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Micro-Gloss III Series Glossmeter

ISO 2178, 2360, 2808, 2813, 7668; ASTM B499, C346, D1400, D523, D2457; DIN 67530; JIS Z 8741

Intelligent Gloss Measurement With Smart Communication

The micro-gloss has been the unsurpassed industry standard in gloss measurement for many years. It is the only glossmeter combining the highest accuracy, ease-of-use and multiple functionality - essential for today`s testing requirements. In addition, the smart-chart software is the ideal tool for smart communication with professional documentation and efficient data analysis.
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Brilliant color display: easy to read - easy to use

Ergonomics and easy handling were the main focus for the design. The micro-gloss is not too large and not too small - it feels just right in your hand. The scroll wheel operation and new color display with an easy-to-navigate menu make gloss measurement easier than ever before.
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Auto diagnosis: Standard OK - Calibration OK

Accurate readings require reliable calibration. The gloss meter and calibration holder make a perfect couple - the calibration standard is always protected in the holder of the micro-gloss. The intelligent auto diagnosis of the gloss meter is a unique feature which guarantees long-term calibration stability and tells you when to calibrate. It even checks whether the standard is clean. Operator friendly. Safe.
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Gloss of paint or metal - from matte to mirror gloss

With the micro-gloss gloss meter you can measure any material - paints, plastics or brightened metals. Its expanded range measures from very matte to mirror like reflection of up to 2000 gloss units, automatically and without additional calibration. Always reliable results - according to international standards.
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Smart functions for any task

Different tasks require different tools. The easy to turn scroll wheel of the glossmeter quickly shows you all needed functions - even without a PC:
The Basic mode is your tool to quickly check the gloss of a few samples. The Micro-TRI-Gloss II u
The Statistic mode not only shows the average, but all statistical data needed to judge whether the measured difference is significant or how uniform the surface gloss is on your sample. You define what you want to see: mean, standard deviation, range, min/max. The Micro-TRI-Gloss II u
The Difference mode allows you to define a reference with Pass/Fail limits and will compare all of the following measurements to the selected reference. The Pass/ Fail indication is colorfully shown on the high resolution display - ideal for production control. The Micro-TRI-Gloss II u
The Continuous mode is the most efficient way to quickly check the uniformity of a large sample surface. You define the measurement interval and are now ready to continuously measure the gloss by sliding the micro-gloss over the surface. When finished, the average with min - max range are displayed. The Micro-TRI-Gloss II u

Technical Performance: Unsurpassed in the industry

No matter how harsh your production conditions are or how tight your limits may be, accuracy and reliability of the micro-gloss are proven by thousands of users to guarantee always the highest quality.

The long-term stable LED light source of the glossmeter provides not only highly repeatable results for many years, but also will never burn out. A 10 year warranty on the lamp life is guaranteed.

Due to advanced temperature control, the micro-gloss assures the highest stability of the gloss readings - if you are in the lab or move to a "hot spot" on the line.

Our patented calibration procedure during the production of the glossmeters enables an excellent inter-instrument agreement. No matter how far your customer may be away, if he is one of the thousands of micro-gloss users, he will read the same values as you.
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Technical Data

