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Rhopoint ID Imaging Transmission Appearance Meter
Rhopoint ID Imaging Transmission Appearance Meter
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Rhopoint ID Imaging Transmission Appearance Meter
Rhopoint ID Imaging Transmission Appearance Meter
Rhopoint ID Imaging Transmission Appearance Meter
Rhopoint ID Imaging Transmission Appearance Meter
Rhopoint ID Imaging Transmission Appearance Meter
Rhopoint ID Imaging Transmission Appearance Meter
Rhopoint ID Imaging Transmission Appearance Meter
Rhopoint ID Imaging Transmission Appearance Meter
Industries & Applications
  • Glass
  • Packaging
  • Plastics

Rhopoint ID Imaging Transmission Appearance Meter

  • Characterise the transparency of a material in a single measurement
  • Measures small sample sizes that cannot be measured with a traditional haze meter
  • Haze measurement correlated with existing standards (ASTM D1003)
  • New parameters matched to human perception

£8,400

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The Rhopoint ID – More than just a haze meter

The Rhopoint ID is an instrument that can measure what the eye can see. It quantifies the see-through qualities of materials in a method that can be matched to real world conditions with results highly correlated to customer perception. It also measures small sample sizes that cannot be measured with a traditional haze meter.

The unique Rhopoint ID method fully characterises the transparency of a material in a single measurement.

  • Measurement parameters
  • Haze
  • Sharpness
  • Anisotropic Sharpness. Only available with Rhopoint ID-L (link to comparison table) version
  • Clarity
  • Waviness
  • Distance Dependent Haze
  • Visible Transmittance

Benefits of the ID

Why measure the appearance quality of transparent materials?

Objects made from transparent materials are common in everyday life, clear plastic is used in packaging film and drinks bottles, windowpanes and windshields are made from glass, mobile phones are protected by a clear protective display.

The function of transparent materials is often to form a barrier which allows a clear view of a protected object or a scene beyond it. Manufactured products however, are rarely perfectly transparent-inhomogenieties in base material, surface texture caused during manufacture or scratches and abrasion reduce see-through quality.

As these effects can reduce the perceived quality and functionality it is important that they are accurately quantified. Accurate measurement provides opportunities to optimise materials or processes during manufacture.

Materials with high optical quality have low visual impact on objects viewed through them. The material itself is visually unobtrusive and almost invisible to the observer.

A hazy material causes colour seen through the material to appear washed out or faded. The severity of this loss of contrast is often related to the size of the gap between the object and the material.

A material which blurs the view of objects has low sharpness- this effect can be directional causing a visible pattern to be seen in the material.

Materials with poor optical qualities are visually intrusive and can be described as milky or opalescent. Patterns and texture which may be visible in the material drastically blur viewed objects.

The Rhopoint ID measurement technology (patent pending) was jointly developed with Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich.

Measuring the transparency of materials ensures products are seen by the consumer correctly

Increases quality

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Increases customer perception

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Optimises manufacturing processes

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How does the Rhopoint ID work?

Inside the Rhopoint ID

Light passes through material covering the graticule and reaches the camera where it is converted into a reading.

Measurement Parameters of the Rhopoint ID

Haze = 0%
Haze = 30%
Haze = 0%
Haze = 30%

Haze

Haze: quantifies the loss of contrast for objects viewed through a material.

When a material has haze, it changes the appearance of both the material and any objects viewed through it. This can lead to a reduction in perceived quality.

  • The product viewed through the material appears lifeless and dull – but details remain sharp
  • The colour of a viewed object appears washed-out and faded
  • The material itself appears cloudy or milky.

Measure Haze with the Rhopoint ID to ensure visibility of products are at their best and can be seen properly by the customer.

What affects Haze?

Haze can be affected by factors such as the choice of resin, the moulding process and any surface textures. Haze can be caused by:

Raw material choice

For example, a plastic with an incorrect melt viscosity for a particular process.

Process parameters

Cooling a plastic material too quickly can introduce micro textures onto the surface of the film or structures in the bulk which reduce optical quality.

Machine wear

Wear and tear in moulds, chill rollers and slip dies can induce visible surface defects in the material.

