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NG Flex 60 Product
NG Flex 60 Product
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Industries & Applications
  • Automotive Interior
  • Furniture
  • Plastics (Curved)
  • Plastics (Injection Moulded)
  • Polished Stone
  • Smartphone, Tablet & Laptop Covers
  • Yacht Manufacturer

Novo-Gloss Flex 60 Glossmeter

  • Measures small footprint areas at 60 degrees
  • Measure curved and hard to reach surfaces
  • On board statistics, Bluetooth and USB data transfer
  • Enhanced accuracy measurement of low gloss finishes

£3,390

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Description

Designed specifically to measure the gloss of surfaces that cannot be measured using traditional glossmeters, the novo-gloss flex 60 glossmeter combines the functionality and reporting of an advanced glossmeter with an ultra lightweight remote measuring head.

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 glossmeters.

This increased resolution gives a far superior level of control of surface finish.

The Novo-Gloss Flex 60 complies to ISO 2813 and measurements made with the instrument are compatible with traditional glossmeters complying to these standards.

Features

Measurement

Fast measurement of all parameters. Full on-board statistics with graphical trend analysis and reporting.

Flex60 measurement screen

Simultaneous measurement of all parameters, results are date and time stamped.

Flex 60 statistics screen

Displays full statistics for the number of readings in the current batch.

Flex 60 graph

Graphical reporting for quick trend analysis.

Flex 60 pass fail parameters

Pass / fail parameters can be defined for instant identification of non-conformances.

Batch names screen

Easy Batching

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.

Novo-gloss multi gauge software

Analyse and compare individual measurements made with the instrument.

Direct data input via Bt wireless

Instantly transmit measured readings directly to programs such as MS Excel on your PC / tablet to greatly simplify the reporting process.

Instrument Calibration

Calibration Standard Step 1

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.

Calibration Standard Step 2

The calibration standards are magnetically enclosed which offers superior protection from contamination.

NG Flex 60 Calibration Standard

The standards are magnetically attached to the instrument measuring head to ensure repeatible calibration.

Head and adaptors

Measurement Head​

The instrument is supplied with interchangeable measurement adaptors.

  1. Standard adaptor
  2. 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.

Sample Applications

Car Dashboard
Curved plastic parts
Automotive interior trim
Window Opened
Plastics industry
Modern Kitchen
Furniture

Specifications

Instrument Specification
OperationFull colour easy to read screen
Adjustable brightness
6 button touch sensitive interface
ConstructionIntegrated calibration holders for error free calibration
MeasurementFast measurement
Results batching with user definable names
Graphical AnalysisOn board trend analysis
Statistical AnalysisMax, min, mean, S.D.
PowerRechargeable lithium ion - 14,000 readings per charge
Memory8MB = 2950 readings
Measurement Area60°6mm x 12mm
Operating Temperature15 - 40° C (60 - 104° F)
HumidityUp to 85%, non condensing
Dimensions & WeightsInstrument80 (H) x 150 (W) x 35mm (D), 392g
Measurement head60 (H) x 110 (W) x 28mm (D),109g
Packed Weight1.6kg
Packed dimensions110mm (H) x 280mm (W) x 220mm (D)
Commodity code9027 5000
GUGUh
Measurement range0-125 GU0 -125 GUh (0-12.5 GU)
Resolution0.1 GU0.1 GUh (0.01 GU)
Repeatability±0.2 GU±0.5 GUh (0.05 GU)
Reproducibility±0.5 GU±2.0 GUh (0.2 GU)
StandardsISO 2813, ASTM D523, ASTM D2457, DIN 67530, JIS 8741, JIS K 5600-4-7
60º: Universal angle – all gloss levelsGUh: Improved resolution for low gloss finishes
Order Codes
Novo-Gloss Flex 60A4000-020
Customer adaptor (requires drawing of the
part to be measured in .dxf format)
M4000-505

Standards

ISO 2813, ASTM D523, ASTM D2457 DIN 67530, JIS 8741, JIS K 5600-4-7

Free extended warranty

Free extended 2 year warranty: Requires registration at www.rhopointinstruments.com/help-services/forms-feedback/instrument-registration/ within 28 days of purchase. Without registration, 1 year standard warranty applies.