Technical Data
Description Geometry Application Measuring Area
micro-gloss 20° 20° high gloss 10 x 10mm (0.4 x 0.4 in)
micro-gloss 60° 60° semi gloss 9 x 15mm (0.35 x 0.6 in)
micro-gloss 85° 85° low gloss 5 x 38mm (0.2 x 1.5 in)
micro-TRI-gloss 20°, 60°, 85° universal see single angle
micro-TRI-gloss µ 20°, 60°, 85° universal see single angle
micro-gloss 60° S 60° semi gloss 9 x 15mm (0.35 x 0.6 in)
micro-TRI-gloss S 20°, 60°, 85° universal see single angle
micro-gloss 45° 45° Ceramic, Plastic, Film 9 x 13mm (0.35 x 0.5 in)
micro-gloss 75° 75° Paper, Vinyl Siding 7 x 24mm (0.3 x 0.95 in)
micro-gloss 60° XS 60° semi gloss 2 x 4mm (0.08 x 0.16 in)
micro-gloss 60° XS-S 60° semi gloss 2 x 4mm (0.08 x 0.16 in)
More Technical Data
Measurement Range1: 0 - 100 GU / 100 - 2000 GU
Repeatability2: ± 0.2 GU / ± 0.2 %
Reproducibility2: ± 0.5 GU / ± 0.5 %
Spectral Sensitivity: CIE standard observer for illuminant CIE-C
Measuring Time: 0.5 seconds / geometry
Substrate: Fe: magnetic, NFe: non-magnetic
Measurement Range: 0 - 500 µm (0 - 20 mils)
Accuracy: ± (1.5 µm +2% of measured value)
Memory: 999 readings with date and time
Interface: USB
Power Supply: one 1.5V AA Alkaline Battery 4,000 reading or via USB-port
Dimensions: 155 x 73 x 48 mm (6.1 x 2.9 x 1.9 in)
Weight: 0.4 kg (0.9 lbs)
Operating Temperature: 15 - 40 °C (60 - 104 °F)
Relative Humidity: up to 85 %, non-condensing
System Requirements: • Operating system 32-bit: Windows® 7 SP1 or 8.1
• Microsoft® .NET Framework 4
• Hardware: Core 2 Duo, 2.2 GHz, i7 recommended, or equivalent
• Memory: 4 GB RAM, 8 GB recommended
• Hard-disk capacity: min. 300 MB
• Monitor resolution: 1280 x 1024 pixel or higher
• Interface: free USB-port
Languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Standards: ISO 2813, 7668; ASTM D523, D2457; DIN 67530; JIS Z 8741
1 for 45° and 75° glossmeters see below. 2 for S-Type glossmeters see below



See changes under the right angle

High - medium - low gloss: What is your application?

The micro-TRI-gloss combines 20°, 60°, 85° in one glossmeter - as handy as the one angle unit. Having three geometries in one unit allows you to be in compliance with international standards and to quickly recognize quality variations.
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All selected angles measure at the same location and < the results are displayed instantly - including Statistics, Difference, or Pass/ Fail.

The different gloss of these two samples is more clearly shown in the 20° readings.

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In order to obtain differences clearly, over the whole range from matte to high gloss, three measurement geometries were specified in international glossmeter standards. Each geometry is optimized for a specific gloss range. The Micro-TRI-Gloss II u


Micro-Tri-Gloss µ


Gloss and Film Thickness in one Instrument

An efficient coatings process should use as little paint as possible and fulfill the quality specifications given by the customer. Gloss and film thickness are important QC criteria for coatings.

The micro-TRI-gloss µ measures both, at the same position and in seconds. This saves time and is ideal for checks in the field - only one instrument to carry.

  • Simultaneous display 20°, 60°, 85° - for high gloss to matte coatings

  • Dual sensor Fe/NFe - measures thickness on steel as well as on aluminum
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Gloss: ISO 2813, 7668; ASTM D523; DIN 67530
Thickness: ISO 2178, 2360, 2808; ASTM B499, D1400


Micro-Gloss S-Family


A matte finish is not only a new design trend but also can be a must for applications where no or low reflection is essential - such as car interior. Often, a variety of materials, from leather to plastics, is used and needs to be harmonized. Additionally, surface structures vary from large grains to fine stipples, usually with very low gloss. In order to guarantee a uniform look among the various parts, very tight tolerances are specified.

Only testing instruments with excellent precision will be able to objectively control production. The new micro-gloss S family offers improved performance for 60° gloss in the critical low gloss range (0-20 GU). This excellent accuracy can be guaranteed due to our patented calibration procedure during the production of the glossmeters.

