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Konica Minolta Sensing Launches New CM-3600A/3610A Spectrophotometer



Published July 1, 2011
Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Inc. (KMSA), the worldwide leader in the industrial measurement of color, light and shape, announces the launch of its newest benchtop spectrophotometers, the CM-3600A and CM-3610A.

The CM-3600A Spectrophotometer is a versatile instrument that can handle a wide variety of applications for measuring reflectance and transmittance of solids. With optional accessories, it can also measure the transmittance of liquids. Yet it remains surprisingly compact, with a footprint approximately the same as a laptop computer so it won't clutter up your desk. Its sample holder opens a full 90° for easy positioning of samples and is equipped with a "soft-close" mechanism that prevents it from slamming shut or damaging samples. The cover of the sample viewer is equipped with a mirror, enabling the sample position to be checked without moving from your seat.

CM-3610A provides a different kind of versatility in vertical-format bottom-port spectrophotometer. Its piston-type sample holder makes sample positioning simple. It can be locked in the down position to enable the removal of any obstructions when first inserting samples. It can then be released so that its piston moves smoothly upward to firmly hold samples in position.

The bottom-port design enables easier handling of sheet materials such as paper, and it can also be used to measure powders or gels in a Petri-Dish. As with the CM-3600, it is also equipped with a sample viewer to see exactly what area is being measured, and it can also measure transmittance of solids (but not liquids) as well as reflectance.

Both units are the successors of the acclaimed CM-3600d and CM-3610d models, which revolutionized the benchtop market with an unprecedented cost performance ratio back in 1998 when first introduced. The new models retain all the innovative and unsurpassed technology their predecessors did while offering several technological enhancements to improve working efficiency.

“Where color measurement is critical to an organizations success the CM-3600 series of instruments has played a vital role over the past 13 years. We are very pleased to announce two new 3600 series models that will bring further value to our partners” said Randy Klimek, project manager at Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Inc.

As the successors to the popular Spectrophotometer CM-3600d and CM-3610d, it is essential that the CM-3600A and CM-3610A have full data compatibility with the preceding models; so that they can be installed with confidence as replacement or additional sensors in Quality Control and Color matching systems. To ensure full data compatibility, the new CM-3600A and CM-3610A utilize the same advanced technology as the original instruments.

By firing two xenon lamps in quick succession, the patented Numerical Gloss Control system of the CM-3600A and CM-3610A eliminates the need for a mechanical gloss trap while providing virtually simultaneous SCI and SCE measurements and enabling the calculation of 8° gloss.

Accurate measurement of materials such as paper or cloth treated with fluorescent whitening agents requires precise control of the UV component and its effects. The Numerical UV Control method used by the CM-3600A and CM-3610A provides such control by combining results from flashes of two xenon lamps (one with full UV energy, the other with UV energy removed by a 400nm or 420nm UV cutoff filter) using proprietary calculations. This method eliminates the need for mechanical filter positioning, and enables UV adjustment by Whiteness Index, Tint, Brightness or UV profile.

Both models have a sample viewer that is equipped with a high-brightness LED to provide a bright, clear image of the measurement sample at the measurement aperture, enabling precise positioning of samples for measurement. Based on fixed optics the sample viewer requires no maintenance yielding unsurpassed stability and longevity.

Data communication is performed via USB, which offers higher speed than the RS-232C of their predecessors.

Visit Konica’s website http://www.konicaminolta.com/sensingusa for more details and to request a demo.



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