Appearance Measurement

Uniform appearance is an important quality criterion of multi-component products which are made by various suppliers. The appearance of opaque products is described by terms such as gloss, distinctness of image, orange peel, haze and mottling, while transparent materials are characterized by their transmission properties being total transmittance, transmission haze and clarity. BYK-Gardner offers objective measurement solutions to guarantee reliable quality control:
– Portable gloss meters to test surface reflection
– Orange peel and DOI meters for waviness and brilliance control
– Mottling meter to evaluate mottling of effect finishes
– Haze meters to control transmission properties

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Gloss Meters

The micro-gloss has been the unsurpassed industry standard in gloss measurement for many years. Ergonomic design, scroll wheel operation and easy to navigate menu make gloss measurement easier than ever before. Statistics, Difference, Pass/Fail – ready for any task. The intelligent auto diagnosis guarantees long-term stable results and tells you when to calibrate. It even checks whether the standard is clean. Operator friendly. Safe.  Learn more

How to measure Gloss

Haze Meters (Reflection)

High quality surfaces are expected to have a clear and brilliant appearance. The BYK-Gardner haze-gloss is the laboratory reference instrument for gloss and haze measurement. Learn More

How to measure Haze

Orange Peel / DOI Meters

How to characterize a perfect finish? Paint appearance is described by its brilliance and smoothness, often referred to as DOI (Distinctness of Image) and Orange Peel. For years the BYK-Gardner orange peel and DOI meters have been used at all major car makers and suppliers as the global standard to objectively control and optimize appearance. The wave-scan family offers tailored appearance measurement solutions for every task, from portable units for the painted body or small add-on parts, to a robotic sensor for automatic appearance measurement. Learn More

How to measure orange peel

Mottling Meter

Mottling is an undesired effect which is most obvious on light metallic finishes. These irregular lightness variations can now be objectively measured with the cloud-runner. Small design, ease-of-use and fast data collection make the mottling meter the ideal tool for batch approval and process control. Learn more

How to measure mottling

New Transparency Meter

Appearance of transparent products is dependent on their scattering properties. The BYK-Gardner haze meter is widely used for appearance measurement of transparent materials such as films, plaques, plastic products, lenses or windshields. The haze-gard i measures according to ASTM and ISO supporting illuminants C and A as well as D65. All results are displayed simultaneously. Learn more

How to measure transparency