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BYK-mac i COLOR Spectrophotometer

ASTM D2244, E308, E1164, E2194; DIN 5033, 5036, 6174, 6175-2; DIN EN ISO 11664; SAE J 1545

BYK-mac i COLOR Spectrophotometer

Multi-angle color measurement

In order to control the lightness and / or color flop of an effect finish, the color needs to be measured under different viewing angles.

BYK-mac i COLOR spectrophotometer offers an attractive solution by measuring

  • Traditional 5-angle color at 15°/25°/45°/75°/110°
  • An additional angle at -15° "behind the gloss" for color travel of interference pigments






The shape of the instrument is designed to ensure easy handling and true portability. With an intuitive menu quality control of metallic finishes has never been easier.

  • Menu guided operation according to your own sampling procedure
  • Designated buttons for standard and sample readings
  • Scroll wheel to select menu functions
  • Large color display - easy-to-read inside and outside
  • Storage of up to 1000 readings in selectable memories
  • 4 trigger pins on the bottom plate guarantee stable positioning even on curved surfaces
  • Plug-in WiFi adapter for flexible and flawless data transfer
  • The BYK-mac i COLOR spectrophotometer is equipped with additional sensors to detect fluorescent light excited in the visible range. The Intensity Emission value quantifies the fluorescent light and can be used as a preliminary indicator for light fastness.

BYK-mac i COLOR Spectrophotometer in Use
BYK-mac i COLOR Spectrophotometer Docking Station

BYK-mac i COLOR Spectrophotometer Case
BYK-mac i COLOR Docking Station Case


Technical Data

Technical Data
Measuring Geometry: 45° illumination / -15°, 15°, 25°, 45°, 75°, 110° aspecular viewing
Measuring Area: 23 mm diameter
Spectral Range: 400 - 700 nm, 10 nm resolution
Measurement Range: 0 to 600 % reflectance
Repeatability: 0.01 ΔE* (10 consecutive measurements on white)
Reproducibility: Grey BCRA tiles: avg. ΔE* < 0.10
Chromatic BCRA tiles: avg. ΔE* < 0.25
Color Scales: ΔE*; ΔE CMC; ΔE 94; ΔE 2000; ΔE 99; ΔE DIN6175
Index: Flop, Int-Em
Illuminants: A; C; D50; D65; F2; F7; F11; F12
Observer: 2°; 10°
Measuring Time: < 4 seconds
Memory: 1000 standards / samples
Display: 2.7 in. TFT color LCD display
Language: English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Power Supply: Rechargeable battery pack or 4 mignon AA batteries (alkaline or rechargeable)
Operating Temperature: 50 to 110° F (10 to 42° C)
Relative Humidity: Up to 85%, 95° F (35° C); non-condensing
Dimensions: 8.6 x 3.2 x 5.8 in. (21.8 x 8.1 x 14.7 cm)
Weight: Approx. 2.86 lbs (approx. 1.3 kg)
System Requirements:
Operating System: Windows 7 SP1, 8.1 or 10
Microsoft® .NET Framework 4.5.2
Hardware: Core 2 Duo, 2.2 GHz; i7, 2.5 GHz recommended, or equivalent
Memory: 4 GB RAM, 8 GB recommended
Hard-disk Capacity: 2 GB during installation
Monitor Resolution: 1280 x 1024 pixel or higher
Interface: Free USB-port


Reliable Readings


The BYK-mac i COLOR uses a light source with long term stability and patented illumination control which provide superior accuracy and low maintenance for many years.

