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Posted:  19 Sep 2014 21:43
Can anyone tell me the type of equipment they use to verify color match and an approximate cost? Thanks.
Posted:  24 Sep 2014 17:54
We use an X-Rite color spectraphotomoeter (  Costs start at approximately $5k for a basic machine.

Mike Walter
Posted:  24 Sep 2014 18:16
Thanks, Mike.
Posted:  30 Sep 2014 17:46
We too use X-Rite/Macbeth, have had for years and is set up with net profiler so all standards are shared across the entire company, ensures everyone is reviewing against the same standards company wide and ties manufacturing and the customer together. Not sure on the initial cost but I do know we just upgraded to use on windows 7 and the software and calibration alone was >7k.
Posted:  30 Sep 2014 17:55
My apologies if I confused the anyone, our model is:

MacBeth Spectrophotometer
Model CE7000A
S/N 37105050698

and is serviced by X-rite

Joey Priest
Posted:  30 Sep 2014 21:32
We had used an X-rite for many years, but we still struggled with color match between different materials. Painted and powder-coated metal vs. textiles vs. different plastics with different textures. We finally found success by implementing a visual color match with a light booth with certified color checkers. There is a test that each employee must pass every year in order to be certified. If there is a dispute whether a part is a match or not then multiple color checkers are used to come to a concensus.

Joe Fricke (Process Engineer)
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