|The RapidMatch X-5 Spectrophotometer.
Mississauga, Ontario — June 10, 2014 — PPG Automotive Refinish has released an enhanced version of its PaintManager program specific to the RapidMatch X-5 spectrophotometer and software workflow. The new
RapidMatch softwareâ€”with an improved colour formula retrieval workflow processâ€”is designed to increase speed, productivity and formula match accuracy. Combined with PPGâ€™s advanced RapidMatch X-5 spectrophotometer, the software uses sophisticated algorithms to join match rating with a new texture indicator. This, along with other innovative features, produces a heightened level of colour characterization and formula precision.
According to Mary Kimbro, global colour director, PPG, the software requires no hardware changes, is easier to use, yields faster results and in many cases can find the best colour match in just two clicks.
â€œWe have been able to successfully create a higher industry standard for colour matching,â€ said Kimbro. â€œThe
RapidMatch X-5 spectrophotometer and our new optimized software â€“ with all its upgrades â€“ work together to make the PPG system more effective and efficient than ever.â€
PPG says a wealth of enhancements automate routine processes, streamline formula searches, quickly identify best matches and accelerate downloads. With no new hardware required, collision centers only need to update their current PaintManager software to improve their capabilities. Customers utilizing the Internet will be updated automatically.
One of the softwareâ€™s key features is the capability to address texture. An integrated texture indicator compares the
returned colour formulasâ€™ pigment component to the target vehicle colour, thereby, serving as a guide to the final
The new software employs a â€œGreen-Green-Goâ€ search-rate-mix process to ensure the best starting colour formula.
When the RapidMatch X-5 spectrophotometer analyzes the target colour, the texture and match rating results are
displayed. A green match rating assures blendable results. Coupled with a green texture â€œOKâ€â€”indicating the returned formulaâ€™s texture is equivalent to the vehicle being repairedâ€”the technician can confidently go directly to mix. Other formula returns may be finer or coarser (F=finer, C=coarser) compared to the target colour.
Another important feature of the new software is a redesigned landing page with a simplified one-search launch pad
of colour information that has eliminated the need for separate OEM and wild card searches. The software also
automatically predicts if the target colour is a solid or metallic, and job tracking is made easy with options to add
customer information for each repair.
Since high-throughput collision centers often use the RapidMatch X-5 spectrophotometer for all their colour matching, an automatic download configuration is available with the software. Measurements from the device are organized and displayed as a reading list of colour bars to ease sorting.
PPG introduced the RapidMatch software match rating and blend/check workflow in 2010. Since then, unit sales of the five-angle measuring device have tripled globally. â€œThis signifies the importance of shop productivity and provides a solution that makes sense to the refinish technician,â€ adds Kimbro. â€œWhatever the target colour, with RapidMatch
software the technician will receive the best match available in seconds.â€