Datacolor International has purchased Colorite Ltd., strengthening its line of products that let customers do color matching via e-mail and the Internet.
The technology could mean the end of shipping sample colored parts back and forth between product designers and companies, or between factories around the world, according to Mike Hucks, business manager of retail systems.
Now, to get the color right, companies equipped with the firm's software can transmit the data electronically from one place. The person receiving it, who also must have the software, translates the data into a color on a computer screen.
The software compensates for differences of color between computer screens, Hucks said.
Datacolor of Lawrenceville, N.J., bought Colorite of Manchester, England, in January. Terms were not disclosed.
Datacolor manufacturers color measurement equipment and software for color matching. Datacolor's markets include plastics, textiles, paints, printing, paper and cosmetics. The company runs factories in Lawrenceville and Dietikon, Switzerland. It has a sales offices in Charlotte, N.C.
Colorite, which was developed at the University of Manchester, makes computer color calibration and communication software, including ImageMaster and Image-Sync.
Datacolor also introduced two new products. The Datamatch 600 color-matching software continuously improves first-shot color matching without any special operator effort and automatically adjusts for film thicknesses and gloss differences between two samples.
Color Tools QC software uses a Windows database to organize color reports and data.
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