BYK Additives & Instruments

Portable Spectrophotometers for Solid Colors

Color spectrophotometer for reliable color control

Color and gloss influence the overall appearance of a product. The spectro-guide spectrophotometer is unique as it measures both attributes simultaneously. Economical and reliable operation is guaranteed by the portable spectrophotometer’s superior accuracy and low maintenance efforts. 10 nm spectral resolution ensures highly precise color readings on dark and brilliant colors. Color control has never been easier thanks to the intuitive operation and ergonomic design of the spectro-guide portable spectrophotometer.

spectro-guide 45/0 gloss

spectro-guide sphere gloss

spectro-guide gloss S

Color Control as the human eye sees it
Control the color hue
Close tolerance spectrophotometers for toughest QC specs of interior parts
  • 45/0 measuring geometry
  • Total appearance control – color and gloss in one unit
  • Highly repeatable on textured surfaces due to a patented, true circumferential illumination
  • Stable, long-term calibration
    – needed only every three months
  • Temperature independent color and gloss data – even in extreme conditions
  • 10 year warranty on LED light source
    – no lamp changes needed
  • Long lasting standard AA batteries
    – up-to 8,000 readings per set
  • Light weight and small size
    – weighs only 500 g
  • Designated buttons for standard and sample readings
  • Professional documentation with the included easy-link software


  • d/8 measuring geometry spin (specular included)
  • Total appearance control – color and gloss in one unit
  • Highly repeatable on textured surfaces due to the diffused illumination of the sphere
  • Stable, long-term calibration – needed only every three months
  • Temperature independent color and gloss data – even in extreme conditions
  • 10 year warranty on LED light source
    – no lamp changes needed
  • Long lasting standard AA batteries
    – up-to 8,000 readings per set
  • Light weight and small size
    – weighs only 500 g
  • Designated buttons for standard and sample readings
  • Professional documentation with the included easy-link software


  • 45/0 or d/8, spin measuring geometry
  • Improved technical performance for 60° gloss in the low gloss range 0-10 GU
  • Total appearance control – color and gloss in one unit
  • Highly repeatable on textured surfaces due to a patented, true circumferential illumination
  • Stable, long-term calibration – needed only every three months
  • Temperature independent color and gloss data – even in extreme conditions
  • 10 year warranty on LED light source
    – no lamp changes needed
  • Long lasting standard AA batteries
    – up-to 8,000 readings per set
  • Light weight and small size
    – weighs only 500 g
  • Designated buttons for standard and sample readings
  • Professional documentation with the included easy-link software


  • International Standards
  • Color
    ASTM D 2244, E 308, E 1164
    DIN 5033, 5036, 6174
    DIN EN ISO 11664

    Gloss
    ASTM D 523, D 2457
    DIN 67530
    ISO 2813, 7668
  • Prices and Products
  • 6801
    spectro-guide 45/0 gloss
    Spectrophotometer
  • Comes complete with
  • Spectrophotometer; Black calibration standard; White calibration standard with certificate; Green checking reference; High gloss standard; Sample area locator; Software easy-link; Interface cable; USB-adapter; 4 x AA batteries; Hand strap; Carrying case; Operating instructions;
    Color theory folder; Training
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Accessories
  • 6815
    Sample Area Locator 11 mm
    4545
    BYKWARE easy-link
    Software
    6822
    USB-Serial Cable, spectro-guide
    6818
    Protective Stand
    6532
    BYKWARE auto-QC lite
    Software
    6840
    Black Standard for spectro-guide
    6844
    Checking Standard Gloss, spectro
  • International Standards
  • Color
    ASTM D 2244, E 308, E 1164
    DIN 5033, 5036, 6174
    DIN EN ISO 11664

    Gloss
    ASTM D 523, D 2457
    DIN 67530
    ISO 2813, 7668
  • Prices and Products
  • 6834
    spectro-guide sphere gloss
    Spectrophotometer
  • Comes complete with
  • Spectrophotometer; Black calibration standard; White calibration standard with certificate; Green checking reference; High gloss standard; Sample area locator; Software easy-link; Interface cable; USB-adapter; 4 x AA batteries; Hand strap; Carrying case; Operating instructions;
    Color theory folder; Training
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Accessories
  • 6815
    Sample Area Locator 11 mm
    4545
    BYKWARE easy-link
    Software
    6822
    USB-Serial Cable, spectro-guide
    6818
    Protective Stand
    6532
    BYKWARE auto-QC lite
    Software
    6840
    Black Standard for spectro-guide
    6844
    Checking Standard Gloss, spectro
  • International Standards
  • Color
    ASTM D 2244, E 308, E 1164
    DIN 5033, 5036, 6174
    DIN EN ISO 11664

