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…

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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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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The Objective Eye for a Clear View Reply

Our modern high-tech world is no longer imaginable without transparent products. We are so used to their “invisibility” that we only notice them if defects diminish their transparency, and consequently, their final usage. If due to varying quality of the packaging film the same chocolates appear different on the shelf, the nice holiday photos appear hazy on the smart phone, or the motorcycle helmet’s face shield easily gets scratched – then, all of this will affect our quality expectation and can even become a hazardous risk. More…

FREE BYK-Gardner Orange Peel Webinar Reply

Objective Evaluation of Orange Peel with wave-scan

December 1, 2016 at 10:00 am EST

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What influences our visual perception of appearance? How can the structure spectrum data be used to optimize appearance?

It is a daily challenge to achieve uniform surface appearance and at the same time meet the specifications of different auto OEM makers. Main influencing factors of our visual perception are the observation distance and the ratio of different structure sizes. As orange peel is highly influenced by material as well as processing parameters a good understanding of the measurement results will help you to achieve “Harmony”. Attend the webinar to learn more!

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Dec. 1st at 10:00am (EST)

In only 60 minutes you will learn what influences your visual perception and how to optimize the measurement results:

  •   How is orange peel and DOI of high gloss surfaces measured?
  •   How to interpret the structure spectrum?
  •   What material- and process parameters can influence Orange Peel and DOI?
  •   Customer specific auto OEM scales: R – CF – Tension – B-value?
  •   How low gloss can the surface be to get meaningful data with wave-scan?

Presented by Henrik Folkerts, Technical Marketing, BYK-Gardner

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