BYK Additives & Instruments

Geretsried, 11/26/2012

New software smart-lab for color & effect analysis in the laboratory!

New software smart-lab for color & effect analysis in the laboratory!

Software Screen: smart-lab

BYK-Gardner - worldwide partner of the automotive, paint and plastic industries for quality control of color, appearance and physical properties - is announcing the new software smart-lab for color & effect analysis in the laboratory.

Color and effect control in the laboratory requires on one hand open and flexible data analysis and on the other hand efficient data handling of large data sets. The software smart-lab analyzes all data measured with the BYK-mac: 6-angle color, sparkle and graininess. The measurements are taken in an online mode and are instantly displayed after measurement or can be retrieved from the linked database (sdf-format for efficient data analysis of large data sets).

Use smart-lab’s comprehensive “Standard Management” module to set-up the color difference method and tolerances. Then just connect the BYK-mac with the PC, measure the master panel, apply the respective tolerances and compare the actual samples against the standard.

Results are automatically shown in a data table and graph. Based on your tolerances the values will be marked Red – Yellow – Green like a “traffic light” Pass/Fail analysis. Additionally, the data can be shown in a scatter plot, line or color travel graph. Spectral values are charted grouped by sample or angle.

Do you want to evaluate different color equations?

Just change the settings of your test report. The latest color equations like CIEDE2000 and DIN6175, Part 2 as well as custom specific color scales e.g. dEGM are available. Selection of metamerism index allows seeing how the samples appear under different lighting conditions.

Interested in how the samples compare to another standard?

Just drag & drop them or even select a sample as a standard. Additionally, it is also possible to calculate the mean value based on a population of samples and use it as a new theoretical standard. This is of high interest when selecting a master standard out of a population of standard panels.

All measurement data are stored in a database (sdf-format). Clearly structured filters can be used for data selection. Standards and samples can also be saved in “projects” as xml-files. Thus, for example color batch QC data over a defined time period can easily be transferred by email to other smart-lab users. Projects can also combine data saved in different measurement databases.

More information is available from BYK-Gardner GmbH, P.O. Box 970, 82534 Geretsried, Germany: By fax: +49/8171/3493-140, the free service no. 0-800-gardner (0-800-4273637)