    Gloss
    ASTM D 523, D 2457
    DIN 67530
    ISO 2813, 7668
  • Prices and Products
  • 6802
    spectro-guide 45/0 gloss S
    Spectrophotometer
    6836
    spectro-guide sphere gloss S
    Spectrophotometer
  • Comes complete with
  • Spectrophotometer; Black calibration standard; White calibration standard with certificate; Green checking reference; High gloss standard; Sample area locator; Software easy-link; Interface cable; USB-adapter; 4 x AA batteries; Hand strap; Carrying case; Operating instructions;
    Color theory folder; Training
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Accessories
  • 6815
    Sample Area Locator 11 mm
    4545
    BYKWARE easy-link
    Software
    6822
    USB-Serial Cable, spectro-guide
    6818
    Protective Stand
    6532
    BYKWARE auto-QC lite
    Software
    6840
    Black Standard for spectro-guide
    6846
    Checking Standard Gloss, spectro S

    color-guide 45/0

    easy-link Software

    auto-QC Software

    Color control of small parts or powdered material
    Professional documentation
    Comprehensive color control software
    • 45/0 measuring geometry:
      ­- 4 mm aperture for small parts
      ­- 20 mm glass sealed aperture for
        granular and powdery material
    • Stable, long-term calibration
      – needed only every three months
    • Temperature independent color and gloss data – even in extreme conditions
    • 10 year warranty on LED light source
      – no lamp changes needed
    • Long lasting standard AA batteries
      – up-to 10,000 readings per set
    • Light weight and small size
      – weighs only 500 g
    • Designated buttons for standard and sample readings
    • Professional documentation with the included easy-link software


    • Easy and direct data transfer from the spectrophotometer to predefined color control templates
    • CIELab graph to show at one glance whether all parts are within specification
    • Trend graph to monitor process changes over time
    • CIELab graph for three illuminants to control metamerism
    • Easy standard management:
      - Manual entry of spectral data if the
         physical standard is not longer
         available
      - Standard data back-up for download
         to the spectrophotometer
    • Auto tolerancing function for assistance in setting up Pass/Fail limits
    • Not compatible with color-guide plus!


    auto-QC lite for basic QC requirements:

    • Costomized screen layouts for ease of operation
    • Manual input of tolerances or automatic calculation based on measured production trials
    • Metamerism is no longer a problem – display up to 3 illuminants on one screen
    • Direct data export of colorimetric data, spectral data and indices to Excel®

      auto-QC full version offers the following advanced features in addition:

      • SPC control charts with upper/lower control limits to recognize trends and color deviations early
      • Easy creation of macros to combine different software steps into one procedure
      • Direct data transfer into an Access® database for search routines

    1. International Standards
    2. ASTM D 2244, E 308, E 1164
      DIN 5033, 5036, 6174
    3. Prices and Products
    4. 6807
      color-guide 45/0
      Spectrophotometer
      4 mm, small aperture
      6692
      color-guide 45/0
      Spectrophotometer, glass sealed
    5. Comes complete with
    6. Spectrophotometer
      Black calibration standard
      White calibration standard with certificate
      Green checking reference
      Sample area locator
      Software easy-link
      Interface cable
      USB-adapter
      4 x AA batteries
      Hand strap; Carrying case
      Operating instructions; Color theory folder
      Training
    7. Specifications (PDF)
    8. Accessories
    9. 6814
      Sample Area Locator 4 mm
      6815
      Sample Area Locator 11 mm
      6816
      Sample Area Locator 20 mm
      4545
      BYKWARE easy-link
      Software
      6822
      USB-Serial Cable, spectro-guide
      6818
      Protective Stand
      6532
      BYKWARE auto-QC lite
      Software
      6810
      Black Standard, color-guide
    10. Prices and Products
    11. 4545
      BYKWARE easy-link
      Software
    12. Comes complete with
    13. System Requirements:
      Operating system: Windows® XP SP3,
      Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1
      Excel® version 32 bit:2003, 2007 or 2010, incl. VBA
      Disk drive: CD-ROM or DVD
      Interface: serial or USB port
    14. Specifications (PDF)
    15. International Standards
    16. ASTM D 2244, D 6290, E 308, E 1164
      DIN 5033, 5036, 6174
      DIN EN ISO 11664
      ISO 7724
    17. Prices and Products
    18. 6531
      BYKWARE auto-QC
      6532
      BYKWARE auto-QC lite
    19. Comes complete with
    20. Software on CD-ROM
      Protection key for USB port
      All instrument driversPlease enter ccw
    21. Specifications (PDF)
    22. Sample Holder Small Parts

