Agera - Software download - How to Update Agera Essentials software

Please check the instrument for the latest Agera Essentials software.

Note: If you have Agera instruments with serial number <130, please contact us first before upgrading Agera Essentials. The green tile has assigned with color value by UV excluded mode in some Agera instruments (Serial No. <130). We need to re-assign green tile by UV nominal mode then you can do Essentials upgrade.

The current version of software can be found using JOBS> ABOUT. If your version is less than the update, then continue. The ABOUT menu provides information about HunterLab and the current software version.

 

 

 

Auto-Export data from Agera to an external data collection system

Method #1: For Direct Connection between Agera and Computer with Ethernet Cable (No Network required)

Method #2: For Direct Connection between Agera and Computer with RS-232 Ethernet Adapter (No Network required)

Method #3: Through Network (Ethernet cable or WiFi)

                   Option A: Connect Agera to the network with Ethernet cable.

                       Option B: Connect to a hotspot through the WiFi connection

Method #1: For Direct Connection between Agera and Computer with Ethernet Cable (No network required)

1) Materials Needed

  •  Hardware needed: Ethernet cable, and USB Ethernet adapter if you want to have multiple Ethernet cables connecting to the computer.  

 

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 Ethernet Cable

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USB Ethernet Adapter

2) Connect Agera to Computer:

  • Plug Ethernet cable (Figure 1) into RJ-45 Ethernet connection at rear of Agera. Plug other end of cable into the computer directly or through USB Ethernet Adapter. 

 

3) Configure IP address of the Agera: 

  • Check IP address in PC: 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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Computer IP address

  •  Configure IP address in Agera: Open Agera Essentials, go to 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 similar to the "autoconfiguration IPv4 Address" in the PC, just change the last two digits. Restart Agera to get network setting applied.

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Assign IP address to Agera

  • Press Apply on the Ethernet Configuration
  • Check “Automatic Network Data Export” and click to configure. For a direct connection between Agera and computer with Ethernet cable, set up the Agera as server. Port Number is 10001.        

 4) Configure the Computer Using HyperTerminal Software

  • Go to the computer and open HyperTerminal.
  • Make a new connection:
    1. Enter a name for the connection
    2. Connect using TCP/IP(Winsock)
    3. Set computer as client                                                                                                                        Enter the IP address of Agera which is recorded                                                                            Put the port number as “10001". 

5) Send Data from the Agera:

  • Configure the Agera for the Color Data Screen:
    1. Select Color Scales, Indices & Illuminant/Obs (Workspace>Color Scales)
    2. Standardize the instrument. (Workspace>Standardize)
  • Read sample and view the data on the computer.

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Data from Agera through Ethernet Connection

 

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>

Method #2 - For Direct Connection between Agera and Computer with RS-232 Ethernet Adapter

1) Materials Needed

  •  Hardware needed: Ethernet cable, Crossover adapter, Ethernet to RS-232 Connector, RS-232 to USB (optional)

Ethernet Cable

 

Crossover Adapter

 

Ethernet to RS-232 converter for Connection via Serial port

RS-232 to USB converter for connection via USB port

2) Configure Ethernet to RS-232

  • Set up Ethernet to the RS-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.

3) Connect Agera to Computer:

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

 

  • Plug Crossover Adapter into Ethernet port of Ethernet to RS-232 adapter (Figure 10).
  • 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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Cable Configuration for Direct Computer Connection

 

4 ) Configure the Agera: 

  • Configure the Ethernet port of Agera. Select Jobs Menu> 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.

 

Configuration Parameters for Ethernet

 

  • Press Apply on the Ethernet Configuration and then Apply on the Preferences Page to complete.
  • Go to Jobs Menu> Preferences, check “Automatic Network Data Export” and click to configure.

  

Preferences>Automatic Network Data Export

 

  • For a direct connection between Agera and data collection computer, set up the Agera 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 10001.
  • Press Apply and then press Apply on the Read Options screen to continue.

