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X-Rite: RM200QC spectrocolorimeter to help companies accurately manage color of textiles, plastic parts, and coatings.

X-Rite, Incorporated introduced the RM200QC handheld spectrocolorimeter 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 hand-held RM200QC simplifies how textile, coatings, chemicals, plastic molding and other industries 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.

The new instrument goes well beyond the capabilities of existing colorimeters with advanced features that identify color differences between samples and standards, opacity, and grayscale assessment, as well as highlighting how colors may change in appearance under D65 daylight and Illuminant A household tungsten-filament lighting,

The RM200QC is inexpensive enough for companies to purchase multiple units that can be stationed at individual machines or at critical steps in a workflow to alert quality control personnel if a manufacturing process is out of control. The instrument is particularly suited to help companies that currently manage colors by comparing incoming raw materials or finished products with color swatches, fan decks or sample products.

X-Rite, the world's largest designer and manufacturer of color management and communication systems, employs a proprietary camera technology in the RM200QC that illuminates the surface being measured from three different 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. With 8 different visible illuminations and 1 ultraviolet illumination, the RM200QC is able to more accurately define the location of a color in color space than traditional colorimeters that typically have only three illuminations of red, green and blue light.

Quality control or quality assurance personnel can be trained in a matter of minutes on the operation of the RM200QC. Operators can select between 4 mm and 8 mm apertures and preview the sample area on the instrument's full-color display, then take a measurement in less than 2 seconds with the press of a button. The instrument then 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.

The RM200QC memory holds 20 standards and up to 350 measurements automatically stamped with time and date and saved as PDF and CSV files that can be downloaded easily 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.

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Publication:Pakistan Textile Journal
Date:Sep 30, 2013
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