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How To Set Up A Color Quality Program

Color is one of the primary drivers of consumer’s perception of quality. Inconsistent color creates a negative impression on both the product and brand. The goal of color measurement is to ensure color remains consistent and accurate from the start …
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Measuring Chlorophyll Content in Plants

Chlorophyll, a pigment found in plant leaves, is responsible for converting sunlight into energy via photosynthesis.  Measuring chlorophyll content is important as they are closely related to the nutritional condition of the plant. Furthermore, chlorophyll content may also be used …
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Measuring the Color of Soy Sauce

Soy sauce, also known as soya sauce, is a staple ingredient in most Asian cuisine. It is commonly used by chefs to enhance the flavor of the dish. Traditionally brewed soy sauce uses the honjozo process (regular fermenting method) and …
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How to Measure the Color of Sauces and Dressings

Ready-made sauces and dressings like chilli sauces and salad dressing have become an integral part of modern day food, often used to improve or enhance the flavor and appearance of food. There are wide varieties of sauces on the market …
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Measuring Automotive Interior Color and Appearance

Automotive interior color and appearance has become an important factor influencing customer purchase decision. The interior is assembled using a wide variety of parts that comes in different textures and from many suppliers. To ensure a harmonious interior appearance, color …
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Measuring the Color of High Visibility Clothing

High-visibility clothing (HVC) or high-visibility safety apparel (HVSA) are commonly worn by workers, safety personnel or emergency responders to improve how well other people see them. HVC, ranging from vests to jackets and trousers, are composed primarily of fluorescent and …
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Measuring Effect Pigments

Today’s exotic color shifting effect pigments causes a change in hue when viewed from different angles. Coatings using these special effect pigments can exhibit a rainbow of colors when seen from different perspective. The change in the brightness and colors …
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Choosing the Right Instrument Geometries for your Color Measurement Needs

Having a sound understanding of the optical geometry is essential as it has a big impact on your color measurement result. To determine which geometry best fits your application needs, it is necessary to understand how each of them illuminates …
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Color Control for Cheese Products

Cheese comes in various shades of yellow and orange depending on the type of milk used and food colorant. Milk contains beta-carotene, a natural pigment that gives carrots their orange hue. The amount of beta-carotene varies according to an animal’s …
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How to Measure Color of Canned Soup

The color of food has a significant influence on the identification of flavor and consumer preference. Achieving accurate and consistent color is important but challenging, especially for food such as canned soup, which require precise proportion of ingredients to produce …
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How to Measure Color of Ice Cream

Ice cream, made from milk and cream, is a popular dessert enjoyed by many people around the world. Ice cream comes in a wide variety of flavors and combinations using ingredients such as fruits, cocoa and colorants. Color influences consumer’s …
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How to Measure Color of Carrageenan

Carrageenan is a food additive often found in products such as beverages, dairy products and processed meat. Carrageenan, extracted from red edible seaweed, are processed and grinded into powder before use. When added into food, carrageenan can affect the overall …
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Measuring Natural Food Colorants

Color influences consumers taste perception and acceptance which is why, colorants or color additives is often added into foods to make them look appetizing. They can also be found in non-food applications such as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Food colorants are …
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Measuring the Color of Yogurt

Yogurt is one of the most popular breakfast and dessert choice across the globe. Yogurt, made from fermented milk, comes in a variety of flavors using additional ingredients such as fruits and flavorings. For yogurt manufacturers, achieving accurate and consistent …
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How to Measure Haze in Transparent Packaging

In the packaging industry, the presence of haze in transparent packaging such as plastic and glass bottle is undesirable. Their presence reduces clarity of packaging appearance and affect the overall presentation of the product. Haze occurs when impurities in the …
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How to Measure the Color of Spices

Spices serves many useful functions in food products. It can help improve food flavor, used as a preservative or influence the overall color of food. Color affects our perception of food, therefore, it is important to control the color of …
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Color Control for Beverages

Maintaining the right color consistently is crucial in the beverage industry. Consumer often associate color with quality and inconsistent color creates a negative impression on both the product and brand. Many major beverage companies understand the importance of maintaining color …
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Assessment of Whiteness

