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Published on November 4th 2018 in

Glasurit optimises digital colour matching

Glasurit, BASF’s premium brand, offers its comprehensive product portfolio to support body shops with digital colour matching. It includes the new Glasurit RATIO Scan 12/6 spectrophotometer, which draws on the world’s largest colour database – Glasurit Colour Online – and ensures optimal refinishing solutions.

The introduction of digital spectrophotometers in 2009 considerably accelerated the colour-matching process in the body shop and made mixing formulas easier to access. In order to further optimise the measurement reliability and refinishing results, Glasurit has refined its already established spectrophotometers. For instance, the latest generation – Glasurit RATIO Scan 12/6 – scans the paint surface even more finely and offers technical innovations and intelligent links to ensure an even quicker and more convenient work flow.

With the device’s built-in digital camera, the user can scan the area surrounding the repair site in real time for a scratch-free area for measurement and depict it on the colour touch display. With two types of light – one blue and one white LED – a total of 12 angles of incidence of light are measured on the paint surface and documented in six photos. In so doing, the device can precisely analyse the colour and texture of the colour and effect pigments and can reliably determine even challenging colours.

“We would like to support our customers in finding ideal refinish solutions and optimising the individual process steps in day-to-day work. To this end, the spectrophotometers are connected with Glasurit’s Profit Manager Pro colour and materials management system. The results can be transmitted wirelessly to the computer in the mixing room via the certified Wi-Fi interface and compared to the Colour Online database,” explained Uwe Westerwelle, head of Glasurit Digital Colour Solutions.

In addition to the review of millions of measurement values within the colour database, a BASF-patented search and correction algorithm ensures that the Glasurit RATIO Scan 12/6 measurement results are converted into perfect refinish solutions. Not only are the best matches displayed; the algorithms also provide suggestions for correction that can make the results even better. Colour visualisations and spectral curves show how well the suggested solutions match the measured colours. The relevant formulation can be mixed directly as needed.

As the world’s leading provider of solutions for automotive refinishing, Glasurit offers its customers the RATIO Scan 12/6 spectrophotometer, a modern system for all-around digital colour matching in their everyday body shop routine. The convenient and reliable measurement makes for improved processes and higher throughput rates when body shops register repair jobs. Additionally, a comprehensive range of services ensures that the interaction between the spectrophotometer and the colour and materials management system is optimally coordinated and that new measurement values are added to the database on an ongoing basis.

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