A Denver company is out to make a color-comparison system that even the smallest processors can afford.
PocketSpec Technologies Inc. at NPE 2003 exhibited a basic scanner that weighs in at 6 ounces and sells for $349.
Most small shops do not have large laboratories, technicians or the cash to invest thousands of dollars into a unit to track the color of finished products. But they do have customer standards to meet, engineering director Gregg Wagner said in a June 25 interview at NPE 2003 in Chicago.
The Color QA launched in 2002. At NPE, the company debuted a unit available with a USB port to download data to a computer for long-term tracking. It provides a simple go/no-go signal, based on how closely the molded component matches a customer's specifications.
The Color RT, set to hit the market within the next few months, can measure transparent, translucent and opaque materials.
``Our main goal was to make color coordination affordable and easy to do,'' Wagner said.