Color-management company DataColor Inc. unveiled its 45G hand-held spectrophotometer with integrated gloss measurement, and also launched an upgraded version of its Match Pigment 2.2 software at NPE2012.
The hand-held device offers control of multiple components within a close tolerance.
“This was developed for the automotive industry. There are a lot of different components in a car, so when you want to mix and match, you want the same color. Even with the same color, a different gloss or texture can give it a different look. We found a need for a spectrophotometer to give repeatability anywhere in the supply chain,” said Mike Tancini, sales director of industrial color solutions in the Americas for Lawrenceville, N.J.- based DataColor.
The product can be used to evaluate color appearance of painted surfaces, plastic parts, package prints, automotive parts, commercial furniture and other manufactured goods.
A key component of the new instrument is that it is portable and uses Blue Tooth technology so it can wirelessly measure color and gloss.
“The unique optical design and dynamic calibration algorithm used by 45G results in consistent measurement over time and across multiple 45G units for batch-to-batch quality control,” said Bob Karpowicz, instruments marketing manager.
Simultaneous measurement of gloss and color provides better quality control and that translates well to the injection molding process, Karpowicz said. The device also uses 45/0 optical geometry to correlate with visual appearance and an easy-to-read display of multiple pass/fail tolerances. The spectrophotometer also seamlessly integrates with DataColor software to create quality-control reports and manage the data.
Also at NPE2012, held April 1-5 in Orlando, the company was showing off its Match Pigment 2.2 software for the paint, plastic, ink and cosmetic markets. The software includes SmartMatch, which learns from use and can adapt future recipes to deliver more first-time matches, according to the company. The software can automatically compensate for differences between a colorant's actual and predicted behavior to improve color-formulation accuracy.
Match Pigment includes a patented wood-stain-matching system, flexible color-correction options, a Smart Calibrator to evaluate pigment formulas and a contrast ratio range matching function.