OpTest Mottle Analyzer (OMA) revolutionizes the measurement of print/coating mottle!
Using advanced wavelet algorithms, the OMA quickly quantifies print non-uniformity over a range of mottle sizes from 0.5 mm to 16 mm. Comparisons with reference samples are performed automatically providing the user with a rapid determination of print mottle intensity and size scale differences.
The OMA uses a wavelet-based technique that partitions print mottle into its size components.
Print/coating mottle is typically determined by visual ranking. These procedures are time-consuming and expensive. They are also difficult to carry out beyond a small number of samples. The OpTest Mottle Analyzer, OMA, offers a fast, repeatable, objective instrumental determination of print mottle that emulates human perception.
• Comparison with user selected reference samples of solid prints
• Windows™ based, bitmap storage and retrieval, Excel™ ready data and print-outs
• Faster, more precise and more objective compared to visual testing
• High correlation with visual assessment
• Factory calibrated & certified industrial scanner
“The OpTest Mottle Analyzer, combined with the Paper PerFect Formation Analyzer, allows papermakers to optimize quality more efficiently, saving time and money!”
A mathematical technique for frequential analysis, called ‘wavelets', appeared in the 1980s and is now widely used. Researchers in signal processing have developed wavelet methods for several applications, such as filters for de-noising old musical records, compression of image or video data for file transmission and storage.
The OMA, consists of standalone software and a high quality colour document scanner. The OMA measures solid print areas up to 100 mm x 100 mm. It calculates the print/coating mottle intensities for 6 size ranges, or components, ranging from 0.5 to 16 mm.
Component M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6
Scale (mm) 0.5 1 2 4 8 16
Published reports have demonstrated excellent agreement between visual panel rankings and the OMA Indices. The OMA was found to be faster and more precise compared to visual ranking techniques. Therefore the OMA can advantageously replace these time consuming, subjective visual evaluation methods.
Significant correlation between the M5 OMA mottle intensity and a visual panel assessment (Bernie et al, Paper Physics Conf., Victoria, BC, Canada, Sept. 03)
The wavelet algorithm was developed by Dr. Jean-Philippe Bernié of Ondimage Inc.
Computer with minimum of two USB 2.0 ports, CD drive, Microsoft Windows™ 7 Pro or higher, Microsoft Office™ (2007 or higher).
Certified computer with Excel™, Active X and turn-key ready.