BASF Coatings wins PACE award

Pigment & Resin Technology

ISSN: 0369-9420

Article publication date: 1 October 2004

Citation

(2004), "BASF Coatings wins PACE award", Pigment & Resin Technology, Vol. 33 No. 5. https://doi.org/10.1108/prt.2004.12933eab.018

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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BASF Coatings wins PACE award

BASF Coatings wins PACE award

BASF Coatings has received the prestigious PACE award for its innovative “ColorCARE” system. The PACE award is presented annually to honor outstanding accomplishments by automobile industry suppliers. This year, the award for the category of Manufacturing Processes and Capital Equipment went to BASF Coatings. The main reason for the selection of BASF Coatings is that its ColorCARE system is being used by various leading automobile manufacturers. During the research phase, for example, two of the jurors went to Audi AG in Ingolstadt, Germany, and got a convincing first-hand look at the innovation’s impressive performance. The ColorCARE system was developed at the BASF Coatings’ site in Muenster, Germany. Using the latest software, the system is able to continuously monitor the color match between the body and hang-on parts such as mirror housings, door handles, or bumpers. The combined use of color measurement instrumentation and analytical software produces statistical data that are displayed in the form of graphics and that reliably reveal deviations at an early point in the production process. Sending this information back to the paint suppliers as feedback allows the color of the coating to be adjusted to meet the customer needs, and it avoids the need for subsequent rework. These advantages, plus the elimination of interfaces, significantly reduce the total cost of the painting process. Because of the use of various substrates, coating technologies and application methods, testing to achieve consistent color matching has become increasingly important in automotive coating.