Instrument Inspector

Instrument Inspector supports a variety of target types. Depending on your needs, you may decide to use one or more of the following targets:

ChromaChecker Instrument Inspector Targets X42, B42, I42 (Long Term)

ChromaChecker Lucideon CL-36  (Very Long Term)

BasiColor MesCal13  (Long Term)

Heidelberg PO Basic 210 target (Short Term)

Idealliance 12647-7 2 row or 3 row (Short Term)

Lucidean BCRA Tiles  (Long Term)

Ugra Fogra Media Wedge (Short Term)

X-Rite ColorChecker (Long Term)


ChromaChecker Targets: X-42, B-42 I-42

Our Manufactured Targets X-42, B-42, and I-42 are individually serialized and manufactured to provide long term stability and sufficient color range to provide long term tracking of measurement device consistency. Patches are arranged so as to obtain the best support for most measurement instruments. Lightfastness and lamination greatly reduce the possibility of color changes due to aging, especially when the target is stored in provided case to protect against light. 

These targets are characterized by excellent coverage of the human spectrum range while optimizing a limited number of patches:

The relatively large size of each of the 42 patches makes it possible to scan a large number of samples to average, thus making the measurements more accurate  (except I-42).


To learn more about X-42, B-42 Instrument Inspector Targets click here.



To learn more about I-42 click here 





Short term printable targets.

For users that have measurement devices that are not compatible with the ChromaChecker X42, B42 or i42 targets (In-line spectrophotometers built into Indigo Press, Heidelberg, Xeikon, QuadTech, AVT and more),  we offer one-time targets that user can print themselves. They are designed to allow ChromaChecker Harmonizer to normalize the inline measurements. This provides harmonizer functionality for devices with limited ability to load ChromaChecker Instrument targets. 

For example, on a Heidelberg Press, the Image Control can measure only the patches from the list as indicated by the manufacturer - Heidelberg.

  • PO Basic 210 CMYK

PO Basic 240 CMYK target can be measured by Image Control and ideally your Master Instrument (Ensure that Master instrument can measure a target that the slave device has to use. Thanks to this functionality the Heidelberg Image control can be harmonized with others instruments in your workflow using ChromaChecker.

To learn more about PO Basic 210 CMYK form click here

Some proofers include a built-in spectrophotometer  - like the popular Epson printer with SpectroProofer option which can measure a defined list of control strips. The Instrument Inspector can build Harmonizer functionality for these types of printers based on different targets such as the:

  • Idealliance 12647-7 Control Wedge 2013


  • Ugra/Fogra Media Wedge v.3 

To learn more about Ugra/Fogra Media Wedge as an Instrument Inspector Target click here

Targets of this type are unstable and are not suitable for measuring the stability of a measuring instrument, but measuring them using two different instruments (one being the Master) allows you to create a differential profile since we can understand how the two instruments measure the same control strip.








High durability Targets

for long-term stability evaluation   

  • ChromaChecker Lucideon CL-36 — containing 35 ceramic tiles + one OBA synthetic patch

      To learn more about high-end ChromaChecker™ / LUCIDEON Target click here. 


  • basICColor MesCal13 - metal target — containing 13 colored metal tiles

To measure MesCal basICColor Catch is strongly recommended. This program can send measurement automatically to ChromaChecker Cloud - auto recognition option make this task very easy.


  • Substrate Inspector Backer - one White and one Black patch only (included with ChromaChecker Starter Kit).

These types of targets do not allow the Harmonizer to function effectively but are useful for evaluating instrument precision over any period of time. 


Other targets

  • X-Rite ColorChecker Classic is not an Instrument Target but it is very popular and some of the users already use it for instrument verification. ChromaChecker supports this target to give our users a simple, inexpensive solution for tracking an instruments precision over time.

    Scanning this target requires CMYK reference file compatible with ChromaChecker Instrument Inspector.


      To learn more about how to use ColorChecker Classic as Instrument Inspector Target click here.