Users often underestimate the accuracy of their instruments on the one hand, and also the importance of understanding their settings.
If you are going to compare the readings of one instrument to another, it is critical that the guidelines for inter – instrument agreement are adhered to. It is possible for different instruments to return similar readings, as long as the settings are identical. What will not work is when customers and suppliers compare readings ONLY, without any idea what their settings (Context) were, and even if the instruments of the same design are being compared.
We would not compare just a number, like say 70, when driving in two cars, without knowing if this was a Km/Hour or Mph. Why then do it with colour?
When you are comparing colours with third parties, you need to have the whole picture. Better still, have a physical sample. If you read the sample as a Target, and your production as a Sample and the colour agrees, chances are that you are safe to deliver.
Konica Minolta Instruments have a high degree of inter instrument agreement when set correctly, maintained correctly, and data is share within the same context. The above image is a good example. We have measured a Green Ceramic tile on our Show Room CM-5, and compared it to a same settings CR-5 with the same tile measurement. The results speak for themselves.
Understand your settings, and trust your instrument.
Use a stable sample to occasionally “Health Check” your instrument, like a Green Tile or for more accuracy a Set of Ceramic Tiles (Chromacheck) and some standard software, and you will see that as long as you care for the instrument, you will be able to trust the readings. It’s unique to Konica Minolta