Gardco’s new instrument measures reflective appearance

Gardco’s new IQ FLEX 20 is an intelligent instrument for measuring reference of reflective appearance such as gloss, haze, distinctiveness of image (DOI) and goniophotometer curves.

The Rhopoint IQ Gloss-Haze-DOI-Goniophotometer has been established as the reference instrument to measure reflective appearance. In a single fast measurement it captures information about the gloss and texture on a sample surface. Combined gloss, haze and orange peel (DOI/RIQ values) information has made the IQ essential for controlling appearance finish in the paints and coatings sector.

Previously only available for measuring flat surfaces, this technology is now available in a new format specifically designed for curved surfaces and small and delicate parts. The IQ Flex 20 has many beneficial features. It has Bluetooth compatibility to transmit data, full on-board statistics (max, min, mean, S.D.) and graphs, and easy customization for every application. The IQ FLEX 20 can be customized with magnetically attached adaptor plates that can be easily interchanged for different applications:

Interchangeable magnetic adaptors allow reduced measurement spot sizes down to 4 mm or 2 mm. Bespoke 3D-printed adaptor jigs allow for repeatable control of small parts, buttons and controls.

The IQ FLEX 20 has a battery life of at least 17 hours of operation, or more than 20,000 readings per charge. It charges in four hours with a rechargeable lithium ion. Memory can store more than 1,000 readings. It’s PC compatible with a USB connection and requires no software for data transfer. The unit measures 5.90-by-3.11-by-1.34 inches (without head) and weighs 1.21 pounds.

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