 

 Read Options Export

 

5) Configure the Computer:

  • Connection configurations differ depending on data collection software. In this example, Hyperterminal is used to demonstrate connectivity. 
  • The data collection computer will be set up as a Server.
  • 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

 

6) Send Data from the Agera:

  • 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, data will be transferred to the computer.

 Data Output

 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>

 

Method #3 – To export data through network 

Connect Agera to a Network. You can connect Agera to a network hub using the Ethernet cable or connect Agera to a network hotspot through a WiFi connection. The computer must be connected to the same network as the Agera.

Option A: Connect Agera to the network with Ethernet cable.

  1. To connect Agera to network, go to Workspaces> Preferences and Select ‘Config Network Settings’. Select Ethernet configuration and check “Use DHCP for Ethernet Config”. Please write down the IP address showing in the Ethernet Setting dialog. You can also check the IP address of Agera in Jobs/About/Info.
  2. Go back to Workspaces/Preferences and select Auto Network Data Export Measurement using a check and select “Config” button. Choose Agera as Server and Port number as 10001. You can also choose a delimiter to mark your data.
  3. Configure the terminal program such as Hyperterminal in the computer with the following settings:
  • Set computer as client
  • Enter the IP address of Agera which is recorded above.
  • Put the port number as “10001". 

After all the setting, you should be ready to get the data exported from Agera to the computer.

Option B: Connect to a hotspot through the WiFi connection

  1. To connect Agera to network, go to Workspaces> Preferences and select Config Network Settings.Select Configure WiFi Settings and the WiFi configuration dialog will be prompted.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.
  2. Go back to Workspaces/Preferences and select Auto Network Data Export Measurement using a check and select “Config” button. Choose Agera as Server and Port number as 10001. You can also choose a delimiter to mark your data.
  3. Configure the terminal program such as Hyperterminal in the computer with the following settings:
  •   Set computer as client
  •   Enter the IP address of Agera which is recorded above
  •   Put the port number as “10001”

After all the setting, you should be ready to get the data exported from Agera to the computer.

How do I Connect Agera with EasyMatch QC?

 

Here are three methods that we can use to connect Agera with EasyMatch QC. Please select the right method and follow the corresponding instruction to connect.  Please note, only EasyMatch QC/EasyMatch QC-ER 4.95 and above support Agera sensor. 

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

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

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

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Method 1: Connect Agera with EasyMatch QC to the same network using Ethernet cables

You can connect Agera and PC to the same network hub using the Ethernet cable. Except the company network, customer can also use a stand-alone DHCP tool here to connect Agera and PC.

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

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  1. Connect Agera to network, go to WORKSPACE > PREFERENCES and select 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 Agera to apply the new network setting.

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  1. Agera is now ready to connect to EasyMatch QC. Open EasyMatch QC in the PC. From the menu, select SENSOR > ADD SENSOR and select AGERA. Select ETHERNET and check the box to DISCOVER AND SELECT A SENSOR IN THE NETWORK, then click SEARCH to automatically search.. There will be a drop-down list of all available Agera 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 AGERA, while AGERA is not free to connect to EasyMatch QC. If you meet this problem, you can restart AGERA and click SEARCH again. Also, you can go to Agera Essentials, WORKSPACE > DIAGNOSTICS > ADVANCED and click RESTART COMM to have Agera communication available, and then go back to EasyMatch QC and click SEARCH again. 

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

  1. Connect Agera to network, go to WORKSPACE > PREFERENCES > CONFIG NETWORK SETTINGS.  Select CONFIGURE WIFI SETTINGS and the WiFi configuration dialog will be prompted.     

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  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. If you used the other network setting before, please restart Agera to apply the new network setting.

