Introduction to the Model 600 Imaging Spectrophotometer

Model 600 Imaging Spectrophotometer Introdcution Video Transcript

Hi. My name is Frank Nanna and I'm with TRICOR Systems Inc. Here at TRICOR, we are excited about a brand new product called the Model 600 Imaging Spectrophotometer. This single device is capable of measuring reflective color, transmissive color, as well as radiated color. What are some examples of each of these?

Reflective Color

Reflective color is all around us. It can include things like consumer packaging, consumer products, painted products, raw materials, cosmetics, and personal care products in a flat presentation, texture, three-dimensional...it doesn't matter. The system can measure reflective color for all these particular scenarios.

Transmissive Color

What are some examples of transmissive color? That can include things like backlit products, signs, displays, instrumentation overlays, to name a few.

Radiated Color

And finally, some examples of radiated color would include something like lighting fixtures or instrumentation panels. Those are a few examples for a wide spread of applications that this single unit can be used for. In fact, the range of applications are so wide spread that we have decided to create a series of videos, each designed to cover a specific measurement capability for a particular industry.

In this video, I am demonstrating a typical reflective color measurement scenario for the print industry. What would the print industry currently use to measure something like this? They have a device called a Spot Spectrophotometer, or Spot Spectro. There are hundreds of them and a hundred different kinds on the market, capable of measuring color at a very specific point. The point, or spot, may be somewhere in the order of a 32nd-inch diameter; so we're talking about very small spots here. What would a printer do for an example like this? The customer(operator?) would specify a handful of locations on their print in which they would use their Spot Spectro and they would go around and take specific measurements, then fill in a table, compare those results to an acceptable range or acceptable limits and based on those handful of points, make the assumption that this print is in or out of spec. Or the printer also can use the color bars located at the bottom of the print; or on the edges of packaging you will find these. And that is where the printer can analyze these color bars and infer or assume based on these color bars, if this color final print is in or out of specification, indirectly.