What Haze Meter Design allows me to measure ASTM D1003 Haze?

ASTM D1003 Haze requires a Procedure B Haze Meter design where the light source mounted on the sphere and the detection opposite the sample sphere opening. Procedure B instruments like the Vista are transmission capable spectrophotometers that meet a few extra design criteria, such as number and size of openings in the sphere and size of detection beam relative to size of entrance and exit ports of the sphere. The VISTA fully complies with all of these dimensions.

Each VISTA is shipped with a certificate showing compliance to ASTM D1003 Haze performance by reading 5 Haze Standards (1%, 5%, 10%, 20%, 30% Haze). To obtain a copy of this certificate, contact HunterLab with your VISTA serial number.

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What is the difference between ASTM D1003 Procedure A and B Haze Meter?

A Procedure A instrument can only report %Haze or %Total Transmission and CANNOT report color such as XYZ or CIELAB. The instrument has a single detector (photopic Y - C/2 or A/2) mounted on the sphere. The light source is opposite the sample sphere opening. This design is the opposite of a HunterLab transmission capable spectrophotometer which has the light source mounted on the sphere and a full range detector and grating opposite the sample sphere opening.

A Procedure B instrument is a transmission capable spectrophotometer, such as the HunterLab VISTA that also must meet a few extra design criteria, such as number and size of openings in the sphere and size of detection beam relative to size of entrance and exit ports of the sphere. The VISTA is fully compliant with ASTM Procedure B.

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What should I do if the VISTA won’t boot up?

If the Vista doesn’t boot, the SD memory card is not being read. This can happen because the card is not fully inserted or it has become corrupted. To fix this, unplug the instrument and remove the right-side cover. Locate the SD card on the SBC, eject then re-insert. Replace the cover and then connect the power supply. Power up and see if this solves the issue of booting.

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What happens if my chemical spills in the Vista compartment?

If you spill a chemical in the Vista, please proceed to clean up the spill with chemical safety in mind. The Vista transmission compartment is completely sealed to prevent any liquids, vapors or other contaminants from affecting the optics. In the design of the instrument, the compartment is sloped forward so that liquids do not collect in the compartment and are easily wiped out. Additionally, the compartment is anodized for durability to stand up to some of the harsh chemicals that will be measured.

 

    

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Can I be sure that the Vista agrees with older HunterLab instruments?

Yes, Vista uses common optical components with other sphere instruments and has shown good correlation to ColorQuest and UltraScan VIS. In testing the inter-instrument agreement, these instruments have shown excellent results within the current population. Once a statistically significant dataset is available, HunterLab will publish these inter-instrument agreement results

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What do I use for top-of-scale when measuring liquids?

When measuring water-based samples in cells, a blank is typically made from deionized water. This water is placed in the cell and used to standardize top of scale.

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Vista user's Manual Version 3.3

Download the latest version of the Vista User's Manual.

Vista Quick Start Guide
Vista Brochure

http://www.hunterlab.com/vista-brochure.pdf

Vista Specifications

http://www.hunterlab.com/vista-specifications.pdf

Vista CE Declaration
Vista - Key Features (VIDEO)

 Key features of HunterLab's Vista transmission Color and Haze spectrophotometer.

    

Youtube link - https://youtu.be/XwtE3y1fSRA

Sprount (Asia) - 

http://sproutvideo.com/videos/a09bdeb41412e2c128

Vista - Software download - How to Update Vista Essentials software

For Vista Essentials Non-ER customer: Attached, please check the latest Vista Essentials non-ER(.apk file), Version 1.06.0079. The major changes from last version 1.05.0064 to 1.06.0079 are listed in the attachment. 

Please download the .apk file and then follow the "Software Update" instruction in the attachment to update Vista Essentials.

* About the file service to backup/restore between Vista and the networked PC, please check this article, https://support.hunterlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/360033114192

* For Vista Essentials 1.03.0045 and above, we provide two different Vista Essentials packages, Vista Essentials non-ER and Vista Essentials ER. Vista Essentials ER has additional features to be compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 11. If you'd like to update Vista Essentials from non-ER to a ER, or if you currently has a Vista Essentials ER in your Vista and would like to check the latest ER, please contact support@hunterlab.com

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How do I Update the Essentials Software on the Vista?

 1. To check the current Essentials Version in Vista, please go to Jobs>About. You can update Essentials if       there is any newer version posted at Vista support website.  

    For Vista Essentials Non-ER customer: Attached, please check the latest Vista Essentials non-ER(.apk           file), Version 1.06.0079. The major changes from last version 1.05.0064 to 1.06.0079 are listed in the           attachment. 

    Please download the .apk file and then follow the "Software Update" instruction in the attachment to         update Vista Essentials.

2. Download the Essentials software (.apk file) to the root folder of a flash drive. 

3. Turn on the Vista and place the flash drive in USB port on the front of the instrument.  

4. If the current Essentials version in Vista is above 1.01.0019, there is a JOBS > ABOUT > UPDATE button. Click this button and follow the process to update Essentials.

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Or if the current Essentials version in Vista is before 1.01.0019, please follow the steps below to update Essentials. Check this video on how to get to Vista home screen from Essentials. 
            a.   Go to JOBS > ABOUT and tap the screen 6 times inside the box.

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            b.  Once the Home Screen is displayed, go to ESSENTIALS UPDATE. Follow the process to update                  the software.           