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Technical Data
Measurement Range: 0 - 20 GU 10 - 100 GU 100 - 2000 GU
Repeatability: ± 0.1 GU ± 0.2 GU ± 0.2 %
Repproducibility: ± 0.2 GU ± 0.5 GU ± 0.5 %


Micro-Gloss XS


Small port for small parts

Today, many products not only consist of different parts, but are composed of parts with similar surface appearance. An appealing design is important for the success of products like smart phones, computers or home electronics. Often small parts are integrated in a large part or connect parts such as frames, buttons or decorative trim pieces. Their size and design make it difficult to evaluate with a classical gloss meter.

The micro-gloss XS is a 60° gloss meter with a small measuring area of 2x4 mm, an ideal solution to measure small parts and assure that they fit with the large components.

An additional version, micro-gloss 60° XS-S, is available for measuring very matte surfaces with increased technical performance.

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Gloss Measurement for Specific Applications

Specific materials require specific measuring angles: Ceramic materials, plastic films and solid plastics, paper and paperboard either measure specular gloss at the standard geometries 20°, 60°, 85° or at industry specific geometries 45° or 75°.

Pictured - micro-gloss 45°: Specialized glossmeter for ceramics, plastics and plastic films.

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Micro-Gloss 45°


Plastic films and solid plastics, both opaque and transparent, are often measured at 45° angle for intermediate and low gloss levels. For films that transmit light, a matte black backing such as "Black scrub panel" cat. no. 5015 (see page 174), must be placed behind the sample. Erroneous measurements will occur without a suitable backing.

Standard test methods ask for readings on at least three portions of each specimen to get an indication of gloss uniformity. The statistic mode of the micro-gloss will show the average and range or standard deviation as a measure of sample uniformity.

Ceramics, porcelain enamels and other finishes use the 45° geometry and often provide a comparison of their resistance to acid, alkali, or other environmental factors by measurement of gloss loss.

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Technical Data
Geometry: 45°
Application: Ceramic, Plastic, Plastic Films
Measurement Range: 10 - 180 GU
Standards: ASTM C346, D2457; JIS Z 8741


Micro-Gloss 75°


Especially coated paper, but also a variety of uncoated papers request gloss control. The 75° geometry is suitable for most ink films on paper and paperboard. Color differences have a negligible influence on measured gloss. For example, a white surface will measure less than one gloss unit higher than an otherwise identical black surface.

Very high gloss papers (lacquered, highly varnished or waxed) should use a 20° measurement geometry. As defined in the TAPPI standard for batch QC at least ten test specimens free from folds or wrinkles or other imperfections are to be checked. The smart-lab Gloss software is ideal to document and communicate the measurement results. Its project management can be used to record the quality of one material over time and send the data either by PDF or Excel to all involved parties.

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Technical Data
Geometry: 75°
Application: Paper, Vinyl Siding
Measurement Range: 10 - 140 GU
Standards: ASTM C346, D2457; JIS Z 8741

Another typical material to be tested for specular gloss using the 75° geometry is vinyl siding made principally from rigid PVC and is used to clad exterior walls of buildings.

In order to evaluate the uniformity over large areas, the "Continuous mode" of the micro-gloss will display the gloss values in a predefined measurement interval while moving the instrument over the surface.

Pictured - micro-gloss 75°: Specialized glossmeter for paper, paperboard and structured plastic e.g. vinyl siding.

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The smart way to communicate

Smart-Lab Gloss The Micro-TRI-Gloss II u

  • Measure your products offline or online and transfer the results to smart-lab Gloss. Immediately, you will get a professional QCreport, including data table and graph.
  • Setup your product specifications in the Standard
  • Management module, with Pass - Warning - Fail limits for display in your QC-reports.
  • Manage your lab work in projects to show production process stability using trend reports.
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  • Ideal for products with multiple measurement locations.
  • Setup Organizers for menu guided test sequences and clear sample identification.
  • Efficient QC analysis for process control with a high sampling rate. The data are saved in a SQL database which allows handling of large data sets over a long time period.
  • Flexible data analysis based on defined identification parameters for a certain time range. Monitor your process stability with scorecards, trend reports and SPC charts (box plot).
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Calibration Holder
Replacement holder with high gloss calibration tile.

