Color QC and Matching Blog

Tip #1: Instrumentation for Sharing Electronic Color Standards

Posted by Elaine Becker on Wed, Jun 15, 2011

 

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Tags: color standard, instrument profiling, inter-instrument agreement, color spectrophotometer, instrument geometry, spectrophotometer

10 Tips for Using Electronic Color Standards

Posted by Elaine Becker on Thu, Apr 28, 2011

Using electronic color standards and sharing L*a*b* color values is the goal of many companies and their supply chains these days. It’s easy, fast, and convenient.  If we’re all using the same numbers for our color target, isn’t that the best way to assure that we’re all matching to the same color?  It is certainly more convenient than shipping samples around overnight.  But before you do so, you need to understand the best practices of color measurement and for setting and maintaining numerical color standards.  Many color disputes arise these days because color instruments don’t necessarily read the same.  Electronic or numerical color standards are widely used and shared within a supply chain and have many benefits, but if all of your instruments are not regularly monitored and calibrated, then problems can arise. 

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Tags: color tolerances, color standard, instrument profiling, inter-instrument agreement, color spectrophotometer, instrument geometry, global color communication

Using a USB Adapter to Connect your Spectrophotometer to OnColor

Posted by Tom Merck on Fri, Apr 08, 2011

When you buy a new PC these days, it typically doesn't come configured with a serial port.  This once standard type of port has been replaced by USB ports.  However, many spectrophotometers still use serial communication and are supplied with a serial cable to connect to the PC. Then how are you supposed to connect your spectrophotometer to the PC if ti doesn't have a serial port? The solution is to use a Serial to USB adapter cable which allows you to connect your color computer via a USB port.

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Tags: color spectrophotometer, OnColor, USB adapter, color computer

Converting a Colorant Database for Computer Color Matching

Posted by Elaine Becker on Mon, Feb 07, 2011

 When upgrading their color matching software to OnColor, many customers want to convert an existing colorant database so it can be used in OnColor.

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Tags: color matching, colorant database, color matching accuracy

Color Management: The Pathway to Consistency

Posted by Elaine Becker on Wed, Jun 16, 2010
  This blog post was authored by John W. Root of Mt. Baker Research.

Workers in digital imaging and publishing use color management to achieve consistency throughout a workflow. The goal is to preserve the quality and accuracy of an image from capture to final reproduction. Each device in the workflow supports a different color space. The available color management systems profile the gamut capabilities of each device, and then limit the working color space to the gamut that is shared by all of them.

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Tags: instrument profiling, inter-instrument agreement, instrument geometry, translucency, transfer standard

Color Measurement Accuracy: Diagnostic Procedures

Posted by Elaine Becker on Thu, May 27, 2010

This blog post was authored by John W. Root of Mt. Baker Research.

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Tags: instrument profiling, inter-instrument agreement, instrument geometry, translucency, transfer standard

CyberChrome Exhibits at the American Coatings Show 2010

Posted by Elaine Becker on Wed, Apr 28, 2010
 

CyberChrome Inc was an exhibitor at the recent American Coatings Show in Charlotte, NC.  Featured products included OnColor Profiler for improving inter-instrument agreement and the OnColor Suite of color management software for quality control and color formulation.

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Tags: color tolerances, color standard, instrument profiling, inter-instrument agreement, color matching, OnColor, color formulation

Color Measurement Accuracy: Translucent Materials

Posted by Elaine Becker on Thu, Apr 08, 2010

This blog article was written by Dr. John W. Root of Mt. Baker Research: 

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Tags: color standard, instrument profiling, inter-instrument agreement, color spectrophotometer, instrument geometry, translucency

Spot On: Lessons from a Color-Matching Master

Posted by Elaine Becker on Wed, Mar 10, 2010
As the North American Manager of Color Services for Pittsburgh-based PPG, a $16 billion per year manufacturer of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical and glass, Shelley Sturdevant knows something about color matching. She manages and oversees color control for the Coil and Extrusion coatings business at 10 facilities nationwide, with a color palette currently holding over 100,000 colors.

We had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with Shelley as she shared some of what she's learned managing color for PPG over the years:

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Tags: Color correction, color standard, color matching, OnColor, color formulation

10 Surefire Ways to Improve Your Color Matching Results

Posted by Elaine Becker on Thu, Jan 28, 2010

Paying attention to details can help you get the most out of your investment in a color matching system, get you the best color match accuracy, and get your colors approved in the fewest hits.

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Tags: color matching, colorant database, color formulation, match accuracy