Blue for you?

Blue Jeans (Closeup / Nahaufnahme)Here is a great post on Munsell Color Blog about colour control and the challenges therein within the dyeing and specifically indigo dyeing industries. Denim jeans are notoriously difficult to measure in terms of colour; perhaps the reason so many people love them is because the colour and textures vary so much, but there has to be a degree of control in such a large scale production environment. The most interesting comment in the post is that about the lack of understanding in textiles industries as regards colour. Although many large companies in this huge industry spend a fortune on hardware and software to measure colour, they skimp on training, or are let down by colour instrument manufacturers when it comes to support and training.

People are the most valuable asset of most businesses and it is people who are they key to getting good commercial decisions when colour matching in textiles.

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Fastest colours: thanks to Trimite

thrust 2-2The 4th October 2013 was the 30th anniversary of Richard Noble’s land speed record with Thrust 2 at a speed of 633.468 mph. Worthy of mention in it’s own right, but for us particularly as our good customer Trimite Global Coatings was a main sponsor and one of the so-called “super seven” sponsors who came to Noble’s aid at the eleventh hour with additional funds to keep the attempt alive.

Image thanks to Bloodhound Project

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Colour and mathematics

20130902-115335.jpg Although not specifically about colour, this post is a fascinating example of the link between colour science and mathematics.

The four colour theorem uses colour to illustrate a maths topic visually. Interestingly, colour science works the other way around, using mathematical equation to quantify colour. One may argue colour is not an exact science in certain applications, and indeed this is so. However, the maths behind colour science allows one to use a combination of data and visual assessment to reach a reasonable conclusion.

Most important, the four colour theorem makes one think laterally: colour = maths, maths = colour, which is why we love it..

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In-line colour measurement

Posted here on is news that Konica Minolta is releasing a new in-line colour management system called NC-1.

We have been discussing in-line measurement and control with another company recently, particularly the commercial value of such systems. The problem seems to be that the substantial cost is not outweighed by the productivity benefits in their industry. The coatings and paint industry has long striven to avoid lengthy runs of pipe work over which variance in colour can occur – the obvious driver for an in-line measurement system.

In-line measurement is the logical best way to measure colour consistency and repeatability without a doubt. That said, we need a commercial driver too..

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Next-gen architectural colour coatings?

next-gen coatings Is a revolution in architectural coatings just around the corner or is this technology from Nanotech Inc years away in reality? In this post on Marketwatch┬áthe ┬ásuggestion is that this is a commercial product already, but how ready is the market for it? From a colour point of view, we find it exciting because it offers a wide range, without compromise on performance, or so it appears. How stable the colour will be in architectural applications in terms of the use of tint kits to colour after market, we wonder…

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