By Wayne Robinson | December 10, 2021
Epson has launched its SD-10 spectrophotometer, which it says is precise, compact and affordable, and which works with an app that can be downloaded to your smartphone.
Battery-powered and fitted with a precision adjustable Mems Fabry-Perot filter, the SD-10 is small enough to fit in a hand or pocket, and just won a Good Design Best 100 award in 2021.
The SD-10 is self-calibrating, has a large aperture lens with a wide spectral range, and allows users to take point measurements, compare colors or a set of patches. The all-in-one system comes with a high capacity lithium-ion battery for mobile operation.
The downloadable iOS and Android app expands the functionality, it has a built-in multi-spectrum ring light source and LCD display, and has USB and Bluetooth interface, supporting M0, M1e and M2.
Epson says the SD-10 spectrophotometer can be used to scan color readings and color matching for a faster, more accurate workflow. It can be linked with smart device to centrally manage color information. Being portable, it allows users to measure colors anytime, anywhere
Epson claims the SD-10 solves color matching issues in a wide range of print and design-related jobs, such as those commonly found in the sign and sign industry. display.
The company claims that when producing prints, there are often problems with precise color matching, especially with the colors of the company logo. He says the user-friendly SD-10, Epson’s first portable spectrophotometer, helps solve color matching issues that were, until now, the job of a specifically trained and experienced operator, while with the SD-10 spectrometer, anyone can easily measure and quantify colors without specialist knowledge, so colors and processes can be standardized.
With an LCD screen, users can measure colors and convert them to precise values. It also connects to a smart device via Bluetooth. Epson says the Spectrometer app is simple and straightforward to use, even for those new to color measurement. A wired and wireless connection with a PC is also possible.
Therefore, the SD-10 can also be used for media with uneven surfaces, such as fabric, and color measurement results are not affected by any external environment.
The Epson Spectrometer app displays digital values measured by the SD-10 as a color picker with readings in a variety of formats including LAB, CYMK, LCH, RGB. In addition to being able to compare approximate colors and numeric values, users can also compare the color differences between two measured colors and view the difference numerically. The app also identifies similar colors from measured colors, sample color schemes and complementary colors, as well as similar Pantone colors.
By combining the functions of genuine Epson Epson Edge Print and Epson Edge Print PRO software, users can then achieve the exact color they want with any Epson large format inkjet printer.
The Good Design Awards are presented annually for designs that benefit and enrich our lives and our society.
The Epson SD10 was described by the judges as they put it: “The ability to objectively match colors based on digital output instead of human sensory perception promises great benefits in terms of precision and efficiency of color matching. Digitizing the last remaining analog part of the printing process should remove a bottleneck and allow rapid progress in efficiency. The fact that the product is reasonably priced thanks to in-house developed sensor technology and the product fits perfectly in the hand is also very appealing. The graphical interface is intuitive. It displays the colors as numeric values and visualizes the color differences with a dedicated application which was developed at the same time. Coordination with familiar color swatches like Pantone is also being considered, and it’s not hard to imagine its widespread use in the future.