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Norm Demers

Norm Demers


Norm Demers, Business Development Manager at Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, supports businesses in communicating, measuring, and controlling the color of their products. Norm started working with color back in 1970 at a textile dye lab in Pawtucket, Rhode Island where he was involved with color matching, formulation, and instrumentation. His career in color took off from there and, over a number of years, he built an impressive resume helping businesses develop and implement effective color quality processes. In March of 1997, he joined the Minolta team as an applications engineer, which led to his current position in charge of expanding the company’s Color & Appearance product line into new areas of process control. Today, Norm is considered one of Konica Minolta Sensing’s most knowledgeable experts in the field of color and color measurement. Norm earned his degree in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis on Automatic Process Control at Roger Williams College.

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Why is Konica Minolta Sensing’s CL-500A Illuminance Spectrophotometer a Superlative Light Meter?

Why is Konica Minolta Sensing’s CL-500A Illuminance Spectrophotometer a Superlative Light Meter?

The Konica Minolta CL-500A is a handheld illuminance spectrophotometer that conforms to both DIN and JIS standards. This device can me...


New Tinted Glasses Give Color to Those With Color Vision Deficiency

New Tinted Glasses Give Color to Those With Color Vision Deficiency

Sometimes some of the most amazing discoveries happen by accident. Individuals with color vision deficiency, particularly red-green color vision deficiency (CVD), experience little less color than those with normal vision. But...


Scientists Document Rare Color Changing Spider for the First Time

Scientists Document Rare Color Changing Spider for the First Time

Just when you thought you knew every kind of color changing critter that existed nature keeps finding ways to surprise you. Most of us are more than familiar with the color changing abilities of certain animals like the chamele...


Can color affect your internal clock? The answer may surprise you!

Can color affect your internal clock? The answer may surprise you!

Everyone knows light affects our circadian rhythms. Now scientists are discovering it’s not just the amount of light but the color and brightness of it that triggers our internal clocks.

Scientists at the University ...


LEDs That Sell!

LEDs That Sell!

There’s a revolution going on in European retail, and it’s not what or where their products sell, but in how they enlighten customers about the products they sell while they’re shopping in retail venues. One innovative w...


Why Does Hair Turn Gray as We Age?

Why Does Hair Turn Gray as We Age?

It starts with a few strands and then before you know it, it's everywhere. Although thought to be a sign of wisdom and maturity, gray hair is a part of the aging process many of us dread. According to sources, your chance of ...


Can Hand Sanitizers Harm Health Care Workers?

Can Hand Sanitizers Harm Health Care Workers?

It's the time of year for sneezing and sniffles. For most people daily use of hand sanitizers is relatively minimal, and usually occurs after trips to the restroom or after sneezing. Conversely, Healthcare workers are required ...


Wine Spectrophotometry

Wine Spectrophotometry

Wine, like many elite types of alcohol, is judged very specifically on the basis of taste. Wine enthusiasts begin evaluating the quality of wine from its color, before even sipping it. However, the flavor for most wines begins ...


Unproductive at Work? The Colors within Your Environment Might Be to Blame

Unproductive at Work? The Colors within Your Environment Might Be to Blame

Distracted, agitated, or not getting work done efficiently? The colors within your work environment might have something to do with it. According to research, perception of color has been shown to affect productivity and perf...


Does Your Coffee Taste Bitter?  Change the Color of Your Mug

Does Your Coffee Taste Bitter? Change the Color of Your Mug

Research Suggests the Color of Dinnerware Influences Our Taste of Food and Beverages

Coffee drinkers may not need that extra spoonful of sugar, according to research. In a recent study published in the...


Smart Glass Advancements Create Weather Controlled Color Changing Window

Smart Glass Advancements Create Weather Controlled Color Changing Window

Wind turbine and solar technology have been at the vanguard of “green” energy innovation for many years, with numerous other technologies popping up as research continues. Now green tech includes amazing generators that run...


LED Accessory Helps Photographers Get Up Close and Personal With Macro Subjects

LED Accessory Helps Photographers Get Up Close and Personal With Macro Subjects

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and for many photographers it becomes a personal quest to capture that singular, perfect shot taken at just the right moment. Many photographers love to go large, capturing expansi...


