Novo-Gloss Flex 60 Gloss-meter
- Measure small surface areas
- Measure curved and hard to reach surfaces
- On board statistics, Bluetooth and USB data transfer
- Enhanced accuracy measurement of low gloss finishes
Designed specifically to measure the gloss of surfaces that cannot be measured using traditional gloss-meters, the Novo-Gloss Flex 60 gloss-meter combines the functionality and reporting of an advanced gloss-meter with an ultra-lightweight remote measuring head. IMPROVED PERFORMANCE IN LOW GLOSS APPLICATIONS The Novo-Gloss Flex 60 has been designed specifically to measure low gloss surfaces. It features an additional measuring scale with a resolution 10 times greater than standard gloss meters. This increased resolution gives a far superior level of control of surface finish. The Novo-Gloss Flex 60 complies to ISO 2813 and ASTM D523 and measurements made with the instrument are compatible with traditional gloss-meters complying to these standards.
WHY MEASURE GLOSS?
Gloss is an aspect of the visual perception of objects that is as important as colour when considering the psychological impact of products on a consumer.
It has been defined as 'The attribute of surfaces that causes them to have shiny or lustrous, metallic appearance'.
The gloss of a surface can be greatly influenced by a number of factors, for example the smoothness achieved during polishing, the amount and type of coating applied or the quality of the substrate.
Manufacturers design their products to have maximum appeal: highly reflective car body panels, gloss magazine covers or satin black designer furniture.
It is important therefore that gloss levels are achieved consistently on every product or across different batches of products.
Gloss can also be a measure of the quality of the surface, for instance a drop in the gloss of a coated surface may indicate problems with its cure, leading to other failures such as poor adhesion or lack of protection for the coated surface.
It is for these reasons that many manufacturing industries monitor the gloss of their products, from cars, printing and furniture to food, pharmaceuticals and consumer electronics.
HOW IS GLOSS MEASURED?
Gloss is measured by shining a known amount of light at a surface and quantifying the reflectance. The angle of the light and the method by which the reflectance is measured are determined by surface and also aspect of the surface appearance to be measured.
The unit of measurement for gloss is the Gloss Unit (GU) and the measurement scale at 60degrees is 0-1000GU where 0 = a completely matt surface and 1000 = a perfect mirror.
The Novo-Gloss Flex 60 has a measurement range of 0-125 GU and can measure anything from matt surfaces to high gloss finishes typically seen in the automotive industry.
The additional measuring range of GUh provides a x10 resolution when measuring very low gloss surfaces of 0-12.5 GU.
For measurement of gloss, haze and DOI (Distinctness of image) of high gloss surfaces please refer to the Rhopoint IQ Flex 20.
Fast measurement of all parameters. Full on-board statistics with graphical trend analysis and reporting.
Simultaneous measurement of all parameters, results are date and time stamped.
Displays full statistics for the number of readings in the current batch.
Graphical reporting for quick trend analysis.
Pass / fail parameters can be defined for instant identification of non-conformances
User definable batch names and batch sizes for quicker and more efficient reporting
Rapid data transfer
Software-free data transfer. USB connection to PC instantly recognises the device as a drive location which facilitates the quick transfer of files using Windows Explorer or similar.
Direct data input via Bluetooth
Instantly transmit measured readings directly to programs such as MS Excel on your PC / tablet to greatly simplify the reporting process
novo-gloss multi gauge software Analyse and compare individual measurements made with the instrument
The Novo-Gloss Flex 60 is supplied with 2 calibration standards for low and high gloss which gives increased accuracy and resolution for low gloss surfaces.
The calibration standards are magnetically enclosed which offers superior protection from contamination.
The standards are magnetically attached to the instrument measuring head to ensure repeatible calibration.
The instrument is supplied with interchangeable measurement adaptors.
- Standard adaptor
- Steel surface adaptor (magnetic) for increased repeatibility for ferrous materials.
Both adaptors can be replaced if they are damaged.
The measuring head is ultra lightweight with integrated measurement buttons for single handed operation.