Metamerism 1

It’s happened to all of us. We pick out a product in a store based on its color, only to get home and find that it doesn’t look like we first thought it did. That sweater that you thought was grey actually has a green tinge to it, or that perfect off-white paint color looks a little too yellow once you apply it to your walls. What’s going on? You may be experiencing an effect known as Metamerism.

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Different light sources affect they way we see color. Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

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Are you using the most relevant angle with your multi angle spectrophotometer? 2

The BYK-Gardner BYK-mac multi-angle color instrument. Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

The BYK-Gardner BYK-mac i multi-angle color instrument.
Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

It’s easy to say, “My customer does not specify that test”, or, “We’ve always only recorded this information”. This is the easiest route to take. But, when it comes to quality control, the quickest route doesn’t often result in the best quality. Those companies who strive to improve their processes, find efficiencies, and make themselves known as being the best at what they do are those which win the big contracts and survive through even the most challenging economic times. More…

Gloss Measurement Conversion to Other Angles 3

micro-gloss and the materials it can measure. Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

micro-gloss and the materials it can measure.
Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

Is there a way to convert the gloss measurement at one angle to the gloss measurement at a different angle? For example, you may have a single angle gloss instrument and be required to report the gloss at a different angle to one of your customers. More…

Free Color Theory Poster from BYK-Gardner 3

Color Theory Poster. Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

Color Theory Poster.
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BYK-Gardner has a free Color Theory Poster that is available for your offices, labs or facilities around the world.  If you are interested in ordering a free poster, Measure What You See Blog has included the form to order your Color Theory poster at the bottom of this post. More…

BYK-Gardner to Offer Webinars Reply

BYK-Gardner is offering FREE Webinars to cover the basics of color and appearance measurement.  These are only one hour long and can be viewed from the convenience of your office.  Different topics are offered every two months for easy learning. Each webinar is given at 3 different times and is in English and German.

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Multi-angle Color Measurement of Composite Decking 2

The BYK-Gardner BYK-mac multi-angle color instrument. Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

The BYK-Gardner BYK-mac multi-angle color instrument.
Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

Composite deck boards can shift color depending on the angle of view as well as direction of installation. The BYK-mac i is used to quantify these changes allowing the manufacturer to control lots prior to sending them to the installer. Wear of the embossing wheel or wear of press plates have a direct impact on color changes of composite deck boards. Below is a visual and data of a customer using the BYK-mac i. More…

The Magic of Color-Matching Paint 3

We’ve all been there. You get a new sofa for the living room. Or a new bedspread for the bedroom. Suddenly you realize that the wall color is all wrong. The color you’ve lived with for the past fifteen years looks old and worn out, or is just a little bit off-shade to the new items you bought to match them (from your memory of the color).

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BYK-Gardner Retail Color System. Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

Just about every paint company out there utilizes a paint color-matching system in their retail outlets. The system measures the color using a spectrophotometer, uses special software to calculate the colorants (and amount of each) required to match that color, and dispenses the colorant into a can of white or un-tinted paint base. A few minutes on the shaker and for under $100 the room can be made to match or coordinate with the new furniture or fabric.

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Exploring Color & Gloss and Weathering Basics 1

The international leader in QC instruments for appearance and color and “the most trusted name in weathering” partner again for a 1 day seminar! 

Learn the fundamentals of weathering and light stability testing, the principles of color and gloss and how each affects the other.

An example showing the ∆E for the L*a*b* color system. Photo courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

An example showing the ∆E for the L*a*b* color system.
Photo courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

Understanding these topics can:

Avoid costly product failures.
Meet new specifications.
Improve existing products.
Bring new products to market.
And increase your profitability!

 

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Where: 
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The Risks and Costs Associated with Quality Control Instruments that are Out of Calibration 4

Calibration. Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

Calibration of a BYK-mac i.
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Calibration and preventative maintenance have costs associated with them. And in uncertain economic times, these procedures can often become neglected or the interval between calibration and preventative maintenance can be extended in order to cut costs. However, neglecting calibration and preventive maintance can lead to the following: More…

Why are color consistent charts needed for routine QC testing of opacity? Reply

Drawdown of paint sample.  Photo courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

Drawdown of paint sample on an opacity chart.
Photo courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

Opacity is an important property of architectural paint. One coat hiding reduces labor costs of a paint job and is a competitive edge in promoting paints to professionals.

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