CHICAGO — Hunter Lab of Reston, Va., has updated its plastics color-matching technology with its new EasyMatch Plastics software.
The new program can match transparent, translucent and opaque plastics in addition to handling all major resin types and varying levels of color concentrates.
The 32-bit, Windows 95-based CD-ROM replaces a DOS-based program Hunter introduced in 1992. Since then, the firm has launched similar Windows 95-based matching software for coatings and textiles.
``The marketplace demanded more sophistication and speed,'' Hunter applications specialist Steve Morosky said in an interview at Plastics USA 98 in Chicago.
The program also can handle new liquid colorants by basing weights on both dry and liquid measures.
The system, complete with spectrophotometer, sells for between $20,000 and $30,000.
Morosky said computerization is gaining in importance as color-matching technology and colorant materials get more complicated.
``An older color-matcher worker could be as efficient as the software, but he'd need 20 years experience,'' Morosky said.