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Multi-angle spectrophotometers and advanced software improve processes
Article Type: New products From: Sensor Review, Volume 31, Issue 2
X-Rite, incorporated is unveiling a new family of multi-angle spectrophotometers and advanced quality control and formulation software that give manufacturers powerful new tools to introduce processes, improve first-time quality and reduce the time and effort of troubleshooting problems on the factory floor.
“The MA94 and MA96 spectrophotometers are the next generation and improved versions of X-Rite’s MA68II spectrophotometer that has been the workhorse for many manufacturers in a wide range of industries worldwide for years,” said Reinhard Feld, Product Manager at X-Rite Europe GmbH. Data taken with the MA94, MA96 and MA98 spectrophotometers are fully compatible with existing data generated using the MA68II instrument.
The MA94 ensures reliable colour 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 2 s.
The more advanced MA96 has all the features of the MA94, but takes measurements from six aspecular angles, one of which is −15° to provide additional information for collecting data on effect paints and coatings.
Introduced last year, 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 MA98 can detect characteristics of effect paints that the other instruments miss entirely, Feld said. The MA98 collects and manipulates data through its X-ColorQC® software and proprietary xDNA algorithms to generate easy-to-understand graphs that show unique characteristics of effect paints.
For further information, please visit the web site: www.xrite.com