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Michael Huda

How Temperature Affects Your Color Measurements

We frequently get calls from customers who can’t figure out why their measurements vary, even when they’re using maintained devices. Why would a sample read one way one day, then slightly different another? Many times the culprit is thermochromaticity, and it becomes an even bigger problem as the seasons change.

Every kind of material changes color with temperature. These changes cause the material to exhibit a shift in reflected wavelengths of light, which can alter our perception. Often the color shift is so slight the naked eye would never notice. But if your job is to quality check color critical products, you need to fully understand how thermochromaticity can impact your color, your measurements, and your ability pass inspection.

Thermochromaticity spoon

This thermochromatic ice cream spoon changes from green to blue when it gets cold.

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Don’t throw away your leftover inks… Reuse them!

As brand owners compete to make packaging stand out, printers are charged with achieving accurate color – on unique substrates – with shorter print runs. Many spend a lot of time mixing ink, then end up throwing it away when the color isn’t right.

If you’re stuck in this cycle, you’re essentially paying for ink twice – once when you buy it, and once again to dispose of it. What are the economics behind this waste? What’s the impact on our earth?

Today we’re demonstrating how the InkFormulation Software’s Leftover Management feature can help you reduce inventory and waste and lower your disposal costs.

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Tips for Defining a Realistic Pass/Fail Tolerance

Did you read our blog: Are You Using The Right Tolerancing Method? If not, check it out. Today we’re taking the topic one step further to investigate how tolerances are chosen in different industries.

A pass-fail tolerance is the amount of color variation that is considered commercially acceptable. In part, tolerances are driven by customer expectations. While color tolerances are very tight in the automotive, plastics, and paint & coatings worlds, they can be much less strict in other industries.

car door color matching

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Are you Ready for Computer-Aided Color Formulation?

How many trial and error steps does it take you to formulate a color? If you answered more than three, it might be time to enlist the help of a computerized solution.

Computer-aided color formulation can bring huge benefits to your business. Out of the gate, even beginners can hit color targets faster, saving time, money and expensive colorants. Once you’ve established an accurate process, you can expect to match 95% of your color requirements within a reasonable color distance on the first try! When you consider manual mixing takes an average of 12 tries to get it right, formulation software saves labs a lot of time and money during the development and production phases.

To learn more about the benefits, check out our blog “Fast Formulation is Key to Producing Color of the Year.” Today we’re demonstrating how a portable or benchtop spectrophotometer and Color iMatch software can help you formulate paint, plastic, and textile colors faster and with less waste.

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Labeling the way we see the world… in color

At X-Rite Pantone, we pride ourselves on our ability to help customers specify, communicate, formulate, and produce consistent color. You’re probably familiar with our major markets, like plastics, industrial coatings, and print & packaging. You may also be aware of the more “common” things we measure, like paint, printed surfaces, and textiles.

But, as you look for the emergency exit on a plane, watch a butterfly float by, or choose the freshest package of cheese from the grocer, do you consider the role of color? Today we’re stepping out of the box to highlight some very unique applications of our color management solutions to help you think about color differently.

Farmers use the Munsell Soil Color Chart to evaluate the suitability of soil for crops.

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Fast Formulation is Key to Producing Trending Colors

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 2017’s choice – 15-0343 Greenery) know it doesn’t “just happen.” It takes time and effort to incorporate new colors. Whether you work in paints, plastics, textiles, or printing, today’s blog shares formulation solutions that will help you be first to market for the next trend.

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Make Sure You’re Using the Right Aperture for the Job

When judging color, background can be a major distraction for the human eye. In fact, surrounding colors and patterns can actually change the perception of the color you’re trying to focus on.

One of the wonderful things about color measurement instruments like colorimeters and spectrophotometers is that they can’t be distracted. They aren’t susceptible to variables such as fatigue, age or color vision deficiency. They aren’t even aware that a surround exists – they only measure the reflected light from the targeted sample area through a system of lenses called an aperture.

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If your job involves specifying, communicating, evaluating, or approving color, you need to consider aperture size in the color measurement process. Today we’ll review why that’s important and share tips to help you make the right choice for your color measurement applications.

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Do Your Measurements Match Your Supplier’s?

Are your measurement readings different than your supplier’s? If so, you’re not alone.

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It’s an important issue you must correct. If your measurements don’t match those of your suppliers, you’ll be rejecting materials you perhaps shouldn’t be, NOT rejecting materials you should be, and wasting a lot of time, effort, and money producing the wrong color.

We’ve compiled the 5 most common reasons specifier and supplier measurements don’t match so you can troubleshoot and correct inconsistencies in your color workflow.

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Understanding Inter-Instrument Agreement

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 new Ci7860 is the most precise benchtop on the market with a published average inter-instrument agreement of 0.06 ΔE*ab. Do you know what that means?

The new Ci7860 is the most precise benchtop on the market with a published average inter-instrument agreement of 0.06 ΔE*ab. Do you know what that means?

Today we’re making it as simple as possible. Read on to learn what inter-instrument agreement means, how it’s different from other terms like inter-modal agreement and repeatability, and why it’s something you really need to consider for your color workflow.

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