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 accurate data in real time, increasing the time it takes workers to identify and correct out-of-spec product. A strong focus for many organizations has been on automating their processes to increase uptime and decrease errors, particularly with increasing pressure to meet operational goals with fewer resources.

With an automated color measurement system, your job performance and company operations reap significant benefits.

1. Less time-consuming work
The most desirable benefit for some, automating color measurements means less time-consuming work for you and your organization. Automated measurements on the production line reduce the need for sampling, preparation, and measurement off the line, enabling you to focus on other important tasks and speed up the workflow. And, with real-time data from these measurements, you can identify and correct color variances immediately to keep product colors within specification and prevent future rework.

2. Continuous, more stable measurements
Depending on the system’s speed, an automated system takes continuous measurements over the designated location(s). The NC-1 In-line Color Monitoring and Control System, for example, takes up to twenty measurements per second as products move down the line so out-of-spec color never goes undetected and production keeps moving.

3. Eliminated rejects (and lower costs, too!)
Real-time measurement data is captured and monitored to immediately identify color that is not within the specifications. This enables users to respond quickly and take corrective action immediately, preventing waste on the production line and improving your manufacturing yield metric significantly. With rejects eliminated or reduced, consistency in product color is maintained and costs are reduced.

These three benefits all contribute to your bottom line, improving overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and minimizing operational costs.

To help users increase productivity and efficiency while keeping the color of products within specification, Konica Minolta Sensing Americas designed the NC-1 In-line Color Monitoring & Control System. This automated, non-contact system measures products, including multi-colored and streaked surfaces, continuously and accurately as they move down the production line. Through rapid, continuous measurements, the system notifies users in real time when products are close to being out of specification and are completely out of specification. Manufacturers operating with multiple facilities or suppliers can monitor the color of products on each production line from any location. This provides the transparency required to correct inconsistencies before operations are impacted and ensure standards are being met.

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The technological leader in color and light measurement solutions, Konica Minolta Sensing Americas helps organizations formulate, evaluate, and control color to meet product quality and operational goals more efficiently.

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