A new on-line spectrophotometer is said to provide highly accurate colormetric measurements in demanding factory environments for less than $20,000, about one-fifth the price of competitive systems. VeriColor Spectro from X-Rite, Grand Rapids, Mich., is designed for products with tight color tolerances, such as auto interior parts, vinyl siding, and office furniture trim. The instrument provides real-time or continuous data that reportedly matches laboratory accuracy. It measures color at a distance of 0.4 in. from the test surface and can handle products with varied textures. The device can provide an alarm signal when product color is outside of specifications. X-Rite says even quicker return on investment for this instrument can be achieved through use of its Color iScan software to analyze and correlate the instrument’s measurements with process data such as film thickness or temperature to improve statistical control and first-time quality. (800) 248-9748 * www.x-rite.com
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