Non-contact imaging spectrophotometer brings versatility and accuracy to color measurement of wet and dry paints, liquids, powders, gels and plastic samples for improved color formulation and quality control
X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, announced the expansion of its popular MetaVue™ family of non-contact imaging spectrophotometers with a new version tailored to meet the needs of the plastics, coatings, cosmetics and food industries. MetaVue VS3200 is the first non-contact instrument for industrial applications that combines color imaging with spectrophotometry to characterize today’s most complex materials. Ideal for the lab or quality control operations, it offers unmatched versatility and color accuracy for the measurement of liquids, powders, gels, or other small and odd shaped samples.
“Many quality control programs rely solely on visual color evaluation due to the shape and size of the sample,” said Dave Visnovsky, Product Manager, X-Rite. “MetaVue’s flexibility to measure a range of wet and dry samples – large and small – allows manufacturers to add instrument-based quality control to their process in order to ensure color accuracy, eliminating waste and rework. Equally important, MetaVue VS3200 can be used in laboratory formulation to measure samples that could not be measured with traditional instruments, such as wet paints or coatings, cosmetics and even a variety of foods. This helps eliminate color errors in formulation and recipe creation.”
The device features an adjustable aperture size, ranging from 2mm to 12mm, enabling measurement of a wide range of samples. Users can measure difficult samples such as small and non-planar items as well as liquids, pastes, powders and gels without contaminating the instrument or damaging the sample. Adaptable accessories for MetaVue VS3200 include an instrument stand to place the instrument three inches above a table with replaceable trays that slide in and out; an adjustable stand for accurate measurement of samples with varying thickness; and a benchtop stand that converts the instrument to a benchtop with a sample arm for measuring objects such as plastic parts.
The MetaVue VS3200 also includes an on-board camera allowing precise digital targeting of the sample. Operators can quickly and easily see the target area being measured and change the aperture size or location. The camera enables the Smart Spot advanced image feature that compensates for texture, gloss and other appearance effects for more accurate measurements of vinyl, carpet or fabrics. This helps improve color consistency across manufacturing.
MetaVue VS3200 integrates with X-Rite Color iMatch and Color iQC software for fast accurate colorant formulation and efficient quality control operations. The device can store sample images, providing an audit trail and easy retrieval of images for future reference. It also works with existing workflows and is backward compatible with X-Rite VS450 and 964 data.
MetaVue VS3200 is commercially available worldwide.
Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of colour and appearance. With its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centres across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite Pantone offers a full range of solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of colour and appearance throughout their processes. X-Rite Pantone products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com. For the latest news, information and conversations, connect with X-Rite on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
Pantone, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, enables colour-critical decisions, from inspiration to realization, for brands and manufacturers. Over 10 million designers and producers around the world employ Pantone Products and Services to communicate through colour, and control consistency across various materials and finishes. Pantone offers designers, brands and consumers, products and services through three unique business divisions: Pantone Standards, which includes digital and physical workflow tools and the quintessential Pantone Colour Language; the Pantone Colour Institute™, which provides trend, brand identity, and colour assurance consulting services; and Pantone Lifestyle, the consumer products division that brings colour and design together across apparel, home, and accessories.