1998-08-11

Method of Formulating Paint Through Color Space Modeling 982114

A substantial lead time affects the flexibility of the vehicle manufacturer to respond to changes in customer color preferences. Failure to provide colors that satisfy customer color expectations creates obvious disadvantages in the marketplace. Lead time is generally attributed to pre-production requirements including performance validation testing and other physical properties testing. Additionally, the paint color selection and release for the production process, particularly at the conception stage, relies heavily on subjective judgement and interpretation of the customer's likes and dislikes.
A unique method and apparatus have proven useful to meeting the challenges of changing marketing conditions. The technique combines visualizing, developing, engineering, and evaluating a coating so that color becomes an output of a technical process rather than a design process. It allows the business to part from the traditional method of encouraging single color design and development. It focuses on a process to qualify multiple colors at one time allowing for greater flexibility in the marketplace to changing customer demands.
This paper describes a process to use graphical interpretation, design of experiment and regression analysis methods, and a color developmental process that provides multiple color capability rather than a single color as an output.

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