Free light source warranty

Guaranteed for the life of the instrument.

Calibration and service

Fast and economic service via our global network of accredited calibration and service centres. Please visit www.rhopointinstruments.com/help-services/calibration-servicing/ for detailed information.

Flex 60 accessories set

What’s in the box

  • Certified high and low gloss calibration tiles with certificates
  • Standard and steel surface measuring head adaptors
  • USB data cable
  • Wrist strap
  • USB/mains charger
  • Cleaning cloth
  • USB memory stick containing:
    • Novo-Gloss Multigauge software
    • Instruction manual
    • Bluetooth data app
    • Example Excel spreadsheets
    • Instrument calibration certificate

Why measure gloss?

The gloss level of an object is one of the visual attributes used by a consumer to determine whether or not that object is fit for purpose.

Gloss has been defined as ‘The attribute of surfaces that causes them to have shiny or lustrous, metallic appearance.’

Manufacturers design their products to have maximum appeal: from highly reflective car body panels to glossy household appliances or matt finish automotive interior trim.

This is especially noticeable where parts may be produced by different manufacturers or factories but will be placed adjacent to one another to create the finished product.

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.

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.

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.

It is important therefore that gloss levels are achieved consistently on every product or across different batches of products.

How is gloss measured?

Gloss is measured by shining a known amount of light at a surface and quantifying the reflectance.

Which angle should I use for my application?

ISO 2813 and ASTM D523 (the most commonly used standards) describe three measurement angles to measure gloss across all surfaces.

Gloss is measured in gloss units (GU) and is traceable to reference standards held at NIST (USA).

Universal Measurement Angle: 60°

All gloss levels can be measured using the standard measurement angle of 60°. This is used as the reference angle with the complimentary angles of 85° and 20° often used for low and high gloss levels respectively.

Low Gloss: 85°

For improved resolution of low gloss a grazing angle of 85° is used to measure the surface. This angle is recommended for surfaces which measure less than 10GU when measured at 60°.

This angle also has a larger measurement spot which will average out differences in the gloss of textured or slightly uneven surfaces.

High Gloss: 20°

The acute measurement angle of 20° gives improved resolution for high gloss surfaces. Surfaces that measure 70GU and above at the standard angle of 60° are often measured with this geometry.

The 20° angle is more sensitive to haze effects that affect the appearance of a surface.

Speciality measuring angle: 45°

This measuring angle is in accordance with the ISO 2457 standard for the gloss measurement of plastic films and solid plastic parts as well as according to the standard ASTM C346 for the gloss measurement of ceramics

Universal Measurement Angle: 60°

All gloss levels can be measured using the standard measurement angle of 60°. This is used as the reference angle with the complimentary angles of 85° and 20° often used for low and high gloss levels respectively.

Low Gloss: 85°

For improved resolution of low gloss a grazing angle of 85° is used to measure the surface. This angle is recommended for surfaces which measure less than 10GU when measured at 60°.

This angle also has a larger measurement spot which will average out differences in the gloss of textured or slightly uneven surfaces.

High Gloss: 20°

The acute measurement angle of 20° gives improved resolution for high gloss surfaces. Surfaces that measure 70GU and above at the standard angle of 60° are often measured with this geometry.

The 20° angle is more sensitive to haze effects that affect the appearance of a surface.

To quantify haze, distinctness of image, reflected image quality and other surface texturing please consider the Rhopoint IQ.

Answers to common questions about our instruments and measurements

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

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What is RSpec?

RSpec is the peak reflectance measured over a very narrow angular band in the specular direction (+/-) 0.0991º. RSpec is very sensitive to any texture

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Novo-Gloss Flex 60 Glossmeter

£3,390