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           c. To return to the operation of the Vista, click on ESSENTIALS.                                                    

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          d. Return to the JOBS > ABOUT screen to verify the software version.

* For Vista Essentials 1.03.0045 and above, we provide two different Vista Essentials packages, Vista Essentials non-ER and Vista Essentials ER. Vista Essentials ER has additional features to be compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 11. If you'd like to update Vista Essentials from non-ER to a ER, or if you currently has a Vista Essentials ER in your Vista and would like to check the latest ER, please contactsupport@hunterlab.com.

     * About the file service to backup/restore between Vista and the networked PC, please check this article, https://support.hunterlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/360033114192.

Software Update.docx (800 KB)

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Vista Technical - How to find the Vista home screen (Video)

This video is a brief description on how to access Vista's home screen from Essentials.

https://youtu.be/hJbHpAnxEJs

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How to Use the Index Bias Correction on the Vista

This "how to" describes the process to implement a bias/slope correction for an index.  Examples and 3 methods for correcting the equations are presented.

HunterLab has introduced in its Vista product via EasyMatch Essentials software, a measurement correction algorithm that allows the user to adjust the instrument’s base performance via a Bias and Gain correction to precisely match reported results to assigned values for physical standards. 

The Y(adjusted Index value)=m(gain)*uncorrected Index Value + offset (bias) equation allows the end user to correct reported values using standard sets numbering just one value to many.

Download the full instructions in the attached document.

How to use HunterLab File Service Package to Backup/restore data from Vista to a PC through a network

In previous Essentials, Backup/Restore can only be done through a thumb drive attached in front USB port of Vista. Thumb drive is restricted in some customer sites and users prefer to save data into their network drive directly. We have implemented a file service which provides the network storage facility for Essentials-VISTA to backup/restore the File/Folder. 

To get this feature, the user needs to install the file service with Essentials version above Rev 1.06.0079.

1.  Steps to configure HunterLab File Service

      Step 1: Install the attached installation package files into a networked PC.

      Step 2: Run the executable FILESERVICEINSTALLER.EXE and follow the guided steps to complete the                    installation process.

      Step 3: After installation a shortcut for HUNTERLAB FILE SERVICE CONFIG TOOL will be created on                     the Desktop.

      Step 4: Double click on the shortcut HUNTERLAB FILE SERVICE CONFIG TOOL, and then a                                   Configuration dialog will be displayed as shown below.

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    Step 5: In the above Configuration dialog, select the ROOT FOLDER by clicking on BROWSE button.                     The Essentials Backup will be stored in the configured Root Folder path.

    Step 6: Enter the Port Number for the network File service. (Port number "8888" here is the one that we configured in our PC.)

Note:  Make sure that the configured port number must be added to Exceptions in the firewall. The configured port number in the server must be same at the client side (Essentials-VISTA).

    Step 7: Click on the APPLY button. The File service will be restarted with the new settings.

2.  Setting Up the Client Side (Essentials VISTA side)

In Vista Essentials, to go JOBS > DATA MANAGEMENT > BACKUP/RESTORE and then SELECT ACTION dialog will be displayed. The Select Action dialog normally contains the options to BACKUP and RESTORE. The user can choose between USB DRIVE or NETWORK STORAGE. When USB Drive option is selected, the Backup and Restore operations will be performed into the USB flash drive plugged into the system. When Network Storage option is selected, the Backup and Restore operations are performed into a network folder of the specified system where the HunterLab File Service is installed.

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Step 1: Click on NETWORK STORAGE SETTINGS Button. In the next screen enter the IP ADDRESS and PORT NUMBER of HUNTERLAB FILE SERVICE.

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      Step 2: Click on TEST CONNECTION to verify the connectivity to the HunterLab File Service.

      Step 3: Click APPLY to save the settings. The saved network settings will be used for the Network                          Backup and Restore operations.

     Step 4: After successful configuration of network settings, Click BACKUP/RESTORE to perform the                         complete BACKUP/RESTORE of the HunterLab folder between Essentials-Vista and the                               specified network server’s folder.

 HLFileService_1.0.3.zip (3 MB)

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How do I use Custom Indices in Vista Essentials?

For Vista Essentials 1.04.0056 and above:

Through Custom Indices, users can create modified-pathlength indices and add transmittance data into indices list.

Indices available for pathlength modification are APHA, ASBC, ASTM D1500, Chinese Acid Wash Color, EBC, EP, FAC, Gardner, Iodine, JP, Saybolt, USP. After these custom indices are created, they are shown in the Bias Configuration list so that user modify the bias and gains.

Any transmittance/absorbance data from 400nm to 700nm can be added into indices list. 

Note:  Absorbance is available in Vista Essentials Rev 1.06.0079 and above.

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  • The configured pathlength can be any number between 0-100 with maximum one decimal.
  • Due to the implementation of custom indices feature, most indices names have been changed compared to the names in Vista Essentials 1.03.0045. If any old index name is found in different format to the new, index will not be calculated. In such case, please go to COLOR SCALES/INDICES and APPLY to update the list of indices.
  • The custom indices can only be the ones that not listed in the default indices list. If the user tries to create APHA 10mm in custom indices dialog, it will not work. This index already exists in the default indices list.
  • Scale factors of LOVIBOND®/AOCS/ICUMSA 420/ICUMSA 560 can be adjusted in custom indices dialog. LOVIBOND®/AOCS cell pathlength, instead of only 5 pathlength options in dropdown list, can be entered with any number between 0-100 with maximum one decimal.

