Measurement modes on the Elcometer 480 Glossmeter

 

The Elcometer 480 is the fastest hand-held glossmeter on a market today. Available in a range of models including single, dual and triple angle with geometries of 60°, 20°/60° and 20°/60°/85°, this easy to use gloss meter can produce repeatable and accurate Gloss, Haze and % Reflectance measurements on a wide range of surfaces from highly reflective to matt finishes.

 

No two inspections are the same. It is for this reason that the Elcometer 480 gloss meter is equipped with three measurement modes:

 

Standard Mode

 

Press the measure button to take an individual spot measurement.

 

Auto Repeat Mode

 

When the glossmeter is slid over the surface a measurement of all three angles is automatically taken at a user definable rate between 10 - 180 readings per minute. When enabled, all individual readings are stored into memory.

 

Scan Mode

 

As the glossmeter slides over the entire surface area the gauge measures all three angles at a continous rate of 10 readings per second. When stopped, the gauge displays and stores the average, highest and lowest values - ideal for checking a sample’s overall uniformity.

 

Differential Mode with Pass/Fail

 

When Differential Mode is used in combination with Limit Standard, the Elcometer 480 displays the measurement value together with the difference from the nominal (target) value. Readings outside the Limit Standard are displayed in red, providing quick Pass/Fail analysis.

 

Due to the Elcometer 480's industry leading inter-instrument agreement, once a Master Standard Limit has been created, the gauge can transfer these values to other Elcometer 480 glossmeters, via the ElcoMaster® software's Library of Limit Standards, at any time. Information from multiple glossmeters can be combined into a single inspection report within ElcoMaster®, ideal for multiple production and assembly lines.

 

Limit Standard

 

When visual appearance is critical Master Standards are created. These are generated and approved by the customer and then used by manufacturers as part of their quality control inspection regime. As these Master Standards have been visually approved they often do not have numerical gloss values assigned.

 

In order to avoid subjectivity between inspectors, the Elcometer 480 can automatically generate and store the nominal (target), and highest & lowest acceptable gloss values (Limits) from the Master Standard.

 

Up to 40 Limits for each customer's Master Standards can be stored within, and recalled from, the gauge's 'Limit Standard' memory. When Limit Standards are used in combination with the gauge's Differential Mode, the Elcometer 480 displays the measurement value together with the difference from the nominal (target) value.

 

Information from multiple glossmeters can be combined into a single inspection report within ElcoMaster®, ideal for multiple production and assembly lines.