Free Webinar: The Basic Building Blocks of Color QC June 29, 2017 Reply

Fundamentals of Colorimetry Vividly Explained

Visual color perception is influenced by our individual color preferences depending on our personal experience and memory, varying environmental conditions such as lightness and color, as well as on the deficiency to communicate and document color.

The CIE standardized light source and observer guarantee an objective description of colored objects. Only the use of standardized color instruments with internationally specified color systems can solve the shortcomings of visual perception. More…

Oldest Glossmeter Contest Reply

Do you have an old gloss meter still in use?

It may be the oldest!

BYK-Gardner is running a contest to find the oldest gloss meter still in use. Enter here for your chance to win a new micro-gloss with smart-lab.  Contest ends June 30th 2017.

Gloss meters in the Museum at BYK-Gardner USA. Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Free Webinar: Color Control of Effect Colors June 1, 2017 Reply

How to measure total color impression of effect colors?

In contrast to solid colors, effect finishes change their color and appearance with viewing angle and lighting conditions. Metallic finishes show a lightness travel depending on viewing angle whereas pearlescent colors also create a color flop. Additionally, special effect pigments exhibit high sparkling effects under direct illumination.

In order to objectively describe the visual impression of effect finishes two different measurement principles are needed. Attend the webinar to learn more! More…

Consistent Quality of Powders and Creams Reply

Eye shadows are produced as powder or creamy product. Colored facial products are available highly viscous lotion or a foundation, which is often finished with a facial pressed powder. Finding the right skin tone takes time and once selected it is expected to be the same at each purchase.

Color consistency is a key quality criterion for a successful product with a long lifetime. Powders, pastes and liquids can either be measured in mass or in case of lower viscosity products as drawdowns on test charts. In both cases a noncontact measurement technique will be the preferred method since this technique correlates best with how the consumer perceives the final product in the store. More…

Free Webinar: 27 April 2017 at 10am Visual Color Evaluation of Solid Finishes Reply

How to correlate visual and instrumental evaluation of solid finishes?

Visual color perception is influenced by our individual color preferences depending on our personal experience and memory, varying environmental conditions such as lightness and color, as well as on the deficiency to communicate and document color. In order to match the visual impression with the instrumental measured results a defined viewing angle and lighting conditions are needed. Attend the webinar to learn more! More…

Harmonization of Automotive Interior Parts Reply

How many hours do you spend in your car? Most likely you will say “many”. Therefore, the interior design needs to reflect a comfortable ambience. Color and grain of the different components need to be harmonized. At the same time, low gloss is required to avoid any reflections in the windshield disturbing the driver. In order to achieve these goals, the variety of materials is the big challenge for every car manufacturer.

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The Objective Eye for Consistent Color and Appearance Reply

A world without color and shine, wouldn’t this be boring? Decorative coatings can be encountered every day and everywhere: on furniture, building facades, bridges and refrigerators. Even “White Goods” are no longer necessarily white, but exhibit fascinating color looks – from very elegant stainless steel to metallic effects on to colorful, glossy or textured surfaces.

Coatings are fascinating. Not much thicker than a human hair, they combine a variety of functions. Besides the requirement to look perfect under different lighting conditions, they are also expected to retain their good look over a long time and even when being exposed to harsh environments. More…

Transparency Measurement Reply

Did you ever walk into a glass door? The challenge is to make the product “invisible”, i.e. homogenous without any irregularities. Transparency is more than just the ability to transmit light. The perceived quality of a transparent product is dependent on how “good” we can see the objects behind it. It can appear crystal clear, hazy or unsharp. The human eye can perceive fine variations in sharpness as well as loss of contrast.

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Pigment Characterization Reply

New fashion looks are presented in color shows of pigment manufacturers to cosmetic companies every year. Pigment manufacturers enhance their portfolio and offer alternative pigments to already selected pigments. Now the cosmetic company is faced with the task to objectively evaluate the technical, aesthetic and financial benefits of the presented pigments. Objective measurement of color and appearance attributes will help in the selection and approval process to determine cost efficient alternatives or launch a new look.

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Quality Control for Injection Molding Reply

In plastics processing injection molding is the most common method of part manufacturing. The variety of molded parts produced by injection molding extends from smallest components like cell phone buttons up to entire body panels of cars. Plastic moldings are manufactured in production batches of up to several million. In addition to dimensional stability, color and gloss are the decisive quality criteria.

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