Product Update

Excerpt: Here is the latest news and updates of products, equipment and machinery and its market in the segment of paints and coatings industry

Rhopoint IQ (DOI) (Goniophotometer) 20°/60° * 20°/60°/85

The Rhopoint IQ Gloss Haze & DOI Meter quantifies surface quality problems that are invisible to a standard glossmeter and profiles how light is reflected from a surface. The Rhopoint IQ instrument measures the following parameters in a single button push: 20/60/85° Gloss Haze Reflected Image Quality (RIQ) Distinctness Of Image (DOI) Rspec Gloss: A measurement proportional to the amount of light reflected from a surface measured at 20° ( high gloss finishes) , 60° ( mid gloss finishes ) and 85° ( matt finishes)


20/60°* and 20/60/85°* versions available

20°Improved accuracy and resolution on high gloss & metallic samples (>70GU when measured at 60°)

60° Universal angle – all gloss levels

85° Improved resolution for matt finishes (<10GU when measured at 60°)

Resolution 0.1GU Repeatability ±0.2GU Reproducibility ±0.5GU (0-100 GU)

Resolution 0.1GU Repeatability ±0.2% Reproducibility ±0.5% (100-2000GU)

Measurement range:20º: 0-2000GU, 60º: 0-1000GU,85º: 0-199GU

Standards:ISO 2813, ISO 7668,ASTM D523, ASTM D2457,DIN 67530,JIS 8741, JIS K 5600-4-7

RSPEC: Peak Specular Reflectance: 20° ±0.09905°; Measurement range: 0-2000GU

HAZE: Near Specular Reflectance measured at 17.2-19°, 21-22.8°; Switchable between Haze Units (HU) and Log Haze Units (LogHU) Resolution 0.1HU Repeatability ±0.5HU Reproducibility ±1.5HU STDS, ASTM E430, ISO 13803

RIQ: Resolution 0.1 Repeatability ±0.2 Reproducibility ±0.5 Measurement range: 0-100

DOI: Resolution 0.1 Repeatability ±0.2 Reproducibility ±0.5; Measurement range: 0-100


Its features are easy to read full colour screen with adjustable brightness; 6 button touch sensitive interface; Fully automatic calibration with tile detection and verification for error-free calibration; Pocket sized instrument with integrated tile holder; Pass / fail for easy identification of non-conformances; Full onboard statistics (max, min, mean, S.D.); On-board trend analysis graphs; Results batching with user definable names; Direct data input via Bluetooth – This allows each reading to be instantly transmitted to any PC package such as Excel, Word, SPC programs etc.; Software-free data transfer – USB download of results to PC without the need to install software

This instrument is available with their Indian Agents Praveen Bachhawat (M.D.)


151, 15th Floor,Jolly Maker Chambers II,

Nariman Point, Mumbai -400 021; Tel : 91-22-4884 4884

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Digital assistant shines with paints and coatings expertise

Speak up and be heard—never before have these words pertained to lab work quite the way they do now: thanks to Coatino, the first digital laboratory assistant that Evonik is developing especially for the coatings industry. Not only does this voice-activated digital assistant do as its told, it also offers its wealth of expertise in support of the work of human experts in the world of paints, finishes, and coatings. Evonik has successfully equipped Coatino with technical knowledge and specialized expertise. As a result, Coatino can provide impressive, expert responses to even complicated questions in the area of coatings. Having now developed a prototype in close collaboration with European partners, Evonik is aiming to make the digital lab assistant available to the industry as early as 2020.

The market for paints and coatings is currently in the grips of profound change: consumers want coatings that are better, more sustainable, and more efficient. Compounding the situation are increasingly strict legal and regulatory requirements. All of that has generated a need for more innovation and shorter product life cycles.

A faster, more tailored and comprehensive response to customers needs

This is precisely where Coatino comes in. According to Gaetano Blanda, head of Evoniks Coating Additives business line, “With our digital, voice-activated laboratory assistant we support the coatings industry in providing a faster, more tailored, comprehensive response to customers needs than before.”