Measuring Haze with the Rhopoint ID

Sharpness

Sharpness quantifies the loss of perceived detail for objects viewed through a material.

What are the effects of reduced Sharpness?

When viewed through a material with high sharpness, an object appears sharp and distinct. As material sharpness decreases, the object appears blurry and obscured.

High Sharpness (S = 98.71%)
Medium-High Sharpness (S = 76.34%)
Medium-Low Sharpness (S = 49.62%)
Low Sharpness (S = 18.02%)

Anisotropic Sharpness. Only available with Rhopoint ID-L version.

A material can often exhibit optical effects which are directional. These phenomena are often induced in plastic parts by specific processing faults.

Visible texture is a common feature of plastic films and causes a significant reduction in their see- through quality.

Directional Effects

The Rhopoint ID is the only instrument that can measure directional effects in materials using the ID laboratory analysis software.

The images to the right show the visual impact of different ID Sharpness (S) values in vertical and horizontal directions.

Measuring directional effects can be used in advanced optical quality control and for adjusting processing parameters to obtain optimal transparency.

Horizontal
SV = 95%
SH = 70%
Vertical
SV = 80%
SH = 95%

  • ID sharpness gives improved measurement resolution compared with clarity
  • ID Clarity is fully compatible with existing instruments

Note: Clarity and Sharpness do NOT capture poor optical characteristics associated with wavy/orange peel surfaces.

Clarity

Quantifies the blurriness of an object when viewed through a material, results are proportionate with Sharpness, but the measurement scale is compressed and the measurement resolution is reduced.

Clarity is a scale used by traditional haze and clarity meters. When measured using the 8mm adaptor plate, Rhopoint ID Clarity data conforms to specifications written for these meters.

Inter-instrument Clarity agreement between Rhopoint ID and traditional sphere instruments for commercial plastic films (<1000μm) is typically <0.4% C (SD).

Inter-instrument Clarity agreement between traditional sphere instruments and Rhopoint ID for thick transparent plastic materials (<6mm) is typically <0.5% C (SD).

High clarity
Medium clarity
Low clarity
ID Sharpness measurement

Better measurement resolution than clarity.

ID Clarity

Compatible measurement with existing measurements.

Waviness

What is Waviness?

Waviness is an optical effect caused by large structures (0.1-2mm) on the surface of the material. If the structure is homogeneous it is often described as orange peel – the surface resembles the peel of an orange.

If the effect is anisotropic, visible lines can often be seen when looking through the material.

Unlike sharpness, these larger structures can cause dynamic distortion when the film is moved over a target image/object which has straight edges – the edges appear to distort and wave as the material is moved.

How is Waviness measured?

Waviness measures the visible distortion of the ID graticule edges through the material. W is the standard deviation of the edge deformation in μm.

Waviness homogeneity is assessed by comparing W (average waviness) with WH (horizontal waviness) and Wv (vertical waviness) using Rhopoint ID software available with the Rhopoint ID-L version.

Distance Dependent Haze

Many materials exhibit a variation of transparency depending on whether the material is in contact with a viewed object, or separated by an ‘air gap’ distance between them.

Why is Distance Dependence important?

Matching the material exactly to the application allows quality improvements and production cost savings.

To match a specific material application the Rhopoint ID can measure ID Haze at any distance within 0–40 mm.

Using the ID it is possible to identify the air gap distance at which maximum Haze is obtained (typically <25 mm).

Haze and Distance

The images below show the effect of air gap distance for a hazy plastic film held in front of an image.

Contact
H = 9.99
Haze to ASTM D1003 (8mm)
HASTM = 30.98
30mm Distance
H = 76.74

Direct measurement of haze from transmission image contrast

Measured in contact or at user-defined distance between material and object (0–40 mm)

Measures distance dependence on the same scale as ASTM Haze

Direct measurement of transparency via contrast of black and white areas on target graticule

Measure and understand distance dependent haze

High distance dependence of haze is desirable for privacy/security glass and films which are designed to obscure a view without blocking light.

