Assessment Services

Datacolor assessment services ensure that supply chains are qualified and capable of meeting expectations for color quality. Helping brands, vendors and suppliers dramatically reduce the time and cost of product development.

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Datacolor Assessment Services are designed to help brands, vendors and suppliers dramatically reduce the time and cost of product development.

The program ensures that supply chains are qualified and capable of meeting expectations for color quality. Your color workflow will be assessed by color professionals who have decades of experience that you can trust. A certification of assessment will allow you to showcase your organization’s commitment to best practices for processes, technology, and people. 

Datacolor Assessment Service Options: 

  • Datacolor Certify (Recommended) – Assesses both visual and digital color development workflows. Once the certification is granted to suppliers, it is valid for one year and is recognized by all brands participating in the program.
  • Datacolor Certify Visual – A subset of Datacolor Certify that focuses only on the visual color workflow. This certification program is designed specifically for suppliers that work with fabrications and materials that are not currently being measured digitally.

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For retail brands,

Assessment services reduce time from design to consumer and ensure expected quality by:

  • Gaining transparency into your supply chain’s capabilities to efficiently and effectively manage color.
  • Saving time on supply chain certification and shifting your color team’s auditing resources to focus on other priorities critical to delivering quality products to the consumer.
  • Shifting accountability to the point of manufacturing by giving qualified suppliers the ability to self-approve.

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For suppliers and mills,

Assessment services can help you achieve higher efficiency in production:

  • Reaching more customers by showcasing your commitment to best practices. 
  • Obtaining recommendations for the right technology and processes that optimize the overall color development workflow.
  • Realizing cost and resource savings by committing to an industry recognized assessment program in which multiple brands align.

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What you get with Certify Visual vs Certify:

Color workflow assessment Certify Visual Certify
Online Pre-Test
Color Theory
Instrument Technique
QC Software Technique
Operator Evaluation
Visual Procedures
Visual Test 
Color Approval Process/Knowledge of Brand SOP  Visual Only Visual and Digital
Instrumental Technique and Maintenance
QC Software Technique 
Environmental Conditions
Atmospheric Conditions
Equipment
Light Cabinet
Spectrophotometer
QC Software
Performance Monitoring Software
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Certification is recognized by all brands requiring visual assessment
Certification is recognized by all brands requiring digital assessment

 

In order for a supplier to be qualified for Datacolor assessment program, make sure you review the Product Reference Sheet

If any of the required items are missing, we can help you achieve minimum requirements to be qualified. Please chat with our color experts today to learn more about qualifications.

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Deliver your ideal color on-time, on-budget.

Datacolor Assessment Services will focus on the following three elements as part of the assessment:

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Environmental conditions

Temperature and humidity levels can affect how color will look on the final product.  It is important to keep your environmental conditions within the recommended range. Datacolor will also evaluate the daily log of conditions and how standards are stored.

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Equipment

For the Datacolor Certify Program, light booths and spectrophotometers must be under an annual service contract. The instruments’ performance, conditions and usage will also be tested to make sure they comply with program standards. Software version, configuration and support will be checked as part of the assessment as well as antivirus protection.

For the Datacolor Certify Visual Program, only lightbooths will be evaluated. Spectrophotometers, software and antivirus protection are not included in this assessment program.

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Operator’s expertise

Success of the entire color development cycle is highly dependent upon operators. Their skills and knowledge will be evaluated during an initial pre-assessment test that is taken online. During the onsite assessment, a Datacolor representative will evaluate each operator’s understanding of procedures and equipment usage and test their color vision.

How the program works:

When assessing the supply chain, the Datacolor team focuses on color management processes and mill capabilities. This includes instruments, knowledgebase and environment. We identify areas for improvement, provide recommendations and work with the mill to make sure they meet the criteria for certification.

Results you can expect

As a brand, you will gain greater visibility into your supply chain’s capabilities to help inform more efficient sourcing strategies. As a supplier, you will gain a competitive advantage and greater flexibility in the production process.

Are you qualified?

In order for a supplier to be qualified for Datacolor assessment program, make sure you review the Product Reference Sheet 

If any of the required items are missing, we can help you achieve minimum requirements to be qualified. Please chat with our color experts  today to learn more about qualifications.

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Get color right. Talk to a color expert today to find out how you can participate in the program. 

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