With its fully automated paint formulation testing system, Evonik is reducing the time it takes to find the optimum formulation. Over 100 samples can be tested on the system within 24 hours

When taken all together, opportunities in the colorful world of todays coatings are virtually unlimited. In terms of additives alone, the options for creating special properties in a given coating cover a wide range. Additives can make a coating more scratch resistant, for example. For paint manufacturers, the search for the right additive has, however, often felt like running a marathon: “There are thousands upon thousands of potential combinations, and hands-on experiments remain method of choice, even for trained coating experts. They pore over catalogs, study lists, and comb through complex registers in order to conduct labor-intensive tests aimed at once again precisely characterizing how the raw materials theyve found will interact with the other components of the formulation, reports Oliver Kröhl, who is head of Strategic Business Development within the Coating Additives business line and is responsible for the Coatino project.

A tablet or smartphone should be all you need to send your request

The Coatino digital assistant could potentially put an end to what has been a time-consuming and sometimes frustrating process: all coating developers will have to do is tell Coatino what properties they want in an additive—the lab assistant will then immediately provide suitable answers. In this way, Coatino offers paints and coatings manufacturers quick and easy access to solutions from Evoniks extensive product portfolio. In-depth technical expertise is still a must, but Coatino makes it much easier to come by—anytime, anywhere. Thats because a tablet or smartphone will ideally be all anyone needs to use the digital assistant.

The Coatino team has taken great effort to make the system as easy as possible for users to work with. Thanks to this extensive work, the voice-activated digital assistant understands more than just day-to-day language—it also has a command of the technical terminology used in the coatings industry. This is what lets Coatino really show its strengths as a specialist.

In its search results, Coatino provides a clear, reasoned, and comprehensible recommendation for a specific additive. The digital assistant does this by drawing upon a continuously updated, cloud-based database. In addition to many other sources, this database also houses the results of testing that Evonik has performed at its in-house, high-throughput plant for paints and coatings. “We utilize modern methods from big-data science and machine learning to ensure that Coatino always suggests the most suitable additive,” says Kröhl. That makes Coatino a smart, digital, turbocharged addition to the painstaking method of trial and error that has been available thus far. Further information from”

AkzoNobel makes powder coatings even more sustainable

Powder coatings have always offered customers numerous environmental benefits – now theyve become even more sustainable following the launch of a full range of Interpon Low-E products developed by AkzoNobel.

The company introduced its first Low-E products – a coarse texture range – late last year. Now a complete range of smooth finishes in Interpon 610 has been added to the Low-E portfolio. Specially engineered for curing at temperatures lower than the current standard of 180-190°C, the new offering is TGIC-free polyester, which saves energy and helps customers to improve their efficiency.

Designed for a wide range of customers, including industrial manufacturers of steel constructions, street and garden furniture, and agricultural and construction equipment, a total of 50 smooth products are included in the range – in gloss, satin and matt finishes.

“As the world leader in our sector, we're fully focused on continuing to set the standards for quality, service and innovation,” explains Daniela Vlad, Managing Director of AkzoNobel's Powder Coatings business. “The launch of this new range is just the latest example of how we're always looking to help customers improve their efficiency, save energy and lower their environmental footprint.”

Adds Mark Reekie, Powder Coatings' Global Segment Manager, General Industry: “Our Interpon Low-E range means customers can now use curing temperatures ranging from 150-170°C, without losing quality or the physical properties of the coating. All products in the range can be cured between eight and 40 minutes, which also helps to increase productivity during the coatings process.”

Interpon 610 Low-E is ideal for interior or exterior environments. The polyester-based products are available in a wide range of colors, are easy to apply and offer outstanding light and weather resistance. They also offer all the benefits inherent to powder coatings, such as no VOCs, reduced waste (over-sprayed powder can be recycled) and lower transport costs. The new Interpon Low-E range is initially being launched in Europe, with plans in place to launch in other regions in due course.

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