Design Challenge: Displays for Wearables

Design Challenge: Displays for Wearables

The market for wearable electronic devices is growing rapidly, with applications from fitness bands that count your steps to complex devices for health and medical applications, such as an artificial pancreas or kidney. Many fa...


Around a Star in a Galaxy Far, Far, Away...

Around a Star in a Galaxy Far, Far, Away...

This year has seen a lot of big news for space aficionados, from the finding of water on Mars to the incredible new discoveries surrounding Pluto, it seems like new knowledge is being gained with every passing day. However, it ...


Fifty Shades of Black

Fifty Shades of Black

Our Visual Perception of Dark Objects & Why Very Few of Them are Truly Black

It is quite remarkable, and unrealized by most, that the average person can perceive millions of colors. These colors vary from ligh...


How Fireworks Get Their Vibrant Colors

How Fireworks Get Their Vibrant Colors

Prior to the 1800's, fireworks only displayed flashes of orange and golden light. While bland in color, people found these sparks to be fascinating, using them to ward off evil spirits, honor military victories, and enhance pu...


New Vision With Colorimetry

New Vision With Colorimetry

Although you probably haven't heard of it before, Visual Stress is a common sight problem that affects many people around the world. Similar to color blindness, this condition can cause a person to have trouble seeing correctly...


How Human Skin Color Evolved Across Different Regions

How Human Skin Color Evolved Across Different Regions

Skin is the human body's largest organ, serving as our protector from harsh environmental elements. While this protection is a staple in every modern person's biological makeup, the color of skin is unique to each individual....


Clear Packaging May Influence How Much (or How Little) You Eat

Clear Packaging May Influence How Much (or How Little) You Eat

How much you eat may be influenced by more than just hunger. According to a recent study published in the American Marketing Association's Journal of Marketing, clear packaging has a significant impact on how much or how little...


Clouded by Haze: How to Ensure Clarity in Transparent Materials

Clouded by Haze: How to Ensure Clarity in Transparent Materials

Just like in the atmosphere, haze can create a cloudy appearance in objects. This cloudiness makes the objects appear lighter and distorted, often creating problems for manufacturers needing to meet certain quality standards fo...


Measuring Color Contrasts

Measuring Color Contrasts

Color measurement is an extremely varied field, with applications across the sciences and engineering. However, one place where many people don't expect to find color measurement and analysis to occur is in designing way findin...


Identifying Food Dyes with Spectrophotometers

Identifying Food Dyes with Spectrophotometers

A spectrophotometer is a specialized instrument that can be used to measure and quantify the reflectance and transmittance properties of a sample material. Among the many uses of spectrophotometers is in the food industry where...


Thermochromism: The Effects of Temperature on Pigments and Dyes

Thermochromism: The Effects of Temperature on Pigments and Dyes

During manufacturing and production processes, things can get pretty heated - literally. Using heat or high temperature is common practice in plant operations to manufacture a product. Elevated temperature, however, can affect...


Spectroscopy for Artwork Analysis

Spectroscopy for Artwork Analysis

One of the premier uses for a spectrophotometer is for the conservation and restoration of aged or ancient artwork. The spectrophotometer will be used to measure the color of a sample and match the findings to a known database ...


Spectroscopy and Forensics

Spectroscopy and Forensics

Forensic sciences involves the study of evidence for criminal investigations. Forensic experts are vital in piecing together the details of a crime and can provide crucial testimonies in court. During the investigation, evidenc...


How Color Affects Your Perception of Food

How Color Affects Your Perception of Food

While many of us like to believe that we are not easily deceived, our sense of taste is often fooled by our sense of sight. This is because humans have certain expectations of how food should look. When a food's color is off o...


How Spectrophotometers Can Ensure the Purity of Aspirin

How Spectrophotometers Can Ensure the Purity of Aspirin

Aspirin was discovered in Germany in 1899. Aspirin whose chemical name is acetylsalicylic acid was derived from a compound called salicylic acid. The medicinal pain killing values of acetylsalicylic were already known at the ti...


