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3 Ways Manufacturers are Staying Innovative and Environmentally-Friendly

Can new products be innovative and environmentally-friendly at the same time? That was the question on everybody’s mind earlier this Spring at the European Coatings Show (ECS) 2019. Here are three ways manufacturers are getting this done, courtesy of ECS 2019.

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Polyaspartic Coatings

In this infographic, we review the six characteristics of polyaspartic coatings and weigh the benefits.

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Pricing Professional Painting Projects Accurately

A bulletproof sales process includes the right tools to support it. Learn how employing the right solution can improve price calculations and information quality and win you more sales.

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Good tinting software needs to deliver powerful capabilities—but it is a well-designed user interface

The first step to reducing errors and working faster—no matter the industry or process—is to simplify as much as possible. When it comes to software, for example, presenting only the most necessary options makes the system more user friendly and easier to work with.

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Whether it’s the latest electronic gadget, fashion, car, or paint for your living space, color sells

Mass customization is now the norm for nearly everything that can be purchased these days and younger consumers expect color to be both very personal and available on demand. When it’s not, they quickly move on to the next option. Promoting and positioning the color or shade that will attract customers to your business remains the challenge.

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Universal vs Specialized Colorants: What’s the Difference?

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.

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How Color Choices Echo the Economic Climate—and Why It Matters

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.

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Colorants and Tinting System Solutions for Gel Coats

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.

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Expanding Possibilities with Integrated Tinting Software

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. 

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Point-of-Sale Tinting: Keys to setting up a system at an industrial coatings plant

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.

 

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Making Formulating Data Colorful and Relevant

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.

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Blended Color Packs

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. 

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