Spectrophotometry and the Science of Sunglasses

Spectrophotometry and the Science of Sunglasses

09/02/2014

We all know what happens to our skin when we fall asleep at the beach or go for a long walk on a sun...

Spectrophotometry Aids Clean Water Initiative in India

Spectrophotometry Aids Clean Water Initiative in India

09/01/2014

In many wealthy countries access to clean and safe water is considered a necessity; part of everyday...

LED Lighting Shows Sports Venues a Better Way to Play Ball

LED Lighting Shows Sports Venues a Better Way to Play Ball

08/26/2014

The next time you’re taking your seventh inning stretch take a glance at the bright lights making ...

New Coating Shows NASA That Nano is the New Black

New Coating Shows NASA That Nano is the New Black

08/21/2014

Space exploration is about to take a quantum leap forward. How? Through innovations in nanotechnolog...

Best Practices: Color Formulation to Match Color Standards More Efficiently

Best Practices: Color Formulation to Match Color Standards More Efficiently

08/19/2014

When formulating the color of dye, ink, paint, plastic, or other materials, standardized procedures ...

Underneath the Color of Self-Tanned Skin

Underneath the Color of Self-Tanned Skin

08/18/2014

Did you know that the same chemical reaction that gives beer its brown color can also give our skin ...

Skylights Get a Second Chance at Practicality with New Nanotechnology

Skylights Get a Second Chance at Practicality with New Nanotechnology

07/28/2014

Natural lighting is a highly desirable feature in homes and commercial construction. A popular way o...

Applying the Proper Characterization of LEDs with Average LED Intensity (ALI)

Applying the Proper Characterization of LEDs with Average LED Intensity (ALI)

07/24/2014

Luminous intensity measurements assume an object appears as a point source. For example laser diode...

Sample Preparation and Presentation Best Practices for Accurate Color Measurement

Sample Preparation and Presentation Best Practices for Accurate Color Measurement

07/15/2014

To accurately measure the color of your samples, standardized procedures are required. This includes...

Can Eating More Vegetables and Fruits Make You Look More Attractive?

Can Eating More Vegetables and Fruits Make You Look More Attractive?

07/15/2014

We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is good for our health, but did you know eating them c...

Spectrophotometry and Melamine Detection in Milk

Spectrophotometry and Melamine Detection in Milk

07/14/2014

Got Milk? For most, drinking milk is something we do for our health. It's high in calcium which stre...

Diagnosing Fungus Infection in Tobacco Crops with Spectrophotometry

Diagnosing Fungus Infection in Tobacco Crops with Spectrophotometry

07/10/2014

Despite the controversy surrounding tobacco and tobacco products, it still remains a very important ...

Triboluminescence: Solving the Mint Candy Mystery

Triboluminescence: Solving the Mint Candy Mystery

07/10/2014

Did you know that munching on certain mint Life Savers can cause a blue spark to occur? The next tim...

Camouflage in War: Deceiving Enemy Eyes

Camouflage in War: Deceiving Enemy Eyes

06/23/2014

In war, fooling the enemy can mean the difference between winning or losing, life or death. Decepti...

Best Practices for Visually Evaluating the Color of Samples

Best Practices for Visually Evaluating the Color of Samples

06/20/2014

The method for evaluating the color and appearance of a sample is unique to each application. Many ...

Could Crocuses Lead to the Next Big Innovation in Cancer Treatments?

Could Crocuses Lead to the Next Big Innovation in Cancer Treatments?

05/23/2014

Cancer researchers have discovered a surprising new possibility for treating cancerous tumors, the A...

Where Do Butterflies Get Their Color?

Where Do Butterflies Get Their Color?

05/22/2014

One of the most striking examples of color in nature is found on a small well-known member of the in...

Portable Spectrophotometry Increases Quality of Life For Accident Victims

Portable Spectrophotometry Increases Quality of Life For Accident Victims

05/20/2014

There is great news from the United Kingdom about the role portable spectrophotometers, like the CM-...

Discovering The Secrets of the Deep Earth

Discovering The Secrets of the Deep Earth

05/14/2014

The Earth still has many mysteries. Even though we have hundreds of years of technological innovatio...

