COLOUR LABORATORY

The Colour Laboratory in Amesbury offers a specialised colour analysis service that is available on a test by test basis or on an outsource basis to companies around the world.

Flexible response
The Colour Laboratory is a flexible service that is suitable for a broad range of sample types, provided they have reasonable colour stability. For example:



  • Edible Oils & Fats
  • Chemicals & Industrial Oils
  • Petroleum Oils & Fuels
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Plastics & Rubber
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Household & Personal Care Products
  • Foodstuffs & Beverages
  • Waters & Effluents

Extensive experience
The Tintometer Ltd was established in 1885 by Joseph Lovibond, a Salisbury brewer who developed the Lovibond® Colour Scale. Since those early days the Lovibond® brand has become the hallmark for colour measurement in processing industries, recognised by major international standardising bodies, including the AOCS, ISO and ASTM, who quote our instruments in their specifications for colour measurement. It is this unique experience that allows Tintometer Ltd to guarantee a reliable and accurate colour measuring service.

High level of skill
The success of The Colour Laboratory lies in the experienced colorimetry technicians who use our master instruments to obtain the colour data required.

Quality Assured
All samples are tested under the control of our ISO 9001 Quality Management System. In addition, Tintometer Ltd has been awarded UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation as a calibration laboratory for spectral response and CIE measurements. As a result, we can supply colour measurement data that are directly traceable to national standards.

Conditions of Service
Customers will be responsible for shipping the samples to Tintometer Ltd. Each sample will be identified by an appropriate reference. The Customer is required to furnish all safety information and MSDS sheets associated with the materials being shipped. Tintometer Ltd may refuse acceptance of samples if they present a risk to health, safety or the environment.

The Customer will specify the methods for analysis for each sample, in particular any sample preparation and the colour data required. Colour analysis and observations will be conducted using the methodology specified. Tintometer Ltd will supply the Customer with a Colour Laboratory report stating the instrument used, colour values obtained by sample reference, measurement conditions and observations.

Tintometer Ltd will retain samples for a period of 30 days following the date of submission of the Colour Laboratory report. Following the retention period, Tintometer Ltd will dispose of unused non-hazardous samples at no additional charge. Hazardous samples will be returned to the Customer at their expense.

All work undertaken by The Colour Laboratory will be treated in the strictest confidence. Tintometer Ltd will not disclose the Customer's confidential information except with the prior permission of the Customer. The official language for any communication with respect to the services offered by The Colour Laboratory will be English.