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For ICUMSA 420 and ICUMSA 560, the density (g/ml) and weight%(g/g) need to be configured for accurate ICUMSA calculation. Density (g/ml) should be from 0.5-2. Weight% (g/g) should be from 1-100.

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LOVIBOND is a registered trademark of The Tintometer Ltd, UK.   

How do I use Diagnostics in Vista Essentials?

Go to WORKSPACE > DIAGNOSTICS. All tests and features in Diagnostics become available in Essentials Rev 1.01.0025 and above. To download the latest Vista Essentials software, go to Vista support website

Vista Essentials (Rev 1.01.0025 and above) has been implemented Performance Diagnostics tests (Repeatability test, ND filter test, Didymium filter test, Haze filter test, and Run Auto-Diag.) as well as Advanced Diagnostics tests (Shutter door in/out, Haze door open/close, Read Signal/Dark/Zero/Loop, Standardization, Measure, Printer driver, and restart COMM).

Note: Following tests are primarily for use by the service department at HunterLab and not recommended for customer use: Run Auto-Dia, Shutter door in/out, Haze door open/close, and Read Signal/Dark/Zero/Loop.

 

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  1. Performance > Repeatability Test: The Repeatability test assesses how consistently the instrument can measure color. Thirty readings are taken and each of the must be in tolerance to get a Pass assessment in the end.
  2. Performance > Neutral Density Filter Test: This test requires that you enter the target values for the ND filter. The test takes 10 readings and averages them for comparison with the target. 
  3. Performance > Didymium Filter Test: The Didymium Filter test allows you to assess readings of the Didymium filter provided with the instrument. This checks for wavelength accuracy of the instrument and should be done on a regular basis (i.e., weekly or bi-weekly) as part of your routine instrument performance check. The test takes 10 readings and averages them for comparison with the target.
  4. Performance > Haze Standard Test: The Haze test reads the haze standard and provides a pass or fail evaluation based on an average of 5 readings as compared to the standard. 
  5. Performance/Run Auto-Diag: Auto Diagnostics runs all tests and detailed results for instrument information. Voltage, Shutter Door, Haze Door, Energy test, Dark/Zero, repeatability(optional), ND filter(optional), Didymium Filter(optional) and Haze Standard(optional) can be exported to a CSV file. Also, the results are saved automatically and can be print through Essentials. 
  6. Advanced Tests:These tests are primarily for use by HunterLab’s Service Department. The following features may be of use to the user: upload of printer drivers (Printer Drivers) and restarting the communications with a computer (Restart COMM). 

Another APP named Vista diagnostics can be found in the Vista home screen. This can also be used to check Vista functions. An instructional video explaining how to use the Vista diagnostics can be found at https://youtu.be/dWomcoR9Gug.

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How do I Set up (Admin and User Accounts) and Enable Security on the Vista?

First, set up Administrator and User accounts:

  1. Create an administrative group and a user group in JOBS > USER MANAGER > CREATE GROUP.user_manager_create_group_user.jpg
  2. Create admin accounts under the administrative group and create user accounts under the user group in JOB > USER MANAGER > CREATE USER.

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    3. Accounts in administrative groups can access to all features in Vista Essentials, and they can assign           the access privileges to accounts in user groups as shown below:

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  4. The administrative user can delete groups, users, and reset passwords. When each user logs into the          Vista, they must enter a name and password if ENABLE APPLICATION SECURITY is checked.

Next, Enable Security:

Security can be enabled on the Vista to ensure that operators cannot modify or delete folders or files and limit functionality. To enable security, go to JOBS > PREFERENCES >GENERAL and check ENABLE APPLICATION SECURITY.

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 Note: When the user selects the ENABLE APPLICATION SECURITY, they must have created admin/user accounts before logging out of Essentials. Otherwise, they will not be able to login Essentials again.

 For convenience, the user can check the box under JOBS > PREFERENCES > GENERAL to use the LAST LOGIN CREDENTIALS. This eliminates the need for a user name and password each time.

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How do I Adjust the clock in Vista Essentials?

 For Vista with Essentials Rev 1.01.0016 and above, adjust the clock directly in Essentials Go to JOBS > PREFERENCES > GENERAL, click ADJUST CLOCK to change date/time settings. 

For Vista with Essentials before Rev 1.01.0016, follow the link below to watch a video about adjusting the time settings on the Vista. 

https://youtu.be/jREDbb3EY3I

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How do I connect VISTA to a Computer through a Wireless Access Point?

Method #4:

  • Hardware needed:

Ethernet cable plugged into the back of the Vista, Wireless Access Point, Micro-USB port for powering wireless access point

 

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  • Description of Configuration:

This configuration uses the wireless Access Point to provide connectivity from a PC. The wireless Access Point uses DHCP to assign an IP address to the Vista. Once the Access Point is powered on and connected to the Vista, the power on the Vista needs to be cycled in order for the Vista to receive the IP address from the Access Point. The PC will need to discover the SSID for the Access Point and then connect to that Access Point.

