Datacolor has launched a new portable colour measurement system called Mercury. The system uses advanced, proprietary sensor technology that doubles the resolution of current laboratory grade instruments.

This makes it the most accurate portable colour measurement instrument on the market, the company said. The instrument features a touch screen interface, is user configurable, and introduces the Palm operating system (O/S) technology directly into the spectrophotometer.

"This is an instrument that leverages 'bests' - the best lab-grade performance together with the best PDA technology - to create a truly useful colour measurement tool. Users can now perform highly accurate colour evaluations right on the production floor," said Ray Frugia, Datacolor business manager for paint, plastics, ink and printing.

The instrument is designed to deliver 100 per cent colour consistency across a broad range of industries by more easily evaluating and measuring colour on all types of surfaces. Highlights of the Mercury Colour Measurement System are:

  • Lightweight one-piece, rugged casing that fits easily into either hand;
  • Excellent inter-instrument agreement for ensured repeatability;
  • Patent-pending Palm Pilot technology embedded into the instrument;
  • Touch-screen convenience that is easy to read and simple to operate;
  • Lab-grade performance, from dual beam optics to ultra-high resolution;
  • Full-featured software, including alphabetical searches through large color databases;
  • Storage of up to 30,000 standards and batches;
  • Flexible user levels;
  • Optional plug-in memory cards for more databases, applications or backup;
  • Exceptionally long battery life of 1,000 measurements per charge.
About Datacolor Based in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Datacolor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eichhof Holding AG, provides colour management and communication technologies for the textiles, plastics, paint and coatings and ink and printing industries. For the past thirty years, the company has been a pioneer in colour technology and is the current industry leader in Internet-based, accurate colour communication systems enabling e-commerce between the supplier and specifier. Founded in May 1970, the company operates a worldwide sales, service, and support network covering more than 60 countries. For more information, visit Datacolor's website at