Color Measuring and Monitoring
Several companies offer color measurement devices. Ranging from 50 to 100.000 euro. Making the right choices for your required solutions is where we can help you. Established high end spectrophotometers are often necessary for tasks like multi angle measurement. Since several years new cheap and accurate color measuring devices entered the market for certain purposes like choosing the right color from a color fan deck. In addition, it is crucial to monitor the behavior of your instruments in time.
Color measuring is in fact a digitization process where the color of an object is expressed in numbers. It strongly depends on the sample type that needs to be measured which device is needed. Solid high gloss and homogenous colors are much easier to measure then complex colors that contain metallic and pearlescent pigments. Depending on the required accuracy solid colors can be measured by any spectrophotomer on the market today. Of course, price can play an important role especially if multiple devices are needed. Digitizing complex effect colors is much more difficult than solid colors and requires multi angle instruments like the BYK-Gardner BYK-mac/i and the XRite MA98. In addition to choosing the spectrophotometer it is important to consider the accompanying software. The combination of spectro and software should provide you with the required solution for your problem.
The consistency of the measurement/digitization process must be monitored to ensure the required accuracy level. Several suppliers provide software to monitor the accuracy of spectrophotometers. Especially if multiple spectrophotomers are used in a company these monitoring tools are a great help.
For simple applications like selecting the right color from a color fan deck the new low cost devices that entered the market are an option. CTC compiled a report to explain the use and accuracy of these device. They carry luring names like Capsure, Node, Nix, Muse and Nano. These devices are limited to measure color under day light only. Aspects like metamerism cannot be measured. From our contacts with these manufacturers we know that they are very active to come with new options to serve a bigger market.
CTC can advise you in all aspects of the decision process to come to the most optimal choices related to color measuring