Revolutionary colour matching system for vehicle refinishes market

05 May 2015

AkzoNobel has launched a revolutionary digital system, which allows body shops to precisely measure and match the existing colour on any area of a vehicle.

The advanced system consists of two key elements: Automatchic Vision – the latest generation of AkzoNobel’s hand-held device that digitally analyses colour; and Automatchic Smart Search – colour retrieval software that provides the optimum matching colour formula.

"Quite simply, we are revolutionising colour matching in the bodyshop,” explained Henri Bijsterbosch, Global Manager Digital Color at AkzoNobel’s Vehicle Refinishes business. "The compact, hand-held Automatchic Vision device uses the latest digital technology to guarantee precise, reliable measurements of colour, including curved parts of a vehicle that are traditionally difficult to read.”

The system is also intuitive and easy to operate so that only minimal training is needed to achieve accurate measurements quickly. Colour readings obtained using Automatchic Vision easily translated into the best matching colour formula by the Smart Search software.

"Automatchic is designed to support standard bodyshop processes,” added Bijsterbosch. "The software ensures the optimum colour match, while minimising paint use, reducing waste and saving valuable time. With colours becoming increasingly difficult to match, Automatchic helps you make an objective choice.”

The system has been extensively tested with customers and feedback has been extremely positive. "There are fewer mistakes due to the easy, straightforward process,” said Vincent Gourdon, Technical Manager at SODIP, a leading French distributor of automotive and industrial coatings.

Commenting on the announcement, Simon Parker, Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Vehicle Refinishes business, said: "AkzoNobel colour matching tools lead vehicle refinishes. Developing the latest digital technology is another example of our passion for excellence – reducing complexity and making the tools accessible for more people to start working with them.”

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