Janich & Klass Expand Their Product
by Taking Over the Mixlink-Business from Agfa
JANICH & KLASS
Computertechnik GmbH, Wuppertal, has taken over AGFAs
Mixlink business, retroactive as of August 1, 2005. Included within
this Agreement is the production of these units, the software
maintenance and client services.
Mixlink is a color
mix computer with CD-ROM for Automotive paint shops.
Additionally, cooperation between the two companies secures the
active support by the former Agfa Mixlink team until the end of
September 2006 in order to provide a smooth take-over for the
clients. Furthermore, Janich & Klass may use the AGFA site in
Munich as a drop-in center, for the same period. The take-over of
the Mixlink business provides an excellent opportunity for Janich
& Klass, the leading supplier of Industrial PC techniques and
Document Imaging. It will strengthen its highly successful
Industrial Computer Business branch with similar products and
utilize efficiently, the competences already existing in its
hardware and software area.
Janich & Klass
has already planned to expand its product portfolio by
explosion-protected units, for processing solvent-containing
The Mixlink system enables an exact mix of even
the smallest amounts of color starting from 32 ml
for repainting automobiles to their true color.
Several thousand color shades can be obtained from
up to 40 base colors.
For this task, a sturdy industrial PC was
developed, with a foil keyboard, integrated flat display, drives
for CD-ROM, a floppy disk, and the connection for a highly
precise balance. The PC calculates the exact ratio of the colors,
based on the required quantity of pigment, auto brand and color
ID from the type plate, until the correct mixture is reached.
Also if too much pigment was filled in, the computer will
immediately calculate the new mixing ratio.
The result is a 100 percent color match with the
The system is distributed by Akzo Nobel, one of
the largest companies for colors and lacquers worldwide, via
Sikkens and their daughter company Lesonal.
From now on, Janich & Klass is responsible for
the production of the PCs, along with the software that is
available in different versions for 20 countries. Aso for its
maintenance, and for about 1,000 service agreements with
In total, about 7,000 systems are in use
worldwide, for which updates are made on CDs and sent to
the Users about every two months.