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IDEAlliance Introduces the Instrument Inspector

What is an Instrument Inspector? (Download Flyer)

The Instrument Inspector is a serialized, pre-measured physical target designed to...

- Verify the stability of spectrophotometer devices over time.

- Assess any influence your software may introduce to the measurement result.

- Define and validate how an instrument measures color.

Why use an Instrument Inspector?

  1. Adding a regular process of measuring color to any print production workflow has been proven to save money by reducing scrap, production downtime, off-color product, and re-work.
  2. Precise tools for measuring color output provides organizations the confidence to formulate, evaluate, and control color to meet quality and operational goals.
  3. Using a spectral instrument that has drifted out of compliance can cost your company thousands of dollars in lost time, bad proofs, re-work, and lost customer confidence.

Are you confident your measurement instrument is precise –- and accurate?

Different instruments measure the same color patch differently.
Is there a clear chain-of-custody of your proofs and prints when produced by different companies or locations?

Spectrophotometer devices are sensitive instruments.
Could your device have been dropped, exposed to extreme temperatures, or been sitting for weeks, have dirty optics, or a dirty/incorrect calibration plaque?

Maintaining brand color integrity requires instrument calibration.
The Instrument Inspector is designed for use by creative agencies, premedia, and print service providers, brand managers – anyone seeking tools to ensure consistent brand color reproduction.

How does the Instrument Inspector Work? top

  1. Use the Instrument Inspector to capture reference data off the physical target and establishing a baseline for how your instrument measures color.
  2. Upload the baseline data to your secured, personal measurement online control center at www.chromachecker.com, to be used as a reference point for all future analysis.
  3. Regularly check the accuracy of your instrument by re-measuring the target and comparing against your stored baseline data. 
  4. If the Instrument Inspector target data trends out of the manufacturer’s specified tolerances, you have lost critical confidence to produce a consistent, stable printed product and…
  5. You must take corrective action!

How do I use the Online Control Center? top

When you purchase an Instrument Inspector target you will be provided a user account at Chromachecker.com, where you’ll find access to a wealth of industry comparison data, plus access to your target’s online home. Here, you’ll be tracking your instrument’s…

  • Color deviation over time
  • Lab values and various deltas
  • Spectral curves and Spectral error curves
  • Map of average spectral errors
  • Metamerism Index (MI), Fluorescent Index (FI, FMI) for various illuminants
  • Basic information about measurement
  • Conformance to other instruments in the supply chain
  • PLUS, industry comparison data for all major measurement systems

For simple validation, there is an EASY MODE methodology for ensuring device calibration, or an EXPERT MODE for when you want to go deep in the details.

What is on the Instrument Inspector target? top

Set of 42 patches is built as a spectrally designed selection of:

  1. Vivid, saturated colors representing spot colors
     
  2. Colors from typical CMYK offset production gamut
     
  3. Near neutral gray

Spectrally designed to get an optimal distribution throughout the visible spectrum (at least 90% of visible spectrum i 5% steps)           

  Patch order for manual mode

(handheld instruments unless

otherwise directed)    

Corner patches
(important for proper position)

What target do I buy? top

There are three versions of Instrument Inspector, so you can match the target to your specific measurement device.

X-42 Target

X-42 Target is designed for most instruments on the market but focused on X-Rite™ instruments (including DTP70, iSis, i1Pro, i1iO) For full compatibility list, check manual.

Includes the Instrument Inspector target and access to the Online Control Center for the lifetime of the target.

$450 Member
$500 non-member

Includes access to one (1) device in the Online Control Center. Additional devices may be purchased for $50 per device.

Purchase additional device access HERE

B-42 Target

B-42 Target is designed for Barbieri™ instruments. Can be used with hand held devices in Spot mode. For full compatibility list, check manual.

Includes the Instrument Inspector target and access to the Online Control Center for the lifetime of the target.

$450 Member
$500 non-member

Includes access to one (1) device in the Online Control Center. Additional devices may be purchased for $50 per device.

Purchase additional device access HERE

 

I-42 Target

I-42 Target can be used with most automated strip measuring devices. It has the same 42 patches in the same sequence + extra four CMYK patches required by ITX software. Those CMYK patches are ignored during uploading data. It can be used with hand held devices in Spot mode. Do not measure first 4 patches (K,C,M,Y). For full compatibility list, check manual.

Includes the Instrument Inspector target and access to the Online Control Center for the lifetime of the target. 

 

$550 Member
$600 non-member

Includes access to one (1) device in the Online Control Center. Additional devices may be purchased for $50 per device.

Purchase additional device access HERE

 

What is the Target Durability and Lifetime? top

Targets are manufactured in a laboratory environment to the highest standards of quality. Targets have been proven to maintain accuracy for up to 2 years (if stored in the provided envelope when not in use). We do not recommend use after this time and recommend replacement of the targets to ensure continued instrument validation. Unlike targets made of metal or ceramic, printed (laminated paper) targets can be easily used by a variety of instruments, offering a universal solution for all devices used in everyday production indicative of actual printing conditions.

Who is the Manufacturer? top

The Instrument Inspector is manufactured by ChromaChecker and distributed exclusively by IDEAlliance. Chromachecker was founded by color experts with decades of experience in color and process control. More information at www.chromachecker.com.

I need more information! top

Really!? OK, access the Instrument Inspector set of manuals by clicking any of the links below.

  1. Instrument Inspector – How does it work?
  2. Why use Instrument Inspector?
  3. Instrument Inspector Target
  4. Baselines and data averaging
  5. How to start-up?
  6. Instrument Inspector menus - how to navigate?
  7. Easy mode / Expert mode 
  8. Data sharing 
  9. Instrument's comparison
  10. Instrument’s compatibility list
  11. General rules
  12. FAQ
  13. Tricks and Tips