Franchi&Kim expresses its full potential in colour formulations particular sector. From the end of the 1980s, the need arose to digitize the tintometric formulation sector and related ancillary activities: such as, for example, labeling and TDS and MSDS. As leader of this market niche, the company - since the dawn of the digital tintometric process - offers the GST-FORM software on the market. Over time, the software has been implemented in several steps, up to the present day with the DATABOOK 9.
Until the late 1980s, the activity of colour formulation was summarized in a folder containing the formulations of RAL colors only. In 1987 a formulation computerization project was activated. After some software tests, used internally for the bases coloration, in 1995 it was developed a software of our property, compatible with Windows 95 and Windows 3.1, the operating systems used in that period by personal computers.
The formulations entered went from the initial few thousand to over 100.000, with continuous additions of Franchi&Kim products and folders, in addition to those that have become standard on the market. The software could interface with electronic scales to re-proportion the weighing errors and with electronic tintometers to carry out the automatic passage of the formulation to be dispensed. Installation and updating were carried out via floppy disk, then over time with the help of CDs and finally with USB sticks.
With the evolution of personal computer operating systems, the need for new software arose and in 2003 the company's representative software was developed: Databook. Initially, it served to display the formulations and print the legal labeling, in addition to TDS and MSDS. The software was compatible with all operating systems of that period. The real plus was represented by the display masks of the formulation selection path which presented an easy graphic aspect with the aim of facilitating the retailer and tinting machine user.
Databook was further developed with versions 2 and 3 which re-proposed connections with different dispensing and formulation peripherals, definitively replacing the old Gst-Form software. The two versions were released a few years later and focused on the following new features: adaptation of the software to all the latest generation operating systems, implementation of tintometric bases for several sectors, addition of industrial and automotive refinish industry color cards, car color reference search by code and name, renewed graphic interface, adaptation of the master label to the new legislative provisions, simplified installation.
In 2008 a new and revolutionary "In Shop Factory" system for decorative sector was presented. It could produce wall paint products starting from an empty can and no longer from white or transparent bases. The new system was supported by a powerful and innovative management software, designed for a local network, which facilitated all the operations concerning the preparation of colored products, starting from the placement of the order and arriving to print the delivery note, with the possibility to analyze sales and revenue data, by product or by customer. A real color management program.
The evolution of the software led to further improvements. Since 2014, a more advanced version of the software, called "ICS MASTER", as been operating in the company, at warehouses, branches and premium customers. It is connected to company servers and to Internet and it is able to manage all internal and decentralized tinting systems operations, both at branches and warehouses.
The software interfaces with the main management system, by entering orders and sending them to the units used for dispensing, even if located in different geographical areas, controlling the progress and return of colored product to the warehouse.
The Databook has been increasingly integrated with the possibility of working stand-alone or being in the network domain and updating automatically. Version 5 managed orders, customers and sales statistics. In addition, it maintained the ability of labeling and creating TDS and MSDS. In addition there was the new option to keep track of the sending by email. Databook 5 managed orders and reorders related to a specific customer, keeping track of the personal formulations entered and matching them to the corresponding customer, for easy research or statistics.
In 2016, the DataBook version dedicated to the Play&Color color detection device was born.
A field was created in which it was possible to insert the color code detected by the colorimeter with instantaneous extrapolation and compilation of the color formulation.
All its experience in colour formulation software led the company to create the new Databook Play&Color, a software with all Franchi&Kim technology, but simplified for a use in store. The P&C Databook can be used as a formulation viewer for a small store or it can become a complete management software for tinting systems for large distributors or factories. In essence, the integrated functions of the ICS version have been transferred to the tinting software for resale points.
The CAR-TRUCK-ACE function has been included in the 2019 DataBook 9 version.
With the new update it is possible to create all the corporate pastel shades of the variegated and immense sector of the industrial bodywork and of the Ace sector (agriculture, construction and earthmoving machine). The colors can be made using direct gloss systems with acrylics and polyacrylics or with a double coat system, with the possibility of coloring the white matt base of Acrimatt Series 3000. The color references are unique and inspired by the largest production houses and the latest updates, guaranteeing fidelity to the original.
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