Identifying Counterfeit Currency Through Spectroscopy

Identifying Counterfeit Currency Through Spectroscopy

Before the United States adopted a national currency in 1863, over 1500 banks across the country were printing their own notes. The amount of varied bills from separate banks made it extremely difficult to tell the difference b...


Spectrophotometers for Good Health

Spectrophotometers for Good Health

Spectrophotometers are commonly used to measure transmittance or reflectance of solids, gases, or other substances. However, in the medical industry, they can also be used to analyze and report crucial health information, such ...


Can Bottled Tea Brewing Be Simplified Using Spectrophotometry?

Can Bottled Tea Brewing Be Simplified Using Spectrophotometry?

Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world second only to water. Since it is so widely demanded many distributors who want to pre-brew and bottle tea beverages have been seeking to ensure consistency in quali...


Portable Spectrophotometry Increases Quality of Life For Accident Victims

Portable Spectrophotometry Increases Quality of Life For Accident Victims

There is great news from the United Kingdom about the role portable spectrophotometers, like the CM-700D, are playing in increasing the quality o...


Where Do Butterflies Get Their Color?

Where Do Butterflies Get Their Color?

One of the most striking examples of color in nature is found on a small well-known member of the insect family. As fascinating as they are eye-catching, butterflies have delighted and intrigued both the casual observer and the...


Analyzing the Color of Beer with Spectrophotometry

Analyzing the Color of Beer with Spectrophotometry

With the naked eye, it is obvious that beer ranges in color from a translucent light yellow color and to a dark brown, almost black opaque color. The color of finished beer is determined by a multitude of different factors in ...


Triboluminescence: Solving the Mint Candy Mystery

Triboluminescence: Solving the Mint Candy Mystery

Did you know that munching on certain mint Life Savers can cause a blue spark to occur? The next time you’re in the mood for a tasty science experiment step into a dark room with a mirror and pop a few wintergreen Life Savers...


3 Reasons Why Automated Color Measurements Rock

3 Reasons Why Automated Color Measurements Rock

Within the production process, waste and rework are common problems that significantly affect productivity and operational costs. This often results from the inability to evaluate the color of products continuously and monitor...


Coordinating Product Color across Job Functions

Coordinating Product Color across Job Functions

Controlling the color and appearance of products can involve a number of individuals, departments, and suppliers. This process requires a color to be specified, produced, and inspected for accuracy using the appropriate tools,...


Alien Planet Boldly Glows Where No Light Has Glowed Before

Alien Planet Boldly Glows Where No Light Has Glowed Before

Space is a frontier that remains largely a mystery. The vast majority of it remains unexplored, and there are many unanswered questions as to how many of the things we find in space function. Nearly every quadrant has new disco...


Is Your Carpet Trying to Tell You Something?

Is Your Carpet Trying to Tell You Something?

No, this is not a joke. Carpets that direct and inform you are coming to an airport or office building near you. They light up with information, pointing you in the direction of conference rooms, rest rooms, food courts or the ...


Scientists Discover the Brightest Galaxy in The Universe

Scientists Discover the Brightest Galaxy in The Universe

Scientists continue to make fascinating discoveries about the universe existing just beyond our blue skies. Most recently, NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has detected what scientists have determined to be t...


How Your Eyes Can Change How You Eat

How Your Eyes Can Change How You Eat

Green hamburgers, blue ketchup, purple strawberries? There’s a reason the thought of weird colored food makes you squirm. It’s got nothing to do with the food’s actual taste, and everything to do with color.

The ...


Let There Be Light... Even In The Woods At Night!

Let There Be Light... Even In The Woods At Night!

Once upon a time when camping in the woods at night, the only light available to you was from your campfire or the moon. But thanks to an Australian company you can now rely on solar power to shine a little light on your campsi...


Spectralight I and II Users: Come Out of the Dark and Into the Light!

Spectralight I and II Users: Come Out of the Dark and Into the Light!

Whether you call it a Spectralight (aka SPL), a Macbeth Light or a Light Box, if you own/use an older version (SPL I and/or SPL II), you probably have heard they announced the end of service and support for these light booths. ...


