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How to Evaluate Special Effect Automotive Parts 60% Faster

The MA-5 QC multi-angle spectrophotometer, along with EFX QC software, improves color evaluation accuracy as well as tracks data for process improvement on automotive parts. 


When working to an automotive manufacturer’s specification, suppliers must verify color accuracy and prove compliance. This process can introduce many challenges.



MA-5 QC | X-Rite Multi Angle Spectrophotometer Measuring Automotive ColorsTogether, X-Rite’s MA-5 QC multi-angle spectrophotometer and EFX QC software help part suppliers quickly evaluate metallic and special effect finishes on automotive parts and communicate clear expectations with manufacturers. The MA-5 QC digitally communicates tolerances and measurement procedures with EFX QC software and collects, tracks, and reports color data to streamline approvals and identify areas for improvement. Built with quality control managers in mind, the solution can identify a paint defect early in the manufacturing process and avoid unnecessary repair costs.


This lightweight and compact instrument enables one handed operation and minimizes the fatigue associated with other multi-angle devices on the market. With optics on the tip, it is easy to align on shaped and flexible surfaces and tight intersections, while LED indicator lights ensure the instrument is correctly positioned on the sample. The MA-5 QC includes a touch screen display with an intuitive interface for simple data input and analysis. It can be programmed for automated jobs to collect multiple data points and provides green and red pass/fail tolerance lights for fail-proof analysis. It is the first device on the market to help users identify whether the temperature of a sample is affecting color data with an on-screen temperature preview. 




The MA-5 QC and EFX QC software help part suppliers quickly evaluate metallic and special effect automotive finishes.

*Compared against X-Rite legacy and competitor devices with 5 or more measurement angles. Size based on external volume dimensions. 


How it Works 

  1. Automotive manufacturers provide suppliers with digital color data that describes both color and special effect appearance.
  2. Suppliers use the MA-5 QC to measure the finished part and compare it with the digital data for the specified color using indicator lights to ensure proper device alignment on the sample.
  3. Using a pre-programmed process, the MA-5 QC guides the location for each measurement to collect multiple data points.
  4. The MA-5 QC compares the measured data with the digital color specification and produces a green checkmark if the color is within tolerance or a red checkmark if not.
  5. The connected EFX QC software tracks color measurement data to gauge quality and look for areas of improvement to increase profitability.

Featured Products


MA-5 QC | X-Rite Multi Angle Spectrophotometer Measuring Samples



A compact and lightweight spectrophotometer designed for consistent quality control and color measurement of effect finishes on the production floor, in the lab, and in the field.




EFX QC Quality Control Software



Capture, define, and control effect finishes with digital data to enable real-time performance monitoring across an integrated supply chain with EFX QC software.





Achieve Color Success 

The MA-5 QC multi-angle spectrophotometer with EFX QC software offers a fast, user-friendly, cost-effective solution to validate whether

produced parts are within manufacturer specification before shipment.

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