Defining Color Tolerances

Defining Color Tolerances

05/14/2014

Is the Color Difference Between the Sample and the Standard Acceptable? The end goal of implementin...

Can Hand Sanitizers Harm Health Care Workers?

Can Hand Sanitizers Harm Health Care Workers?

05/13/2014

It's the time of year for sneezing and sniffles. For most people daily use of hand sanitizers is rel...

Here Comes the Sun!

Here Comes the Sun!

05/08/2014

You may never have to suffer the blues from a cloudy day every again. A new initiative funded by Eur...

Can Bottled Tea Brewing Be Simplified Using Spectrophotometry?

Can Bottled Tea Brewing Be Simplified Using Spectrophotometry?

05/05/2014

Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world second only to water. Since it is so w...

Chemical Spectroscopy to Help Detect Mercury

Chemical Spectroscopy to Help Detect Mercury

04/30/2014

It has been known for many years that mercury exists in small doses in many different species of fis...

Speeding Diabetes Diagnosis By Detecting Autofluorescence

Speeding Diabetes Diagnosis By Detecting Autofluorescence

04/29/2014

They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, but in truth they are the window into so much mor...

Identifying Color Differences Using L*a*b* or L*C*H* Coordinates

Identifying Color Differences Using L*a*b* or L*C*H* Coordinates

04/24/2014

How Closely Does the Sample Match the Standard? Even if two colors look the same to one person, sli...

Six Ways Standardizing the Color Process Improves Manufacturing Operations

Six Ways Standardizing the Color Process Improves Manufacturing Operations

04/23/2014

A color process helps manufacturers establish and meet product color quality standards more efficien...

Germs, Germs, Go Away!

Germs, Germs, Go Away!

04/22/2014

There's an old saying about prevention being the best medicine. Even when taking the greatest possib...

Does Daylight Savings Affect Crime Rates?

Does Daylight Savings Affect Crime Rates?

04/02/2014

We all enjoy the extra hour of sunlight now that Daylight Savings has been implemented for the start...

Why Does Hair Turn Gray as We Age?

Why Does Hair Turn Gray as We Age?

03/27/2014

It starts with a few strands and then before you know it, it's everywhere. Although thought to be a...

Best Practices for Averaging the Color of Your Sample

Best Practices for Averaging the Color of Your Sample

03/26/2014

When there's a lot of variation in a sample's color, evaluating it against the standard or communica...

Spectrophotometers for Good Health

Spectrophotometers for Good Health

03/25/2014

Spectrophotometers are commonly used to measure transmittance or reflectance of solids, gases, or ot...

Identifying Counterfeit Currency Through Spectroscopy

Identifying Counterfeit Currency Through Spectroscopy

03/07/2014

Before the United States adopted a national currency in 1863, over 1500 banks across the country wer...

Glow Baby Glow: Biofluorescence vs. Bioluminescence

Glow Baby Glow: Biofluorescence vs. Bioluminescence

02/24/2014

Bioluminescence and Biofluorescence are two different naturally occurring phenomenon seen within cer...

Color Measurement Instrument Geometries

Color Measurement Instrument Geometries

02/19/2014

Which Illumination Angle is Ideal for Evaluating the Color of Your Samples? An object may appear br...

Specular Component Included (SCI) vs. Specular Component Excluded (SCE)

Specular Component Included (SCI) vs. Specular Component Excluded (SCE)

02/18/2014

How Surface Conditions May Affect the Color and Appearance of Your Samples The texture and glossine...

How Spectrophotometers Can Ensure the Purity of Aspirin

How Spectrophotometers Can Ensure the Purity of Aspirin

02/14/2014

Aspirin was discovered in Germany in 1899. Aspirin whose chemical name is acetylsalicylic acid was d...

Wine Spectrophotometry

Wine Spectrophotometry

02/10/2014

Wine, like many elite types of alcohol, is judged very specifically on the basis of taste. Wine enth...

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

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

01/20/2014

Light is an extremely important factor, if not the most important factor, in cultivating plants such...

Analyzing the Color of Beer with Spectrophotometry

Analyzing the Color of Beer with Spectrophotometry

01/17/2014

With the naked eye, it is obvious that beer ranges in color from a translucent light yellow color an...

