These handheld digital tools are an accurate and fast way of color matching that boosts the efficiency of body shops.
"Adopting a digital approach to color matching and retrieval is a global trend that started 25 years ago when Axalta was one of the first coatings companies to offer a digital device and software to refinish customers," said Dr. Martin Wulf, Axalta's Colour and Technical manager for Refinish Systems in EMEA. "Today, we encourage all of our users to future-proof themselves and optimize their efficiency by moving to digital color measurement."
Refinishers take the color readings from a vehicle's paintwork using the spectrophotometer, which then wirelessly sends the readings to Axalta's online global color database.
The color matching software searches more than 200,000 constantly-updated formulas, and where necessary, automatically adjusts the closest formula to provide refinishers with the best possible match.
This can then be selected on a smartphone or a tablet and sent via WiFi to an IP scale for mixing the color formula.
"The future is now," Wulf said. "The spectrophotometer is clearly a valuable part of modern refinish work. We expect to see continued and significant growth globally as body shops adopt a completely digital way of working. For customers who are looking at going digital, we will support and help them make a seamless transition to a fully digital color management process."
Axalta's spectrophotometers are available globally.