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  1. Connect PC to the same network as well.
  2. Agera is now ready to connect to EasyMatch QC. Open EasyMatch QC in the PC. From the menu, select SENSOR > ADD SENSOR and select AGERA. Select ETHERNET and check the box to DISCOVER AND SELECT A SENSOR IN THE NETWORK. Then click SEARCH to automatically search. There will be a drop-down list of all available Agera 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 AGERA, while AGERA is not free to connect to EasyMatch QC. If you meet this problem, you can restart AGERA and click SEARCH again. Also, you can go to Agera Essentials, WORKSPACE > DIAGNOSTICS > ADVANCED and click RESTART COMM to have Agera communication available, and then go back to EasyMatch QC and click SEARCH again.

 

 

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

  1. Plug Ethernet cable into RJ-45 Ethernet connection at rear of Agera. Plug the other end to the PC. If PC does not have any available ethernet port, USB-Ethernet adapter can be applied.

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  1. Check PC IP settings. Open Command Prompt in the PC. Type in ipconfig, find the right ethernet (in this case, it is Ethernet adapter Ethernet) and write down autoconfiguration IPv4 Address as well as the Subnet Mask.

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  1. Configure the Agera IP settings. Open Agera Essentials, go to WORKSPACE > PREFERENCES > CONFIGURE NETWORK SETTINGS. First, select the 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. 

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  1. Turn the instrument OFF and then back ON.
  2. Agera is now ready to connect to EasyMatch QC. Open EasyMatch QC in the PC. From the Menu, select SENSOR > ADD SENSOR and select AGERA. 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 Agera 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 AGERA, while AGERA is not free to connect to EasyMatch QC. If you meet this problem, you can restart AGERA and click SEARCH again. Also, you can go to Agera Essentials, WORKSPACE > DIAGNOSTICS > ADVANCED and click RESTART COMM to have Agera communication available, and then go back to EasyMatch QC and click SEARCH again.

Do you still need more information? Submit a ticket and our support team member will reach out to you soon!

 

How do I connect my Agera to a Computer for Data Export, EasyMatch QC and CalVer?

Method #1: For Direct Connection between Agera and Computer with Ethernet Cable (No Network required)

Method #2: For Direct Connection between Agera and Computer with RS-232 Ethernet Adapter (No Network required)

Method #3: Export Data Through Network (Ethernet cable or WiFi)

Method #4: Connect Agera and a Computer with EasyMatch QC

Each of these methods are outlined in the Agera manual or can be found in other FAQs.  Click on the links above for more detail.

EZMQC Version 4.95 and above have ability to connect with current Agera Sensors.

Do you still need more information? Submit a ticket and our support team member will reach out to you soon!

What is the Agera Instrument Standard for TOP of Scale?

(PTFE versus White Pigment)

In the CIE 15 it is recommended to use the Perfect Reflecting Diffuser (PRD) to set the Full Scale or Top of Scale (TOS) standardization for the instrument.   CIE 15 recommends using either Barium Sulfate or PTFE calibrated to the PRD for the geometry of the instrument.   ASTM allows a user to use the standard supplied by the instrument manufacturer provided that the standard has been calibrated relative to the PRD.  This allows any white object that is properly calibrated to be used as the Instrument standard.

Technical comparison of Agera Instrument Standard to LabScanXE instrument Standard.   

The LabScanXE uses an enameled porcelain on steel 4” square tile to set the TOS.  This type of standard is extremely durable as it is basically a powdered glass that is pigmented white then melted onto a steel plate producing an extremely hard scratch resistant surface that is easy to clean.  The Agera uses a PTFE based coating that is sprayed onto a steel disc.   PTFE is hydrophobic, and has an extremely low ecoefficience of friction, meaning most things won’t stick to or be absorbed into the PTFE which does not have a surface that is as hard as porcelain steel.  The PTFE disc is mounted recessed in a proctective aluminum puck such that when placed face down on a table the PTFE surface does not touch the tabletop.  The Agera TOS while slightly less durable than the LabScanXE TOS has a large advantage in that its reflectance is very close to that of the PRD.  See graph below

The LabScanXE TOS has an average reflectance of 85% from 420nm to 700nm while the Agera TOS has an average reflectance of greater than 95% from 400nm to 410nm and greater than 97% from 430nm to 700nm. 