For the hospitality industry, white is the often the preferred color for linens such as sheets and towels because of its association with with freshness and cleanliness.  There’s no standard to whiteness and the preferences on the shades of white …
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How to Achieve Consistent PET Bottles Color

Color is essential to branding and has a great impact on consumer perception of a product. Many beverage companies recognize the importance of color and its influence on consumer perception, strive to ensure the color of their polyethylene terephthalate (PET) …
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Color of Roasted Coffee Beans Affects The Aroma

Coffee aroma is one of the most important criteria that influence consumer selection of coffee. Roasting helps bring out the aroma of coffee beans and during the roasting process, the aroma of the coffee changes gradually from a floral-like aroma …
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Measuring the Color of Oil

Edible oils like coconut oil, olive oil or palm oil are graded according to their level of refinement. Grading of edible oils can be done by comparing its color against a reference. However, visual assessment alone is difficult in grading …
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How to Achieve the Right Cosmetics Color Consistently

In the cosmetic industry, getting the right color consistently is of utmost importance as it is one of the factors that influence new customers and retaining existing one. The importance of achieving accurate and consistent color necessitates the need for …
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Color Measurement Made Simple

Color Measurement Made Simple Color is an important part of manufacturing and there are many challenges to get the right color accurately and consistency. Commercial laundry needs to make sure that all cleaned laundry for the hotel and service industry …
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Improve Water Quality with Color Measurement

Water is an essential part of our everyday life and to determine whether water is suitable for consumption or used in food production, assessing the color and shade of water can be a valuable indicator of quality. Evaluating color visually …
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How to Achieve Consistent Color in Baking

Color is important in influencing consumer choices. Confectionery manufacturers understand the importance of color and color consistency in influencing consumer choices spare no effort in ensuring their products are baked to the right color and are consistent throughout the manufacturing …
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Why Measure Gloss in 85°, 60° and 20°?

Visual appearance of a product is one of the major factors in capturing consumer’s preference. Besides color, gloss is another key measurement parameter used to evaluate visual quality. Gloss is measured by quantifying the amount of light that is reflected …
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Measuring Contact Lens Color

Today, colored contact lenses are fashionable with richer and bolder designs and colors.  The lens colors are complementary to cosmetics and with designers getting creative with new colors, manufacturers are allocating time and resources in ensuring the colors of contact …
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Measuring the Color of 3 in 1 Coffee

The 3 in 1 coffee is a prepackaged instant coffee with non-dairy creamer and sugar added into it. Similar to instant coffee, it requires the use of hot or warm water to dissolve it into liquid form for consumption. Because …
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Improve Flour Quality with Color Measurement

Color and texture are extremely important to consumer, flour mills go through great length to ensure that the color of their flour meets the expectation of their clients. These checks are primarily based on consumer’s demand. During milling, the endosperm …
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New Reflected Image Quality (RIQ) to Evaluate High Quality Finishes

In coating, orange peel has a huge impact on high quality finishes. This undesirable effect reduces appearance quality and is caused by poorly applied coating or incorrect formulation. Though the orange peel effect is visible to human eye, visual evaluation …
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Measuring the Whiteness of Laundry

In the commercial laundry or hospitality industry, sorting linens such as towels and sheets based on their soil level is an important procedure.  Because not all stains can be removed by regular chemical, classifying linens into heavy, medium and light …
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How to Evaluate Coating Quality Using Distinctness of Image (DOI) Index

A highly glossy and smooth finish is what consumers look for in a high quality product and one barrier to achieving such finish is the orange peel effect. Orange peel is caused by incorrect formulation or poorly applied coating and …
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How to Measure the Color of Instant Coffee

Having coffee anytime and anywhere is easy with instant coffee.  Add water to the instant coffee granules, you can have coffee immediately.  Coffee is brewed from roasted grounded beans and transformed to granules by either freeze or spray drying. Roasting …
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What is Orange Peel in Coating?

