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01-10-2005

Color Management over the Internet

Fig. 1. Spectrophotometer for automotive interiors (Photo: Datacolor)

Fig. 1. Spectrophotometer for automotive interiors (Photo: Datacolor)

In the area of color measurement, Internet-based color management systems are being employed increasingly in place of individual solutions. This new approach offers decisive benefits for large companies with worldwide operations as well as for small and medium-sized companies.

Color matching is not always a simple matter, especially with products that are assembled from many parts. If color management is handled separately at the various companies, this can result in visible differences in the final product, according to the color specialist Uwe Schröder in the January edition of the magazine Kunststoffe.

Different types of color measuring devices from different manufacturers are employed for quality control at the various production facilities. Manual matching of all instruments is thus time-consuming and costly.

Internet-based solutions such at the Enterprise Color Management (ECM) system from GretagMacbeth can help here. This concept provides stable and reproducible color at all production facilities of subsidiaries, suppliers and business partners. The NetProfiler color measuring instrument management software assures that even color measuring instruments from different manufacturers measure correctly. In this way, all users connected to the network can produce matching parts.

Fig. 2. Concept for global color management (Courtesy: GretagMacbeth)

Fig. 2. Concept for global color management (Courtesy: GretagMacbeth)

Datacolor offers another fully integrated solution. The Spectrum system also makes effective and automated color management possible along the entire supply chain. All participating companies receive access to a central platform in order to facilitate all color developments and matching. The resultant optimized communication results in faster introduction of products to the market. In addition, the system reduces the cost of producing samples. Existing color management systems can be expanded on a modular basis as necessary with solutions for color correction, quality control, visualization, communication and production optimization. With the aid of the Datacolor’s Maestro diagnostic software, all Datacolor spectrophotometers can be standardized against a reference instrument.

Dr.-Ing. Harald Sambale
sambale <AT> kunststoffe.de

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Gretag-Macbeth GmbH
Siemensstrasse 12b
DE 63263 Neu-Isenburg
Tel: +49 6102 7957-0
Fax: +49 6102 7957-57


Datacolor GmbH
Mainstr. 4a
DE 45768 Marl
Tel: +49 2365 5109-0
Fax: +49 2365 5109-39


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