Recent studies and trials aimed at optimizing Pantone simulation suggest that the fixed palette approach is ready to revolutionize the flexography and label industries. The change is due specifically to advancements allowing for unprecedented process control and consistency, as well as the development of new tools designed to pinpoint which process parameters are failing so they may be addressed quicker.
A recent trial by Soma Engineering, in partnership with Apex International, has provided hard data supporting the idea that process variable elimination and optimization of remaining processes is the key to maximizing the number of Pantone simulation possibilities using 4-color fixed palette. The study also produced data comparing the 4 color fixed palette to 7 color. The trial was conducted on a Soma 8 color gearless press OPTIMA.