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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – May 17, 2018
The commercial coatings division of PPG has launched MeasureColor Mobile, an innovative color-matching app that brings thousands of colors to customers’ fingertips in a matter of seconds, coupled with a small colorimeter to read the target color.

MeasureColor Mobile, available in the United States and Canada, combines cloud technology with a handheld, Bluetooth-enabled scanning device to read a color, interpret the data and quickly send the closest PPG color match to the app on a customer’s tablet or smartphone. The customer then has immediate access to thousands of colors in PPG’s industrial powder and liquid coatings libraries.

“This is a color measurement system that provides our customers with a quick and precise way to identify potential color matches while eliminating time-consuming color formulation work and allows our distributors to provide liquid or powder colors more quickly to the end-user.” said Steve Podlas, PPG brand manager, industrial segments, U.S. and Canada. “The MeasureColor Mobile device is about the size of a flashlight battery and can be used on nearly any surface — metal, plastic, wood and even soft surfaces — to capture color. As a color retrieval device, it is classified in a category of tools called colorimeters.”

According to Podlas, the MeasureColor Mobile tool offers several valuable features and benefits: The two features he believes will be used most often are Color Search and Color Compare. The tool’s search feature scans a customer’s color and immediately searches the library of Commercial Performance Coatings colors to see if an acceptable color already exists, thereby eliminating the need for a custom color match. The compare feature allows a customer to consider the difference between two colors — an original part and a recently painted component, for example, within a Delta E measurement of 0.50.

Podlas added that the cloud-based tool also provides ordering information such as the brand code, color name and gloss range. In the case of powders, resin chemistry is provided and the tool advises customers if the selected color is a stock or make-to-order color. In addition, the search results give distributors access to the business unit website for easy retrieval of datasheets or SDS information. All search results are displayed in a clear, easy-to-read format and then stored for sharing or archival purposes.

“The MeasureColor Mobile program was developed with support from the MeasureColor team — leaders in the field with this type of software and device. They understood PPG’s desire to address our customers’ requirements in a unique way and provided the innovations that allow the capability to move critical color projects along as speedily as possible,” said Podlas. “We believe that our customers will view MeasureColor Mobile as a revolutionary advancement in color matching.”

PPG offers a full range of coating technologies for the commercial transportation and light industrial markets including polyurethanes, alkyds, epoxies, polyurea, waterborne, pretreatment chemicals and powder coatings. PPG commercial coatings products are marketed under several brand names including Amercoat®, Commercial Performance Coatings, Delfleet Essential® and Delfleet® Evolution.

For more information about the MeasureColor Mobile and other commercial coatings products from PPG, call (800) 647-6050 or visit www.ppgcommercialcoatings.com.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – May 22, 2018
PPG recently was named a recipient of the 2018 CIO 100 Award for its innovative PaintManager® XI software platform, designed for its global refinish customers. The annual award program recognizes 100 organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).

“Innovation in color documentation and tools is a major mission at PPG,” said John Outcalt, PPG vice president, global refinish. “This award for our next generation paint management tool validates our efforts to be the leader in delivering color excellence to our customers through inventive technology.”

The new PaintManager® XI software and its intuitive workflow streamlines the color retrieval process to make it faster and easier for refinish paint technicians to select and mix the right color more quickly. Since the system’s color database is updated daily via the internet, technicians have access to the latest prime and color variant formulations. Other enhancements enable users to more precisely mix the correct amount of color for each repair and make it easier to track and manage active and previous repair orders.

The award-winning software also incorporates advanced reporting processes to assist collision center owners and managers in their efforts to improve the productivity and profitability of their paint operation. The network-capable system uses a combination of desktop, server and cloud-based technologies to create greater opportunities for collaboration and integration across customer locations and within organizations.

When fully deployed, PaintManager® XI software will be installed at more than 70,000 customer locations globally.

“Every year, we are honored to showcase the technology innovation and business value delivered by our CIO 100 Award winners. Each of these companies has achieved notable success in accelerating businesses to the front lines of the digital revolution,” said Maryfran Johnson, executive director of CIO Programs for CIO Events and the CIO Executive Council. “This year's winners are inspiring examples of how IT leadership, business partnerships and customer engagement can reshape the future.”

PPG will be recognized at the CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony on August 15 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

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