Orange peel is defined as a bumpy and rough surface texture that resembles the skin of an orange. The texture distorts reflected light, causing reflected images to become fuzzy.  In most high gloss coating applications such as automotive, orange peel …
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Linen Whiteness in Commercial Laundry

White is important to the healthcare and hospitality industry because of its aesthetic purposes. For most hotels and hospitals, white linens are often preferred because of its associated with freshness, cleanliness and purity. As there is no reference standard to …
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Measuring the Reflective Quality of A Surface

Gloss, which is measured in terms of gloss units, is an indication of how reflective a surface is. A highly polished surface reflects more light and will give high gloss value when measured with a gloss meter. Like color, gloss …
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Testing Light and Color Quality in Automotive Manufacturing

Cars are manufactured to exact specifications and undergo rigorous scrutiny of key features and functions of each vehicle to conform to the quality of the design and performance. The quality of a car is the result of reliable quality parts …
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How to Get the Right Roasted Coffee Beans Color

For coffee roasters, the color of roasted coffee beans tells a lot about the coffee flavor and aroma. During roasting, as the coffee beans get darker, they gradually shift towards a burnt sugar flavor and roasty aroma. So in order …
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How To Start A Color Quality Control Program

If you are looking at starting a color quality control program, below are some pointers to consider. Understanding Color A good start is to talk to a color specialist to help you understand the basic of color science. Konica Minolta …
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Measuring the Color of Roasted Coffee Beans

Coffee roasting is important in coffee production as it bring out the aroma and flavor trapped inside the coffee beans. Different roast levels create different aroma and flavor and each level is represented by 8 different shades of brown, ranging …
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Metamerism

Metamerism happens when the two objects with the same color appear identical under one light source but different under another light source. For example, the shirt and pant which appear to have similar shade of black under the retail store …
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Color Readers vs Spectrophotometers

Colors play wide range of role in our daily lives, it influences our purchases and also our taste in foods. Unlike dimension or weight where we can measure with a ruler or scale, color can be perceived differently by different …
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Why is Paper White?

Consumer demand for whiter and brighter papers as it gives a cleaner feeling and colors printed on the paper appear more vibrant. Paper is naturally yellowish as it is made from pulps by compressing the fibres of the pulps. Recognizing …
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What is Calibration and When Is It Needed?

Calibration is a process of checking and adjusting the accuracy of measuring instruments by comparing against a reference standard. The reason for calibration is to ensure measurements are accurate and readings taken from one instrument or factory to another is …
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What is Optical Brightening Agent?

Have you ever wonder why your white clothes glow bluish under ultraviolet (UV) lighting or blue color bits can be seen in washing powders? The phenomenal is a fluorescent effect and the blue bits are optical brightening agents, a chemical …
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Automotive Coatings

Qualifying a car is a tedious process as parts are usually supplied through a pool of vendors and each of them has their own color formulation and suppliers. When the parts arrive, they go through incoming inspection. During the inspection, …
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Color Affects the Perception of Food

Many of us often have our sense of taste fooled by our sense of sight. So why does our taste buds get deceived by our eyes? We expect our food to taste like what we see. When the color of …
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Soap Noodles Color Grading

Soap noodle is the foundation in manufacturing a soap bar. Manufacturers can create house brands by adding color pigments, fragrances and additives. Soap noodles in Asia are generally made from palm, coconut and vegetable oils or animal fats. In the …
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Color Consistency of Shampoo and Soap Bottles

Humans are visual creatures, as the mind processes information based on what we see. This validates the millions of dollars personal care brands spent on creating visual identities for their products packaging, to help consumers associate better with their brands. …
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What is Plasticizer?

Plasticizers are additives that increase the flexibility and durability of a material. Large quantity of them are used every year to produce plastic compositions, coatings, films, and filaments for applications in many industries such as automotive, medical and consumer goods. …
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Chinese Snacks

Chinese steamed buns, deep fried dough sticks, steamed pork buns and pork dumplings are some examples of the mouth-watering Chinese snacks that are commonly consumed during breakfast, tea breaks or as side dishes during a meal. While you are enjoying …
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White Point and its Effect on Image Quality

A white point is a set of color values which define the color “white”. It is important in getting images to be of the correct color, due to the subjectivity of the human eye. This is because the eye automatically …
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Color Is In the Eye Of the Beholder: The Mystery of Tetrachromacy

Are you really seeing things as they truly are? According to some very recent research into a genetic mutation in the X chromosome, you’re probably not. Don’t feel too left out, most people aren’t, however, there is a small fraction …
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Is the Color Of Your Office Hurting Employee Productivity?

