Using a color measurement instrument as part of the color workflow is a critical step in getting to good color. But results can be improved exponentially by implementing and end-to-end color managed workflow with compatible software and instruments across the entire supply chain in coatings, plastics, textiles and the automotive industry. This includes software that allows you to verify, optimize and certify the performance of all of your color measurement instruments.
|STEP ONE: Inspiration and Design
Designers are at their best when they can be the most creative, whether they are designing new paint colors, stunning plastic accessories or the latest in fashion. But sometimes their creative intent can’t be accurately and reliably achieved with the materials and manufacturing process being used. With the right tools in place, designers can let creative juices flow, and check achievability before they get too far along in the process.
Recommended Solution: Judge QC Light Booth and RM200QC handheld spectrocolorimeter
|STEP TWO: Laboratory/Specification
Once a design has been produced and approved, it us up to the lab to come up with the best formulations to realize design objectives, delivering achievable specifications to manufacturing. Functional color formulations lay the groundwork for good color. As always in a color-accurate workflow, make sure technicians have the right tools in place to formulate the best possible color.
Recommended Solution: Color iMatch software for formulation and Ci7800 benchtop spectrophotometer
|STEP THREE: Pre-Production/Quality Control
Prior to starting a large manufacturing run, creating small-batch samples will validate the work done by design and the lab. Measuring and monitoring color throughout this process will ensure the most effective color recipes for the manufacturing process. This is an important step that, while it can be time-consuming, will save significant time and money in the long run by reducing waste and rework in the manufacturing process.
Recommended Solution: Ci6x handheld sphere spectrophotometer and Color iMatch Software
|STEP FOUR: Manufacturing
Once manufacturing begins, the risks associated with inadequate color control become much larger. Color drift during manufacturing and batch-to-batch variations can create havoc in the supply chain and affect the salability of the ultimate product.
Recommended Solution: Ci6x and Color iQC
Also recommended: By combining NetProfiler with the selection of instruments recommended above, you enable a digital workflow that ensures the standardization of color of color acceptance and quality criteria across multiple departments and locations.
To learn more about controlling the risk, contact us today to speak to a Color Expert.