Taking the guesswork out of colour matching

AkzoNobel is helping bodyshops improve efficiency today and stay relevant tomorrow with a new digital colour-matching solution.

Already thousands of bodyshops around the world are benefitting from Colorvation, a cloud-based solution that AkzoNobel claims makes colour matching easier, faster and more accurate.

Instead of the guesswork of colour swatches, a subjective process that can depend on many variables, technicians use AkzoNobel’s updated Automatchic tool to ‘photograph’ the area of the vehicle that needs refinishing. That measurement is then automatically uploaded to MIXIT, which instantaneously trawls through millions of colours and colour variations to identify a match.

MIXIT will select the best colour match, which can then also be added to the database. In this way, the database is continually evolving and growing.

George Sneddon, Regional Technical Service Manager Europe North, said, ‘The whole idea of the digital process is the reduce the errors. Colorvation means fewer reworks and therefore increased efficiency and increased profitability for bodyshops.

‘Our ambition is to completely remove the ‘checking’ stage out of the process of colour matching so it’s just measure, mix and spray.

He continued, ‘Already about 30% of our customers in the UK have introduced Colorvation and we hope to increase that by 20% this year and next. All our new customers are automatically going down the digital route, and my own research has found that it’s 20-25% more efficient than using colour chips.’

George concluded, ‘We’re really driving the power of digital forward.’