New Vision With Colorimetry

New Vision With Colorimetry

12/18/2013

Although you probably haven't heard of it before, Visual Stress is a common sight problem that affec...

Beer Gone Bad: How Certain Bottle Colors Lead to Skunked Beer

Beer Gone Bad: How Certain Bottle Colors Lead to Skunked Beer

11/20/2013

Beer drinkers beware; this may leave a sour taste in your mouth. According to research, certain bot...

Elements that Affect the Appearance of Color

Elements that Affect the Appearance of Color

11/20/2013

The appearance of an object's color is often influenced by environmental elements, surface conditio...

Understanding Standard Illuminants in Color Measurement

Understanding Standard Illuminants in Color Measurement

11/20/2013

Without light, we cannot see color. With light, color is seen but may appear differently under one ...

What is the difference between radiometers, spectrometers, and spectroradiometers?

What is the difference between radiometers, spectrometers, and spectroradiometers?

11/15/2013

Summary: In the field of color sensing and color measurement, there are many different devices that ...

Blood Alcohol Content Is Measured Using NIR Spectroscopy

Blood Alcohol Content Is Measured Using NIR Spectroscopy

11/04/2013

Breathalyzer tests are the most common devices used for detecting Blood Alcohol Content. They work b...

Spectroscopy and Forensics

Spectroscopy and Forensics

10/24/2013

Forensic sciences involves the study of evidence for criminal investigations. Forensic experts are v...

Measuring Light Intensity Using a Lux Meter

Measuring Light Intensity Using a Lux Meter

10/14/2013

Accurate and quantifiable measurement of light is essential in creating desired outcomes in practica...

Spectroscopy for Artwork Analysis

Spectroscopy for Artwork Analysis

10/03/2013

One of the premier uses for a spectrophotometer is for the conservation and restoration of aged or a...

Why the Leaves Change Color in Fall

Why the Leaves Change Color in Fall

09/30/2013

As the days become shorter and the nights become cooler, Mother Nature begins to prepare herself for...

Understanding Standard Observers in Color Measurement

Understanding Standard Observers in Color Measurement

09/29/2013

The sensitivity of the human eye varies from person to person, often causing color to appear differe...

Harmonizing Color throughout the Supply Chain

Harmonizing Color throughout the Supply Chain

09/23/2013

How to Maximize Inter-Instrument Agreement to Meet Standards More Efficiently and Produce a Consiste...

Jail Cells Painted Pink to Calm Aggressive Inmates

Jail Cells Painted Pink to Calm Aggressive Inmates

09/20/2013

Some of the toughest convicts in Switzerland aren't feeling too tough lately. Thirty jail cells in...

Color Consistency with the CMC Tolerance System

Color Consistency with the CMC Tolerance System

09/18/2013

The end goal of implementing a color quality process is to get the color you want, or your customer ...

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

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

08/19/2013

How much you eat may be influenced by more than just hunger. According to a recent study published i...

Clouded by Haze: How to Ensure Clarity in Transparent Materials

Clouded by Haze: How to Ensure Clarity in Transparent Materials

08/19/2013

Just like in the atmosphere, haze can create a cloudy appearance in objects. This cloudiness makes t...

Measuring Color Intensity

Measuring Color Intensity

08/08/2013

Color-sensitive fields such as photography and film, and even in many areas of science such as analy...

Identifying Food Dyes with Spectrophotometers

Identifying Food Dyes with Spectrophotometers

07/18/2013

A spectrophotometer is a specialized instrument that can be used to measure and quantify the reflect...

Measuring Color Contrasts

Measuring Color Contrasts

07/11/2013

Color measurement is an extremely varied field, with applications across the sciences and engineerin...

Obtaining Accurate Measurements with the CL-500A Illuminance Spectrophotometer

Obtaining Accurate Measurements with the CL-500A Illuminance Spectrophotometer

06/27/2013

The Konica Minolta CL-500A illuminance spectrophotometer is a device which can measure the general c...

