600 Imaging Spectrophotometer

Model 600 Imaging Spectrophotometer
2010 Golden Mousetrap Award Winner

A New Way to Accurately Measure Color

TRICOR's Model 600 Imaging Spectrophotometer is an exciting new product for measuring color. Unlike other imaging colorimeters, the Model 600 can be used to measure radiated sources, reflectance as well as transmittance from 380nm to 780nm. This spectral information can be used to calculate various color coordinates; by convolving the spectral curve with a user specified type of illumination and standard observer. The software allows for any combination of illuminant (11+ types) and standard observer (CIE 1931 or 1964). Resulting color units include XYZ (Tristimulus Values), xyz (chromaticity coordinates), L*a*b* (CIELAB 1976), Lab (Hunter Lab 1946), u'v' (CIE 1976 UCS), L*u*v* (CIE 1976 CIELUV) and CCT (Correlated Color Temperature).

The "Imaging" portion of Imaging Spectrophotometer refers to the system sensor, a camera, used to acquire spectral data over the measurement area. All this functionality can be done on an image as opposed to a single point. Every pixel location represents a virtual independent spectrophotometer! Therefore, a 1280x960 image is equivalent to having over 1.2 million independent spectral reflectance curves.

Many other color systems on the market use the tristimulus method of measuring color. The tristimulus method has a major distinct disadvantage compared to the spectrophotometric method. The limited tristimulus method simply measures a red, green and blue reflectance over an area with a single illuminant. These devices give no information regarding spectral/reference content; and therefore lack the capability to directly detect metamerism.

We are only beginning to scratch the surface. Color measurement applications will continue to push the operating envelope of this system. It will continue to improve, as new emerging technologies become available to increase performance, capabilities and ease of use.

Sensor
  • Silicon CCD camera
Resolution
  • 1280 x 960 pixels
Lens Options (FL; FOV H x V)
  • 35mm; 7.0° x 5.1°
  • 24mm; 10.2° x 7.3°
  • 15mm; 16.3° x 12.7°; Fisheye²
Resultant Image
  • 1280 x 960 x 10bits
Optical Bandwidth
  • 380-780nm; 20nm
Spectral Reporting
  • 380-780nm; 20nm
Measurement Units
  • Tristmulus Values: XYZ
  • Chromaticity Coordinate: xyz
  • CIELAB Space: L*a*b*, Abs & ΔE
  • CIE 1976 UCS Space: u'v', Abs & ΔE
  • CIELUV Space: L*u*v*, Abs & ΔE
  • Hunter Lab: Lab, Abs & ΔE
  • CCT (Correlated Color Temperature): °K
Short-term Repeatability3, 4
  • 0.026 CIELAB DE (average)
  • 0.019 CIELAB DE (sigma)
Short-term Reproducibility3, 5
  • 0.06 CIELAB DE (average)
  • 0.05 CIELAB DE (sigma)
Measurement First Time¹
  • 60 seconds (@ 100 ft.L ˜D65)
Minimum Measurement Time¹
  • 30 seconds (@ 100 ft.L ˜D65)
Some Typical Applications
  • Printed Products
  • Food Products
  • Textiles
  • Consumer Goods
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Construction Products
  • Automotive Displays
System Component
Mechanical Properties
  • 9 x 7 x 4 inches (w/o lens)
  • 22.8 x 17.8 x 10.2 cm (w/o lens)
  • 7.2 lbs (3.3kg) (w/o lens)
  • ¼"-20 Mounting interface
Interface/Connections
  • IEEE 1394; Type 2 (4 Pin) (Camera Interface)
  • USB; Type B (Serial Comm Interface)
  • USB; RJ11 (6 pin) (External Lamp Interface)
  • USB; RJ45 (8 pin) (External I/O Interface)
Temperature Ranges
  • Operating: 0° to 32°C (32° to 90°F)
  • Rel. Humidity <85% @ 32°C (90°F)
  • Storage: -20° to 55°C (-4° to 131°F)
  • (no condensation)
Power Source
  • Internal Power Supply
  • 88 - 264 VAC (47 - 63 Hz) 15 Watts
Includes
    ISPControl, Basic Operating software; Carrying Case; Power Cord; USB Cable, Type A to B, 2M length; IEEE-1394 Cable, IEEE-1394, Type 2 to 2, 2M length; IEEE-1394 Adapter, Type 1 (male) to Type 2 (female)
Customer Requirements
Computer Recommended Minimum Hardware
  • Intel Dual Core Processor, 2.9GHz (or greater)
  • IEEE 1394 Connetor/Port
  • USB Connetor/Port
  • 4GB, High Speed SDRAM
  • Recommended Display Resolution 1920 x 1200
  • ¹Acquisition times are dependent upon computer processor, bus speeds and sample brightness.
  • ²Fisheye lenses inherently contain some image distortion but does not affect color readings.
  • ³Specifications based on the following environmental conditions: 25°C; 35%RH.
  • 4Used white BCRA tile.
  • 5Used 12 BCRA tiles.
Hair color product color measurement

Packaging - Hair Products

In this application we demonstrate how the Model 600 Imaging Spectrophotometer is the ideal instrument to use for the color measurement of hair color products and packaging.

Color measurement french fries

French Fries

In this application we demonstrate how the Model 600 Imaging Spectrophotometer is the ideal instrument to use for the color management of food products such as French Fries, tater tots, potatoes chips etc.

Carpeting

Carpet

In this application we demonstrate how the Model 600 Imaging Spectrophotometer is the ideal instrument to use for the color management of carpeting.

Color Measurement - Full Frame Reflective Delta E

Color Measurement - Full Frame Reflective Delta E

Frank Nanna demonstrates how easy it is to use the Model 600 Imaging Spectrophotometer when measuring full frame reflective color differences. A full frame Delta E mapping is performed on a printed sample versus its standard (or master) print, with only a few keystrokes. Over 1.2 million Delta E comparisons are mapped over an A-Size print in approximately 1 minute.

Color Measurement - Full Frame Reflective Delta E Video
Model 600 Imaging Spectrophotometer Introduction

Model 600 Imaging Spectrophotometer Introduction

Frank Nanna introduces a new product from TRICOR Systems Inc. This non-contact imaging spectrophotometer can be used to measure reflective, transmissive and emissive color over large areas at one time.

Model 600 Imaging Spectrophotometer Introduction Video
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