  • Instructions:
  1. Connect AP (Access Point) to Vista using Ethernet cable.
  2. Power on the wireless access point after connecting it to power source.
  3. From the computer, find the wireless AP and connect. e.g. SSID: TP-LINK_......
  4. If using the TPLink AP pictured in item #2, From browser, login to TPLINK AP using PC.

http://tplinklogin.net (Note: Device must be plugged into PC prior to using this link)

username: admin

password: admin

Configure AP setting: Mode: AP

Address Type: DHCP

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  • Connect to a hotspot through the WiFi Connection:

 

Note: This option only works for VTS00388 and above. All Vistas below this serial number do not have WiFi ability built-in. Also, WiFi network option is only available for Vista Essentials Rev 1.05 and above.

a.     To connect Vista to network, go to Essentials, Workspaces> Preferences and select Config Network Settings.

b.     Select Configure WiFi Settings and the WiFi configuration dialog will be prompted.

c.      Search and connect to the available WiFi and write down the IP address showing in this dialog. After the WiFi configuration, please click the floating Back Button to go back to Essentials app.

To export data:

  • Go back to Workspace > Preferences and select Auto Network Data Export Measurement using a check and select Config Choose Vista as Server and Port number as 11111. You can also choose a delimiter to mark your data.
  • Configure the terminal program such as Hyper terminal in the computer with the following settings.
  • Set the computer as the client.
  • Enter the IP address of Vista which is recorded in step 1 above
  • Put the port number as 11111
  • After all the setting, you should be ready to get the data exported from Vista to the computer

To connect to EasyMatch QC

  • Open EasyMatch QC and go to Sensor > Add Sensor and select Vista. Select Ethernet and check the box to Discover and Select a Sensor in the Network and then click Search to do an automatically searching.
  • There will be a drop-down list of all available Vista sensors.

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  • If the sensor in the list including IP address as well as sensor name, then it is connectable. If the sensor in the list with “??????” instead of sensor name, it means that EZMQC can find the VISTA, while VISTA is not free to connect to EZMQC. If you meet this problem, you can restart VISTA and click Search Also, you can go to Vista Essentials, Workspace > Diagnostics > Advanced, click Restart Comm to have Vista communications available, and then go back to EasyMatch QC and click search again. Restart Comm is available in Vista Essentials Rev 21 and higher. Please download our latest Vista Essentials in our support website.

 

How do I Connect Vista to EasyMatch QC?

EasyMatch QC Version 4.88 and above have ability to connect with current Vista Sensors. For Vista with serial number less than VTS00135 probably need to have some hardware added and the software updated (Vista Essentials 1.00.14 and above). WiFi option is only available for VTS00388 and above. 

Here are three common methods that we can use to connect Vista with EZMQC. Please select the right method and follow the corresponding instruction to connect.  

 

Method 1: Connect Vista with EasyMatch QC to the same network hub using Ethernet cables.

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Method 2: Connect Vista with EasyMatch QC to the same network through WiFi connection

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Method 3: Direct Connection between Vista and a Computer using an Ethernet cable

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Method 1: Connect Vista with EasyMatch QC to the same network hub using Ethernet cables.

 1. . Plug Ethernet cable into the back of tHe Vista and the other end to a network hub. Plug the PC to this network hub as well.

2. Connect Vista to network, go to JOBS > PREFERENCES > CONFIG NETWORK SETTINGS. Select CONFIGURE ETHERNET SETTINGS. Check USE DHCP FOR ETHERNET CONFIG and click APPLY. If you used the other network setting before, please restart Vista to apply the new network setting.

3. Open EasyMatch QC in the PC. In SENSOR> ADD SENSOR > VISTA. Select ETHERNET and check the box DISCOVER AND SELECT A SENSOR IN THE NETWORK  and then click SEARCH to automatically search. There will be a drop-down list of all available Vista sensors. If the sensor in the list including IP address as well as sensor name, then it is connectable. If the sensor in the list with “??????” instead of sensor name, it means that EasyMatch QC can find the VISTA, while VISTA is not free to connect to EasyMatch QC. If you meet this problem, you can restart VISTA and click search again. Also, you can go to Vista Essentials, WORKSPACE > DIAGNOSTICS > ADVANCED and click RESTART COMM to have Vista communication available, and then go back to EasyMatch QC and click search again. RESTART COMM is available in Vista Essentials Rev 21 and higher. Please download our latest Vista Essentials from our support website. 

 

 Method 2: Connect Vista with EasyMatch QC to the same network through WiFi connection

Note: This option only works for VTS00388 and above. All Vista below this serial number does not have WiFi ability built-in. Also, WiFi network option is only available for Vista Essentials Rev 1.05 and above. 

1. To connect Vista to a network, go to JOBS > PREFERENCES and select CONFIG NETWORK SETTINGS. Select CONFIGURE WIFI SETTINGS and the WiFi configuration dialog will be prompted.

2. Please search and connect to the available WiFi and write down the IP address showing in this dialog. After the WiFi configuration, please click the floating BACK BUTTON to go back to Essentials app.

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3. Connect the PC to the same network. 

4. Open EasyMatch QC in the PC. In the menu, select SENSOR > ADD SENSOR and select VISTA. Select ETHERNET and check the box to DISCOVER AND SELECT A SENSOR IN THE NETWORK and then click SEARCH to automatically search. There will be a drop-down list of all available Vista sensors. If the sensor in the list including IP address as well as sensor name, then it is connectable. If the sensor in the list with “??????” instead of sensor name, it means that EasyMatch QC can find the VISTA, while VISTA is not free to connect to EasyMatch QC. If you meet this problem, you can restart VISTA and click SEARCH again. Also, you can go to Vista Essentials, WORKSPACE > DIAGNOSTICS > ADVANCED and click RESTART COMM to have Vista communication available. Go back to EasyMatch QC and click SEARCH again. RESTART COMM is available in Vista Essentials Rev 21 and higher. Please download our latest Version of Vista Essentials in our support website. 

