repeat the last step for all the solid process colors.
  12. Tints can also be measured. The auto function will detect the value and color of the process color.
Job template details
ISO 12647-2:2004/Amd.1:2007 job templates (PSO_2007_Job_Templates_v2.1.zip)
Job templatePaper Type (PSO_Px_x_x_v2)Backing color (PSO_Px_X _x_v2)Reference patches (PSO_Px_x_X_v2)ICC profileCharacterization data
PSO_P1_B_25-50-75_v2

1 - Gloss-coated, wood-free

Black (double side printing)25-50 and 75 tints (Brunner)

ISOcoated_v2_eci
ISOcoated_v2_300_eci

FOGRA39L
PSO_P1_B_40-80_v21 - Gloss-coated, wood-freeBlack (double-side printing)

40 and 80 tints (Fogra)

ISOcoated_v2_eci
ISOcoated_v2_300_eci

FOGRA39L
PSO_P1_W_25-50-75_v21 - Gloss-coated, wood-freeWhite25-50 and 75 tints (Brunner)

ISOcoated_v2_eci
ISOcoated_v2_300_eci

FOGRA39L
PSO_P1_W_40-80_v21 - Gloss-coated, wood-freeWhite40 and 80 tints (Fogra)

ISOcoated_v2_eci
ISOcoated_v2_300_eci

FOGRA39L
PSO_P2_B_25-50-75_v22 - Matte-coated, wood-freeBlack (double side printing)25-50 and 75 tints (Brunner)

ISOcoated_v2_eci
ISOcoated_v2_300_eci

FOGRA39L
PSO_P2_B_40-80_v22 - Matte-coated, wood-freeBlack (double side printing)40 and 80 tints (Fogra)

ISOcoated_v2_eci
ISOcoated_v2_300_eci

FOGRA39L
PSO_P2_W_25-50-75_v22 - Matte-coated, wood-freeWhite25-50 and 75 tints (Brunner)

ISOcoated_v2_eci
ISOcoated_v2_300_eci

FOGRA39L
PSO_P2_W_40-80_v22 - Matte-coated, wood-freeWhite40 and 80 tints (Fogra)ISOcoated_v2_eci
ISOcoated_v2_300_eci
FOGRA39L
PSO_P3_B_25-50-75_v23 - Gloss-coated, webBlack (double side printing)25-50 and 75 tints (Brunner)

PSO_LWC_Improved_eci
PSO_LWC_Standard_eci

FOGRA45L
PSO_P3_B_40-80_v23 - Gloss-coated, webBlack (double side printing)40 and 80 tints (Fogra)

PSO_LWC_Improved_eci
PSO_LWC_Standard_eci

FOGRA45L
PSO_P3_W_25-50-75_v23 - Gloss-coated, webWhite25-50 and 75 tints (Brunner)

PSO_LWC_Improved_eci
PSO_LWC_Standard_eci

FOGRA45L
PSO_P3_W_40-80_v23 - Gloss-coated, webWhite40 and 80 tints (Fogra)

PSO_LWC_Improved_eci
PSO_LWC_Standard_eci

FOGRA45L
PSO_P4_B_25-50-75_v24 - Uncoated, whiteBlack (double side printing)25-50 and 75 tints (Brunner)

PSO_Uncoated_ISO12647_

eci

FOGRA47L
PSO_P4_B_40-80_v24 - Uncoated, whiteBlack (double side printing)40 and 80 tints (Fogra)

PSO_Uncoated_ISO12647_

eci.

FOGRA47L
PSO_P4_W_25-50-75_v24 - Uncoated, whiteWhite25-50 and 75 tints (Brunner)

PSO_Uncoated_ISO12647_

eci.

FOGRA47L
PSO_P4_W_40-80_v24 - Uncoated, whiteWhite40 and 80 tints (Fogra)

PSO_Uncoated_ISO12647_

eci.

FOGRA47L
PSO_P5_B_25-50-75_v25 - Uncoated, slightly yellowishBlack (double side printing)25-50 and 75 tints (Brunner)ISOuncoatedyellowish.iccFOGRA30L
PSO_P5_B_40-80_v25 - Uncoated, slightly yellowishBlack (double side printing)40 and 80 tints (Fogra)ISOuncoatedyellowish.iccFOGRA30L
PSO_P5_W_25-50-75_v25 - Uncoated, slightly yellowishWhite25-50 and 75 tints (Brunner)ISOuncoatedyellowish.iccFOGRA30L
PSO_P5_W_40-80_v25 - Uncoated, slightly yellowishWhite40 and 80 tints (Fogra)ISOuncoatedyellowish.iccFOGRA30L
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Color Engine Pilot 14.1.x

Created28-Apr-17
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