  • Stable, long-term calibration - needed only every three months
  • Temperature independent measurement results between 10 - 40°C - without calibration
  • Excellent agreement between instruments allowing usage of digital standards among the supply chain
  • 10 year warranty on the light source - no lamp changes needed

BYK-mac i COLOR Spectrophotometer Readings


BYK-mac i COLOR Training


BYK-Gardner offers you more than just an instrument. We assist you in analyzing your color readings as well as sparkle and graininess data. As a result you will be able to use the BYK-mac i to save time and money, while at the same time improving quality. Therefore, the instrument comes with a one day training course including:

  1. Color and Effect Theory
    • Parameters influencing total color impression of effect finishes
    • Color and effect differences for trouble shooting
  2. Operation and Software training smart-process
    • Standard management
    • Set-up an "organizer" to create a routine measurement procedure
    • Programming of the instrument with "organizer" and measurement of several samples
    • Data transfer to smart-chart software and saving in a database for routine QC
    • Data analysis using standard reports:
      • Test Report: Shows measurement data for a single test series - ideal for color harmony reviews -
      • Scorecard (Management Summary Report): Quick overview how production is running over the selected time range
      • Trend Report: Typical process control chart showing the data over time or by individual.
    • Create your own reports reports in Excel®:
      • Transfer data from the database to Excel®
  3. Operation and Software training smart-lab
    • Standard management
    • Measure standards and samples by single and average readings
    • Save, recall and delete measurements
    • Change illuminants, observers, color equations
    • Data analysis using standard reports:
      • Scatter graph per angle to show at one glance whether all parts are within specification
      • Color & Effect Travel to show how individual samples perform per measurement angle
      • Effect graph to control whether sparkle and graininess values are within specification
      • Spectral curves for detailed analysis
    • Create your own reports in Excel®:
      • Transfer data from the database to Excel® Certified
      • The training can be performed in one day or two half days. It is recommended to split the training into two half days:
        • Day 1: Theory and basic operation (set-up organizer, taking readings and saving in a database)
        • Day 2: 3-4 weeks later to ensure readings were taken and saved in a database. Data analysis and standard QC report can be explained using custom specific data.



Prices subject to change    Prices listed in US dollars for domestic shipments within US, Canada, & Mexico only    Export orders require quotations - click here for a quote     For more info call us 1-800-762-2478 or 954-946-9454.
Item Number Item Prices

Multi-angle spectrophotometer, Black calibration standard, White calibration standard with certificate, Color checking reference, Protective cap, Cleaning set for bottom plate, 2 light protection covers, Seal replacement kit, smart-chart software (7032 only), Docking station with USB cable for memory transfer, Instrument interface cable for online data transfer, 2 rechargeable Li-ion battery packs, Battery holder; 4 x AA batteries, Short instructions - Operating manual on CD, Carrying case and Training
CL-7032 BYK-mac i COLOR $32,096.00
CL-7033 BYK-mac i COLOR Sensor 26,894.00
Accessories/ Replacements
CL- 7044 Black Standard, BYK-mac i to perform zero calibration 264.00
CL-6336 Protective Cap, BYK-mac 23 mm Snap on cover to protect optics and interior components 54.00
CL-6360 Docking Station, BYK-mac Incl. USB interface cable and charger 100 - 240 V self adapting 1,637.00
CL-6337 USB Interface Cable To connect the docking station to the PC, USB-A plug, 3 m length 38.00
CL-7052 WiFi Adapter BYK-mac i (plug in adapter to set-up wireless data transfer to a PC) 600.00
CL-6359 Battery Pack, BYK-mac Rechargeable battery pack for automatic charge in docking station 211.00
CL-6364 Cleaning Set, BYK-mac To clean instrument aperture and pin covers from dust and grease 90.00
CL-6348 Seal Set, BYK-mac Including 3 light protection rubber seals and 8 rubber pin covers 90.00
CL-6414 Light Protection Cover, BYK-mac To measure very bright colors; 10 pieces included 311.00
CL-4862 Software smart-lab Color, BYK-mac i - Lab QC software for online color & effect control with BYK-mac i 7,219.00
CL-4831 Software smart-process - Process QC software for BYK-mac i, cloud-runner and wave-scan 7,219.00
*After software download both software packages can be used for 30 days for free trial. Thereafter, the user needs to decide and register for one software package.
Note: For replacement of white, color or effect standard, please contact your local service department.


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