3. Click NEXT to perform a standardization.

 

 Method 3: Direct Connection between Vista and a Computer using an Ethernet cable

1. Connect Vista and PC with an Ethernet cable. You can apply Ethernet adapter here to connect the Ethernet cable to one USB port of the computer.

2. On the computer, check IP settings: Open Command Prompt in the PC. Type in "ipconfig" and check the "autoconfiguration IPv4 Address" as well as the "Subnet Mask". 

 

3. Configure the Vista IP settings: Open Vista Essentials, go to JOBS > PREFERENCES > NETWORK SETTINGS > ETHERNET configuration. Uncheck USE DHCP FOR ETHERNET CONFIG. Type in IP address and Subnet Mask manually. The Subnet Mask is the exact same as the one showing in PC. The last factor in the IP address should be changed such that is different from the computer IP address by one digit. Press APPLY on the Ethernet Configuration and then APPLY on the Preferences Page to complete.

 

4. Turn the instrument off and then back on.

5. Open EasyMatch QC in the PC. From the SENSOR Menu > ADD SENSOR and select VISTA. Select ETHERNET and uncheck the box DISCOVER AND SELECT A SENSOR IN THE NETWORK. Type in the IP address which has been set up in Vista Essentials or check the box  to DISCOVER AND SELECT A SENSOR IN THE NETWORK.  Click SEARCH to find the Vista. 

 

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How do I connect the Vista and my Computer Directly with An Ethernet Cable?

Method #1:

(No network required). Note that there are two additional methods for connection.

  • Materials Needed: Vista Firmware needed: 01.0014 and above

      Ethernet cable

     USB Ethernet adapter if you want to have multiple Ethernet cables connecting to the computer.

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  1. Connect Vista to Computer:
  • Plug Ethernet cable into RJ-45 Ethernet connection at rear of Vista. Plug other end of cable into the computer directly or through USB Ethernet Adapter. Restart both the Vista and the Computer.

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  • Open Command Prompt in the PC. Type in ipconfig and check the autoconfiguration IPv4 Address as well as the Subnet Mask.

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  • Configure IP address in Vista. From Vista Essentials, go to Jobs > Preferences > Configure Network Settings. Uncheck Use DHCP for Ethernet Config. Type in IP address and Subnet Mask manually, then Apply. The IP address here should be exact same as the autoconfiguration IPv4 Address in the PC, except changing the last two digits.

 

  • Restart Vista to get network setting applied.

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  • Press Apply on the Ethernet Configuration. Go to Preferences > Automatic Network Data Export and Config. For a direct connection between Vista and computer with Ethernet cable, set up the Vista as a client. Port Number is 11111. Enter the PC IP address.

To export Data:

  1. Configure the Computer Using HyperTerminal Software:
  2. Go to the computer and open HyperTerminal.
  3. Make a new connection:

Enter a name for the connection

Connect using TCP/IP(Winsock)

Enter the PC IP address and Port Number 11111

  1. Send Data from the Vista:

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The data string is shown as follows:

<STX><PACKET SIZE>$T<SCALE-LABEL>$T<ill/Obs>$T<LABEL NAME1><$T><VALUE1>$T<LABEL NAME2><$T><VALUE2><$T><LABEL NAME3>$T<VALUE3>$T ..... <LABEL NAME N><$T>

<VALUE N>$T<CHKSUM><ETX>

Where,

<STX> is the Start of Text (value =0x02)

<ETX> is the End of Text (value =0x03)

$T is the default delimiter.

<SCALE-LABEL> is the Scale Label (e.g. CIELAB)

<ill/Obs> is the ill/Obs name (e.g. D65/10)

<PACKET SIZE> is the Total size (HEX String) of the Packet excluding the <STX> and <ETX>

<LABEL NAME> is the label name (e.g. L*, a*, b*, dE* etc.)

<VALUE> is the value for the preceding Label Name

<CHKSUM> is the Checksum (HEX String) - the sum of all the ASCII values in the total packet play load starting from <PACKET-SIZE> and till <CHKSUM>

 

 

To Connect to EasyMatch QC and CalVer:

  • Open EasyMatch QC and go to Sensor > Add Sensor and select Vista. Select Ethernet and check the box to Discover and Select a Sensor in the Network and then click Search to do an automatically searching.

 

  • There will be a drop-down list of all available Vista sensors. If the sensor in the list including IP address as well as sensor name, then it is connectable. If the sensor in the list with “??????” instead of sensor name, it means that EZMQC can find the VISTA, while VISTA is not free to connect to EZMQC. If you meet this problem, you can restart VISTA and click Search Also, you can go to Vista Essentials, Workspace > Diagnostics > Advanced, click Restart Comm to have Vista communications available, and then go back to EasyMatch QC and click search again. Restart Comm is available in Vista Essentials Rev 21 and higher. Please download our latest Vista Essentials in our support website.

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  • Click Next to standardize.

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How do I connect my Vista and Computer using an RS-232 Ethernet Adapter?

