Color QC and Matching Blog

Displaying RGB values for Color Matching

Posted by Elaine Becker on Mon, Jul 21, 2014

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Tags: OnColor, color space, color specification, color matching, color formulation

Tip #8 Sample Presentation for Color Measurement

Posted by Elaine Becker on Fri, Apr 20, 2012

Much of this blog series has been focused on the instrument and getting the best possible inter-instrument agreement.  However, we can’t forget the basics of good practice in color measurement when it comes to sample presentation.   Some types of samples can be very repeatable to present to the instrument, while others pose more challenges. 

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Tags: color tolerances, electronic color standards, color matching, color standard, inter-instrument agreement, translucency, color spectrophotometer, spectrophotometer

Tip #3 – The Physical Color Standard

Posted by Elaine Becker on Fri, Jul 29, 2011

 Before generating an electronic color standard, a physical standard needs to exist and be measured to generate the electronic data.  Here are some guidelines for selecting the specimen and storing and handling it:

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Tags: color matching, color formulation, color standard, global color communication

Using OnColor color matching software with a USB adapter - 64 bit PC

Posted by Myron Langer on Thu, Jun 30, 2011

While many of the new spectrophotometers on the market today are equipped with a USB cable to connect to the PC, most of the older models still use a serial communications cable to communicate with the PC.  USB to serial adapter cables can bridge the gap for those PC's that do not have a serial port installed on their PC. There are many such devices available, but not all work well with the high demands of data transfer of a color spectrophotometer--especially not on a 64-bit PC.

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Tags: OnColor, USB adapter, Windows 7, color matching, color spectrophotometer

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 accuracy, color matching, colorant database

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, OnColor, color matching, color formulation, color standard, instrument profiling, inter-instrument agreement

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

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

Color Me Stressed Out

Posted by Elaine Becker on Mon, Dec 07, 2009
If we put you under the spectrophotometer now, would you show up in deep shades of recession blue? Perhaps.

Tough economic times often mean having to make do with fewer resources to handle the workload. The same workload for developing new colors, adjusting production batches, and approving colors is spread over fewer people. Staff become stressed and can easily overlook color shifts they might otherwise have caught.

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Tags: Color correction, Color difference, color development, color matching, color spectrophotometer

Installing OnColor Color Software under Windows 7 and Vista

Posted by Myron Langer on Thu, Oct 29, 2009

The OnColor  Suite of color QC and color matching software is licensed through use of a hardlock key.  The USB hardlock key that is shipped with the software can be used on one computer at a time. 

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Tags: OnColor, hardlock, Vista, Windows 7, color matching