There are a lot of reasons why businesses choose to paint their office walls white. It looks clean, it’s easy to maintain, and many offices simply don’t consider doing any other color. But they should. A recent study conducted by …
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Why Measure Light and Color

Why measure light? One important factor why we measure light is for safety reasons with road and runway lighting being the priority. Lighting along roads and runways primarily assists routing of traffic, these areas should not be dimly lit. Drivers …
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Build Better Brands

We are surrounded by colors, be it the metallic silver Toyota we drive, the bright yellow bananas we eat and the gold iPhone 6 we use. Color is important in the world around us. It defines our personality, increases our …
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Flavors & Fragrances Color Control

Flavors and fragrances are used in processed food, personal and consumer care products. With growing affluence, production of these consumer goods is rising and the use of flavor and fragrance ingredients is growing in tandem. To meet today’s demanding consumers’ …
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Is Comic Book Color Science Becoming A Reality?

It used to be that “cloaking devices” and changing skin colors and textures at the drop of a hat was the stuff of comic book heroes, mutant monsters, and futuristic spaceships. Well, it seems that the future has finally arrived …
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Forget #theDress. What Color is this Petunia?

Every social media outlet in the world was broken as people got into heated arguments over the color of a dress last week. Even with the raging debate between Team White and Gold vs. Team Blue and Black, real scientific …
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What is Correlated Color Temperature (CCT)?

Color temperature is a visible color characteristic of a light source, it is calculated by determining the temperature of the light on an isotemperature line on the chromaticity chart, related to a black body locus, the unit is in absolute …
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Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil

Two types of oil are produced from the oil palm fruits – palm oil and palm kernel oil. Palm oil is derived from the pulp, while palm kernel oil is derived from the kernel of the fruit; hence both are …
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What You Didn’t Know About How Men And Women See Color

It seems that a difference in gender also determines how we visualize color. Stephen Von Worley, an artist and scientist surveyed over 5 million individuals and then created a dot graphic for each of the 2,000 most commonly used color …
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Green Buildings

Why Go Green? As the earth’s climate changes with the depletion of the ozone layer, countries and manufacturers are working towards a greener environment. The depletion of the ozone layer is mainly caused by halogen atoms which arise from man-made …
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The Science of Color Applied to The Art of Perception

Anyone who has ever looked at a 19th century Turner seascape painting knows the dramatic effect it can have on one’s emotions. What is it about simple paint and brush strokes that can trigger such a response? Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur …
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New Research Says Ancient Fish Saw In Color

Sometimes new research can shed light on ancient mysteries, often answering important scientific questions that have long evaded discovery. When it comes to learning about the abilities of creatures long extinct there is usually a significant amount of speculation and …
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Color Coding Prescription Pills

As populations continue to grow older the use of prescription drugs is also on the rise. In a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine, approximately four out of five adults regularly take medication every week. Of that number nearly …
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Non-Invasive Skin Color Measurement

In dermatologic practice and clinical research, visual cues such as color are of primary importance for the accurate diagnosis and grading of skin lesions. Quantification of erythema and pigmentation is important for in vivo assessment of skin reactions to external …
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Color Psychology of Branding

Have you wonder why you have a favorite color? Why do you feel relax when you see green? How bright yellow can instantly lift your mood and seeing red increases your heart beat? Color surrounds us and we associate color …
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How Does Orange Peel and Haze Affects Surface Finishing?