 

The LabScanXE TOS has an average 60o Gloss of greater than 70-90 GU and the Agera TOS has an average 60o Gloss of 2.6- 3.0 GU

Handling, Care and Cleaning of Instrument Standard.

The Agera TOS is an an optical coating and should be handled in much the same way as other optical surfaces. Although the material is very durable, care should be taken to prevent contaminants such as finger oils from contacting the material’s surface.  If the surface appears lightly soiled, it may be air brushed with a jet of clean dry air or nitrogen. DO NOT use Freon. For heavier soil, the material can be cleaned by scrubbing with a soft brush under running water. Blow dry with clean air or nitrogen or allow the material to air dry. If the material is heavily stained, soak with either an extremely mild mix of soap and water, 5% white distilled vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide. Then run under water while scrubbing with a soft brush.

 

 

 

Using Diagnostic Check tile to confirm suitability of Instrument White tile.

 

If a user is concerned that an Agera TOS standard has been scratched or dimpled or discolored and they are not sure if the standard is still usable after cleaning then they should do the following tests.

  1. Measure the 60o Gloss value. If the result is between 2.5 and 3.5 the surface is still sufficiently diffuse.
  2. Perform the EasyMatchQC Diagnostics Check Tile test. If the Check tile reads within specification then the surface color of the TOS supplied the correct spectral response during standardization.

 

Replacement Options

If the Agera TOS is damaged or discolored such that cleaning per the instructions does not return the surface to a condition such that either of the  two Diagnostic checks fails then Contact HunterLab and request a replacement Instrument Standard.  This will include a new PTFE based disc pre mounted in a protective centering puck and a thumbdrive with a csv file to load the new white tile values into the Agera firmware.

 Do you still need more information? Submit a ticket and our support team member will reach out to you soon!

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How to replace Agera White Tile

Once a replacement instrument white standard is requested, we will send a new white tile based disc pre mounted in a protective centering puck and a thumbdrive with a csv file to load the new white.

Here are the steps:

Required: Agera Essentials 1.01.0060 and above

  1. Attach the thumb drive including the whilte tile csv file in front USB port of Agera
  2. Go to Workspace menu/Diagnostics/Advanced, scroll down the center area and click “Restore tile data”.aGERA_RESTORE_WHITE.png
  3. Select the while tile csv file and click OK to update the white tile TOS data. Toast message, “Restore tile data successfully”, will be showed after updating the TOS data correctly.
  4. Now, it is ready to use the new white tile to do standardization and measure samples.

 

 

How to Clean Agera Top of Scale (Instrument White Tile)

Handling, Care and Cleaning of Instrument Standard.

The White Standard is an optical coating and care should be taken to prevent contaminants from
contacting the material’s surface. For light soiling, it may be air brushed with a jet of clean dry air.
For heavier soil, the material can be cleaned by brushing with a soft brush under running water.
Air dry or blow dry with clean air. If the material is heavily stained, soak with water, 5% white distilled
vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide. Then run under water while lightly cleaning with a soft brush.
Use clean compressed air to remove any liquid from the tile surface. Then, air dry for 60 minutes
before using. Always keep tiles in the Standards box when not in use.

Replacement Options

If the Agera TOS is damaged or discolored such that cleaning per the instructions does not return the surface to a condition such that either of the  two Diagnostic checks fails then Contact HunterLab and request a replacement Instrument Standard.  This will include a new PTFE based disc pre mounted in a protective centering puck and a thumbdrive with a csv file to load the new white tile values into the Agera firmware. 

Agera - Quick Start Guide

https://www.hunterlab.com/agera-quick-start-guide.pdf

Agera Brochure

https://www.hunterlab.com/agera-brochure.pdf

Agera User Manual

https://hunterlab.com/media/documents/V2.0_Users_Manual_for_Agera.pdf

Agera Specifications

https://www.hunterlab.com/agera-specifications.pdf