Color Concepts Supports SGIA’s Digital Specifications Working Group with Barbieri Spectrophotometer

For Immediate Release
August 8, 2019
Contact: Amanda Kliegl, SGIA

Device will be used at the Sonoco Institute, the project’s third-party measurement facility

Fairfax, Va. — International service provider and software developer Color Concepts, the North American distributor and service provider for Barbieri Electronic, has provided a Barbieri Spectro LFP qb Automatic Reflection/Transmission Spectrophotometer to the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) Digital Specifications Working Group.

SGIA formed the working group in early 2019 to address the lack of common color targets in digital printing. “The offset world has SWOP and GRACoL specifications, but digital printing is the Wild West, with substrates and ink sets varying tremendously,” said SGIA’s Ray Weiss, Director of Digital Print Programs. “Color targets and specifications will ultimately lead to greater customer satisfaction and less waste.”

“Color Concepts’ donation completes an important piece of the puzzle needed for the Sonoco Institute to effectively measure the submissions that have already begun to roll in,” said Chip Tonkin, Sonoco Institute Director and Chair of Clemson’s Graphic Communications department.

The state-of-the-art spectrophotometer will be put in use at the Sonoco Institute at Clemson University, which is conducting the measurements the working group requires. This project is one of several on which SGIA and the Sonoco Institute are collaborating.

The first area of concentration is dye sublimation printing. “To measure dye sub properly, you need the right instruments,” said Weiss. “This Barbieri spectrophotometer is on the cutting edge in the dye sublimation market. We’re grateful to Barbieri and Color Concepts for providing it.”

“Barbieri and Color Concepts are happy to support the Digital Specifications Working Group with their initiative. Color Concepts is actively contributing to multiple standardization and specification committees around the world and believes this initiative could help move our industry to a next level in professionalism and quality,” said Marco Roos, CEO, Color Concepts.

About Color Concepts 
Color Concepts, a global service provider and software development company with locations in the Netherlands and Salt Lake City, provides a wide variety of services for the wide-format printing industry, including technical support, training, lab testing services and on-site color management and print workflow consulting. Color Concepts also handles North American sales and service for Barbieri Electronic.

About SGIA
Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is the premier printing and graphic arts trade organization that provides members with cutting edge resources, tools and education to promote growth and convergence into new market segments. SGIA members have unparalleled access to current industry information, trends and events. SGIA-produced events include, but are not limited to, PRINTING United (Dallas; October 23 - 25, 2019) and Graphics of the Americas (Miami; February 27 - 29, 2020). For more information, visit