Once youhave optimized the design of your coating product with respect to angular variation of color you have to check if it really performs as CODE predicts.
The prototype described in this section will do the job: You can record absolute reflectance and transmittance spectra in high quality for the range 8° to 85° of the angle of incidence. The 85° are possible only for thin samples, with thickness below 5 mm. You do not need a calibration mirror since the 100% reference measurement can be done with light source and detector facing directly opposite to each other.
WOSP-ART consists of a light source and a detector mounted on arms which can be rotated individually. Spectra are recorded for the wavelength range 380 … 1100 nm. Extensions to the UV (down to 280 nm) and the NIR (up to 2500 nm) are possible.
Measurements are performed using our CODE software which can export results to data files or external SQL databases.
Here is a video demonstrating the operation of WOSP-ART.
We have updated the documentation of the connectivity to external SQL databases. SCOUT and CODE can save configurations, materials and measured spectra as well as fit results. The required table structure is generated automatically.
Below is the link to the relevant section of the SCOUT manual:
This problem has been described in a previous post. The recommended installation of the Microsoft redistributable package does not seem to solve the problem in every case.
We have made the missing DLLs available on our website. You can download the files here and copy them to your SCOUT or CODE program folder directly, without executing any installation routine.
The relevant program folders are (very likely) c:\scout\ (in the case of SCOUT) or c:\code\ (for the CODE software).
On monitors with high dpi values (small pixel size) Windows 10 sometimes decides to scale text output on graphics pages. In this case main view graphics of SCOUT, CODE and BREIN may look ugly, like on low resolution screens.
If this happens on your computer you can right-click the program file (scout.exe, code.exe or brein.exe) and select ‘Properties’ (or ‘Options’) and then open the tab ‘compatibility’. Check the option ‘Disable display scaling on high DPI settings’ as shown below:
That should solve the problem.
Thanks to S. Eraslan for pointing out this solution!
Starting with object generation 4.58, SCOUT and CODE can export data like fit parameters or values of optical functions (in CODE also integral quantities) to external SQL databases. If you have done a measurement with a spectrometer system and performed a fit of a model you can send the results to your company database.
We have implemented an ADO database connection which lets you contact Microsoft, Oracle and Informix databases. Before you can do that the corresponding client software has to be installed on your computer.
Which values are exported to which columns of the open database table is defined in scripts. Scripts are view elements which appear like a button in the main view. When clicked they execute a sequence of commands, including calling other scripts.
XRR objects in CODE and SCOUT can now import measured XRR data reading xrdml files.
With version 4.56 we have removed a bug in master models for optical constants. Saving a successful model and re-loading it could lead to a strange mix-up of parameter values in some situations, leaving the poor user with a useless configuration. We recently taught CODE and SCOUT to correctly count master and slave parameters – saving and loading should work now.
We have fixed a (small) incorrect conversion of X, Y, Z color coordinates to sR, sG and sB computer screen values when the field of view has a cone angle of 10°. The routines for 2° cone angles have not been changed.
Temporary data fields that are part of spectrometer objects are now saved in configuration files. You can close and open the program and continue to acquire spectra, without repeating dark and reference measurements.
Starting with object generation 4.50 our software products SCOUT and CODE can handle the latest type of Avantes spectrometers. The new functions are contained in the DLL file avaspec.dll which must be present in the program directory.