2020 forced manufacturers to rethink the way they work. Around the globe, COVID put a hard stop on the travel required to approve prototypes and delayed the shipment of physical samples. Many brands started looking for ways to use digital color samples to keep production moving but struggled with the inability to replicate how a color sample would look on a prototype.   The PANTORA desktop application closes this gap. With PANTORA, users can capture or import spectral samples and store, man...

March 16, 2021

COVID-19 has forced many companies to rethink the way they communicate, approve, and produce color.    For some, that means trying to conduct “business as usual” from a remote location. For others, it means finding ways to manage color without travel. Either way, we know our customers are doing everything they can to sustain business while keeping their employees healthy and safe.    We want to help. Over the past few months we’ve been adding new resources t...

December 15, 2020

To establish a successful quality control program, you need good instrumentation, robust software, and trained users. But even with everything in place, there are some common pitfalls to watch for when using a spectrophotometer to analyze color quality. Measuring plastic parts with the X-Rite Ci7800 benchtop spectrophotometer. Top Five Color Measurement Pitfalls  1. Bad Standards and Samples Physical standards and samples don’t last forever. Careless handling and dirty devices can ...

August 11, 2020

Whether you’re producing textiles, automotive parts, or plastic pieces, color needs to remain consistent or the final product will be rejected. Unfortunately, there are many ways for color errors to creep in during manufacturing. Creating and using accurate digital color standards is one way to combat these errors. Digital color standards can be used in software to specify and communicate color, formulate colorants and raw materials, and control color quality. They give brand owners peac...

August 03, 2020

Whether you work with plastics, coatings or textiles, you must consistently achieve in-tolerance color or your product could be rejected before it even makes it to the shelf or showroom.     This is especially true for brands that rely on off-site suppliers and manufacturers for raw materials and parts that come together at assembly, such as the plastic dashboard, fabric seats, and coated interior panels of a car. Even if each site produces in-tolerance color, it must be monitored an...

June 12, 2020

No matter the industry, our customers are all working toward the same goal: Achieve accurate color and keep production moving. Even in the best conditions, color data can be a challenge to capture and share. COVID-19-related travel bans and social distancing guidelines are making it harder than ever.    Today we’ll share three easy ways to remotely share color data so you can achieve your color goals without shipping physical samples or making onsite visits. The Benefits of Digit...

April 30, 2020

Nuestros clientes que ahora trabajan de forma remota deben ser conscientes de que cambiar una pequeña variable, como aprobar el color en el hogar bajo una fuente de luz diferente o enviar especificaciones por correo electrónico en lugar de enviar una muestra física, puede introducir problemas de color que pueden llegar a ser graves. La primera y más importante etapa para el control del color es una comunicación precisa. Estos recursos lo ayudarán a comenzar. La importancia de la comunicación de...

March 27, 2020

Los espectrofotómetros son dispositivos de medición del color que se usan para capturar y evaluar el color. Como parte de un programa de control del color, los propietarios de marcas y los diseñadores los usan para especificar y comunicar el color, y los fabricantes los usan para supervisar la precisión del color en toda la producción. Los espectrofotómetros pueden medir prácticamente cualquier cosa, incluidos líquidos, plásticos, papel, metal, telas, y ayudan a garantizar que el color se manten...

March 27, 2020

Las pantallas del teléfono y la computadora son la ventana al mundo digital del color, pero si está aprobando los colores por correo electrónico o mensaje de texto, debe tener en cuenta las limitaciones.  Si es un principiante, debe saber que cada uno de sus dispositivos muestra los colores según un modelo de color diferente. Los dispositivos de entrada, la cámara y el monitor, muestran los colores mediante el modelo aditivo. Comienzan con oscuridad y agregan luz roja, verde y azu...

March 27, 2020

¿Su programa de control de calidad incluye una evaluación visual? La iluminación juega un papel muy importante en cómo percibimos el color. Puede ayudarlo a verificar si el color de su producto es aceptable y garantizar que lo siga siendo en todas las condiciones de iluminación posibles después de la compra.     Muchos de nuestros clientes consideran que la evaluación visual es aún más importante cuando realizan la transición de las revisiones y aprobaciones de color a una ubicació...

