By: E&P Staff
IQ Colour LLC in Novato, Calif., has been formed by color expert and researcher Edward Granger to deliver solutions for the next generation of digital color-separation workflows. Granger, who leads the organization as CEO, has teamed up with John P. Sweeney, who serves as business development vice president.
Granger’s expertise in graphic arts, optics, infrared, color science, electronics, high-speed computing, and image structure has led to more than 40 patents and more than 80 technical publications in color science. “Our products will allow printers to produce better color faster using less ink, thereby saving time, costs and resources,” Granger said in a statement.
Adjusting editorial color separations using GCR and UCA (undercolor additions) can improve overall color quality, lower production costs by using less color ink, and, when properly applied, reduce black ink requirements to achieve better on-press consistency. Added benefits, according to IQ Colour, are shorter makeready and faster drying owing to a thinner ink layer, which is also better suited to lighter-weight paper.
IQ Colour features easy-to-use color-separation tools that work within existing workflows and are capable of processing separations to a single standard using a batch process.
The company says that early beta test results show significant reductions in ink cost and make-ready times in RGB-to-CMYK editorial workflows and CMYK-to-CMYK workflows for supplied advertising materials.
Sweeney said IQ Colour’s first solutions target newspapers, where volume and cost constraints “will immediately benefit from IQ Colour Tools.”