5/30/2018|Industrial |INDUSTRIAL

Choosing a colorant for a job should be simple, right? You know the color palette you or your client desires, but do you know whether the color will last? Do you know if the job requires a specialized colorant, or will a universal colorant do? Find out what the differences are between the two, so you can make the best decision that balances both budget and longevity.

Author: Mike McCormick
The concept of color affecting mood is nothing new. Ancient Egyptians and Chinese practiced chromotherapy, using colors to heal various maladies. Today’s color theory, color psychology and color therapy are our modern equivalents. What is less well known or familiar is that the opposite is also true. Mood can affect our choice of colors, and not just on an individual level.
Author: Steve Riccardi
2/28/2018|Thermoset|Gel-coats, Thermoset
When it comes to color, most gel coat producers tint their gel coats in-plant, preferably with, limited colors made in large batches. However, color demand is increasing along with the need for short lead times, requiring gel coat producers to look for innovative solutions. The ideal solution would provide both speed and greater color flexibility while ensuring accurate production of colored gel coats.

Author: Ellen Beckers
When producing colorants for the coatings and thermosets industries, quality control and color matching are critical. As a result, working with a company that has its own software development team and an innovative family of programs can ensure that you not only receive a consistent product but also service that can save you time and money. 
Author: Tuomas Backman and Alain De Haes

Does it make sense to set up a point-of-sale (POS) tinting system in an industrial coatings plant? If the manufacturer only sells 10 colors in one or two bases, then probably not. If a company’s palette features 20 or more colors, and three or more bases are tinted, the answer is maybe, depending on the costs involved in setting up the system versus the benefits of moving to POS tinting.


Author: Michael McCormick
5/10/2017|Innovatint |

Big data can help forecast in which direction a market is moving,  give companies an edge over their competitors and even improve operational efficiency by harnessing large volumes of data that traditional business systems cannot handle. By incorporating big data, the paint and coatings industry can focus on current demands and get insight into possible market movements of where the industry is headed and what consumers want.

Author: Alain De Haes
Concrete is used in many parts of a commercial building, from the interior walls and floors to the exterior sidewalks and patios. While all concrete coatings have stringent performance and durability requirements, commercial flooring, in particular, also uses colorants to create distinct, corporate-branded environments. Not only must floor coatings withstand heavy foot traffic, repel spills and stains, and, most important, be slip-resistant, they must also match the company’s exact color specifications. 
Author: Michael McCormick
Industrial coatings cover a wide variety of applications – from the automotive and marine to oil and gas equipment to the spray paint used to repaint your mailbox. They all share one common bond: the coating and color must hold up.
Author: Michael McCormick
Decorative concrete, which provides aesthetic value to concrete surfaces, is becoming increasingly popular. It can be made to look like any type of stone product, from flagstone to slate to bricks. Decorative concrete is also considerably less expensive to install than the materials it replaces, and it requires less maintenance and upkeep. Because decorative concrete mimics natural products, it requires colorants to achieve that natural look. In the past, this was done using dry pigments, which were mixed into the concrete or sprinkled on top as a surface treatment. Today, however, the trend is moving toward using liquid colorants.
Author: Michael McCormick
With the recent upswing in new construction and renovations, the demand for architectural coatings is rising, as well. Whether for new commercial space or home remodels, coatings users, specifiers and applicators are squeezed for time and resources.
Author: Steve Riccardi
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