Read how Konica Minolta Sensing instruments helped our customers in real-world application scenarios. From food to plastics, cosmetics to pharmaceuticals, we’ve got the solution to your color measurement problem.

The evaluation of whiteness of a product is dependent from the materials and the application it is used in. Natural materials for example tend to yield some yellowish tint e.g. cotton or wool, so the industry modifies the materials to compensate for this effect (yellowish tint of a product is most often seen as a quality flaw, e.g. yellowed due to aging or dirt) and make the appearance of a product more white.

The name Kärcher is synonymous with the inventive spirit that is typically Swabian. The family-run company from Winnenden, near Stuttgart, is a global market leader in the field of cleaning systems. Kärcher has achieved an increase in both turnover and the number of products sold in 2008 despite the general economic downturn, achieving the company’s best ever result on both fronts. Kärcher sells its products in more than 190 countries worldwide, with local sales branches in 41 countries. The constant and intensive growth of the Kärcher group over recent years has been mainly due to the commitment of its 7000 or so employees. Employees strongly identify themselves with the company and embody its corporate culture in both their professional and private lives. As well as the many different applications in domestic households, which range from high-pressure cleaning, garden pumps and sweeping machines to steam irons, Kärcher also supply cleaning machines to industry, including vacuum cleaners, scrubber-dryers, vehicle washing systems and dry ice blasters.

INAX Corporation was founded in 1924 and is now Japan’s leading manufacturer of tiling, building materials, sanitary fixtures, and residential fixtures. Particularly for tiles, INAX is the world’s largest maker, and distributes these products which play a variety of roles in our daily lives to customers throughout the world.
INAX has been using Konica Minolta Sensing’s spectrophotometers for many years, and the replacement of previous products with the latest Spectrophotometer CM-700d provided the opportunity for this application note.

In today’s retail world of behind glass, chilled, frozen, boxed, dried, vacuum-packed and plastic wrapped foods, eye-appeal is far more important than nose-appeal. Both fresh and processed food producers know this well, and are increasingly adopting instrumental color measurement technologies and practices to control color better across a wide range of applications.

When Pepperidge Farm installed Konica Minolta Sensing’s BC-10 Baking Contrast Meters, judging the color of baked goods became a cinch. According to Mike Davis, bakery technologist at Pepperidge Farm, evaluating color by eye isn’t as easy as many home bakers might think, in fact, he said it was a big challenge.

No two individuals will view or describe color exactly the same. Being able to discuss color based upon established color science principals and the use of color standards is paramount.
“The only way to validate color to what the human eyes sees is to review data from measurements taken during fabrication,” said Brian Stiles, a Quality Engineer for Viracon, Inc.
The instruments Viracon uses to measure color are Konica Minolta CM-2600d Spectrophotometers.

Did you know that Americans consume more peanut butter than any other country?
Over 90 million jars are sold annually – that’s one about every three seconds! About 75 percent of all American families purchase peanut butter, enough to make 10 billion peanut butter and jelly sandwiches a year. That’s about 500 million pounds of peanut butter, or three pounds per person every year and consumption is increasing.

With the increasing diversity of products, product recognition is becoming more important. Along with product design, color is one of the major factors in creating a product image. It has a great effect on market appeal and sales.

The average consumer will not accept the color ranges that were the industry standard ten years ago. They are always searching for a better product – one that gives them the desired properties with a minimum of variation. Because of these requirements, companies are becoming increasingly concerned about color.

The company takes a holistic, total package approach to help its customers maximise their production efficiencies and improve both the performance and aesthetics of their products. The company was founded in 1972 in Cleveland, Ohio and today employs over 500 personnel globally. ColorMatrix has research, manufacturing and technical support facilities in Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia.

Read how Konica Minolta Sensing instruments helped our customers in real-world application scenarios. From lighting to displays, we’ve got the solution to your light measurement problem.

Dr. Soneira, founder and president of DisplayMate Technologies, observes the display industry with an uncompromising eye toward accuracy. His company produces proprietary test patterns that are used by manufacturers, test labs and hundreds of publications worldwide for testing and evaluating display hardware – to the extent that DisplayMate has become a widely accepted industry standard.

Like all of the websites in the family, at we test HDTVs using a rigorous set of scientific methods, using the same tools and techniques that the manufacturers themselves use to test their own products. Rather than just looking at an ad hoc set images and videos on the screen, we perform an in-depth quantitative analysis using advanced instrumentation and professional tools that look at the performance of the HDTV, determining how the display produces on-screen images in extreme detail.

After developing new thermally-conductive and electrically-conductive products one after another, Fujipoly launched a new challenge: the developmentof silicone rubber that conducts light. While taking advantage of the properties of transparent silicone rubber, Fujipoly made round-the-clock efforts to achieve further higher transmissivity and a uniform light-emitting face. Finally, Fujipoly succeeded in creating light guide film (LGF) using silicone rubber. By applying special treatment to 0.2-mm thick silicone rubber film, Fujipoly realized a surface light source with high transmissivity and uniform light emission.

When it comes to manufacturing color effect pigments for security and decorative markets, look no further than the Flex Products Group of JDS Uniphase. The JDSU is the worldwide leading provider of broadband test and measurement solutions and is also involved in other non-color shifting security pigments for use in pharmaceuticals to prevent counterfeiting.

Today’s TV choices cover a broad spectrum of screen sizes, aspect ratios, features, technologies, and prices. But what ultimately distinguishes one TV from another is how good the image looks. While such an assessment of image quality would appear hopelessly subjective, CNET Labs has come up with a set of tools and procedures designed to arrive at unbiased results by utilizing industry-accepted video-quality evaluation tools, objective testing criteria, and trained experts.

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