Datacolor Donates Last VCS-10 Color Simulator to University Device offers Historical and Educational Value to Philadelphia University Who Will Use it to Teach Color Science and Technology

Datacolor Donates Last VCS-10 Color Simulator to University Device offers Historical and Educational Value to Philadelphia University Who Will Use it to Teach Color Science and Technology

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – May 12, 2009 — Datacolor, a Sustaining Member of the ISCC, has just donated its last VCS-10 unit to the Philadelphia University to be used for education in color science and technology. The VCS-10 is a color simulator that has seven colored disks, all rotating at high speed (1800 rpm) to produce a time-averaged visual response. To match a color in the included light box (with fluorescent or incandescent light), an observer controls the angular subtenses of the interleaved disks while they spin together.

Although spinning-disk color synthesis has been known since J. C. Maxwell in the 1850s, the interleaving of the disks and electronic adjustment "on the fly" were novel, so Datacolor (then Applied Color Systems) was granted US Patent 4,310,314 in 1982 for the idea (co-invented by Philip R. Worn, Ralph A. Stanziola, and Donald R. Hall). Ralph Stanziola was an alumnus of Philadelphia University (then Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science), and Datacolor felt it was appropriate to donate the last device to his alma mater in honor of his memory. The VCS-10 was developed to help design and specify color, eliminating the need to exchange physical samples as part of the approval process.

Although the VCS-10 was developed in the late 1970's and early 1980's, its color gamut and inter-instrument agreement still outperform current digital monitors. Previously donated units of the VCS 10 have had a remarkable impact on color education. One unit, which Datacolor donated to the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1990, was central to at least one Master's thesis written by graduate student, Mark Shaw. Mark A. Sunderland, Assistant to the Dean, School of Engineering and Textiles, Philadelphia University, was the recipient of the VCS-10. As part of the university's strategic plan, "Design, Engineering & Commerce," Sunderland is now working to establish the Color Institute where the VCS 10 will be used across a broad range of curricula. "It is both an honor and privilege to present Philadelphia University with the last known VCS-10 color simulator in the name of Ralph Stanziola," said Albert Busch, CEO, Datacolor. "Mr. Stanziola and the VCS-10 represent a rich history and culture at Datacolor and we are pleased that the device will continue to be used as a teaching tool at the university level," added Mr. Busch. About Datacolor Datacolor is a global leader in color management solutions and color communication technology.

The world's leading brands, manufacturers, creative professionals and consumers, have been choosing Datacolor's innovative technology and solutions to consistently achieve the right color for nearly 40 years. A Swiss held company, Datacolor's global presence encompasses a sales, service and support network serving customers in more than 65 countries throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia, along with 13 worldwide operation and production facilities. Industries served include apparel and textile, paint and coatings, automotive, plastics, photography, home theater and others. For more information about Datacolor and its products or services, visit newserver.datacolor.eu.