Epson’s new pocket-sized spectrophotometer wins design award

Epson has launched a new compact, affordable and highly accurate SD-10 spectrophotometer which has also won a Good Design Award.

The SD-10 is pocket-sized and can be used on-the-go to solve colour matching problems in a wide range of print and design-related work, such as those found in the sign and display industry, also picking up a Good Design Award.

It is battery operated and equipped with a precisions MEMS Fabry-Pérot tuneable filter.

Epson says the device can be used to digitise colour readings and colour matching for a faster and more accurate workflow. It can also be linked with a smart device to centrally manage colour information for smoother and more precise printing.

“When producing printed matter, there are often issues around accurate colour matching, particularly with corporate logo colours. The user-friendly SD-10, Epson’s first portable spectrophotometer, helps solve problems related to colour matching that were, until now, the work of a specifically trained and experienced operator,” Epson said.

“Now, by using the SD-10 spectrometer, anyone can easily measure and quantify colours without specialised knowledge, so colours and processes can be standardised.”

The SD-10 spectrophotometer converts colours into accurate values. It can also connect to a smart device using Bluetooth and the Epson spectrophotometer app.

Wireless bluetooth enabled: The new SD-10 spectrophotometer converts colour values straight into an Epson smartphone app

The device uses nine light sources which are arranged in a ring to measure colours quickly and accurately.

What the Good Design Judges said:

Epson’s SD10 was described by the judges as they said, “The ability to match colours objectively based on numerical output instead of human sensory perception promises great benefits in terms of colour matching accuracy and efficiency. The digitisation of the last remaining analogue part of the printing process should remove a bottleneck and enable rapid advances in efficiency. The fact that the product is reasonably priced, thanks to sensor technology developed in-house and that the product fits neatly in the hand are also very appealing. The GUI is intuitive. It displays colours as numerical values and visualises differences in colour differences with a dedicated application that was developed at the same time. Coordination with familiar colour samples such as PANTONE is also being considered, and it is not difficult to imagine its widespread use in the future.”

Key features of the SD-10 spectrophotometer

• Compact hand-held design (35 x 80 x 80 mm)
• Self calibrating and simple to operate
• Large aperture lens with a wide spectral range
• All-in-one with a high-capacity lithium ion battery for mobile operation
• Take spot readings, compare colours or a patch set
• Downloadable iOS and Android app extends functionality
• Integrated annular multi-spectrum light source & LCD display
• USB & Bluetooth® interfacing, supports M0, M1e and M2 standards
• One year warranty with service cover extendable to five years via CoverPlus

For more information on the new Epson’s SD-10 spectrophotometer colorimeter go to:

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