High gloss, deep finishing, smooth and homogenous are what consumers look for in a high quality product. To ensure these attributes in finishes, manufacturers ensures that the coating they use are free from orange peel and haze. Beside gloss evaluation, …
Color Control of Spices

Color Control of Spices

Spices are generally used for flavouring of food but in some circumstances, it has also been used in perfume, cosmetic and medicinal application. When used in food application, besides flavouring, spices are also used for coloring and food preservations. With …
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Color Control for Preform Bottles, Caps and Closures

Branding is often defined as a valuable asset of a corporation. Corporations manage their brands carefully to create value, market awareness, and image representation. Proper branding can result in higher sales of not only one product, but on other products …
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Color Control in the Cosmetics Industry

Cosmetic or commonly known as makeup is the use of chemical substances or compounds which can be naturally derived from various sources to enhance the appearance of the human body particularly the facial area. Many cosmetic products come in various …
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Spectrophotometric Study of Chlorophyll in EcoSystems

Chlorophyll is one of the major components involved in photosynthesis, the vital reaction that creates oxygen from sunlight. Most people easily recognize when “Chlorophyll a” is present, since it gives off the familiar green color associated with the pigment. Photosynthetic …
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Using Spectrophotometers for Ceramics

Ceramics are manufactured for many different purposes. Practical examples of everyday use include the dental industry and many types of housewares such as vases and plates. Ceramics utilized for dentistry require accurate hues of whiteness. Any slight variation in the …
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Testing Pharmaceutical-Grade Whiteness with a Spectrophotometer

In order for an element to be classified safe for pharmaceutical use, it must undergo strict testing and follow many regulations and adhere to many restrictions. One example of an item that is frequently used in pharmaceuticals is talcum powder. …
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Spectrophotometer to Measure Cholesterol

Spectrophotometers for Good Health Spectrophotometers are commonly used to measure transmittance or reflectance of solids, gases, or other substances. However, in the medical industry, they can also be used to analyze and report crucial health information, such as cholesterol level. …
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Measuring Cosmetics with a Gloss Meter

Products that we see every single day have standards of measurement in regard to weight and size specifications – but some industries have to consider additional specifications such as glossiness. In these industries, the reflectiveness of the surface is a …
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Spectrodensitometer Uses In Graphic Design

Most people don’t realize just how complex it can be to faithfully convert digital images to images on paper. Graphic design hinges on predictable displays of color and line, because even minute details can make a big difference in how …
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Changes In Gloss Levels of Paint

It used to be that paint could be purchased in only three categories, which were flat, semi-gloss, and gloss. Unfortunately, modern paint manufacturers decided that this wasn’t a glamorous enough description, and now, you can find descriptors like silk, low …
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Matching Color For Ceramic Restoration

There are some impressive technologies today that can accomplish remarkable things. One of those amazing advancements is the ability to determine the color of an object using a hand-held device called a spectrophotometer. The way the spectrophotometer works is simply …
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How plastics manufacturers use benchtop spectrophotometers in quality control

When manufacturing plastic products, plants worldwide use Konica Minolta benchtop spectrophotometers to measure the products’ transmitted and reflected color, yellowness and haze. The instruments provide technicians with numerical values that relate to what is seen and are truly top of …
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Is it true that there are no blue foods?

Are shrimp more blue than blueberries? Using a state-of-the-art Konica Minolta spectrophotometer for color measurement, we found out that it is, in fact, true: no blue foods (that we know about, anyway) exist. If you look around at all the …
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Accessories for Color Measurement in Paint and Plastics with CM-600d and CM-700d Spectrophotometers

Most of our color, light and 3D scanning instruments come with accessories that are designed for unique and special applications. In this post, we’ll present an overview of accessories used with our CM-600d and CM-700d spectrophotometers for color measurement in …
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Testing Water Quality with a Colorimeter

The human eye is a marvelous tool, capable of amazing feats. But its abilities are not limitless, especially when discerning between colors and shades that are extremely close in appearance, one to the others. For color measurement applications with water, …
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How Colorimeters Used in Color Measurement Help Technicians Guarantee Purity in Liquids

The need for color measurement and evaluation of various forms of liquids exists in many industries including pharmaceutical, chemical, petroleum and others. This is often performed with one of Konica Minolta’s colorimeters and using what is known as the American …
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Spotlight on the Popular CM-2600d Spectrophotometer

Color measurement is not an art but a science. Konica Minolta has perfected that science with a selection of advanced spectrophotometers that provide users with highly accurate color measurement data across a huge range of objects and solutions. One of …