Mark Crable is a color expert with 31years of experience in the field. He's worked for a number of companies dealing with all aspects of the coloration of paper and board. Starting in 1985, he joined AccuRay (now ABB), and was asked to join the integration team for AccuRay's new color measurement and color control system. With training from GretagMacbeth (now X-Rite) and Ciba (now BASF) plus direct work with the control and software engineers developing the standard color system, he began installing, tuning, and training operators on AccuRay color control. This work also included advising paper manufacturers on the design of "color kitchens" for the storage and delivery of dyes to the paper machines.
Following an 8-year career with AccuRay/ABB, Mark worked for the International Paper mill in Mobile, Alabama for 3 years prior to taking a position in Color Technology directly with International Paper. After 2 years on the team, Mark became the Program Manager - Color and Appearance for International Paper when the group relocated to Loveland, Ohio. He led efforts at four International Paper mills to manufacture colored papers on machines which had previously run only white papers. Mark was also a key player in the 2005 move by IP to launch brighter and whiter papers in the North American market. He introduced the concept of CIE whiteness to this market. Mr. Crable was intimately involved in the implementation of ColorLok® technology at IP mills in the U.S. and Brazil.
After 12 years with International Paper, Mark worked directly for the dye company, Greenville Colorants where he supported sales of dyes, tinting pigments, and optical brightening agents (OBA) to multiple paper companies. In 2011, he established Crable Engineering LLC, a process solutions and color expertise company with multiple industry partners. He maintains relationships with manufacturers of color measurement & control systems, dye pump and dye delivery systems, and multiple dyestuff companies. He is presently Chair of TAPPI’s Optical Properties committee.
Career highlights: Mr. Crable has worked with paper clients on color projects across the U.S. and Canada, plus Scotland, France, Poland, Russia, Brazil, and Australia. He is experienced with dye and OBA selection for manufacturing all types of paper & paperboard, dye delivery systems, on-line, closed-loop color control, optical properties (including color) theory and practices. Mark has worked with over 20 different paper companies and numerous paper mills throughout the world. He continues to learn and enjoys sharing color and appearance experience.