The Fully Automated Color Blending System (manufactured to our specifications by Graphic Systems International, Inc.) consists of twelve color stations.
The system is controlled by a personal computer, and each color has an individual stainless steel dispensing valve with separate pump and pipe work. The system operator simply enters in the desired PANTONE® color and amount required. The base ink components are then dispensed by weight to produce the color and the exact amount.
Each component is dispensed to an accuracy of +/- 1-gram for perfect batch to batch color repeatability. Since this system is designed to operate on weight, not volume, we are able to maintain accurate levels of base colors and notify the operator when they reach a predetermined level and need to be changed. Base colors are stored in fifty-five gallon drums.