Instrument Inspector


Soon we are going to show a version of Instrument Inspector, that support virtually any target, and accept data from virtually any instrument driving software. A new version will be easier, more user-friendly and will bring few new unique features. As soon as a new version is not published please use a previous one

Please click on this link to the previous version of the manual with separate manual built-in the tool.



New, coming soon version


Instrument Inspector:

Track each your instrument stability and reproducibility.

That means - you will know if instruments will change the way it used to measure due to one of the typical reasons (dirty calibration plaque, dirty optical path, accidentally instrument drop-down or any other reason. Frequent instrument checking will give you knowledge about it condition and will inform you whenever you need to send it back to the factory for fixing. This works like permanent self-recertification.

Tracking is the fundamental feature and can be done for both spectral and colorimetric instruments but of course, spectral analysis is more advanced. 

For tracking purpose you may want to use one of Instrument Inspector Targets - depending on your expectation you may want to choose printed mid-term stable X-42, B-42 or I-42, PVC made ColorChecker from X-Rite, metal-based basICColor MesCal or ChromaChecker/ LUCIDEON  — enhanced set of BCRA ceramic Standards produced by LUCIDEON (formerly CERAM). 

Tracking Instruments means the frequent measurement of selected Target. Multiple measurements may be averaged to create BASELINE - fingerprint of how instrument measure Target


Compare instruments

It is very easy to compare any already tracked instrument. Performing this evaluation user can learn which is a real inter-instrument agreement. Whenever in one workflow there are different instruments involved this information may be critical to find a real reason for overall system inaccuracy. You may want co compare instruments of the same kind or quite different. You may see what are real differences between different models, vendors. From hi-end in-line instruments to small and cheap, spectrophotometers and colorimeters. To increase accuracy we advice to compare Baselines. For one Instrument/ Targer user may create more Baselines.  The default Baseline for tracking (E-factor) may be different from another used for Harmonizer. 


Share and compare 

You may want nay only compare instrument within your organization, but also check how different are instruments of your customers or co-producers. Share option makes it very easy – you will see shared instrument listed below yours — just select baselines and click compare. 


Harmonize Instruments

This is the most advanced feature of Instrument Inspector. This function requires ChromaChecker™ Target (X-42, B-42 or I-42) or one of short term self-printed targets. It works only with spectrophotometers that offer spectral data. Harmonization offered by ChromaChecker is very easy to apply. You have to set Master Instrument and build frequently updated baseline for each Harmonized Instrument / Master Instrument pairs. In Print Inspector, Track preferences enable Harmonization and select a related instrument. All data will be harmonized on the fly!