Real-time color monitoring. Closed-loop color control. Automated downstream defect containment.

Real time color monitoring. Closed-loop color control. Automated downstream defect containment.

From plastic sheet manufacturing, to window profile, vinyl siding, custom profile and compounding, cPAT offers best practices and automated solution tools to improve manufacturing efficiencies, ensure product quality, and reduce overall costs. cPAT for plastics manufacturing moves the production color QC process from one of time-interval based color measurements and manual adjustments to one of real-time color monitoring, automated closed-loop color control, and automated defect containment. Benefits include Reduced operational costs, Process Yield Improvements, Cost Reduction through Material savings, Improve Operator Efficiencies, Improved Equations for Green Initiatives and Carbon Footprint Reductions, Improved Customer Satisfaction & Improved shareholder/stakeholder value.

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Product Specifications


Measurement Principle: Dual-beam spectrophotometer

Geometry: 0°/ 30° typical

Spectrophotometer: Sealed optics; 256-element diode array; high resolution concave holographic grating

View Diameter: 25.4 mm (1 in) (at 3.5-inch from sensor window)

Specular Component: Excluded

Spectral Range: 400 nm – 700 nm

Spectral Resolution: < 3 nm

Effective Bandwidth: 10 nm equivalent triangular

Reporting Interval: 10 nm

Photometric Range: 0 to 150 %

Light Source: Full spectrum, balanced solid state LED system

Flashes per Measurement: 5-6 flashes

Lamp Life: 5 years typical

Minimum Interval between Measurements: 1 second

Height Resolution: 1 mm or 0.1 in

Working Range: 65 mm – 115 mm (2.5 in. – 4.5 in.)


Inter-Instrument Agreement:

  • ∆E*< 0.30 CIE L*a*b* (Avg) on BCRA II Tile Set
  • ∆E*< 0.50 CIE L*a*b* (Max) on BCRA II Tile Set Colorimetric

Repeatability (20 Readings): ∆E*< 0.05 (Max)/0.03 (Avg) CIE L*a*b* on white tile


Data Views: Color Data, Color Difference Data, Tristimulus Color Plot, Spectral Data, Spectral Difference Data, Spectral Plot, Spectral Difference Plot

Other Features: Pass/Fail, Average Multiple Readings

Illuminants: A, C, D50, D55, D65, D75, F2, F7, F11

Observers: 2° and 10°

Color Scales: CIE L*a*b*, Hunter Lab, CIE L*C*h, CIE Yxy, CIE XYZ

Color Difference Scales: ∆L*a*b*, ∆Lab, ∆L*C*H, ∆L*C*h, ∆Yxy, ∆XYZ

Color Difference Indices: ∆E*, ∆E, ∆C*, ∆C and ∆E CMC

Indices and Metrics: E313 Whiteness Index, Tint, E313 Yellowness Index, D1925 Yellowness Index, Y Brightness, Z%, 457 nm Brightness, Baking Contrast Units, Colorant Strength (Average and Single Wavelength), Gray Change, Gray Stain, dc*, dc, Metamerism Index, Shade Number

Data Storage: As Standard – 250 spectral or tristimulus with Pass/Fail tolerances as Working, Physical, Numeric and Hitch

Languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish


Online, real-time color measurement and monitoring

Touch screen PLC with easy to set up and operator friendly color-control software

Automated closed-loop color control

Outputs for downstream defect containment

Historic data logging and storage for retrieval via USB or remotely on a network by FTP

Process variables charted in real-time with 100 scans of data storage for on screen viewing

Calibration reminders automatically displayed based on number of scans and time since last calibration


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