      Sample Holder
      Round Dish - C

      Wet Drawdown Template - C

      Color control of small parts
      Measurement of powdery or pasty products
      Measurement of wet drawdowns
      • Sample holder for the 4 and 11 mm aperture color spectrophotometers
      • Repeatable sample placement of small parts ensures readings always at the same spot
      • Three different jigs to guarantee maximum flexibility
      • Minimum sample size: 5 x 5 mm Maximum sample size: 60 x 20 mm
      • Sample holder for spectro-guide
      • Repeatable measurements of powdery or pasty products in a sample dish (e.g. pressed powders, creamy eye shadows)
      • Non-contact measurement to protect instrument's optics:
        - Measurement distance approx. 1 mm
      • Made of easy-to-clean hard-anodized aluminum
      • Customized adapter rings are offered to use the holder with custom specific sample dishes


      • Template for spectro-guide
      • Repeatable measurements of non-drying drawdowns (e.g. lipstick paste, liquid foundation)
      • Non-contact measurements ensure clean and fast handling:
        - Measurement distance approx. 1 mm
      • Made of easy-to-clean hard-anodized aluminum

    23. Prices and Products
    24. 6825
      Sample Holder 4 mm, color-guide
      6845
      Sample Holder 11 mm, spectro-guide
    25. Specifications (PDF)
    26. Accessories
    27. 6826
      Foam disc
      6827
      Plastic disc, cylindrical groove
      6828
      Blank disc
    28. Prices and Products
    29. 6806
      Sample Holder Round Dish - C
      for spectro-guide
    30. Comes complete with
    31. Sample holder with adapter ring and 5 sample dishes ø 35.5 mm, height 4.5 mm
    32. Specifications (PDF)
    33. Accessories
    34. 6416
      Customized Adapter Rings
      5 adapter rings of various sizes; please specify diameter
    35. Prices and Products
    36. 6445
      Wet Drawdown Template - C
      for spectro-guide
      Dimensions: 10.0 x 10.0 cm (3.94 x 3.94 in.)
      Min. Film Width: 12 mm (0.47 in.)
      Max. Film Width: 80 mm (3.15 in.)
    37. Specifications (PDF)
    38. Sample Holder Cosmetics

      Lipstick Kit

      Nail Kit

      Measurement of small and/or curved products

      Measurement of lipsticks

        Measurement of artificial fingernails
        • Sample holder for BYK-mac i, spectro-guide and micro-gloss
        • Repeatable measurements of small and curved products (e.g. lipsticks, artificial fingernails)
        • Sample drawer for easy product placement
        • Secure positioning allows readings always at the same spot
        • No ambient light
        • Non-contact measurement to protect instrument's optics
        • Special, exchangeable masks for color & gloss control
        • For use with the Sample Holder Cosmetics
        • Repeatable, non-contact measurements of lipsticks
        • Prismatic clamp for inserting lipsticks with various diameters
        • Magnets on bottom plate provide a reliable locking feature, and allow for simple attachment and removal
        • For use with the Sample Holder Cosmetics
        • Repeatable, non-contact measurements of artificial fingernails
        • Magnets on bottom plate provide a reliable locking feature, and allow for simple attachment and removal
        • Customizable for various nail shapes
      1. Prices and Products
      2. 6459
        Sample Holder Cosmetics
        for BYK-mac i, spectro-guide and micro-gloss
        Dimensions: 24 x 10 x 10 cm (9.4 x 3.9 x 3.9 in.)
        Weight: 2.2 kg (4.9 lbs)
      3. Comes complete with
      4. Sample holder with 3 exchangeable masks for BYK-mac i, spectro-guide and micro-gloss
      5. Specifications (PDF)
      6. Accessories
      7. 6461
        Lipstick Kit
        6462
        Nail Kit
        6463
        Nail Attachment
        6464
        Cylinder Kit
      8. Prices and Products
      9. 6461
        Lipstick Kit
        for Sample Holder Cosmetics (Cat. No. 6459)
        Max. diameter of lipstick compartment: 20.8 mm (0.82 in.)
      10. Specifications (PDF)
      11. Prices and Products
      12. 6462
        Nail Kit
        for Sample Holder Cosmetics (Cat. No. 6459); please provide sample nail for customization of holder
      13. Specifications (PDF)
      14. Accessories
      15. 6463
        Customized Nail Attachment
        for Nail Kit

        Cylinder Kit

        Measurement of cylindrical products
        • For use with the Sample Holder Cosmetics
        • Repeatable, non-contact measurements of cylindrical products (e.g. hairspray cans)
        • Optimum form closure guarantees tight fit of inlays inside the holder
        • Customizable for various cylindrical shaped products
      16. Prices and Products
      17. 6464
        Cylinder Kit
        for Sample Holder Cosmetics (Cat. No. 6459)
        Max. length of cylinder: 229 mm (9.0 in.)
        Max. diameter of cylinder: 67 mm (2.6 in.)
        Please provide sample for customization of inlays
      18. Specifications (PDF)