How Human Skin Color Evolved Across Different Regions

How Human Skin Color Evolved Across Different Regions

06/19/2013

Skin is the human body's largest organ, serving as our protector from harsh environmental elements....

How Fireworks Get Their Vibrant Colors

How Fireworks Get Their Vibrant Colors

06/15/2013

Prior to the 1800's, fireworks only displayed flashes of orange and golden light. While bland in co...

Thermochromism: The Effects of Temperature on Pigments and Dyes

Thermochromism: The Effects of Temperature on Pigments and Dyes

06/15/2013

During manufacturing and production processes, things can get pretty heated - literally. Using heat...

Why Color Measurement Can Inspire the Light Industry

Why Color Measurement Can Inspire the Light Industry

06/07/2013

Photometers are devices that allow for taking and analyzing quantitative measurements of direct, amb...

Absorption spectrophotometry vs. Ultraviolet-Visible Range Spectrophotometry

Absorption spectrophotometry vs. Ultraviolet-Visible Range Spectrophotometry

06/01/2013

Spectrophotometry is a technique employed when quantitative measurement and analysis of specific spe...

Explaining the Color Rendering Index (CRI) and LEDs

Explaining the Color Rendering Index (CRI) and LEDs

05/30/2013

The Color Rendering Index, or CRI, is a quantitative attempt at measuring the ability of a light sou...

Detecting Fake Drugs with Spectrophotometers

Detecting Fake Drugs with Spectrophotometers

05/22/2013

Spectrophotometers are unique instruments used to analyze the color and appearance of an object. The...

CIE 2000 Color Difference Formula

CIE 2000 Color Difference Formula

05/18/2013

Feature CIE 2000 color difference formula was developed to solve the problem of the differences in t...

Why Flowers Have Color

Why Flowers Have Color

05/15/2013

A Story of Survival Like humans, flowers inherit their appearance from genes. Pigments are born ...

Using Light Exposure to Combat the Post-Lunch Dip

Using Light Exposure to Combat the Post-Lunch Dip

05/14/2013

Using Light Exposure to Combat the Post-Lunch Dip  Researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Ins...

How TVs Are Tested

How TVs Are Tested

05/06/2013

Testing television display quality is a technically challenging process. Because so much of what we ...

Are Digital Billboards too Bright?

Are Digital Billboards too Bright?

05/02/2013

With outdoor advertising there is often the need to make advertisements brighter in order to grab th...

April Showers Bring...Rainbows?

April Showers Bring...Rainbows?

04/17/2013

Rainbows are a natural wonder of the world, often illuminating a band of colors across the sky after...

Color Vision Deficiency in Black and White

Color Vision Deficiency in Black and White

03/12/2013

The Causes and Effects of Color Vision Deficiency Did you know that as many as 1 in 12 males are co...

Measuring the Brightness and Quality of Light with the T-10A Series Illuminance Meters

Measuring the Brightness and Quality of Light with the T-10A Series Illuminance Meters

03/04/2013

Back in March, we introduced our T-10A series illuminance meters that we created to allow the measur...

How the Granular Material Attachment Protects CR-400 and CM-700D Color Measurement Instruments

How the Granular Material Attachment Protects CR-400 and CM-700D Color Measurement Instruments

03/04/2013

Konica Minolta s spectrophotometers and colorimeters are used around the world for accurate color m...

How Plastics Manufacturers Use Benchtop Spectrophotometers in Quality Control

How Plastics Manufacturers Use Benchtop Spectrophotometers in Quality Control

02/25/2013

When manufacturing plastic products, plants worldwide use Konica Minolta benchtop spectrophotometer...

The Importance of Calibration for Color Measurement Instruments

The Importance of Calibration for Color Measurement Instruments

02/19/2013

Like with any piece of equipment or machinery, color measurement instruments need maintenance to ass...

How to Measure Luminance with Light Meters

How to Measure Luminance with Light Meters

02/15/2013

There seems to be a never-ending list of ways light meters are used in a wide range of industries. T...

A White (and Blue?) Winter Wonderland

A White (and Blue?) Winter Wonderland

02/13/2013

Occupying about 10 percent of the world's land and covering about 30,000 square miles of the United...

