The introduction of a polymer color matching and dosing system that accelerates the process of designing and coloring injection molded parts was announced today by PolyOne Corp. (Avon Lake, OH) and 3M (Maplewood, MN). The Pinpoint Express Color and Dosing System, developed in a strategic collaboration by the two companies, allows users to create, match and mix colors on site, dramatically reducing lead times for short-run color development from weeks to hours, said the companies.
Pinpoint combines proprietary software and liquid colorant technology from PolyOne’s ColorMatrix Select system with proprietary dispensing and dosing technology from 3M. Customer trials have resulted in significant color development lead time reductions, collapsing a typical four-week process to just a few hours. At the same time, trials have shown that Pinpoint maintains exceptional color consistency, according to PolyOne.
Designed as a targeted complement to its full ColorMatrix product line, “Pinpoint enables short-run injection molders to make a step change in their ability to serve their customers and grow revenue by significantly reducing the time needed to design and create colors,” said Will Nordloh, General Manager, ColorMatrix for PolyOne, in a prepared statement. “The system also helps reduce operating costs by eliminating the need to carry excess or expired colorant inventory. In testing, customers gave high praise to the efficiency and simplicity of the system—it’s as easy as design-dispense-dose,” said Nordloh.
“Bringing the innovation of 3M together with the colorant and plastic injection molding expertise of PolyOne, the Pinpoint system is a revolution for the manufacturing of molded-in-color parts,” said Dave Gunderson, Vice President and General Manager of 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division.