To measure color, a color measurement device shines light onto a sample, captures the amount of light that is transmitted or reflected in the 380 nm to 780 nm wavelength range, and quantifies it as a spectral measurement. Color measurement is necessary to specify, quantify, communicate, formulate, and verify color quality for color critical work. Because everyone perceives color differently, color measurement is more precise than visual evaluation. What is a Color Measurement Device? There are t...

August 24, 2021

Learn more about light, reflection curves, optical brighteners, and more.     Illuminants Electro magnetic radiation in the wavelength range from 380 nm to 730 nm is seen as light by our eyes. Low wavelengths show as blue light. Then the spectrum continues from green, yellow, orange to red. UV radiation is located in the range below 380 nm; the range above 730 nm is called infrared radiation. The visual impression of a colored body changes by the composition of the incoming light. ...

July 22, 2021

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

The Pantone Color of the Year announcement is always exciting. Not only does it set the stage for upcoming trends, it also provides brand owners and designers critical guidance for marketing and product development. However, those who are charged with manufacturing products and packaging with trending colors (like 2021's Ultimate Gray and Illuminating) know it doesn’t “just happen.” It takes time and effort to incorporate new colors. Whether you work in paints, plasti...

December 14, 2020

Black Friday. Not only is it the much anticipated start to holiday shopping, it’s also a day manufacturers have been preparing for all year long. Whether mass-producing holiday cards, candy canes, plastic toys, or festive clothing, accurate color is a must. Manufacturers can’t ship two of the same toy if they won’t match on the showroom floor, and holiday sweaters that are a shade off will end up at a discount store instead of a fashion boutique. Perfection is especially import...

November 25, 2020

The best way to visualize how color will react in real world lighting conditions is to use a light booth. Traditional light booths contain common illuminants like daylight, incandescent, and fluorescent to replicate how color will look in the retail store and post-purchase in outdoor and home lighting. Today, the increased use of LED lamps in home, commercial, and retail environments is impacting decades of standardized lighting procedures.   How LED is Changing the Game LED lights hav...

October 12, 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

It’s important to ensure design intent is realized each time and everywhere a product appears. But with so many variables to impact print quality, how can brands utilize suppliers around the world and still achieve consistent color? Our X-Rite Pantone Packaging Color Experts have designed a series of consulting services and workshops to help you get the most from your print, packaging, plastic or textile value chain.   Offered both online and onsite, these interactive sessions i...

May 05, 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

Appearance is more than just color. It’s an all-inclusive look at everything inherent to an object, including texture, gloss, transparency, translucency, and special effects like sparkle and shimmer. When viewed from different angles or under different lighting conditions, appearance effects can change our perception of color. That's why it’s important to control both color and appearance throughout design and development.  Durable goods brands use appearance effects to captur...

February 20, 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
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