Car manufacturers regularly offer new models with exclusive special colours and effect paints, which eventually come to bodyshops for paint repair. So it is important for bodyshops to keep up to date with new colour developments and to have the right tools at hand for these complex repairs.
Standox, one of the premium global refinish brands from Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, offers bodyshops a number of digital tools and services to help them with accurate colour matching and colour competence.
Web-based management software
Standowin iQ is the web-based colour management software which regularly updates its colour database when connected to the Internet, giving refinishers fast access to the latest formulas. Data, such as colour formulas for specific jobs, can be backed up online and stored locally on the PC so it is always accessible, with or without an Internet connection. The software can run on PCs, smartphones and tablets and, no matter where it is used from, Standowin iQ can send formulas directly to the scales or to fully automated dosing systems. Customised and bodyshop-specific formulas can be retrieved from different PCs via Standowin iQ, which offers large bodyshops and bodyshop networks added flexibility.
Standox Genius spectrophotometer allows refinishers to measure colours and their nuances quickly and directly on the vehicle. Genius reliably identifies colours and stores the measured data so that it can be directly translated into ready-to-use mixing formulations on a PC. When using in conjuction with the effect navigator, bodyshops have the added ability of measuring the effect of the colour, even identifying the grain of aluminium pigments in the paint. The device is compatible with the Standowin iQ software.
MiKEY, the e-learning programme from Standox, is a colour training software with clear tutorials and valuable practical tips on colour and colour management. Refinishers can be trained and assessed via a PC or mobile device at a time that suits them and without having to leave the bodyshop. Standox also offers hands-on training courses specialising in all aspects of special colour repairs at its Training Academy in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
Online colour competence
The Standox website is a valuable resource where refinishers can go to find help and advice on colour from Standox experts. The Colour Competence area of the website can be found via a link on the homepage. It features a Colour Trends section where the Colour Designer for Axalta’s Automotive OEM Coatings in EMEA, Elke Dirks, explains which car colours are trending. She also looks ahead to new OEM colour developments, such as glass flakes and high chroma colours.
In the Colour Development pages, Ann de Clerck, who is responsible for Axalta’s Refinish Colour Marketing in EMEA, gives details on how refinish colours are created and how Axalta’s colour labs around the world produce new repair formulas. Horst Neumann, Axalta’s Colour Quality Coordinator, describes his role and how he helps refinishers by producing colour formulas for repairs that offer the most accurate colour match to the original OEM colour.
Customers who are logged into the My Standox section of the website can access two new forms alongside the netbox: Best Match request and Colour Service request. These have been designed to get visitors the information they require as quickly as possible.
Anthony Cashel, Marketing Manager for Axalta Coating Systems in the UK and Ireland, says, “Standox offers a wide and comprehensive range of digital colour tools and services, which are all designed to meet the varied needs of bodyshops. What they all have in common is that they aim to make the numerous processes associated with colour matching and management more efficient.”
Standox has also published a Standothek guide entitled Perfect colour management which is full of helpful advice and useful information on colour and colour tools. From the reasons for colour variations and metamerism to mixing the right formula and effect matching and blending, Perfect colour management is a handy guide for any refinisher.
For more information about the full range of Standox colour tools and services, contact the local distributor or visit www.standox.co.uk. To book training, to purchase colour tools or to order the Standothek guide, please visit the Standox webshop at www.standoshop.co.uk.
Standox, one of the global refinish coating brands from Axalta Coating Systems, supports its customers with premium product quality and in-depth consultancy to help obtain the best results. As a leading European automotive refinish brand based in Wuppertal, Germany, it delivers innovative product systems, and superior colour-match accuracy and paint technology. Approvals from major car manufacturers reflect the brand’s position as a leading partner to the automotive industry. Standox helps professional refinishers achieve right-first-time results.