Mutoh America Receives Second U.S. Patent for SpectroVue-VM 10 Spectrophotometer
PHOENIX—July 10, 2013—Mutoh America, a leading manufacturer of wide-format printers and cutters, has been awarded a second U.S. patent for its SpectroVue VM-10 on-printer spectrophotometer. Mutoh has received five total patents, U.S. and foreign, for the SpectroVue, with additional patents pending.
Designed by Mutoh’s Advanced Engineering Group, the SpectroVue is a compact micro spectrophotometer that attaches to most of the print heads of the company’s ValueJet family of wide-format Eco-solvent color printers. It can be used to help automate printer calibration, process control, and ICC color profile generation by allowing color charts to be measured on-printer, rather than sheeting off for measuring with an external instrument.
“The ability to take measurements on-printer without needing to cut off sheets to hand feed into a stand-alone spectrophotometer, is a significant time saver for our customers using the SpectroVue,” said Christopher Brown, manager of the Advanced Engineering Group responsible for development of the SpectroVue. “The entire process is quicker and more seamless, especially when used with our unattended take-up system.”
Brian Phipps, General Manager of Mutoh America, also noted that the SpectroVue VM-10 enhances productivity, reduces time and wasted media, and encourages better in-shop color management practices—providing users with sharp and reliable color reproduction.
The SpectroVue is supported by a number of third-party RIP packages, including PhotoPRINT and Flexi Cloud software from SA International, and ProductionHouse X10 from Onyx Graphics. With compatible RIP software, printer operators can use the SpectroVue to linearize and calibrate the ValueJet, build custom ICC color profiles, and run periodic process control checks to ensure consistent color reproduction start to finish. The SpectroVue can be further enhanced with Mutoh’s ColorVerify and VSM software.
Mutoh Industries, founded in 1952 in Tokyo, manufactured and distributed mechanical drafting products. Since then, ISO 9000-certified Mutoh Industries, has become the world’s foremost manufacturer of large-format piezoelectric printers. In April, 2007, Mutoh Holdings was established as a holding company of affiliates including Mutoh Industries. Mutoh has engineering, manufacturing and distribution centers in Japan, Belgium and Phoenix.