X-Rite Inc. (Grand Rapids, Mich.) introduced a line of multi-angle spectrophotometers and quality-control and formulation software for evaluation of processes, quality, and problem troubleshooting in manufacturing functions.
The MA94 and MA96 spectrophotometers are described as “the next generation” of spectrophotometers and improved versions of the company’s workhorse MA68II spectrophotometer. Data taken with the new spectrophotometers are fully compatible with existing data generated using the MA6811, the company says.
The instruments are reported to offer improvements such as greater data repeatability and a more robust method for measuring flexible or curved surfaces. The X-ColorQC® software that accompanies the instruments obtains more information from data, the company says.
The instruments identify and maintain the color quality of parts that may originate from different production lines, factories, or supply sources; weigh approximately 1 kilogram; and are covered with a soft over-mold case for two-handed use.
The MA94 provides color measurement of flat, flexible, and curved test surfaces by using three pressure sensors that quickly indicate correct positioning of the instrument for readings. The JOBS workflow software provides text and visual cues and records data for analysis. The MA94 illuminates test surfaces with a tungsten halogen module and takes readings from five aspecular angles in less than two seconds.
The more advanced MA96 takes measurements from six aspecular angles to provide additional information for collecting data on effect paints and coatings, the company says.
The MA98 is a precision 31-point spectrophotometer that is designed especially to measure effect paints for research and development, process improvements, and product refinements. With 11 sensors and two illuminators, the instrument is reported to detect characteristics of effect paints that the other instruments can miss. It collects and manipulates data through software and proprietary xDNA algorithms to generate graphs that show unique characteristics of effect paints, color standards and services.
More information: www.xrite.com.