Comes with calibration holder, integrated calibration tile and traceable certificate.

Calibration holder available in 20°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 85° TRI and TRI µ (sold separately).

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Checking Standard
In order to control the performance and linearity of the glossmeter it is recommended to use a checking standard periodically. The control interval is dependent on the usage conditions of the glossmeter.

The gloss tiles are built into an aluminum track that the glossmeter fits into to guarantee accurate and repeatable measurements. The included certificate is traceable to international institutes.

Comes with checking standard, aluminum track and traceable certificate.

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Checking Standards
Checking Standard micro 20° 170 x 103 x 17 mm
(6.7 x 4.1 x 0.7 in)
High and semi gloss tile
Checking Standard micro 45°
Checking Standard micro 60°
Checking Standard micro 60°S High gloss and low gloss tile, approx. 5 GU at 60°
Checking Standard micro 75° High and semi gloss tile
Checking Standard micro 85°
Checking Standard TRI 170 x 103 x 26 mm
(6.7 x 4.1 x 1 in
High gloss and 3 semi gloss tiles 20, 60, 85°
Checking Standard micro-TRI S High gloss and 3 semi gloss tiles 20, 60, 85, 60° tile approx. 5 GU
Checking Standard Mirror, TRI High gloss and 3 semi gloss tiles 20, 60, 85°, highly reflective


Accessories for Cosmetics

Measurement of cosmetic products

The cosmetic industry is very much driven by aesthetics. Consistent raw materials and stable process parameters are the key to uniform and repeatable color and appearance quality. For each different product type (e.g. nail polish, lip gloss, eye shadow, foundation...) a standardized sample preparation is required in order to guarantee repeatable measurement results.
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Cosmetic accessories

Measurement of cylindrical products - Sample Holder Cosmetics

The Sample Holder Cosmetics is especially designed for gloss measurements using micro-gloss on cylindrical shaped products, e.g.

• Cosmetic Packaging such as hairspray cans

For repeatable results the product is placed into a sample drawer, which can be comfortably opened and closed. Magnets keep the drawer from sliding open. A mask is fit on top of the sample drawer to hold the micro-gloss in place and allow non-contact measurements of your products in a completely shielded compartment.

• Easy-handling
• Precise and repeatable positioning of sample
• No ambient light
• Durable, easy-to-clean material
• Non-contact measurement

For gloss measurements using micro-gloss on cylindrical shaped products the Sample Holder Cosmetics is used together with a Cylinder Kit:

• Customizable inlays for various diameters of cylindrical shaped products
• Optimum form closure guarantees tight fit of inlays inside the holder

Measurement of wet drawdowns

Wet Drawdown Template - G
The Wet Drawdown Template - G is especially designed for gloss measurements using micro-glosse on non-drying drawdowns, e.g.

• Drawdowns of Lipstick Paste
• Drawdowns of Liquid Foundation

To simulate how the color of a product will look like when applied, a drawdown is made on a test chart. The template is then placed over the drawdown without touching the surface of the wet sample. For repeatable non-contact measurements. The template is equipped with a mask to hold the micro-gloss.

• Made of easy-to-clean hard-anodized aluminum
• Non-contact measurements ensure clean and fast handling
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Measurement of powdery or pasty products

Sample Holder Round Dish - G
The Sample Holder Round Dish - G is developed for gloss measurements using micro-gloss on powdery or pasty materials, e.g.

• Pressed Powders
• Creamy Eye Shadows

For repeatable results the product is pressed or poured into a sample cup. During sample preparation of pressed powders, it is important to always maintain the same plunger pressure as well as the same plunger tissue. It is recommended to use a fine-woven fabric to create a smooth, non-textured surface. The holder is equipped with a mask onto which the micro-gloss is placed for non-contact measurements.