Method #2

Materials Needed:  Vista Firmware needed: 01.0014 and above

Ethernet cable

Crossover adapter

Ethernet to RS-232 Connector

RS-232 to USB (optional)

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  • Configure Ethernet to RS-232. Set up Ethernet to theRS-232 adaptor with static IP address and Port Number. In this example, the adapter was configured with IP address of 192.168.0.100 and port 10001.

Connect Vista to Computer

  • Plug Ethernet cable into RJ-45 Ethernet connection at rear of Vista. Plug other end of cable into Crossover Adapter.

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  • Plug Crossover Adapter into Ethernet port of Ethernet to RS-232 adapter.
  • Plug Ethernet to RS-232 adapter into serial port of computer (if D-9 serial port is present) or into RS-232 to USB converter for connection to USB port. Plug power into Ethernet to RS-232 adapter.

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Configure the Vista: (Requires Essentials Rev 14 or higher)

  • Configure the ethernet port of Vista. Select Jobs > Preferences and Select Configure Network Settings. Uncheck Use DHCP for Ethernet Config and enter a valid IP address for the Ethernet port. In this example, the following parameters are selected.

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  • Press Apply on the Ethernet Configuration and then Apply on the Preferences Page to complete.
  • Go to Jobs > Preferences, check Automatic Network Data Export and click to configure. For a direct connection between Vista and data collection computer, set up the Vista as a Client. Set the IP Address to match the settings of the Ethernet to RS-232 converter, in this case 192.168.0.100 and the Port as 11111. Press Apply and then press Apply on the Read Options screen to continue.

Configure the Computer:

  1. Connection configurations differ depending on data collection software. In this example, Hyperterminal is used to demonstrate connectivity. 
  2. The data collection computer will be set up as a Server.
  3. Connect as follows:
    1. Select the Com port that represents the USB or Serial port connection.
    2. Define the Connection:
    3. Bits per second: 9600
    4. Data Bits: 8
    5. Parity: None
    6. Stop Bits: 1
    7. Flow Control: None

To Export Data from the Vista:

  1. Configure the Color Data Table with the color scale and parameters to be transmitted.
    1. Standardize the Instrument
    2. Select Color Scales, Indices & Illuminant/Obs (Workspace > Color Scales)
    3. Hit Read Button and data will be transferred to the computer.

Screen_Shot_2019-08-01_at_12.38.54_PM.png   2. The data string is shown as follows:

<STX><PACKET SIZE>$T<SCALE-LABEL>$T<ill/Obs>$T<LABEL NAME1><$T><VALUE1>$T<LABEL NAME2><$T><VALUE2><$T><LABEL NAME3>$T<VALUE3>$T ..... <LABEL NAME N><$T>

<VALUE N>$T<CHKSUM><ETX>

 Where,

<STX> is the Start of Text (value =0x02)

<ETX> is the End of Text (value =0x03)

$T is the default delimiter.

<SCALE-LABEL> is the Scale Label (e.g. CIELAB)

<ill/Obs> is the ill/Obs name (e.g. D65/10)

<PACKET SIZE> is the Total size (HEX String) of the Packet excluding the <STX> and <ETX>

<LABEL NAME> is the label name (e.g. L*, a*, b*, dE* etc..)

<VALUE> is the value for the preceding Label Name

<CHKSUM> is the Checksum (HEX String) - the sum of all the ASCII values in the total packet play load starting from <PACKET-SIZE> and till <CHKSUM>

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How do I Set up Email service in Vista Essentials?

This tutorial descibes how to configure the email service in Vista for sending files via email

Before beginning, make sure that Vista is connected to the Internet.

1) From the main screen, select the Job Settings Icon and then click on Data Management

 

2) Select Email

3)Configure the Email settings using the guidelines below:

Name: Enter the sender's name. The defualt is the Vista name and serial number

Server: Enter the Outgoing mail server name. Typically it has the form smtp.<service name>.com, such as smtp.gmail.com.

Port: Enter the outgoing server port number. The default port is 465.

Usually an outgoing server employs port 25: it's the default SMTP port. However, some IPs deny its use because of the massive spam and malware traffic by which is affected. This issue is raised in particular when you need to switch to another ISP – for instance, when you're travelling and connecting to a new provider. In this case you can try to useport 587 or port 465 to avoid the block.

SMTP ports

More in detail: port 587 is supported by almost every outgoing SMTP server and it's useful for unencrypted or TLS connections; while port 465 is the right choice if you need to connect via SSL.

If you are unsure of the correct port, please contact your IT department or email service provider for configuration details.

From: Enter the email address  for the sender's account, such as <username>@<mailservice>.com

Password: Enter the password used to access the sender's email account

Enable SSL: Check with your service provider. Check the box if Port 465 or 25025 is used.

Enable Authentication: Check with your service provider

Click on OK when the form is completed. A notification will appear indicating success or failure of the setup. If the process fails, please check the information and try again.

 

To send an email: Repeat steps 1 and 2 to open the Compose Email dialog box.

To: Enter the email address of the person you wish to email

Subject: Enter a brief description of the contents

Attachments: Click on the Attachment link and select attachments you would like to include in the email.

Compose: Enter the body of the email.

Select Send Email button when form is completed.

Select Settings to change Email settings *Refer to step 3 for instructions

Select Close to Cancel and Discard the email 

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What Printers can be used with Vista Essentials?

Essentials is capable of printing to many USB and Network connected printers. Unlike a Microsoft Windows-based operating system that uses pre-loaded drivers to allow printing operations, the Essentials operating system uses printer specific apps that function in a manner similar to drivers but must be loaded into Essentials.

