Automotive Industry Solutions

Konica Minolta Automotive Applications – Colour & Light Management Solutions for Quality Control in the Automotive Industry: 2019

Konica Minolta have complete solutions for the Automotive Industry. These products will allow you to measure the entire vehicle, from the overall appearance to the smallest button or trim.

Konica Minolta have kept up to date with many of the technological developments in the Automotive Industry. In many cases, Konica Minolta have lead the way in developing the most reliable instruments for this industry with a constant focus on innovation.

We have highlighted some of this technology here. The full solutions and applications can be found in the Automotive Booklet at the end of the blog. Read this booklet to gain a full understanding of how these solutions are implemented by the Automotive Industry.

Let’s take a closer look


FOR INTERIOR PARTS:
Portable Colour and Gloss-Meter – CM-25cG

Portable spectrophotometer with 45°c:0° geometry and true 60°-gloss-sensor

The new CM-25cG is the successor to the CM-2500c which is the standard model for interior trims in the automotive industry. The CM-25cG is an even more compact and lightweight portable spectrophotometer with 45°c:0° geometry and a true high performance 60°-gloss-sensor. The 45°:0° geometry used is renowned for providing colour values offering excellent correlation to visual perception. This is achieved by fully excluding surface effects of gloss and/or texture. The built-in gloss-sensor accurately measures surface gloss.

With no compromises in performance, the CM-25cG has been designed to match or exceed standards for colour and gloss measurement in a number of industries, including automotive interior materials and high visibility textiles (EN471) or coatings.

Being fully compatible to the previous CM-2500c model, the CM-25cG’s perfect circular optical system (defined as 45°c:0°) achieves high accuracy and repeatability, especially on textured or structured surfaces, regardless of measurement direction. Not only does it measure colour, but also true 60° Gloss at the same time and, as a world premiere, not only for standard MAV aperture size (8mm) but also for small measurement areas with 3mm spot size.

CM-25cG Colour and Gloss Meter

The CM-25cG is lightweight and uses a large and easy-to-read colour display to show and manage measurement data either numerically or graphically. For correct positioning on a sample, the CM-25cG is the first device offering a true optical sample viewer in a 45°:0° geometry instrument.

FOR EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR FINISHES:
Portable Spectrophotometers CM-26d/G Series

Watch this instrument in action here

The CM-26dG, CM-26d, and CM-25d are the successors to the CM-2600d and CM-2500d spectrophotometers widely used in the industry. The new devices are portable sphere type spectrophotometers with horizontal alignment, a design most convenient to measure the colour of flat or large samples. All devices deliver measurement data including (SCI) and excluding (SCE) surface conditions in one measurement sequence, at Ultra-High Speed. With their additional 3mm measuring aperture, the devices perfectly adapt to small sample sizes (not for CM-25d), with the CM-26dG being able to also measure the gloss of a surface with a true, ISO compliant 60° gloss sensor.

This instrument proves Konica Minolta’s commitment to developing instruments with unrivaled inter-instrument agreement and performance. As the best performing Portable instrument on the market, the CM-26d/G Series has become the standard in accurate colour measurement for the Automotive Industry. 

FOR EXTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE COATINGS AND FINISHES:
Portable Multi-Angle Spectrophotometer CM-M6

The CM-M6 is a portable multi-angle spectrophotometer especially designed for colour measurement of metallic and effect paints and plastics. It uses a new, patented double-path illumination system with directed 45° illumination and 6-angle observation (-15°/15°/25°/45°/75°/110° aspecular) from two sides to accurately measure painted parts at the automotive production floor, from 6 angles as described in ASTM E2194 or DIN 5033-7.

CM-M6 Spectrophotometer

This new, patented optical measurement system is optimized to give accurate and stable results even on curved surfaces. Therefore, samples such as front and rear bumpers, vehicle mirror bodies or door handles can be measured fast, accurately and repeatedly.

FOR SURFACE AND APPEARANCE MEASUREMENT:
Rhopoint IQ-S – Close-Tolerance Gloss Meter

Trigloss 20/60/85° close-tolerance IQ version for maximum accuracy and resolution in all gloss applications:

The Rhopoint IQ-S was specially designed and built to match automotive interior gloss measurement standards. IQ-S gloss measurements are fully compatible with existing Micro-Tri-gloss-S results.