March 27, 2020

Muchos factores intervienen en la forma en que se percibe el color, incluidos la luz, genética, el entorno, las características individuales e incluso la fatiga. También puede ser 1 de las 255 mujeres o 1 de los 12 hombres que poseen alguna deficiencia en la visión del color. Nuestro desafío de color en línea es una forma divertida de comprender mejor su agudeza visual para percibir los colores.     Independientemente de su agudeza v...

March 27, 2020

El color siempre ha sido un factor crucial para nuestros clientes. Debido a la pandemia de COVID-19, muchos están tratando de diseñar, especificar, comunicar y, en última instancia, lograr un color preciso desde ubicaciones remotas o con menos personal y menos recursos. ¿Tiene problemas para mantener su programa de colores en este tiempo sin precedentes?  Hemos compilado nuestros recursos más populares (blogs, videos, artículos técnicos, seminarios virtuales y estudios de casos) para ...

March 27, 2020

Managing color throughout production is always a challenge, but advances in color technology, like the metallic, shimmer, and pearlescence effects designed to capture consumer attention, are taking the frustration to a whole new level for quality control managers. This is especially true when producing parts that must match at assembly, such as the metal panels for a home appliance or the painted side mirrors for a vehicle.  Special effects are tricky to control because our perception can c...

January 14, 2020

When it comes to the way we see color, our eyes can be deceived. This is partially caused by our humble brain, which is managing vast amount of information and processing it the best it can. It can also be related to genetics and the environment; we all see color a little differently. But above all, LIGHT has biggest impact on the colors we see.  Without getting too technical, here is an introduction to the way light affects our perception of color. RGB Color Circle The temperature of lig...

January 06, 2020

Durable goods and consumer electronics are no longer destined to be white, gray, and black. In fact, consumers are moving towards more classic colors and special effect finishes like metallics. To capitalize on this trend, brands need to bring innovative designs in new colors faster to market than ever before.   One trending color, the PANTONE Color of the Year 2020, is sure to capture the attention of durable good and consumer electronic brands. It is a simple, timeless, elegant, and endur...

December 09, 2019

X-Rite’s inline color measurement solutions help industries manage color as the product is being made. Inline systems monitor products as they are produced and alert operators as soon as color begins to move out-of-spec so corrections can be made before the product is wasted. The ERX145 spectrophotometer mounted on a traversing beam is automatically measuring the left, middle and right side of this sheet during production. Each X-Rite inline color measurement system uses a non-contact s...

December 02, 2019

There are many things that affect what we see. Optical illusions aren’t just fascinating; they teach us about how we visually perceive our surroundings. In our Color Perception Series, we shared some of the factors that affect how we see color and the impact it has on manufacturing. Today we’re taking a closer look at some of the ways our brain, eyes, and the environment can influence what we see… we’ll call it adult Trick or Treat! Trick or Treat #1: Your Brain Le...

October 30, 2019

Virtual reality has re-imagined the art of apparel and footwear design. 3D design programs like MODO, KeyShot, CLO, Browzwear, Optitex, and Lectra augment the creativity of color and material designers to virtually construct patterns and render realistic 3D garments.  This is exciting technology for brands that want to reduce waste for a greener footprint and accelerate design to keep up with fast fashion. However, designers are notoriously tactile. They need to touch, feel, and gain a...

October 24, 2019

Colorimeters and spectrophotometers are color measurement devices that are used to capture, communicate, and evaluate color. From cardboard packaging to food, laundry soap, carpeting and small plastic parts, color measurement devices help ensure the color being produced matches the color that was originally specified. They’re used behind the scenes in just about every industry where color is important, including plastics, textiles, paints, coatings, print and packaging. There are basicall...

October 07, 2019

Inter-instrument agreement is a very important consideration when selecting color measurement devices for your workflow. Unfortunately, it’s such a technical topic that it leads to a lot of confusion about what it means and why it’s important. The Ci7860 sphere benchtop spectrophotomter is has an inter-instrument agreement specification of 0.06 average Delta E*, enabling brands to create the most precise master color standards. Today we’re making it as simple as possibl...

October 03, 2019
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