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Color Matching Process

Marking Systems, Inc. is a global leader in color management for Nameplates, Overlays, Labels and Membrane Switches. The world’s leading OEM’s have used MSI’s innovative solutions to consistently achieve the right color for over 40 years. MSI’s complete computerized systems for color measuring, matching and quality control let our customers rest easy knowing that every order is consistent and correct. In digital printing, MSI provides leading-edge G-7 certified color management to ensure every digital file is printed correctly and accurately. To avoid “color creep” MSI only matches color to the customer’s original “color standard” These standards are file in light blocking envelopes and stored in a color standard file cabinet to ensure no color degradation. Every order is then compared to the color standard to ensure long term consistent color matching.

  • Step 1: Color Standard
  • It all starts with the customer sending us a color standard to be matched. This can be virtually any type of material but is usually either a plastic or metal bezel.

  • Step 2: The Formula
  • MSI uses the latest high tech tools from DataColor to determine the formula for the color match. The bucket is then marked for future identification.

  • Step 3: Color Match Approval
  • Once the correct color match is achieved MSI prepares a 2 part card to send the customer. If the customer approves the color they tear the card into two halves. One is signed and sent back to MSI and the other is kept by the customer for their future reference. MSI will then file both the original color standard and the approval card in a light blocking envelope which is then put in the color standard file.

  • Step 4: Printing and QC
  • When the order is run MSI’s quality department will take the first print and use the spectrophotometer to ensure the color is within both visual tolerance and within +-1 Delta.

  • Step 5: The Printed Product
  • A high quality nameplate that almost appears to be molded into the surface of the product. Our quality department will ensure that each future run looks just the same as the first.

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