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Industry 4.0—the internet of things—is bringing a new level of connectivity to auxiliary equipment. Here’s a rundown of developments there, along with other news in auxiliaries from the show.
Datacolor's new hand-held spectrophotometer offers digital color communication for the automotive supply chain.
Auxiliary equipment takes in a broad range of functions, from materials preparation to post-mold finishing.
Color is a measurable property, but it is also a subjective quality dependent on individual perception.
From polymer characterization to on-line bottle or preform inspection, coordinate measuring, and color sensing, new testing and measuring instruments at the NPE show in Chicago were easier to use and more compact, yet often packed higher performance than earlier versions—and sometimes with a more attractive price tag.
An upgraded version of a popular color-management software program for plastics, paints, and inks is said to allow extremely accurate color matches even in difficult cases such as with transparent and translucent plastics.
A new digital color formulation program combines powerful matching software with an easy-to-use interface that reportedly makes sharing color information faster and more secure than previously possible.
Thermal and mechanical testers, color and appearance sensors, vision inspection devices and CMMs—the NPE had them all in more compact, economical, and easy-to-use models.
There was no shortage of new developments in product inspection devices and instruments for testing color and appearance as well as mechanical, rheological, thermal, and weathering properties.