Gloss meters are instruments which are used throughout different industries to measure the lustre and shine of surfaces. They are specialised tools which tell the user the level of gloss of a surface, which is important in the finish of many products such as cars, paint and printed items.
The general public make purchases based very much on what they see, meaning that products need to look their best in order for them to be chosen over competitors. The way that the product is finished has a big impact upon the customer, and the final finish is usually glossy and shiny to a point.
For example, the automotive industry ensures that each of their vehicles are buffed to a high shine before they are sent out to the showrooms or new owners whilst the poster printing industry will ensure that the ink used on their latest campaign will give a lustre effect, and kitchen worktop manufacturers will ensure that their marble worktops are gleaming before they are supplied to customers.
Glossmeters are used to measure the level of gloss on a surface; this has two main uses. The first is that in order to begin the glossing process, the appropriate gloss level needs to be set on the relevant finishing machine. This gloss level will be set in GU (Gloss Units) which are measured by a gloss meter. The second use of glossmeters is to ensure quality control within the end products in a batch; for example, each kitchen worktop will need to be as shiny as the other, if one is more dull then it can be a reject and not be saleable. This needs to be caught before more rejects are printed and more are wasted.