Control of color quality on the shop floor is made facile with the latest multi-angle spectrophotometers from X-Rite Europe GmbH (Regensdorf, Switzerland). The MA94 and MA96 models will debut at K this October. Weighing approximately 1 kilogram and covered with a soft over-molded case for two-handed use, all of the instruments are designed for frequent and comfortable measurement by shop floor personnel.
Weighing approximately 1 kilogram and covered with a soft over-molded case for two-handed use, the instruments a
Battery-powered spectrophotometer records more than 1,400 color measurements per full charge.
re designed for frequent and comfortable measurement by shop floor personnel. X-Rite representatives will be on hand at Stand 1o/A75 at K to demonstrate how the new product family and other instruments and software can help automotive suppliers, packagers, appliance manufacturers and other companies to monitor and maintain precise control over the color of plastics they blend and process. In addition to the new multi-angle spectrophotometers, new non-contact spectrophotometers such as the VS450 and VeriColor Spectro for industrial use and benchtop and portable instruments will also debut.
"Data taken with the MA94 and MA96 spectrophotometers is fully compatible with existing data generated using the MA68II spectrophotometer that has been the workhorse for many manufacturers in a wide range of industries worldwide for years," says Felix Schmollgruber, product manager for X-Rite Europe. Moreover, the new spectrophotometers offer improvements such as better data repeatability and a more robust method for measuring flexible or curved surfaces, and processors and compounders will be able to utilize the advanced X-ColorQC software that comes with the instruments to obtain more information from data.
The MA94 ensures reliable color measurement of flat, flexible and curved test surfaces by using three pressure sensors that quickly indicate to personnel that they have positioned the instrument correctly for readings. In addition to the pressure sensors, the instrument can show the locations of where parts are to be measured using X-Rite's proprietary JOBS workflow routine with both text and visual cues and records data for analysis using the X-ColorQC software. 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 has all the features of the MA94, but takes measurements from six aspecular angles, one of which is -15 degrees to provide additional information for collecting data on effect paints and coatings.-Stephen Moore