Fundamentals of Instrumentation and Quality Control


Put your color theory knowledge into practice: enjoy our hands-on, color quality control workshop using X-Rite instruments and software.

Questions?  1.800.248.9748

This one-day hands-on workshop will teach you the best quality control practices to help streamline your own workflow and make working with color fun and easy.

You’ll create color standards, develop appropriate color tolerances, and measure samples against target colors while analyzing the results. Taught by X-Rite color experts, you will learn how to control color more effectively within your own organization and throughout your supply chain.

The course requires basic color theory knowledge. It will address color control for a variety of industries including retail and apparel brands, business and consumer electronics, automotive, packaging and their related industries in plastics, coatings and textile manufacturing.

Early Bird Special! Use the coupon code "FUN2016" up to two weeks in advance to your scheduled Day 1 or Day 2 class and receive an instant 15% discount. 

Satisfaction Guaranteed

If you are not completely satisfied with an X-Rite seminar, we will provide you with a training voucher to attend another future seminar.

Cancellation Policy:  21 days prior to event date 100% refund, 14 days prior to event date 50% refund, less than 14 days no refund will be given.

Who Should Attend? 

The course requires basic color theory knowledge. It will address color control for a variety of industries including retail and apparel brands, business and consumer electronics, automotive, packaging and their related industries in plastics, coatings and textile manufacturing.

Please ensure that you have a solid understanding of color theory, especially the concepts of L*a*b* and L*c*H.  If you do not feel properly prepared, consider also attending our "Fundamentals of Color and Appearance" (offered on the previous day).

This seminar is designed for:
•    Quality Control & Assurance Professionals
•    Lab Technicians
•    Parts Suppliers
•    Manufacturing Specifiers
•    Anyone who evaluates or approves color

If you’re involved in any of these industries, you can’t miss this seminar.

Print, Packaging, and Industrial: ink, dyes, paper, plastics, textiles

  • Apparel
  • Appliances
  • Automotive
  • Building Products
  • Food & Food Packaging
  • Furniture
  • Health & Beauty
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Printing
  • Retail

Why Attend?

Our Fundamentals of Instrumentation and Quality Control workshop is a response to customer demand for a hands-on seminar to learn more about how to prepare samples, interpret data, set tolerances, and store and retrieve data.

  • Knowledgeable Instructors
    Our team of speakers and instructors are considered to be industry leaders and have accumulated years of hands-on practical experience and expertise in their respective fields. You’ll learn from experts in areas such as color management, printing, textiles, plastics and more.
  • After the Seminar
    After you’ve attended a seminar, you are encouraged to continue contacting us through your My X-Rite account for additional information or answers to technical questions. Our team will promptly respond to all requests.

  • Free Munsell Interactive Learning Kit
    As part of the seminar tour, all attendees will receive the Munsell Interactive Learning Kit free of charge.

  • Exclusive Fundamentals of Instrumentation and Quality Control Book
    All seminar attendees will also receive X-Rite’s exclusive Fundamentals of Instrumentation and Quality Control Book. This industry acknowledged publication provides a logical and practical approach to solving color and appearance issues related to industrial applications.

  • Product Drawings & Discounts
    Attendees will be entered into a sweepstake to win one of the following: Judge QC light boothMunsell Hue Test, or a copy of software (ColorMaster QAII, Color iQC Professional, or X-Color QC).  Participants will also receive a 10% discount voucher that is valid until December 31, 2016. The voucher cannot exceed $500.00 off a purchase.

Instrumental FOQA (Fundamentals of Quality Assurance)

The instruments
  1. General differences
    1. 45/0 vs. sphere and how they measure
    2. Handheld, bench top, non-contact
  2. General measurement modes
    1. RFL/ TRA, SCI/SCE, UVC/UVEx, Area of views
  3. Importance of certification and good calibration. GIGO (garbage in, garbage out)
    1. Clean standards
    2. Calibration check tile for verification
    3. Annual checkup/service or NetProfiler
    4. UV Calibration
Your samples
  1. Samples that should or should not be measured
    1. Averaging data
    2. Thin stripes not to be measured?
  2. Sample preparation
    1. Sample type / industry specific measurement prep (Document/apendex with general preparations?)
      • Textiles- conditioned to 70F +/- 2F and 65% humidity +/- 2%.
      • Plastics- thickness, opacity, edge loss and transmission vs reflection
      • Paints – draw down methods, film thickness, opacity, dry vs wet
      • Powders
      • Inks - draw down methods, film thickness, opacity, dry vs wet
  3. Sample presentation
    1. Sample type/ industry specific mounting or presentation
      • Textiles: two fold/four thickness, average of 4 readings rotating 90 degrees
      • Plastics – reflectance or reflectance/transmission
      • Paints – reflectance or over light/over dark
      • Powders
      • Inks - reflectance or over light/over dark
Interpreting the color data and reporting
  1. General color difference numbers
    1. DL*,Da*,Db* or DL*, DC*, Dh
    2. Other common index like Metamerism, strength
  2. General Color Graphics
    1. Color Space plot
    2. Color Trend plot
  1. Individual colorimetric tolerances. DL*,Da*,Db* or DL*, DC*, Dh
  2. Single number tolerances. DE, DEcmc
Do the numbers agree with your eyes?
  1. Can you perceive a difference at DE of 0.5, 1.0 or higher?
  2. Do you see what the numbers see?
Archiving your data
  1. Storing standards and trials for posterity
  2. Retrieving stored data for evaluation
  3. Searching your database

Green Bay, WI 

Hyatt Regency Green Bay
333 Main Street
Green Bay, WI 54301 USA 
Phone: 920-432-1234

Charlotte, NC* 

Hyatt House Charlotte / Center City
435 East Trade Street 
Charlotte, NC 28202 USA
Phone: 704-373-9700

Salt Lake City, UT* 

DoubleTree by Hilton Salt Lake City Airport
5151 Wiley Post Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84116 USA
Phone: 801-539-1515

Los Angeles, CA 

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles International Airport
5985 West Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045 USA
Phone: 310-642-7500

Birmingham, AL* 

Courtyard Birmingham Downtown at UAB 
1820 5th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL, 35233 USA
Phone: 205-254-0004

San Jose, CA* 

Wyndham Garden San Jose Airport
1355 North 4th Street
San Jose, CA, 95112 USA
Phone: 408-453-5340

Toronto, ON*

Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport
970 Dixon Rd 
Toronto, ON, M9W 1J9 Canada
Phone: 416-675-7611

Memphis, TN* 

Sheraton Memphis Downtown
250 N Main Street
Memphis, TN, 38103 USA 
Phone: 901-527-7300

Providence, RI* 

Marriott Providence Downtown
One Orms Street
Providence, RI, 02904 USA 
Phone: 401-272-2400

Chicago, IL* 

Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 North Naper Blvd
Chicago, IL, 60563 USA 
Phone: 630-505-4900

Cleveland, OH* 

Cleveland Airport Marriott
4277 West 150th Street
Cleveland, OH, 44135 USA 
Phone: 216-252-5333

New York, NY*

Crowne Plaza JFK Airport
138-10 135th Avenue
Jamaica, NY, 11436 USA
Phone: 718-530-1160

A block of guest rooms are reserved at this hotel for your convenience. Mention “X-Rite PANTONE Fundamentals” to book under the room block rate.

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