Harold Van Aken Wins Macbeth Award from Inter-Society Color Council for Development of X-Rite NetProfiler(r) Technology

Released on: October 2, 2008, 12:41 pm

Press Release Author: Matthew Gryczan/Alexander Marketing Services

Industry: Industrial

Press Release Summary: Harold Van Aken is honored for his work in developing the
NetProfiler® technology that precisely and remotely calibrates color measurement
instruments at sites anywhere in the world.

Press Release Body: GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 2, 2008 – One of the nation’s most
prestigious organizations for advancing the knowledge of color in the arts and
industry has honored Harold Van Aken for his work in developing the NetProfiler®
technology that precisely and remotely calibrates color measurement instruments at
sites anywhere in the world.

The Inter-Society Color Council, a Reston, Va.-based professional organization
founded in 1931 to stimulate work in the field of color science, gave Van Aken its
2008 Macbeth Award on Sept. 15 at its annual meeting in Baltimore for his
outstanding contribution to the field of color technology.

The award has been given out on even numbered years since 1972 when it was
established by Norman Macbeth, Jr in memory of his father, Norman Macbeth, who
developed a lighting system in 1915 to simulate daylight and founded the Macbeth
Artificial Daylighting Company in New York.

“When I look over the past recipients of this award, I am greatly honored,” Van
Aken, 64, said. “Particularly so because I come from the industrial or applied side
of color science, and past winners have largely come from the theoretical side.
It’s very gratifying to see that my work has been appreciated for its overall
contribution to the advancement of color science.”

At the award ceremony, Van Aken was lauded for conceiving and developing the
NetProlifer technology that allows companies to perform calibration tests of color
measurement instruments at remote locations, then communicate the data to a central
host computer where intensive statistical analysis can be performed by a larger,
more capable processor. NetProfiler, a product of X-Rite Incorporated, essentially
correlates the readings of instruments to the degree that they form an extremely
reliable data network. The practical result is that companies save time and money
through NetProfiler because their instruments can reliably substitute data for
physical specimens during the customer approval process. For instance, dyehouses
around the globe saved thousands of man-hours of work and millions of dollars last
year through the use of digital sampling.

The author of 18 patents in the field of color science, Van Aken has worked
throughout his career in various capacities for Kollmorgen Corporation, Macbeth
L.L.C., GretagMacbeth L.L.C. and X-Rite.

About X-Rite
X-Rite is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now
includes color industry leader Pantone, Inc., develops, manufactures, markets and
supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color
standards and services. X-Rite’s expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring,
formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first
time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite
serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic
design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical.

For further information, please contact Matthew Gryczan at Alexander Marketing
Services by calling (616) 957-2000 or writing mgryczan@alexandermarketing.com. ###

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Contact Details: 277 Crahen Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Mich., 49516-0601,
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