For suppliers and coating companies, quality control tests that achieve accurate, repeatable measurements are essential. Without valid testing, product quality inevitably suffers, starting a cascading avalanche of negative implications that can span from lost time and increased costs to damaged reputations and declining sales. Unfortunately, these highly accurate measurements can be difficult to achieve, much less duplicate across multiple instruments in several locations.
Take, for example, quality control testing for titanium dioxide (TiO2) industrial coating bases - the most common pigment in coatings, which is used to ensure longevity of paints and continued protection of the substrate, in addition to improving aesthetic appeal, opacity and durability. The production process to take titanium dioxide and develop industrial coating bases begins as the titanium dioxide powder first enters a factory. As soon as the raw material arrives, it undergoes an initial round of quality tests to ensure the powder meets the facility’s strict quality requirements.