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The Plastics Industry Color & Appearance Solutions

Product rejections and product waste – two very common problems affecting the product lead time and company profits of plastic molders and compounders.  Inconsistent color often plays an integral role in these problems because of the difficulty to coordinate color throughout the supply chain.  Because of this, it is imperative for manufacturers and suppliers to incorporate a harmonized color evaluation program to produce a consistent looking final product.

Color Solutions

Spectrophotometers are color measurement instruments used to express a product’s color in numerical terms.  With high precision and accuracy, these instruments eliminate the subjectivity of human perception and ensure seamless color communication at each stage of the production process.  This enables plastic molders and compounders to effectively compare pigments or product colors against manufacturer standards and identify any deviations or inconsistencies immediately.  As a result, rejections and waste are minimized, and product lead time and company profits are improved.

Popular solutions trusted by the plastics industry:

CM-5 Bench-top Spectrophotometer

A vital tool in R&D and laboratory testing, this bench-top spectrophotometer is trusted to provide the data needed to improve the appearance of reflective, translucent, and transparent plastic components

Key Features:

    • Precise measurements to identify color inefficiencies in reflective, translucent, and transparent components
    • High versatility for measuring a variety of sample sizes, from large sheets to small pellets
    • Stores measurement results and displays data numerically and in graph charts, eliminating the need for a computer
    • Measures haze when correlated with SpectraMagic NX software to ensure clarity in transparent films
CM-600d Portable Spectrophotometer

The instrument plastic manufacturers trust on the production line, this portable spectrophotometer identifies color inconsistencies immediately and ensures the final product meets color quality standards


Key Features:

    • Tight inter-instrument agreement, allowing multiple production lines to communicate color seamlessly between each other
    • Pass/fail assessment to instantly determine if a component’s color meets manufacturers standards
    • Displays data numerically or in graph charts to show color differences in opaque objects
    • Bluetooth compatible to send results quickly from the production floor to a computer

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