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Non-Contact Industrial Spectrophotometer

The SpectraNova™ D8-M2 spectrophotometer is a diffuse/8° reflective color measurement instrument designed specifically for color quality control in challenging industrial settings. This revolutionary new system delivers high-accuracy non-contact measurements quickly and reliably, directly from the production line. The SpectraNovaD8-M2 is designed from the ground up with reliability and effeciency in mind.

Designed for Industrial Applications

The measurement head is sealed to protect the integrating sphere from the factory environments using a sapphire window, which is easily cleanable in the field. Measurements are reported instantly to your software through a machine-to-machine interface, ensuring accuracy and eliminating the need for a human operator.


The SpectraNovaD8-M2 does not touch the sample during the measurement process, preventing damage to the sample while also avoiding cross-contamination. This automated in-line quality control system provides non-destructive color measurement and continuous reporting.


The compact measurement head's small footprint allows it to be placed virtually anywhere on the production line, with supporting electronics housed in a separate enclosure.


A complete measurement cycle takes less than 150 milliseconds, enabling throughputs of over 500,000 samples per day. Multiple systems can be linked and synchronized to measure several areas simultaneously. 

Correlates with QC Laboratory Systems

In-line color measurement and evaluation of color deviation enables complete coverage of production runs that correlate with QC lab systems.


  • Outputs reflectance and CIE colorimetric data
  • Designed specifically for color quality control
  • Non-contact measurements for delicate parts
  • Compact fiber-coupled measurement head
  • Rapid measurement cycle (<150 msec)
  • 2 x 2 mm measurement area
  • Protective sapphire window on measurement port
  • External trigger I/O available for synchronization
  • TCP/IP-based server software
  • NIST-traceable
  • Calibration tiles included
  • Minimal maintenance required

SpectraNovaD8-M2 Specifications

Measurement Geometry Diffuse/8°, factory configured as SCI (specular component included) or SCE (specular component excluded), conforms to CIE No. 15
Detector 1024 element array, asymmetric crossed Czerny-Turner spectrometer
Wavelength range 400 nm - 700 nm
Wavelength reporting 10 nm intervals
Half bandwidth Approx. 6 nm average
Photometric range 0 to 150% with 0.01% resolution. Colorimetric resolution 0.01 CIELAB units
Light source Pulsed LED (UV adjustment factory configured), Lamp life: >250M measurements
Integrating sphere size

Ø 50 mm

Measurement cycle time < 150 milliseconds
Measurement distance 0.5 mm ± 0.1 mm
Measurement/illumination area 2 x 2 mm measurement / Ø 10 mm illumination (customization available)
Repeatability Standard deviation of 0.01 ΔE*ab and 0.04% reflectance (typical) - Measured white calibration tile 100 times at 1-second intervals
Inter-instrument agreement Mean 0.12 ΔE*ab (typical) average for 12 ceramic reference tiles, across 40 production systems. Distance measured from the mean of all measurements for each tile. Max 0.4 ΔE*ab for 12 ceramic reference tiles
Interface USB 2.0
Trigger in/out 5V, BNC jacks
Operating system compatibility Windows 7+, 64 bit
Input power AC 100-250V @ 50-60 Hz, 9.2 VA average (using included AC adaptor)
Operating temperature 60° to 95° F (15° to 30° C), relative humidity 80% or less with no condensation
Storage temperature -40° to 116° F (-40° to 47° C), relative humidity 80% or less with no condensation
Measurement head dimensions ( W x H x D) 58.0 x 124.5 x 73.9 mm (2.28 x 4.90 x 2.91 in.)
Measurement head cable Length: 205 cm (80.71 in.), Bend radius: 24 cm (9.45")
Acquisition module dimensions (W x H x D) 206.8 x 35.7 x 169.5 mm (8.14 x 1.41 x 6.67 in.)
Weight Head: 0.36 kg (0.80 lbs.), System: 2.29 kg (5.05 lbs.)


The SpectraNovaD8-M2 can be used in a wide varray of applications.

  • Appliances
  • Building Products
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Coatings
  • Food
  • Metals
  • Packaging
  • Plastics
  • Textiles