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Digital colour management with ‘Phoenix Cloud’

Colour matching using paint chips is a thing of the past in most car repair shops. Colours are determined with digital measuring devices, and the right mixing formula can be chosen in a matter of seconds using modern colour matching software.

Spies Hecker makes digital colour identification portable and even easier with the ‘Phoenix Cloud’.

Thanks to a web-based database and a WIFI connection between the different devices in the bodyshop, the entire process – from colour reading and colour search, to selecting the colour formula – can be controlled from anywhere in the bodyshop, even the office.

The central element in digital colour management has, up to now, been a permanently installed computer or a PC system in the mixing room.

With the Phoenix Cloud, however, Spies Hecker claims to offer a technically-advanced solution: all the process in colour management can now be controlled via mobile internet-enabled devices.

Spies Hecker offers three digital solution packages: ‘Phoenix Cloud Base’, ‘Phoenix Cloud Classic’, and ‘Phoenix Cloud Hi-Tec Performance’.

Each of the three packages allows access to over 200,000 colour formulas. The database is constantly updated, meaning new or unusual colours can be easily found.

“This digital technology offers a great deal of efficiency and flexibility because it is simple and fast,” says Kevin Welling, training academy manager for Axalta in the UK and Ireland. “This has a positive effect on the operations of a workshop and makes it easier for refinishers to work.”