New Light Technology Solves Naptime Problems for Astronauts

New Light Technology Solves Naptime Problems for Astronauts

If you think getting a good night’s sleep on Earth is tough imagine trying to fall asleep with a sunrise occurring nearly every 90 minutes. While it may seem counter-intuitive, these are the conditions under which our astron...


Printer Creates Color Without Ink Using Light Manipulation

Printer Creates Color Without Ink Using Light Manipulation

The days of running out of printer ink may just be numbered! A new “no-ink” printing method has just been developed that allows images to be printed in color by using the manipulation of light in order to create colors.


Scientists Experience Special Deep Sea Light Show

Scientists Experience Special Deep Sea Light Show

Ah summer, the time of year for surf, sun, and sand. But the boardwalk is not the only place to find bright, colorful lights. There’s a light show we’ve been missing out on that’s been going on for years about 150 feet b...


Color Changing Clothes Moves Fashion Forward!

Color Changing Clothes Moves Fashion Forward!

Ever get up late, get dressed in a hurry, get all the way to work and realize your outfit is completely mismatched? Let’s face it we’ve all at least had the “Is that a blue sock or a black sock?” dilemma more than once....


Human Eyesight Capable of Verifying Nanoscale Variations in Color

Human Eyesight Capable of Verifying Nanoscale Variations in Color

When it comes to spotting nanoscale differences the “Eyes” have it.

How precise is human vision? It couldn’t possibly be more accurate and quicker than expensive digital equipment, could it? According to research...


New Innovations Mean More Efficient Solar Cells

New Innovations Mean More Efficient Solar Cells

Going green is not just seeing a brief vogue; it’s definitely here to stay. This is because more and more people are realizing that streamlining green technology like wind and solar power is not just a nifty niche industry. I...


Could Blue LED Light Keep Certain Foods Fresh without Additives?

Could Blue LED Light Keep Certain Foods Fresh without Additives?

The recent controversies over food additives have made it more and more apparent that a revolution in food manufacturing and food preservation is long overdue. While many are turning to locally grown or more expensive organic p...


Pioneering Engineers Craft First Fully Solar LED Bus Stop

Pioneering Engineers Craft First Fully Solar LED Bus Stop

Can the power of the sun make waiting for that late night bus home more comfortable? It sure can! Solar technology is creating an all new way to travel mass transportation, and it is 100% environmentally friendly. Solar system ...


Can Color Affect How We Take Our Medicine?

Can Color Affect How We Take Our Medicine?

They say you should never judge a book by its cover…but what about medications? Does a pill’s color and appearance make it more or less likely for people to take it? Actually yes! It does! In a study conducted in 2014, it w...


LED Market Still Has Incredible Energy Saving Potential

LED Market Still Has Incredible Energy Saving Potential

LEDs as an industry have been booming for a number of years which has led many to ask…have they reached their peak? Is there any more energy and money to be saved by them at this point? Or has the crescendo of LED’s success...


Could Color Changing Helmets Keep Athletes Safer?

Could Color Changing Helmets Keep Athletes Safer?

It’s all fun and games until someone gets a concussion. Head injuries in sports are some of the most serious and the least identifiable injuries an athlete can experience. If cranial injuries go undetected in athletes, it can...


Light Sensitive Biological Switch Could Unlock the Mysteries of Human Memory

Light Sensitive Biological Switch Could Unlock the Mysteries of Human Memory

Growing up we all heard the phrase, “practice makes perfect,” but research has told us that this phrase is not just a way to get kids to do their homework. In the same way that physical exercise creates muscle connections a...


Powering Up for Pluto: NASA Gets Ready for Pluto's Close up!

Powering Up for Pluto: NASA Gets Ready for Pluto's Close up!

NASA’s new space exploration program, New Horizon’s is aptly named. Not only is it pushing the boundaries of space exploration by venturing as far out as Pluto, it is also approaching new horizons in technology by adopting ...


New Challenges Arise as Food Manufacturers Say Farewell to Artificial Dyes

New Challenges Arise as Food Manufacturers Say Farewell to Artificial Dyes

Many food manufacturers are going au naturale and removing artificial dyes from their foods. While we’ve come a long way from the food dye scandals that plagued the Food Industry in the 1950s, more and more consumers are balk...


