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Mississauga, Ontario -- February 8, 2017 -- PPG has announced the development of several advances in its array of software and hardware colour tools. Specifics are still under wraps, but Denise Lu, PPG’s Global Marketing Director, has dropped some hints.

“We have been working on critical initiatives that will elevate our colour tools to a whole new level, all to the benefit to our customers,” said Lu. “Those individuals who attended the SEMA show and saw our video about colour tools have an idea of what’s coming. Our colour management, identification and retrieval products are already highly efficient and accurate; they’re in daily use in collision centres around the country. Now we’re giving these products advanced features and capabilities to make automotive refinishing even easier, more productive and more quality-focused.”

Lu also indicated that we can expect enhancements to the company’s PaintManager colour management software, RapidMatch X-5 spectrophotometer and TouchMix colour retrieval system. The tools will be part of a new product line branded XI.

The first of the three initiatives, the TouchMix XI computer, was released this month in Canada and the US. It is a Windows OS computer exclusive to PPG.

Second is the PaintManager XI program software. It will be rolled out across Canada this spring. A statement from PPG says this next-generation software features numerous process improvements and a more intuitive workflow to help managers oversee the productivity and profitability of their paint mixing operations more effectively.

Rounding out the trio of new tools is the RapidMatch XI spectrophotometer. This third-generation spectrophotometer was designed exclusively for PPG. It combines eleven colour angles and five texture angles for a total of sixteen geometries powered with six blue-enhanced LEDs. A touchscreen user interface captures vital job details with Wi-Fi connectivity directly to the PaintManager XI software.

For more information, please visit ppgrefinish.com.


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