Introduction

The key to success for a modern professional print business is automation and accuracy. The Konica Minolta FD-9 Autoscan Spectrophotometer is the ideal tool for print colour management, combining speed, accuracy, ease-of-use and versatility.

Fast
•    1500 patches in just 4 minutes
•    M0, M1 and M2 in one single scan

Versatile
•    Measures virtually every chart including control wedges
•    Compatible with a wide variety of substrates
•    Virtual Fluorescence Standard for non-standard viewing environments

Connected
•    USB and Ethernet connection
•    QR code reader

Accurate
•    Automatic wavelength calibration
•    Temperature drift compensation
•    Self-check function

Accessories

  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable (3 m) IF-A18
  • Measurement Utility Software FD-S2w
  • Auto Sheet Feeder FD-A09
  • Color Management Software basICColor series

Specifications

Model FD-9
Illumination/viewing system 45°a: 0°(annular illumination) *1
Conforms to CIE No. 15, ISO 7724/1, DIN5033 Teil 7, ASTM E 1164 and JIS Z. 8722 Condition A for reflectance measurements.
Spectral separation device Concave grating
Wavelength range 380 ~ 730 nm
Wavelength pitch 10 nm
Half bandwidth Approx. 10 nm
Measurement area Approx. Ø 3 mm
Light source LED
Measurement range Reflectance: 0 to 150%
Short-term repeatability Colorimetric: Within σΔ E00 0.05 (Without polarization filter)
* Under Konica Minolta test conditions where a white calibration plate is measured 30 times at 10- second intervals after white calibration
Inter-instrument agreement Within E00 0.3 (Average of 12 BCRA Series II colour tiles compared to values measured with a master body under Konica Minolta standard conditions; without polarization filter)
Measurement time Approx. 4 min per 1,500 patches
*Konica Minolta measurement conditions*3
Output item Spectral reflectance
Measurement conditions *2 M0 (A), M1 (D50) , M2 (A + UV filter), C, ID50, D65, ID65, F2, F6, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12, User-defined light source
Backing condition White backing, compliant with ISO13655
Interface USB2.0, 10Base-T/100Base-TX
Power Specified AC adapter (Input: AC 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz; Output: DC 24 V, 5 A)
Size FD-9 only: W716 x D251 x H159 mm
Auto Sheet Feeder: W601 x D1,158
(when tray is open) x H245 mm
Weight FD-9 only: Approx. 10.5 kg
Operating temperature/
humidity range
10 to 35°C, 30 to 85% relative humidity with no condensation
Storage temperature/humidity
range
0 to 45°C, 0 to 85% relative humidity with no condensation
Standard accessories AC adapter, USB cable, Measurement Utility software FD-S2w
Optional accessory Auto Sheet Feeder FD-A09
Width 45 ~ 330mm
Length 170 ~ 1500 mm
Thickness 0.05 ~ 0.45 mm
Smallest patch size 6×6 mm
Maximum patches per sheet 1,394(A4)
2,928(A3)
Operating environment OS Windows 7 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 10
Mac OS X 10.9-10.10
CPU 1 GHz or faster processor
Memory 1 GB or more (32 bit)/
2 GB or more (64 bit)
Hard disk At least 8 GB of available disk space
Display Display unit capable of showing at least 1,024 x 768 dots
Interface USB 2.0, 10Base-T/100Base-TX
Compatible instruments FD-9
FD-7/CL-500A (Readout only for user-defined light source)
Features Chart creation, chart measurement, measurement data display, measurement file output, QR code creation
Displayed measurement data Spectral reflectance, colorimetric value, density
Measurement conditions *2
M0 (A), M1 (D50) , M2 (A + UV filter), C, ID50, D65, ID65, F2, F6, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12, User-defined light source
Illuminants A, C, D50, ID50, D65, ID65, F2, F6, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12, A + UV filter, User-defined light source
Observers 2° or 10° Standard Observer
Colour spaces L*a*b*, L*C*h, XYZ
PC supported languages English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified)
Output format CxF3: ISO17972-1:2015
CGATS: ISO28178:2009 (ANSI CGATS-17)
FD-S2w original format (csv/tsv)

*1  Unidirectional illumination for wavelengths of 400 nm and below
*2  M0, M1 and M2 are lighting conditions contained in ISO13655 “4.2.2 Illumination requirements and measurement conditions.”
*3  Chart size: A3, Patch size: 6 x 6 mm, Patch layout: 47 rows x 32 columns

Features

The FD-9 reads 1,500 patches in just 4 minutes and 2,500 patches in just 7 minutes. Within one single scan users obtain data for M0, M1 and M2, conforming to ISO13655:2009 and offering improved certainty of colours and OBA.

The FD-9 uses a free-format function enabling it to measure virtually every chart that might be used to calibrate printers and create profiles.

Even quality control wedges, used for conformance testing of proof prints, etc., can be measured with the FD-9 without cutting them from the print.

Users can obtain amazing results and achieve the best possible neutral grey balance and flawless skintones in even non-standard viewing environments. Konica Minolta’s Virtual Fluorescent Standard (VFS) allows the creation of precision custom profiles to compensate for the environment where the print will be viewed.

The FD-9 features both USB and Ethernet connectivity enabling you to easily share one FD-9 between multiple machines.

The integrated image scanner enables automatic chart alignment and can read QR codes for fully automated sheet and chart identification.

The colour display shows step by step instructions to the operator, improving usability and minimising the opportunity for user error. The results of a quality control evaluation can be viewed directly on the display*1.

Like the groundbreaking FD-7, the FD-9 features built-in wavelength calibration and temperature drift compensation, maximising day-to-day accuracy and reliability.

For repair, certification and adjustments to absolute accuracy, Konica Minolta offers worldwide standardized service for all instruments. Users can be confident of Inter Model and Inter Instrument Agreement between the FD-5, FD-7 and FD-9 to offer their customers true local or global consistency.

Users who want to monitor and audit the absolute accuracy of the system on a regular basis will benefit from the optional self-check function of FD-9. Self check uses certified BCRA tiles specifically designed for FD-9 to monitor the accuracy at any time.

Measuring a large number of patches with FD-9 is both fast and convenient. Users who need to measure dozens of sheets every day can benefit from using the Automatic sheet feeder, a first for a print colour measurement instrument. This optional accessory enables up to 100 sheets to be pre-loaded and measured with minimal user input. Combined with the QR code reader function, the measurement results can be automatically inked to the printed sheet.

Software

  • basICColor catch 5
  • CGS ORIS Press Matcher // Web
  • CGS ORIS Color Tuner // Web
  • CGS ORIS Certified // Web
  • ColorLogic ColorAnt 4
  • Creo Color Servers
  • Durst Workflow-Label
  • EFI Fiery Digital Frontends
  • EFI Color Profiler Suite
  • Heidelberg Color Toolbox 17
  • Konica Minolta ColorCentro
  • Konica Minolta ColorCare Suite
  • Konica Minolta ColorCare Server
  • Konica Minolta Falbard Aqua
  • Konica Minolta FD-s2w
  • ONYX PosterShop, ProductionHouse and Thrive 12.1 and higher

Dedicated FD-9 charts are available. Measurement values are imported from FD-s2w.

  • Caldera V11
  • systemata Inkjet.Perfect
  • systemata Laser.Perfect
  • systemata Tif.Perfect CTP/CTF
  • systemata PDF.Perfect

Measurements from FD-s2w can be imported into every software supporting the CGATS (ISO 28178) file format for characterization data e.g.

  • basICColor CMYKick, dropRGB, print, Devil, ImProve
  • ColorLogic CoPrA, ColorAnt < Version 4

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