When You May Want a Spectral Based Meter, Rather Than a Tristimulus Meter

When You May Want a Spectral Based Meter, Rather Than a Tristimulus Meter

Tristimulus meters are a widely used instrument that has been available for many decades at a low cost. Although they can make thousands of measurements per second, when measuring some types of LEDs a spectral based meter is re...


Building With Light: The Future of Light Science

Building With Light: The Future of Light Science

The idea of being able to create physical matter by using light might conjure up favorite science fiction stories involving light sabers and other fantastical contraptions but it’s not as far, far, away as you might think. Th...


Can LEDs Help You Make a Better Cocktail?

Can LEDs Help You Make a Better Cocktail?

Whether you have one favorite drink you make every time, or if you’re more adventurous with your mixed beverages LEDs can make your next cocktail party, or quiet after work “you time” even more satisfying.

Meet t...


Colorimeters vs. Spectrophotometers vs. In-Line

Colorimeters vs. Spectrophotometers vs. In-Line

In everyday life, a wide variety of colors are present, and these colors play very important roles. However, unlike length or weight, color is subjective, making it improbable that people would respond the same when asked to de...


Illuminant Metamerism - It's not always 'What You See Is What You Get'!

Illuminant Metamerism - It's not always 'What You See Is What You Get'!

It’s happened to all of us, in one way or another. We all have been in a situation when you have purchased an item that appears amazing in stores only to notice when you get home the color or appearance is off. Whether it’s...


Light Adjustable Lenses Having Patients Seeing Things Clearly

Light Adjustable Lenses Having Patients Seeing Things Clearly

Ophthalmology is a high stakes medical field where every day the decisions made by ophthalmic surgeons could mean the difference between 20/20 vision and complete blindness. In fact, the eye is one of the most complex and delic...


New Clues to True Dinosaur Colors Discovered

New Clues to True Dinosaur Colors Discovered

Through our advancing technology and increased expertise in fossil analysis, we’ve come to understand a number of things about dinosaurs like their relative age, size, and approximate shape. Recently we discovered that there ...


Could Birds Be the Key to Fade Proof Pigments?

Could Birds Be the Key to Fade Proof Pigments?

There is a certain amount of natural deterioration of color quality that happens when using chemical color dyes and pigments over time. Either the light breaks down the chemical bonds, pigments get washed away when repeatedly c...


LED Activewear Makes Night Time Safer

LED Activewear Makes Night Time Safer

In 2013, more than twenty-six percent of traffic-related pedestrian fatalities occurred between the hours of 6pm and 8:59pm. With the total traffic related pedestrian fatalities being around 4,000 people, that’s a little over...


Now Ocular Implants Change Eye Color Permanently...But Is It Worth the Risk?

Now Ocular Implants Change Eye Color Permanently...But Is It Worth the Risk?

It’s the age of customization. Getting things exactly to your specifications is all the rage, but when it comes to genetics what you get is what you get. This leaves some a little unsatisfied when genetics leaves something to...


Color Changing Bandages Promise Better Care for Burn Victims

Color Changing Bandages Promise Better Care for Burn Victims

When it comes to wounds and wound care, burns tend to be some of the most challenging to adequately care for. For many patients not only are burns painful but usually the large areas of exposed skin present a high risk for seco...


Light Driven Nano Submarine Could Revolutionize Drug Delivery

Light Driven Nano Submarine Could Revolutionize Drug Delivery

When it comes to scientific innovation, there are certain breakthroughs that always feel more like science fiction than science fact. The recent news out of Rice University regarding their work in nanotechnology is just such an...


Best Practices for Averaging the Color of Your Sample

Best Practices for Averaging the Color of Your Sample

When there's a lot of variation in a sample's color, evaluating it against the standard or communicating its color to others becomes more complex. With the appropriate measurement instrumentation, however, values can be calcul...


Measuring Light in Greenhouses with the CL-500A Illuminance Spectrophotometer

Measuring Light in Greenhouses with the CL-500A Illuminance Spectrophotometer

Light is an extremely important factor, if not the most important factor, in cultivating plants such as crops and vegetation. Light is an integral component to plant photosynthesis, which is the metabolic process necessary for ...


