Axalta's Digital Colour Management uses a cloud-based color management system that enables body shops to handle the entire color retrieval and color mixing processes not only completely digitally, but also 100 percent wirelessly – something that is unique to Axalta, and a first for the industry.
Instead of matching colors by eye, with Axalta's Digital Colour Management refinishers simply take color readings of a vehicle's paintwork using Axalta's digital spectrophotometers, which wirelessly send the readings to Axalta's constantly-updated online global color database.
The best match can be selected on a smartphone or a tablet and sent via Wi-Fi to an IP scale for mixing the color formula. Labels and other print-outs can be handled wirelessly as well. A PC can still be used in the mixing room, but it is not required anymore. And thanks to the wireless data exchange between connectable devices, everything can be accessed by everyone in the same body shop network. There are also other online functionalities like stock management, paint shop management and e-ordering, as well as the ability to connect with many other digital management systems used in the body shop.
"Axalta's Digital Colour Management is the pinnacle of our digital services that help body shops be more accurate, more efficient and more profitable,” said Adrien Schrobiltgen, VP for Axalta's refinish business in the E “And the premise is simple; the whole color management process is carried out with our digital and wireless technologies using only a smartphone or a tablet. Color chips, cables and PCs are a thing of the past."
In early 2018, Axalta marked the sale of more than 50,000 spectrophotometers globally.
"We are delighted that Axalta is the only company to provide the option to carry out the entire process digitally and wirelessly,” Schrobiltgen said. “We are giving our refinishers the right tools to place them at the cutting edge of digital transformation that's happening in the refinish industry today, which in turn will help them achieve a solid competitive edge."