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Konica Minolta Sensing Releases Updated Firmware For FD-Series Spectrodensitometers

February 15, 2013

Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Inc., a leading manufacturer in the industrial measurement of color, light and 3D shape, has released its updated firmware to its FD-Series Spectrodensitometers used in the digital imaging and printing markets in the U.S.

Released in 2011 the FD-Series Spectrodensitometers were the first spectrodensitometer on the market to correspond to the ISO 13655 M1 standard for fluorescence and color measurement.  They also includes the industry's first Automatic Wavelength Compensation feature which automatically calibrates in the wavelength direction when white calibration was performed.

Today both the FD-5 and FD-7 models receive the 1.2 Firmware upgrade. The upgrade further enhances the usability and operational capabilities of this world class spectrodensitometer, packing 11 new features and improvements, while still retaining the ability to simultaneously measure and account for density, color and fluorescenceof the paper substrate.

Brand owners will find the improved features helpful in quality assuring their products over a multitude of industrial standards. The upgrade provides the most technologically advanced way of communicating color where users can easily store and share custom color data sets among vendors and/or production facilities.

Major Improvements include:

A polarization filter has been included as a standard accessory enabling the device to measure and adhere to the Measurement Condition M3 of ISO 13655; printing quality control functions such as trapping, spot color density, and printing plate dot area
Target Match function displays the color difference of an ink from the target color and the density adjustment needed to bring the ink closer to the target color, allowing for better quality control of spot and process colors; pass/fail judgment against user defined targets and industry designated targets such as ISO 12647, JapanColor, GRACoL/SWOP and PSO and it is an ideal tool for brand colors and on-site printing quality control allowing the evaluation of color difference, TVI and mid-tone spread.

Konica Minolta's own Spectra MagicNX v2.4 is now supported, allowing the users an easy-to-use intuitive color quality software.