You can load printer drivers into Essentials through Workspace > Diagnostics > Advanced > Printer Drivers. The current android system for Vista is 4.4.2.

HP is the only brand that has worked consistently for all models tested using both USB and Ethernet connectivity. HunterLab has tested many of the listed printers, but has not been able to test all of the supported brands.  

NOTE: Vista does not support printing to the ColorFlex EZ and MiniScan EZ printers. (A13-1014-259 - USB Thermal Printer) Essentials is delivered preloaded with apps for the following printers:

  1. HP (Successfully Tested for both USB and Ethernet connectivity)
  2. Canon
  3. Epson
  4. Konica Minolta
  5. Kyocera
  6. Lexmark
  7. Samsung
  8. Sharp
  9. Xerox

 

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ICUMSA 420nm and ICUMSA 560nm in Vista

Note: In Vista Essentials 1.04.0056 and above, ICUMSA 420nm and ICUMSA 560nm are added into the list of color indices. If you have Vista Essentials before 1.04.0056, please download the latest Vista Essentials .apk file from here and install it in your Vista.

In the default Indices list, user can find ICUMSA 420-10mm and ICUMSA 560-10mm. 

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Before using ICUMSA 420/560, please enter the right weight% and density (g/ml) of the sample in Custom Indices. Density (g/ml) should be from 0.5-2. Weight% (g/g) should be from 1-100. Degrees brix is the % w/w of soluble solids in a solution. E.g, for Brix50 solution the weigth% is 50. User can find the density of sugar solution with different brix degree in a lookup table. 

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If user prefers to use the other path length instead of 10mm, please go to "Custom indices" to add ICUMSA 420/560 in other path length. Path length can be any number between 0-100mm. 

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Measuring hot oils/fats in Vista

Many customers have asked us why we do not have the heating unit in Visa for LOVIBOND®/AOCS RY measurements. Unlike PFXi instruments, Vista does not need the heating unit inside for common food oils and fats.

If sample is required to measure at temperature higher than room temperature (e.g to melt fats), 25mm Vials with Cap can be used. Generally, fill the sample in the vial and keep it in a water bath. Then take it out and place it into the vial holder for a quick measurement in Vista. We have tested this and the repeatability is very well. 

Compared to PFXi instruments, 

*Quick measurment:  Vista only take couple seconds to finish one measurement instead of half minute compared to PFXi. 

*Easy sample preparation: Vista can measure sample in vial directly instead of pouring sample out to a 133.35mm (5.25'') glass cell. 

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Here is the other article about LOVIBOND RY and AOCS RY in Vista, https://support.hunterlab.com/hc/en-us/articles/115002014743--HunterLab-Vista-For-LOVIBOND-RY-and-AOCS-RY

 "LOVIBOND" is a registered trademark of the tintometer Ltd., UK.

Measure Haze/Turbidity(NTU) with Round Vials

As we mentioned in the other article, a round vial can not be used directly for Haze standardization and measurement.

We have made special vial holders with lens to read the color and haze for liquid sample in round vial. 

* ISO 2R/4R Vial Holder for Haze (D02-1018-077)

* 24mm Vial Holder for Haze D02-1018-759  

We can provide the other vial holder with lens for color and haze measurement as well if required. 

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(Note: We used the ISO 2R/4R round vials from SCHOTT.) 

Measuring Liquid Turbidity (NTU) using Vista

NTU-10mm index is implemented into VISTA to measure liquid turbidity from 0-150 NTU. User can use 10mm large format flat cells or cuvettes (Macro, Semi-Micro, and Ultra-Micro) to measure turbidity samples. 

For user who would like to measure their samples in small volume, Ultra-Micro Cuvettes (Max Volume 850ul) can be used. 

 

Accessories' Information: 

HunterLab D02-1017-344 10mm Macro Open Cuvette Sample Holder

HunterLab D02-1017-390 10mm Semi-Micro Open Cuvette Sample Holder

HunterLab D02-1017-391 10mm Ultra-Micro Open Cuvette Sample Holder

HunterLab PN#13-8573-40 10mm Large Format Glass/Plastic Rectangular cell

HunterLab D02-1017-192 Multi-Function Base Plate

 

How to setup LOVIBOND® RYBN and AOCS RY in Vista Essentials

HunterLab’s Vista transmission spectrophotometer offers a faster and more modern method for color measurement using the LOVIBOND® RYBN and AOCS color indices. Rather than requiring the use of expensive and hard to clean 1” or 5.25” transmission cells, Vista enables measurements of LOVIBOND® RYBN indices in standard transmission cells and vials such as 10mm, 20mm 24mm, 33mm or 50mm, and accurately reports the results in either 1” or 5.25” cell pathlengths. 

HunterLab’s implementation of LOVIBOND®/AOCS color scales are derived from the standard methods (AOCS Cc 13e/BS 684-1.14, and AOCS Cc 13b) and based on the original work done by National Institute of Standards Technology. The results are precise reporting of LOVIBOND® Color in a modern spectrophotometer that provides fast and reliable color information. LOVIBOND® RYBN is implemented in Essentials version release 21 and higher. LOVIBOND® RYBN is implemented in Essentials Rev79 and higher.