Metamerism “Meets Its Match”

Metamerism “Meets Its Match”

02/12/2013

How Manufacturers Ensure Their Product Colors Match Under Daylight, Nightlight, Incandescent, and Fl...

Konica Minolta acquires Instrument Systems, focuses on enlarging its illuminance meter and other measurement-technology markets

Konica Minolta acquires Instrument Systems, focuses on enlarging its illuminance meter and other measurement-technology markets

01/25/2013

In order to stay competitive in our markets and continue to provide the most advanced light meter te...

How Do You Like Your Coffee?

How Do You Like Your Coffee?

01/15/2013

For millions of Americans, a productive day begins with a cup of coffee. In fact, more than 50 perce...

How Color Affects Your Perception of Food

How Color Affects Your Perception of Food

01/15/2013

While many of us like to believe that we are not easily deceived, our sense of taste is often fooled...

45°/0° Optics Simulate Human Visual Perception for Driver Safety

45°/0° Optics Simulate Human Visual Perception for Driver Safety

11/26/2012

A driver often relies on the markings of the road to provide guidance when traveling from one point ...

Research Shows Men Really Dont See Eye to Eye With Women

Research Shows Men Really Dont See Eye to Eye With Women

11/17/2012

How Differences in Color Vision Have Contributed to Gender Roles and Stereotypes It is well known t...

Complete Solution for the Automotive Industry

Complete Solution for the Automotive Industry

11/12/2012

The CL-500A Illuminance Spectrophotometer's compact and lightweight design makes it easy to carry or...

Fifty Shades of Black

Fifty Shades of Black

10/06/2012

Our Visual Perception of Dark Objects & Why Very Few of Them are Truly Black It is quite remarkable...

Why More than 70% of all the World's Light Meters are Made by Konica Minolta

Why More than 70% of all the World's Light Meters are Made by Konica Minolta

10/05/2012

Konica Minolta stays ahead of the competition in the color measuring and light measuring products in...

Evaluating HDTV displays with the CS-2000 Spectroradiometer light measurement instrument

Evaluating HDTV displays with the CS-2000 Spectroradiometer light measurement instrument

10/05/2012

Unlike in years past, the choices consumers have in what kind of television to buy are enormous. The...

How Light Meters are Used and a Look at Several Models

How Light Meters are Used and a Look at Several Models

10/05/2012

Konica Minolta light meters come in several styles and provide users with the ability to accurately ...

Why spectrophotometers are useful in quantitative color analysis in biochemistry

Why spectrophotometers are useful in quantitative color analysis in biochemistry

10/05/2012

Since the beginning, Konica Minolta has made state-of-the art measuring instruments that are used ac...

Satisfy Your Color Measurement Needs

Satisfy Your Color Measurement Needs

09/27/2012

If you are interested in measuring color for any reason then you should be looking into Konica Minol...

Essential Equipment Care: Annual Spectrophotometer Calibration

Essential Equipment Care: Annual Spectrophotometer Calibration

09/16/2012

You count on your spectrophotometer for unwavering color identification accuracy. Reliable color mea...

Measuring Haze with a Spectrophotometer

Measuring Haze with a Spectrophotometer

09/13/2012

Hazy samples generally appear lighter in color than they actually are. This results from forward sca...

Spectrodensitometers for Packaging Color Accuracy and Consistency

Spectrodensitometers for Packaging Color Accuracy and Consistency

08/29/2012

Color is one of the most fundamental aspects of human interaction with the world. When we look at so...

The FD Spectrodensitometer for Color Measurement in Packaging and Printing

The FD Spectrodensitometer for Color Measurement in Packaging and Printing

08/08/2012

Accurate color measurements are essential to quality control in the packaging and printing industrie...

How Food Companies Measure Color to Produce Superior Products

How Food Companies Measure Color to Produce Superior Products

08/03/2012

The adage goes that we eat first with our eyes. It s no surprise, then, that the food industry spen...

Pharmaceutical uses of bench top spectrophotometers for R&D and batch control.

Pharmaceutical uses of bench top spectrophotometers for R&D and batch control.

08/03/2012

Pharmaceutical uses of bench top spectrophotometers for R&D and batch control. Pharmaceutical compan...