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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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X-Rite Inc. has introduced a handheld spectrocolorimeter designed to give companies “an inexpensive yet powerful way to record and communicate color differences to speed introduction of new products and reduce instances of scrap.”

The RM200QC can help companies manage colors of coatings and manufactured products accurately and affordably, according to X-Rite, the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of color management and communication systems.

 The X-Rite RM200QC handheld spectrocolorimeter
Camera technology illuminates the surface from three directions while recording 27 images in 1.8 seconds, according to X-Rite.

The unit simplifies how makers of coatings, chemicals and other products can compare the colors of lab samples or parts in production with reference standards, then create reports that can be shared with supply chain partners, X-Rite reports.

Maintaining Standards

X-Rite says the gauge has been useful in setting color standards, monitoring color deviations in production, and ensuring the integrity of proprietary colors in a variety of industries.

Advanced features identify color differences between samples and standards, opacity, and grayscale assessment; and highlight how colors may change in appearance under D65 daylight and Illuminant A household tungsten-filament lighting.

Multiple units may be stationed at individual machines or at critical steps in a workflow. The instrument offers a high-tech option to companies that currently use swatches, fan decks or sample products for color comparisons, according to X-Rite.

How it Works

The RM200QC uses proprietary camera technology that illuminates the surface being measured from three directions while simultaneously recording 27 color-accurate images in 1.8 seconds, eliminating the shadows and interference inherent to patterned and textured materials and surfaces, according to X-Rite.

With eight visible illuminations and one ultraviolet illumination, the RM200QC is able to more accurately define the location of a color in color space than colorimeters that have three illuminations of red, green and blue light.

X-Rite says users can be trained in just a few minutes. Operators select between 4 mm and 8 mm apertures, preview the sample area on the full-color display, then take a measurement in less than two seconds by pressing a button. The instrument gives results in the form of a simple pass/fail message or CIE L*a*b* values and delta E color differences.  It also reports results in all of the standard color difference equations and tolerances, such as CIELAB, CMC, CIE 94, or CIE 2000.

Features and Capabilities

The RM200QC memory holds 20 standards and up to 350 measurements automatically stamped with time and date. The measurements are saved as PDF and CSV files that can be downloaded via USB cable so the information can be shared with other stakeholders in a supply chain.

Any measurement can be linked with images of test surfaces, text notes, or voice messages, and the reports can be output in multiple languages.

More information: http://www.xrite.com.

   

Tagged categories: Building materials; Coating inspection; Color; Quality control; X-Rite Incorporated

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