Did you know there is more to measuring color than just the color itself? Sure, you want that beautiful shade of Chinese Porcelain blue you developed to be the exact same color your designer saw on the streets of Hong Kong. But that’s not all you can do with our instruments and software.
And thanks to some of our customers’ challenges, we’ve been able to add even more benefits and use cases for SpectraVision. Here are some of the applications our customers have discovered while using the SpectraVision solution.
From high-res sample images to on-screen color evaluations
In today’s changing landscape, being able to adapt to new safety restrictions like working from home and social distancing, means we need to work smarter. Offices are closed, shipping is delayed because of border restrictions and Christmas-like shipping demands, and most non-essential employees are working from home wherever possible.
Thanks to SpectraVision, you can measure samples in one region while someone else (somewhere else) reviews the data. This can be in your home office as well as your regular office space when the world reopens. Flexibility is paramount.
This means your production schedules can continue as previously planned, submissions can be streamlined, and approvals are not delayed because these can be done via digital reviews thanks to calibrated on-screen evaluations. You can use the high-resolution sample images as a reference for the final product, and incorporate them into other programs, such as your ERP system.
SpectraVision’s new vertical configuration: perfect for small samples
The new vertical configuration allows customers to measure even smaller samples than previously possible. Products with color variation that are very small in nature, such as small buttons, hair samples, yarn dyes or small gems, can also be a challenge for a traditional spectrophotometer.
Samples as small as granulates, pellets, crystals, buttons, even those small and intricate watch parts. With traditional measurement instruments, you risked the possibility of similarly small samples falling into the sphere. With SpectraVision and its various sample holders designed to hold very small objects in place, users can easily take the images of the sample and then separate the colors.
However, with the improvements, you no longer need to navigate a complicated sample holder. And yes, your data can still easily be shared digitally and can even improve workflow in some cases depending on the sample type.
This application would also prove useful in the textile industry, where manufacturers need to ensure the color consistency across multiple components of one garment, such as the zippers, buttons, trims and snaps of a jacket, or the lace, mesh, sole and body of a sneaker.
Calculation of percentage coverage
When measuring multi-color or mixture material, the system calculates the percentage of a certain color within the total sample space. This is important because first it can give you an objective evaluation of the overall look and feel of the material.
Take Stone and pigmented Countertops, for example. They are often a composite of ground and fleck material with different colors that makes up the overall appearance. Traditionally, visual evaluation was the only method for controlling consistency because it was not possible to measure with a traditional spectrophotometer. Now, with the introduction of new technology on the market, a countertop producer can separate the different colors in the stone and along with percent coverage can make comparisons in the samples. In addition, the high resolution images can show the distribution and size of the different colors in the samples measured.
Second, it can help you meet technical specifications or control the cost of material. Take, for example, roof shingles or sandstones, which contain different mixtures of sand, colored stones, or other materials used to create different coloring effects. But these raw materials come at different costs. Understanding how much of each material the sample contains can help you control cost while still ensuring overall consistency of the final product.
Third, you can measure miniaturized weather samples. When you need to check on how materials exposed to outdoor elements, it can be challenging to not only measure the change over time because of the size of some of these products and materials. You can create and measure samples to use with indoor weathering machines and track things like fade and dirt pick-up. You can measure and track coating samples all at once and even group and save them under one name for convenience. This also allows you to measure the changes over time.
Separation of color for textured material – excluding shadows
When it comes to accurately assessing color for textured material such as stucco, leather, textured wallpaper, etc., a traditional spectrophotometer just doesn’t cut it. That’s because a standard instrument takes an average of the sample measurement space—including the shaded areas. This results in errors in the lightness of the samples.
However, with a hyperspectral imaging solution like the Datacolor SpectraVision, a user can easily separate different colors and exclude the shadow (peaks and valleys). As a result you achieve more accurate measurement of the intended color. With this capability, producers can ensure greater color matching and consistency from batch to batch.
Measurement of 3D objects
Some of the more interesting samples our customers have measured with SpectraVision involve 3D objects. The ability to measure color on the top and multiple sides of a stone at the same time helps our customer to better understand their cutting process and its impact on final product quality.
Another application of 3D measurement: Did you know that tooth color is more complex than meets the eye? There are colors on the surface of the tooth and colors within the tooth. Many factors can impact the perceived color of a tooth, so the ability to measure the color gradient across a dental implant helps our customer to better control the quality of their final product.
Other SpectraVision benefits you should know about
In the textile and apparel industry, resistance to fading and running is critical. Understanding how your colors perform helps make informed decisions. SpectraVision helps not only share measurements digitally but also allows users to see images as well as the colorfastness ratings offering additional points of reference.
Graphic designers – rejoice! If you have an online catalog of products that require retouching and editing, your designers will get the added benefit of having accurate l*a*b* or RGB values to retouch the images according to your readings.
Matching color for lace:
Customers can measure the color of lace with SpectraVision and using Datacolor Match Textile software, can reproduce that color formulation. Lace was previously considered unmeasurable thanks to the intricacies and challenges with the materials. Thanks to the ability to now view images on-screen with a calibrated monitor, development time and shipping costs can now be reduced as the data is shared digitally.
We’ve told you what SpectraVision can do. Now we want to know: what other applications can you challenge us with?