Classroom Training


April 24-25, 2019  
Eastern Michigan University, Boone Hall, Ypsilanti, MI
Instructors: Allen Brown of Ford Motor and Kendall Scott of BASF Coatings


Provide fundamentals of visual color match evaluation and color measurement for industrial color control. Teams use a spectro-photometer and portable Macbeth lighting on projects that demonstrate proper lighting, observer testing, objective terminology for color difference and determination of tolerances. Teams analyze measurement data of the same industrial samples to study correlation of visual to measured results.

Who should attend?

Typical students are lab and quality control technicians, salespeople, marketing specialists, designers, color matchers and production supervisors. Some work in coatings, plastics and textile industries, some in the auto companies and others in companies that produce composite assemblies, especially for the automotive industry.

What you will learn

  • Proper lighting, observer testing and color-order systems and metamerism issues.
  • Objective visual evaluation of color matches, including determination of tolerances and correct terminology for communicating in a multi-site organization.
  • Best color measurement practices in determination of color difference for materials and parts.
  • Team focus on achieving objective results

Course outline:

Day one:

  • Visual color match-analysis
  • Visual team-application projects
  • Material coloring processes
  • Student feedback on relevant industry practices

Day two:

  • Color measurement fundamentals
  • Team color measurement project
  • Optimizing color measurement practices
  • Team project and class presentation

Daily Program Schedule

Class times are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

Enrollment is limited to 24 participants.

The fee for the 2-day course is $800 which covers a course-book, lunch each day and all class supplies. Lodging and other meals are not included. A certificate of participation is presented to each registrant.


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