Research Shows Men Really Dont See Eye to Eye With Women

Research Shows Men Really Dont See Eye to Eye With Women

How Differences in Color Vision Have Contributed to Gender Roles and Stereotypes

It is well known that men and women perceive the world differently, often having conflicting views and ideas about things...


New LSST Telescope Promises Incredible Photos of the Night Sky

New LSST Telescope Promises Incredible Photos of the Night Sky

Space better get ready for its close up! The U.S. Department of Energy gave its final approval to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to begin procuring components for its $168 million, 3.2-GP CCD telescope camera. The Lar...


Fish Color Determines Amount of Received Aggression

Fish Color Determines Amount of Received Aggression

Fish can be some of the most colorful and vibrant animals found in nature. Color traits, as we know, is genetically passed down from parent to offspring and through mutations. Sometimes color traits will differ even within the ...


Curtains Up! Color and It’s Use in Cinematography

Curtains Up! Color and It’s Use in Cinematography

Color has been a part of movie making since the film industry was in its infancy. In the early days of moving pictures, before the invention of color film, early filmmakers would actually color each film cell by hand to add add...


Welcome to the Era of the Laser-sharp 3-D Movie

Welcome to the Era of the Laser-sharp 3-D Movie

Of all the things Marty McFly and Doc Brown revealed in Back to the Future, the one thing they skipped was the future of showing movies. Oh, they knew about laser projection and stuff like that but they sure didn’t see how th...


The Riddle of Mind, Music and Color

The Riddle of Mind, Music and Color

From Mozart to Metallica, music comes in many varieties for nearly every kind of music lover. With so much diversity in musical preference, it might be surprising to discover that while musical preferences may be diverse, most ...


Keeping it Fabulous: Spectrophotometry Shines In Cosmetic Quality Assurance

Keeping it Fabulous: Spectrophotometry Shines In Cosmetic Quality Assurance

When it comes to cosmetics, color is everything. Whether you’re looking for a dramatic smoky eye shadow, or to simply enhance your natural skin tone a shade lighter or darker can change the entire look. In fact, most cosmetic...


Let There Be Architectural Light. But What Kind?

Let There Be Architectural Light. But What Kind?

The world of lighting has evolved into a universe of choices. There are CFL bulbs, halogen bulbs and now, LED bulbs. Whatever your preference (and even if you’re still enamored of increasingly hard-to-find incandescent bulbs)...


Can Ultraviolet LEDs Improve Water Quality?

Can Ultraviolet LEDs Improve Water Quality?

The next time you gulp down a cool, refreshing glass of water you may just have LEDs to thank! There’s been much discussion about the purifying, antibacterial, antimicrobial and even

New Light-Bending Microchip Signals Arrival of Photonic Quantum Computers

Imagine a computer with processing speeds that are infinite. Terabytes of data able to be run, stored, and transferred in the blink of an eye. What we’re talking about is a complete data-processing revolution in computer tech...


Augmented Reality and Super Sight: The Bionic Contact Lens

Augmented Reality and Super Sight: The Bionic Contact Lens

We’ve all watched sci-fi movies with just a twinge of jealousy. The incredible technology in movies like RoboCop, Terminator, and Iron Man often transform relatively ordinary individuals into people with extraordinary abiliti...


Are LED Streetlights Causing You Problems?

Are LED Streetlights Causing You Problems?

Walking around at night, are your eyes more easily bothered by the streetlights? There’s a reason for that.

LED streetlights have recently become more popular across the U.S. These are more efficient, last longer, an...


OLEDS: The Next Big Thing in Televisions

OLEDS: The Next Big Thing in Televisions

OLED, or organic light-emitting diodes, televisions are shaping up to be the next big thing. In case you haven’t heard, these first debuted at CES 2013, and immediately put the spotlight on OLED.

How Lighting in Stores Affects Consumers

Walking down streets, it’s difficult not to notice stores with bright and colorful lighting. After all, it’s an easy way to attract consumers and keep aisles well-lit. This type of lighting, however, is not always helpful, ...