Colour and Gloss Measurement of Industrial Paint & Coatings

Quality Control and Colour Formulation of Powder Coating, Coil Coatings, Flooring, and more

Colour and Gloss Measurement of Industrial Paint & Coatings


Spectrophotometers and Gloss Meters for Construction Equipment, Marine Coatings, Heat Resistant Coatings, Aviation Coatings, Coil Coating, and more.

Industrial paints & coatings are applied to a vast range of surfaces and components typically providing some function ahead of more decorative paints. Industrial coatings provide corrosion resistance or protection from wear and tear or light, can be resistant to decay, or provide some other mechanical benefit. Therefore, for such products, visual appearance is not the primary characteristic but consistent and accurate colour is still important for the customer perception of quality or brand.


The ability to offer a range of accurate colours or customise a product to the customer specification can be a powerful way to differentiate your products and meet or exceed customer expectation.


Konica Minolta Measuring Instruments offer a solution for accurate colour of industrial paint and coating applications, from raw materials to finished products. Colour measurement allows organisations to implement data driven process control and quality control procedures that improves output consistency, saving time and waste. Whether for internal controls, colour specification and communication with your supply chain, colour matching or remaking from a database of colours, our software solutions are supported by an experienced team who can help you to accurately specify, produce, and communicate colour, even accounting for non-colour related properties.

Digital colour and appearance data can be used to expedite the supply process, greatly improving a paint producer's ability to react to the market by reducing the risks and costs associated with producing, distributing, and maintaining physical standards.
Colour measurement, applied when visiting with customers, agreeing specifications with suppliers, in paint and coating development laboratories, benchmarking industry competitors, or reporting for internal quality control programs, can build supply chain relationships based on quality, consistency, and reducing subjectivity from specification and approval.

Konica Minolta has a dedicated team of experts responsible for implementing, training, optimising, and customising our computer colour matching and digital colour data platform Colibri®.
Colibri® is a modular digital colour data platform that allows companies to develop and grow their systems as necessary, with specialised modules for all functions of the colour supply chain. Owners can build libraries and share data and functions securely with supply partners via cloud or on-premises infrastructure. Benefitting from the advanced colour matching algorithm, colour producers can greatly simplify matching and correction steps, easily switch in our materials or colourants as dictated by the market or supply chain.

Our benchtop spectrophotometers are manufactured to the highest standards, to provide you with accuracy and traceability alongside innovative features like a built-in ISO compliant gloss sensor or built in display and operator wizard. A portable spectrophotometer such as the CM-26dG is the perfect accompaniment to the process, allowing operators mobility and flexibility whilst maintaining traceability and industry leading inter model agreement with other instruments in the supply chain and integrating a 60-degree gloss sensor.

Through our partnership with Rhopoint Instruments, we offer a number of advanced gloss and appearance measurement solutions, including the innovative IQ glossmeters which measure DOI and Haze. Development teams can utilise the Rhopoint TAMS, a portable machine vision system, to inspect surfaces throughout the coating process, from surface preparation, primer, coats, and finishing.

Benefits

  • Drive innovation through professional colour management
  • Meet customer's needs and specifications
  • Achieve first-quality products quickly, with less cost and waste
  • Increase production capacitity
  • Strengthen brand identity

Instruments

Instruments

CM-36dG Benchtop Spectrophotometer

Benchtop spectrophotometer CM-36dG simultaneously measures colour and gloss to streamline your quality control workflow, reduce operator errors, and save on equipment and maintenance costs. Customers can check and adjust the CM-36dG during daily calibration to ensure that the instrument is in perfect condition. 

CM-26dG Portable Spectrophotometer

The CM-26dG portable spectrophotometer offers unprecedented accuracy and inter-instrument agreement for superior colour communication throughout the supply chain. Two easily interchangeable measurement apertures and an integrated ISO 2813 compliant 60° gloss sensor greatly enhance the versatility of the device.

CM-M6 Multi-angle Spectrophotometer

Portable multi-angle spectrophotometer with 6 angles and double-path system. The CM-M6 is  especially designed with a vertical orientation to simplify colour measurement of metallic and effect paints on small and curved samples which would typically be considered tricky.

CM-700d Portable Spectrophotometer

Portable instrument with vertical alignment that allows for precise positioning of measurement aperture and minimal contact to the subject. Measure with a 3mm or 8mm aperture dependent on the sample and view colour data either on the built in display or in colour data software.

Rhopoint TAMS

Portable machine vision system that can provide data for development teams by inspect surfaces throughout the coating process, from surface preparation, primer, coats, and finishing.

Rhopoint IQ-S Close-Tolerance Glossmeter

Trigloss 20/60/85° close-tolerance IQ version for maximum accuracy and resolution in all gloss applications. This new generation glossmeter also provides data for Rspec, DOI, and Haze.

Colibri® Platform

Colibri® is a colour control and colour matching solution that helps to specify, manage, formulate, produce, and communicate colour throughout all stages of the supply chain. Thanks to this software platform, users have fast, secure, and managed access to shared data from a central database, and benefit from improved colour communication and shorten time to market, while increasing product quality.

Applications

Applications

Measurement of Industrial Paints

A modern digital colour data system can help an organisation to measure and specify the colour and appearance of paints onsite with customers, and maintain digital standards, recipes, approval processes and quality control records. Our experienced teams can help you to design and implement a solution, and ensure that it remains accurate and traceable.

Commercial powder coating of metal components with an orange industrial coating.
A blue anodised metal component in an assembly of other blue parts

Measurement of Colour on Painted Objects

The appearance of painted objects can be easily measured on-site with a portable spectrophotometer like the CM-700d, or where necessitated by the coating, the multiangle CM-M6.

Colour measuring instruments can be used for colour management of products performing matching or QC against local or global colour databases. Colour data simplifies quality control tasks, removing subjectivity and improving throughput.

By communicating colour clearly and accurately with suppliers and customers organisations can greatly improve he perceived value of their products.

Visual Assessment of Paint with a Light Booth

The objective of colour measurement is to manfucature products that are visually appealing and cohesive to the human observer. Therefore, visual assessment will always be a part of the colour production process. Instruments allow organisations to report and communicate traceable colour data, accurately and without subjectivity, but the product still needs to be approved by a customer's eye. Rely on one of our light cabinets and evaluate colours under controlled lighting conditions.

Colour Communication through the whole Supply Chain

The Colibri® software platform helps to specify, manage, formulate, produce, and communicate colour throughout all stages of the supply chain. With Colibri®, users can have fast, secure, and managed access to shared data from a central database, and benefit from improved colour communication and shorten time to market, while increasing product quality.

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