HunterLab has extended the Vista transmission spectrophotometer’s value by providing flexible measurement and reporting parameters. The Red and Yellow values are reported together in one measurement with both cell pathlength measured, and cell pathlength reported. To report 1” or 5.25” LOVIBOND®/AOCS values, the user can measure their samples using a variety of standard cell path lengths. The precision provided by Vista even permits the use of a 10mm cell to measure the difficult light color samples and accurately report LOVIBOND®/ AOCS values at 5.25” pathlength. Taking less than 5 seconds per measurement, the result is improved productivity with less material.

Configuring Vista to Measure and Report Lovibond® RY color values

The following is an example using 20 mm flat sample cell and reporting LOVIBOND®RY at 133.35 mm (5.25''). 

  1. From the WORKSPACE > COLOR SCALES.
  2. Click CUSTOM INDICES button, then click LOVIBOND in custom indices dialog.  Enter the CELL PATH LENGTH (mm) that will be used (The cell pathlength number must be from 0 to 100 with maximum one decimal). Select the REPORT PATH LENGTH for the output desired. As a suggestion, use "1 inch" for very dark samples and "5.25 inch" for light samples. If you want to report LOVIBOND® RY, check "RY" radios button;  If you want to report LOVIBOND® RYBN, check "RYBN" radios button. Click SAVE to go back to Indices tab. 
  3. From the Indices tab, select the LOVIBOND® Lov-Y[C/2] and Lov-R[C/2](If you want to use LOVIBOND® RYBN, please select all 4 RYBN indices.).

        Please note: in current essentials, even we show LOVIBOND® RYBN as 4 separate indices, we only report two types,  LOVIBOND® RY together or LOVIBOND® RYBN together. e.g. if you configure to do LOVIBOND® RYBN in step 2, even you only select one index LOVIBOND® R in Indices tab, it will automatically report 4 LOVIBOND® RYBN indices together.

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4. To save the above setup for future use, click WORKSPACE > SAVE WORKSPACE. When prompted to Save, select NO to create a new Workspace Name

        Enter the NAME of the Workspace. Such as, "Lovibond" & cell pathlength

Taking Measurements

Standardize using the sample cell filled with Distilled Water

 

Note: Standardization is required when changing cell path lengths or if the standardization interval has expired.

Empty cell, dry, and fill with desired sample to measure

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Read sample and enter the desired sample name. You may wish to include the cell path length that was used as part of the name. Such as, name sample with cell pathlength, like "20mm sample1". Since you can always change the cell/report pathlength value through LOVIBOND® configuration, it is necessary to know what true cell pathlength was used to measure this sample.

For a simplified presentation of measurement data, Vista also offers the EZ View screen to show LOVIBOND® RY data.

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Note: If you want to use a different pathlength cell to measure samples. Please open a new job, and repeat the above steps. If you do not open a new job, directly apply the new LOVIBOND® cell pathlength, all the existing samples LOVIBOND® RY will be recalculated to this new configuration.

“LOVIBOND”  is a registered trademark of The Tintometer Ltd, UK.                                      

What standard does the % Haze meet? ASTM D1003 or ISO 14782?

Question: Does the Vista comply to ISO 14782 Determination of Haze for transparent materials

There are three defined ways to measure Haze;

ISO 14782 Hazemeter with Compensation method Report %Haze D65/10

ASTM D1003 Procedure A: Hazementer method Report %Haze C/2 or A/2

ASTM D1003 Procedure B: Spectrophotometer method Report %Haze C/2 or A/2

ASTM D1003 Procedure B: Spectrophotometer method1 Report %Haze C/2 or A/2

 

HunterLab compensation method using the Haze port instead of a dedicated Compensation port to determine the intensity of light scattered by the instrument.

ISO 14782 is written such that only a dedicated Hazemeter with photo detection that occurs in a sphere that has three ports; Entrance, Exit, and Compensation meets this requirement. VISTA does not conform to this method, but a dedicated Hazemeter cannot provide colorimetric results such as XYZ or Lab. 

The VISTA does conform to ASTM D1003 Procedure B, and when we employ the HunterLab compensation we get very good correlation to the ISO method. ISO states that in their round robin testing between the ISO 14782 and ASTM D1003 method there was an average 8.9% difference in readings. HunterLab’s testing using our ASTM compliant VISTA with the HunterLab compensation method the differences were significantly less.

 

 

VISTA Sample Holders

Comprehensive list of VISTA sample handling accessories

Updated November 30, 2016

Vista's Film & Cell holder for measuring Color and Haze (VIDEO)

You Tube:            https://youtu.be/54ucaqQGlGo

Sprout (Asia):     http://sproutvideo.com/videos/489bdeb61d1be3c0c0

Large Cell Holder accessory for Vista (VIDEO)

You Tube:           https://youtu.be/Z_QxjAcSPDw

Sprout (Asia):    http://sproutvideo.com/videos/4c9bdeb61d1be2c4c4

Preform Holder accessory for Vista (VIDEO)

YouTube:             https://youtu.be/PrqZuhzkkQc

Sprout (Asia):    http://sproutvideo.com/videos/a09bdeb61d1befce28

Universal Adapter base plate for Vista (VIDEO)

You Tube:           https://youtu.be/bO_zuXZktkE

Sprout (Asia):    http://sproutvideo.com/videos/e89bdeb61d1befc460

Vista's Haze diagnostic filter (VIDEO)

You Tube:           https://youtu.be/m5FyxUwl6rY

Sprout (Asia):    http://sproutvideo.com/videos/189bdeb61d1be3c490

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