Visible Transmittance

When considering how material is perceived by a consumer it is important to consider how bright an object viewed through it will appear.*

Visible Transmission to human observer

  • Rhopoint Transmittance (TID) quantifies the amount of light passing through the material and reaching the camera/eye of the observer
  • This measurement describes the brightness/ luminosity of the viewed object and is correlated to how one perceives the quality of the material.
Visible Transmittance
96%
Visible Transmittance
56%

*Traditional hazemeters measure total transmission which is related to light absorption not visual perception

Sealed optics
Touch screen
Large mounting area

Making your measurements easier

The Rhopoint ID has been designed to measure samples for haze, transmittance and sharpness quickly and safely.

No moving parts

Eliminates risk of mechanical failure

Stand-alone instrument

Small footprint reduces space required in laboratory

Lightweight

Easy to move in the laboratory or production line

Resistant and durable

Made from durable, recyclable materials

Detailed analysis software

The Rhopoint ID-L analysis software enables detailed visual analysis of the sample using LIVE VIEW. Statistical analysis of multiple test results is shown for each measured parameter. • Saves all the results as a CSV file

  • Imports previous CSV results
  • Saves CSV results and all images as tiff
  • Imports CSV results and image tiff files
Laboratory
Production
Research

Specifications

SharpnessHazeClarityTransmission
Range0-100%0-10%10-100%0-100%
Resolution0.010.010.010.010.01
Repeatability SD0.10.050.050.030.05
Reproducibility SD10.20.50.3
Inter-instrument Agreement Rhopoint ID vs
Traditional Haze & Clarity Instrument SD*
N/A0.20.50.4N/A
Effective Operating RangeMaterials
T > 50%
Materials
T > 50%
Materials
T > 50%
Instrument Information
Material Thickness< 30mm
Software ID Analysis or TCP/IP Client
ConnectionPOE LAN
Spatial Resolution9µm/pixel
Measurement Image12.5mm x 12.5mm
Minimum Measurement Area (Haze, Sharpness)12mm x 8mm
Minimum Measurement Area (Transmittance)12mm x 8mm
Image Format16-bit .TIFF
Image Size1400 x 1400 pixels
Operating Temperature10ºC - 40ºC
DimensionsShort focal distance - 270mm (H) x100mm (W) x100mm (D)
Long focal distance - 440mm (H) x 100mm (w) x 100mm (D)
Weight1.1kg
Packed Weight5.0kg
Light Source Unit Power12V DC/2A
Camera Unit PowerPower Over Ethernet (POE)
ProductIncluded AccessoriesOrder Code
Rhopoint ID In-line Short Focal Distance (45mm)Haze check standard, USB stick with software and licence, power connector, value = 10%A3100-101
Rhopoint ID In-line Long Focal Distance (170mm)Haze check standard, USB stick with software and licence, power connector, value = 10%A3100-100
Individual Check Standards10% or 20%10% - B3100-005
20% - B3100-006
Calibration Standards Set1, 5, 10, 20, 35B3100-007
Transmission Check Standard70%B3100-008

What’s in the box

Included with the Rhopoint ID-L:

  • 1 x USB drive (contains software / manual )
  • 1 x checking standard
  • 1 x calibration certificate
  • 1 x 8mm spacer (ASTM)
  • 1 x 5mm spacer
  • 1x LAN cable and 1x USB2 to LAN adaptor
    Order code: A3100-001

Included with the Rhopoint ID-L:

  • 1 x checking standard
  • 1 x calibration certificate
  • 1 x 8mm spacer (ASTM)
  • 1 x 5mm spacer
    Order code: A3100-002

Optional extras for the Rhopoint ID-L

 Order code

20mm distance haze pack
  • 2 x 5mm spacers
  • 5 x 2mm spacers
  • 2 packs of spacers can be combined for a 40mm distance
B3100-001

Abrasion adaptor

Allows Taber abraded samples to be mounted on the Rhopoint ID-L

B3100-002

Surface roughness adaptor

Allows the roughness of the film on each side to be isolated and measured without submersing the material in oil

B3100-003

Please ask for these extras in your quote request

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.

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.

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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Rhopoint ID Imaging Transmission Appearance Meter

£8,400