Datacolor has introduced a family of handheld spectrophotometers tailored to meet the color and gloss measurement needs of automotive-interior, hard-good, large-appliance and building-material industries.
Datacolor 45 instruments provide uniform circumferential illumination for optimum measurement repeatability, even on textured surfaces. They also are designed with ease-of-use features such as a low-profile measuring head, dual measurement buttons and a live-navigation-based color user interface. All instruments are offered with the Datacolor Tools color quality control software and feature a Bluetooth interface for software communication, USB support for peripherals such as keyboards and barcode scanners, and an accessory package that includes a high-precision calibration stand.
Three models are available to address unique workflow needs. The original Datacolor 45G features a built-in, 60-degree glossmeter and also enables gloss correlation with standalone glossmeters for flexible communication with the supply chain. This model is well-suited for inspection and control of total color appearance of hard goods, consumer electronics, large appliances, and other applications involving plastic parts, painted surfaces and coil coatings.
The Datacolor 45G CT offers “close tolerance” control for both color and gloss, enabling manufacturers to achieve close agreement among all 45G CT instruments in their fleet or supply chain, and enabling consistent digital communication of standards and a shorter time-to-market process, the company says. Its built-in, 60-degree glossmeter allows for simultaneous control of color and gloss, which enables quick detection of appearance mismatch in production. The 45G CT is well-suited for automotive interior parts and hard goods, and as a reference-grade 45/0 instrument for laboratory applications.
The Datacolor 45S does not include a glossmeter and is best suited for applications where color appearance needs to be controlled but the workflow requires other than 60-degree gloss or no gloss control. It is ideal for inspection and control of color appearance of hard goods, building materials and other applications involving plastic parts, painted surfaces and coil coatings.