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Welcome to the BYK-Gardner Newsletter. Here you will find selected articles and by clicking on the link of the respective issue, you can read them as a whole.

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 09/2019 - 9th Edition

A new sight on Orange Peel:
wave-scan with new scales for dominant wavelength information

It all started with LW and SW in the early 1990s. Today BYK-Gardner´s well-known wave-scan analyzes waviness intensity with 5 wavelength ranges and evaluates the brilliance of the surface. Thus, the surface appearance can be analyzed and optimized based on material and / or process parameters. To keep it simple many OEMs developed their own 1- or 2-dimensional scales based on visual studies. 

The latest investigation took place at VW / Audi and resulted in the evaluation of the optical profile using Fast Fourier Transformation. This new method determines one or two dominant waviness sizes and their intensity level.

Curious?  Download the new firmware and smart-chart from our website free of charge and test it out yourself: www.byk.com/wave-scan

The Blue Miracle

The favorite color of most people, however hardly common among animals and plants. It is very difficult to produce it artificially. Consequently, scientists are eagerly working on creating new blue pigments.

Part 1:
Can we really be sure where the color blue has its origin? Already for the Egyptians it was a tedious process and this has not changed until today despite the latest achievements.

 06/2019 - 8th Edition

Rubber Gloves - A colorful protection

Can you imagine your daily life without rubber gloves? They offer protection and are available in all colors of the rainbow. They not only have to be leak and tear proof, but also the color has to match. Therefore, color difference, tinting strength as well as opacity are controlled.  Thus, it will not matter which glove the customer will wear, the pair will always match. Not an easy task!

The eternal light of California

At a fire station in California, the world’s oldest light bulb has been burning for 118 years. By now not only the light bulb, but also the town Livermore are famous and are even in the Guinness Book of Records. On May 16, 2019 a report on the radio station, Bayern 2, from Markus Schuler once more drew attention to the centennial light bulb – an unbelievable story in the age of LED

 04/2019 - 7th Edition 

Thank you for 50,000 micro-gloss

BYK-Gardner celebrated the production of the 50,000th unit of their well known 2nd generation micro-gloss family. This is a joyful event to thank you all, dear customers, for your trust and confidence in our quality!

What does a pink flamingo have in common with a baby?

Young flamingos are born with a white downy plumage. Over time, the white color turns into pink. On their daily menu you will find seaweed and lots of small crustaceans containing the color pigment carotenoid. Exactly that pigment can be found in their plumage. 

Babies are not known for their appetite for seaweed - but what exactly do they have in common with flamingos?

 12/2018 - 6th Edition

The Secret of Colors

Colors have a magical impact on the human psychic: red is beguiling, blue is soothing, black triggers humility. 

Where do colors come from, how does the human being deal with it and what role did they play in former times? The Harvard University of Cambridge near Boston has collected more than 2500 pigments in its archives. The art museums of this university have released an “atlas of rare and common colors”. It points out how the world became colorful; following is a brief array of popular shades and tones.                                                                                                  

 06/2018 - 5th Edition

See and measure things in the right light

Patchwork might be good for quilts, but is certainly not appreciated on a brand new refrigerator in our home. Whether a multi-component product is white, black or colorful harmony under different light sources is crucial for your product quality. How can you ensure that your color always matches visually by using objective measurement results?

The White Nights of St Petersburg

"It was a wonderful night, such a night might only occur when we are young, dear reader“ – the beginning of  Dostojewski’s novel. During the White Nights the sun disappears only for a brief moment behind the horizon and it does not get really dark. A very special time in St Petersburg, but also in other countries around the world “White Nights” are celebrated in many different ways.

 04/2018 - 4th Edition 

Expanded production site for new product production and global technical service

A new floor with approx.1.800 m² was added to the production site in Geretsried. During the construction phase we were faced with a challenging color and appearance harmony task to ensure the new floor will match the existing floors.

 12/2017 - 3rd Edition 

When white snow sparkles in different colors

Imagine the silence of an untouched, crystal clear winter landscape: The sun is shining, the sky is bright blue and the snow lights up with white and even colored sparkles.

 09/2017 - 2nd Edition 

A journey into the history of gloss measurement

It all started in the early 1900 with visual tools such as fan deck cards in various gloss shades for comparison purposes. And today high tech gloss meters objectively measure gloss with highest accuracy, miniaturized design and intelligent diagnosis functions to prevent handling faults- essential for reliable gloss communication.

Why the sky actually is not blue

According to physicists, the sky ought to be violet. The great Isaac Newton was not always right. He assumed that water vapor or water droplets in the atmosphere color the sky blue. Today, physicists have learned that the air molecules themselves are responsible for the coloring of the sky. Mistakenly, however, their theories predict a violet coloring. With the understanding of the human color perception it is explained why the color of the sky is perceived blue by the human being.

 06/2017 - 1st Edition

A trip into the Green

It is the color for the spring, but also symbolizes envy inexperience. Green is found throughout nature, it stands worldwide for all that keeps traffic rolling, but hardly anyone is buying a green car.