There are a number of challenges in obtaining accurate colour measurement data in digital textile printing. However, automated colour measurement devices can help to overcome these challenges. The Barbieri Spectro LFP qb textile edition is able to accurately measure textiles in digital textile printing. In a webinar recently, Barbieri discussed how to enable an accurate and stable linearisation and calibration process in digital textile printing and how to ensure colour accuracy through verification with automated colour measurement. Mr.Viktor Lazzeri is the Business Development Manager for Barbieri Electronic. Barbieri Electronic builds spectrophotometers for colour measurement in professional digital printing and is the colour measurement market leader for large format, flatbed and industrial printing. Viktor’s focus is expanding Barbieri’s international business into new markets, applications, and industries. He started at Barbieri in 2011, initially working as Supply Chain Manager. Later he took the role of the VP of Product and Innovation and also managed the operations of Barbieri North America Inc.
Mr. Viktor Lazzeri spoke to the Textile Value Chain in an exclusive interview.
Textile Value Chain (TVC): In today’s textile world of changing fashions, colour accuracy plays a vital role. Give us a brief history of Barbieri Electronic since its inception.
Viktor Lazzeri (VL):Barbieri Electronic was founded in 1983 in Brixen, a town in Northern Italy by Mr. Siegfried Barbieri. From its roots building densitometers, the company switched in 1997 to the digital printing market by building one of the first spectrophotometers for measuring colour in digital printing. Since then, many innovations followed, from automated measurements to variable measurement apertures to offering backlit measurements. Today the Spectro LFP qb textile edition is the cutting-edge technology when it comes to measuring textiles and other materials in digital printing.
TVC: Where are your major markets for the various products?
VL: Measurement technology is a key piece of technology in various markets. Our Barbieri measurement devices are used in digital textile printing, signage, label and packaging, flatbed, fine art and industrial printing (for example ceramics, glass and other applications)
TVC: What are the latest products and their salient features?
VL: The Spectro LFP qb Textile Edition is the worldwide unique solution for automatic colour measuring in digital dye-sublimation and direct-to-garment printing. It is based on the Spectro LFP qb and has dedicated software and accessories that make it possible to measure fully automatically and with the highest precision and repeatability of any kind of textiles and fabrics. The special holder fixes the textile firmly, the camera and according to software detects the centre of each patch to be measured and the measurements will be done fully automatically – even if the chart is distorted! The measurement head can be detached for manual spot measurements and results sent to the computer. Two devices in one and automatic and spot measurements done with the same device which leads to maximum accuracy.
TVC: How are you placed in the Asian market, especially the Indian market?
VL: In the Indian market we work with our partner: Fortuna Colours & Prints LLP, Gurgaon or directly through manufacturers. The best way to reach out to us is direct via our website www.barbierielectronic.com We do have a service and support centre in Taiwan and Shanghai. The contact details are available on our website.
TVC: Digital printing has made big strides in India. What is your strategy for this market?
VL: Our strategy over the past months and years has been to innovate and build the best, most intelligent colour measurement devices for digital printing. We know of many ongoing challenges in digital printing and want to support our customers to help them become top performers in digital printing. We work closely with manufacturers, software companies worldwide and local partners to be close to the customer and make sure our technology can be used to solve critical colour challenges.
TVC: Give us a view of your future plans and R&D efforts in colour measurement.
VL: Our mission is to build Intelligent colour measurement technology for top performance in professional digital printing. That is why we are working with selected research partners across the globe to innovate and predict new trends and challenges. We will continue to work on new innovative solutions that make the colour measurements as accurate as possible.
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