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• Made of easy-to-clean hard-anodized aluminum
• Non-contact measurement to protect the instrument's optics
• Customized adapter rings are offered to use the holder with custom specific cuvettes

Cosmetic Accessories Technical Data
Sample Holder Cosmetics: Dimensions: 24 x 10 x 10 cm (9.4 x 3.9 x 3.9 in.)
Weight: 2.2 kg (4.9 lbs)
Cylinder Kit: Max. length of cylinder: 229 mm
Max. diameter of cylinder: 67 mm
Please provide sample for customization of inlays
Wet Drawdown Template - G: Dimensions: 10.0 x 17.0 cm (3.94 x 6.69 in.)
Min. Film Width: 35 mm (1.38 in.)
Max. Film Width: 80 mm (3.15 in.)
Sample Holder Round Dish - G: Including adapter ring and 5 cuvettes ø 35.5 mm, height 4.5 mm. Measurement distance approx. 1 mm
Adapter Rings for 4453: Five adapter rings of various sizes. Please specify diameter (max. round container size: Ø 60 mm)



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
Trade-in any brand Gloss Meter to receive 10% off (cannot be combined with another offer)

Glossmeter, Holder with integrated calibration tile, Traceable certificate, USB-cable, Battery, Operating manual, Carrying case, Software for download: smart-lab Gloss or smart-process Gloss with 2 licenses (NOTE: After software download both software packages can be used for 30 day free trial. Thereafter, the user needs to decide and register for one software package.)
GL-B4560 Micro-gloss 20° $3,428.00
GL-B4561 Special Promotional Pricing Limited Time - Micro-gloss 60° Originally $2,786.00
Now $2,350.00
GL-B4562 Micro-gloss 85° 3,428.00
GL-B4563 Special Promotional Pricing Limited Time - Micro-TRI-gloss 20°, 60°, 85° Originally $4,282.00
Now $3,950.00
GL-B4564 Micro-TRI-gloss µ 20°, 60°, 85° 6,211.00
GL-B4565 Micro-gloss 60° S 3,961.00
GL-B4566 Micro-TRI-gloss S 6,211.00
GL-B4567 Micro-gloss 45° 3,961.00
GL-B4568 Micro-gloss 75° 3,961.00
GL-B4569 Micro-gloss 60° XS 2,786.00
GL-B4570 Micro-gloss 60° XS-S 3,961.00
Calibration Holders
GL-444100 Calibration Holder 20° 392.00
GL-445500 Calibration Holder 45° 392.00
GL-444300 Calibration Holder 60° 392.00
GL-445700 Calibration Holder 75° 392.00
GL-444500 Calibration Holder 85° 392.00
GL-444700 Calibration Holder TRI 551.00
GL-444900 Calibration Holder TRI µ 847.00
Checking Standards
GL-4422 Checking Standard micro 20° 800.00
GL-4458 Checking Standard micro 45° 785.00
GL-4462 Checking Standard micro 60° 785.00
GL-4464 Checking Standard micro 60° S 820.00
GL-4459 Checking Standard micro 75° 785.00
GL-4434 Checking Standard TRI 901.00
GL-4438 Checking Standard micro-TRI S 956.00
GL-4433 Checking Standard Mirror, TRI 909.00
GL-B4626 USB-Cable micro-gloss Family (For data transfer from the glossmeter to a PC, USB-A) 214.00
GL-B4866 Software smart-lab Gloss (Software for professional analysis and documentation in the laboratory) 913.00
GL-B4867 Software smart-process Gloss (Process QC Software for analysis of multicomponent products) 913.00
GL-B6459 Sample Holder Cosmetics 2,038.00
GL-B6464 Cylinder Kit 204.00
GL-B4439 Wet Drawdown Template - G 638.00
GL-B4453 Sample Holder Round Dish - G Including adapter 1,030.00
GL-B6416 Adapter Rings for 4453 499.00


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