Color Measurement of Solid Colors Reply

Honey Yellow, Raspberry Red, Sapphire Blue or Moss Green are very appealing and descriptive color names. But are you sure that every person means the same color by it? Usually not. How do you clearly describe a color and guarantee that same color over time?

Our color perception is dependent on our individual “taste,” which is influenced by our mood, gender, age, but also the light source used, the viewing environment being light or dark, neutral or colorful as well as our deficiency to exactly remember and communicate one specific color. More…

byko-spectra lite – economy light booth with premium performance Reply

BYK-Gardner, worldwide partner of the paint and plastic industries for quality control of color, appearance and physical properties, is introducing the new light booth byko-spectra lite. In addition to the well-proven BYK-Gardner light booth range, the lite version with five light sources and compact design creates the standard for critical visual evaluation in laboratory and production. More…

NEW BYK-Gardner Digital Catalog 2016 1

The 2016 BYK-Gardner Catalog with new color, appearance and physical test products, new application stories for trouble shooting, new free services for continuing education, new practical tips how to set tolerances and perform tests including an update on international standards is now available in a downloadable digital format. More…

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…