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Spectrodens – Spectro-Densitometer

Spectrodens – Spectro-Densitometer
Order No.: C01-0204 ff.

All Colors under perfect Control

A measurement device for all applications

Using measurement technology for quality assurance in print is a universally accepted practise this days. SpectroDens is your all-purpose, modern measurement device. Whether it be in pre-print for verifying proofs, for ongoing quality control at the printing press, during delivery inspection of paper and print products or in a color lab, SpectroDens is exceptionally suitable, whatever your application. Thanks to the individually adjustable display functions, you can quickly set up the device for your particular job.


Two devices in one

The product name alone suggests the multiple uses of the device. As a spectro-densitometer, SpectroDens combines the qualities of a highly accurate spectro-photometer and an easy-to-use densitometer. Measurement is spectral, i.e. the entire color information – the spectral fingerprint of the color – is precisely registered. The measured spectral data is converted into measurement data for descriptive analysis and display.


Densitometric data is widely used in quality control during the printing process. Colorimetric data is used in the evaluation of print proofs, the creation of color profiles in color management and the color matching and formulation of inks.



A push of a button provides you with solid density as well as all useful additional information such as dot gain, dot area, gray balance and print contrast. In the automatic measurement mode the device always displays the relevant information  instantly. You can even quickly and easily produce complete characteristic printing curves. The spectral measurement technology calculates not only the density values for CMYK, but also exact data for the density of spot colors.



All standard colorimetric functions are displayed clearly. Even the entire L*a*b*-color circle appears in the display. Reference colors and complete digital color books can be saved in the color library.


Standardized measurement

The device works strictly according to the standards valid for the graphic industry. Select different status filters for density measurement among the device settings. A special technical feature is the polarization filter which can be activated via the push of a button.


Comprehensive software

Connect the measurement device via USB-cable to a PC. The SpectroDens Connect software supplied with the device explicitly displays measurement data on a computer monitor. Measurement data can be transferred into Microsoft Excel or other applications. The integrated color library is especially easy to use. For example, you can load complete “digital color books” into the device. The software serves as the connecting module for other applications, e.g. programs for the production of characteristic printing curves or colorimetric quality control.



We supply SpectroDens in three types of performance packages: The model Basic with the essential density functions, the Advanced version which adds extended densitometry functions, colorimetry and a color library and as the flagship model the comprehensive Premium device. You can upgrade the devices post-purchase to higher performance levels by program upload.


SpectroDens Basic

  • Automatic measurement
  • Density CMYK
  • Dot area, dot gain
  • Gray and color balance
  • Ink trapping to Preucil
  • Print contrast



SpectroDens Advanced 

As the „Basic“ model, but also features:

  • Spectral density for spot colors
  • Characteristic printing curve
  • Slur/doubling value
  • Dot area to Yule-Nielsen
  • Ink trapping to Brunner and Ritz
  • Density spectrum
  • CIE Lab, ΔEab, XYZ, color circle
  • Remission spectrum
  • Color library



SpectroDens Premium

As the „Advanced“ model, but also features:

  • CIE LChab, xyY, Luv, LCHuv, DIN Lab99
  • ΔE94, ΔE2000, ΔEcmc, ΔEuv
  • Metamery index
  • Whiteness, yellowness
  • Pass-/fail tolerance, average



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