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Akzo-Nobel announces their partnership with BYK-Gardner

Published on : Monday, May 11, 2020

Akzo-Nobel is proud to announce that AkzoNobel is working with BYK-Gardner to help develop their pioneering Profiler Tool. This dynamic partnership sees the two companies come together to test and adapt the tool, which can digitally measure the textured surfaces of powder coatings.

Customers have been benefiting from AkzoNobel’s expert digitization of color for decades. Now the company is entering new territory with the help of pioneering technology developed by BYK-Gardner, which can digitally measure and control the textured surfaces of powder coatings.

Launched on April 10, BYK-Gardner’s the spectro2profiler device represents a major step forward for the industry because currently, the only way to check the quality of a textured powder coating surface is to carry out a visual inspection. So the new tool – which can measure color and gloss, as well as analyzing the 3D topography of the surface texture – is being hailed as a game-changer. And AkzoNobel Powder Coatings are the first in the industry to start developments to tap into this new technology in the future.

“We’re excited to cooperate on developing this innovation milestone,” explains Pim Koeckhoven, Technology Director for Color at AkzoNobel. “Being able to objectively evaluate the structural quality of a powder coating – in a consistent, precise and standardized way – using a dedicated digital tool will be a huge step forward.”

Adds Moonen: “Texture is an extremely important feature of powder coatings and the trend towards textured surfaces is getting stronger all the time, especially in the architectural segment, where both coarse and fine textures are used. As the world’s leading supplier of powder coatings, having this tool available in the future will be a major asset to both ourselves and our customers.”

Having previously collaborated on a digital device for AkzoNobel’s Vehicle Refinishes business – which is now the go-to color measuring tool in the automotive industry – the two companies began working on the new spectro2profiler. The aim was to take what they had already learned for leather-like surfaces and use it to explore the possibilities of digitizing the surface texture of powder coatings.

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