All IQ-S are close tolerance selected for maximum accuracy and comparability in all gloss applications.

The Rhopoint IQ-S not only measures gloss but also measures image quality and profiles how light is reflected from a surface. Standard gloss meters only measure how much light is reflected and are not sensitive to effects which dramatically reduce appearance quality. IQ-S was specially designed and built to match automotive interior gloss measurement standards. IQ-S gloss measurements are fully compatible with existing Micro-TRI-gloss-S results.

All IQ-S are close tolerance selected for maximum accuracy and comparability in all gloss applications.

The Rhopoint IQ-S not only measures gloss but also measures image quality and profiles how light is reflected from a surface. Standard gloss meters only measure how much light is reflected and are not sensitive to effects which dramatically reduce appearance quality.

IQ-S Goniophotometer

FOR TOTAL SURFACE APPEARANCE MEASUREMENT:
RHOPOINT TAMS™

Rhopoint TAMS™ (Total Appearance Measurement System)
Individual new values for contrast, sharpness, waviness and dominant structure size fully describe the visual perception.

Rhopoint TAMS™ is a new way of quantifying appearance quality inspired by a four-year collaboration between Rhopoint, Volkswagen AG and AUDI AG. This innovative new technology models the human perception of surface appearance quality, providing new parameters that revolutionise the understanding and communication of visual appearance information.

For maximum impact, an automotive paint finish must instantly produce an appealing visual sensation for the customer. This can only be achieved if the overall surface finish displays both high QUALITY and HARMONY.

Rhopoint TAMS

If you have had enough body work, let’s switch on the lights.

FOR DISPLAY AND SCREEN TESTING:
ProMetric® Y Imaging Photometers

Fast, small-format Photometers optimized for display test and cosmetic inspection in production environments

ProMetric® Y is a series of high-performance imaging photometers designed for production volume testing of displays, smartphones, tablets, notebooks, keyboards, and lighting products.

The performance and appearance that consumers expect from products such as flat-panel displays, car interiors, and LED lighting are continuously advancing. Designers and manufacturers are pushed to improve the user experience. Test & Measurement instruments used in development and production must keep up with the latest technology.

The ProMetric Y photometer delivers reliable test results and analysis to improve quality and control costs:

  • Faster measurements deliver shorter cycle times
  • Objective quantification is superior to subjective human inspection
  • Faster, more accurate test analysis improves yield

ProMetric Y

FURTHER TECHNOLOGY FOR SCREENS:
FPD Conoscope Lens

Fast, Accurate, Low-cost View Angle Performance Measurement Solution for Displays

The Radiant Vision Systems FPD (flat panel display) conoscope lens enables high-resolution photopic measurement of the angular distribution of colour, luminance, and contrast for displays and display components.

Radiant uses Fourier optics that map an emitting spot to a CCD so that each pixel corresponds to a different emission angle. The conoscope lens captures a full cone of view angle data in a single measurement to ±70 degrees. This provides quick, accurate results, making the system ideal for both R&D projects and in-line production quality control. The lens is well-suited to a wide range of FPD types including those based on LCD and OLED technologies as well as backlights.

FOR LIGHTS AND INDICATORS:
Spectroradiometer CS-2000

A high end Spectroradiometer for light sources and displays that measures spectral data, luminance and chromacity. Fast measurement times with high repeatability ideal for the low luminance blacks and contrast measurements on modern displays.

World’s top level capability to analyse extremely low luminance

Many recent FPD models are designed for better black level representation or better contrast in order to provide higher quality images. The CS-2000 is a Spectroradiometer which enables accurate luminance/chromaticity measurement even of blacks (from a low luminance of 0.003 cd/m2).

The CS-2000 can be used for luminance and chromaticity measurement of various optical devices such as displays like LCDs, PDPs, organic ELs and FEDs, as well as light sources such as LEDs and lamps.

Konica Minolta has released innovations specifically for the Automotive Industry. These will allow Automotive manufacturers to measure the entire vehicle.

Download the Automotive Solutions brochure for more information about these solutions and how they are applied in the Automotive industry.

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