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.
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.
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.