Color Measurement on Stained Wood Surfaces Reply

Many industries today would like to be able to measure and control the color of stained wood surfaces. Companies that make cabinetry, furniture, building products, pool tables and much more increasingly want to provide better quality control measures around the production of their products and provide a more uniform and consistent color to their customers. They know that those customers increasingly perceive consistent appearance as a measure of quality. More…

Using the Grey Scale in Fabric Evaluation Reply

Measuring color for an interior automotive application with a spectra-guide-S. Photo courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

Measuring color for an interior automotive application with a spectra-guide-S.
Photo courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

A recent addition to the spectro-guide’s list of color indices is the Grey Scale. The Grey Scale is one of the most important tools to evaluate color shading and staining, and is widely used by the automotive industry to measure the fade of the fabric in a vehicle’s interior. It is based upon both ISO and AATCC specifications. More…

Instrumentation to Correlate to the Visual 3

BYK-mac measuring sample. Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

BYK-mac measuring sample.
Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

In the color and appearance measurement industry we like to use the phrase “correlate to the visual” when describing measurements. This means that instruments that measure appearance properties should give data that supports what we see with our eyes. More…

Choosing the Right spectro-guide 3

BYK-Gardner spectro-guide. Photo courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

BYK-Gardner spectro-guide.
Photo courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

When it comes time to buy a spectrophotometer it’s important to buy the right spectrophotometer. Nothing will make you feel worse than buying an instrument and then finding out that it doesn’t meet your customers’ requirements, or doesn’t provide you all of the information you need internally. In many cases you will not have a choice; your customer or supplier, or an ASTM or ISO specification will tell you what you need to buy.

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