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...

Posted March 16, 2021 by Matthew Adby

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...

Posted December 15, 2020 by X-Rite Color

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...

Posted December 14, 2020 by X-Rite Color

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...

Posted November 25, 2020 by X-Rite Color

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...

Posted October 12, 2020 by X-Rite Color

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 ...

Posted August 11, 2020 by Tim Mouw

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...

Posted August 03, 2020 by Tim Mouw

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...

Posted June 12, 2020 by Tim Mouw

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...

Posted April 30, 2020 by Tim Mouw

Nos clients qui travaillent désormais à distance doivent savoir que la modification d’une petite variable, par exemple l’approbation des couleurs depuis chez eux, sous une lumière différente, ou l’envoi de spécifications par e-mail au lieu d’un échantillon physique, peut créer des problèmes chromatiques qui risquent de prendre des proportions importantes. La première étape, et la plus critique, du contrôle des couleurs reste la communication. Ces ressources vous aideront à vous lancer. L’import...

Posted March 27, 2020 by X-Rite Color

Les spectrophotomètres (dits « spectros ») sont des instruments de colorimétrie utilisés pour capturer et évaluer la couleur. Dans le cadre d’un programme de contrôle des couleurs, les donneurs d’ordres et designers les utilisent pour spécifier et communiquer la couleur, tandis que les fabricants y ont recours pour surveiller la précision des couleurs tout au long de la production. Les spectrophotomètres sont capables de mesurer quasiment n’importe quel échantillon liquide, plastique, papier, mé...

Posted March 27, 2020 by X-Rite Color

Les écrans de smartphones et d’ordinateurs sont autant de fenêtres sur l’univers numérique de la couleur, mais si vous approuvez des couleurs par e-mail ou SMS, vous devez en connaître les limites.  Tout d’abord, chacun de vos appareils se base sur un modèle chromatique différent. Les périphériques d’entrée, comme votre appareil photo et votre écran, utilisent un modèle chromatique additif pour l’affichage des couleurs. Partant de l’obscurité, ils y ajoutent de la lumière rouge, v...

Posted March 27, 2020 by X-Rite Color

Votre programme de contrôle qualité inclut-il l’évaluation visuelle ? L’éclairage joue un rôle fondamental dans la façon dont nous percevons la couleur. Il peut vous aider à vérifier si la couleur de votre produit est acceptable, et à vous assurer qu’elle reste précise dans toutes les conditions d’éclairage possibles après l’achat.     Beaucoup de nos clients estiment que l’évaluation visuelle est encore plus importante maintenant qu’ils examinent et approuvent les couleurs depuis ...

Posted March 27, 2020 by X-Rite Color

De très nombreux facteurs entrent dans la perception de la couleur, y compris la lumière, la génétique, l’environnement, les caractéristiques humaines et même la fatigue. Vous présentez peut-être aussi une forme ou l’autre de déficience en matière de vision des couleurs, comme une femme sur 255 et un homme sur 12. Notre test de la vision des couleurs en ligne offre une façon amusante de mieux comprendre l’acuité de votre vision des couleurs.     Quelle que soit l’acuité de v...

Posted March 27, 2020 by X-Rite Color

La couleur a toujours été un facteur clé pour nos clients. En ce contexte de pandémie de COVID-19, nombre d’entre eux tentent désormais de concevoir, spécifier, communiquer et enfin atteindre des couleurs précises à distance, ou avec des équipes réduites et des ressources limitées. Vous avez du mal à maintenir votre programme couleur en cette période inédite ?  Nous avons rassemblé nos ressources les plus populaires – blogs, vidéos, livres blancs, webinaires et études de cas – pour vo...

Posted March 27, 2020 by X-Rite Color

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...

Posted January 14, 2020 by Tim Mouw

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...

Posted January 06, 2020 by X-Rite Color

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...

Posted December 09, 2019 by X-Rite Color

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...

Posted December 02, 2019 by Greg Stehn

Do you get a different feeling in a room full of warm, natural colors…  …than you do in a white and sterile office?  Has a building ever “spoken” to you? Color is an Integral Part of our World It's a visual language that everyone understands; a sensory perception that affects our emotions in many ways. Although it is often subconscious, the impact of color plays a fundamental role for interior and exterior architectural elements.    When designi...

Posted November 19, 2019 by X-Rite Color
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