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wave-scan OrangePeel

wave-scan: The Objective Eye for a Brilliant Finish

Quality control and trouble shooting for Class A surfaces

Surface appearance changes with the size and distinctness of wavy structures. The wave-scan analyzes waviness intensity with 5 wavelength ranges (0.1 mm - 30 mm) and evaluates the brilliance of the surface. The results form a “structure spectrum" and help you to analyze and optimize the surface quality based on material and / or process parameters.


From substrate to top coat, from film thickness to levelling - wave-scan is your diagnostic and QC tool at the same time to keep the process under control.



Easy to use with one hand

  • Easy handling - even on the moving car body in the paint line
  • Small and light weight
  • For flat and curved areas
  • Scroll wheel operation and multilingual menu
  • Selectable scales and scan lengths
  • Full statistics with saving in selectable memories
  • USB port for data transfer to PC
  • Docking station for automatic battery charging and data transfer

For years the BYK-Gardner wave-scan family has been used as the standard to objectively quantify the appearance quality and uniformity used by all automotive, truck, aircraft, motorcycle, boat and yacht companies.

Depending on the OEM's visual appearance evaluation 1- or 2- dimensional customer specific scales with different target values have been developed over the years. These company specific scales are an objective check to ensure company specifications are met, and eliminate heated discussions between automotive producers and their suppliers.


LW, SW, DOI, Rating, N1/N3, FAM, CF, PAQ, Tension ... wave-scan talks your appearance language.

smart-chart: standardized process monitoring and QC reporting

smart-chart includes powerful standard management for defining all essential appearance parameters with Pass/Fail tolerances. Its "Organizer" set-up enables clear sample identification and a menu guided operation on the instrument. Product schematics help to define specific sampling procedures. The entered parameters can be used for filtering the measured data and allows detailed analysis.


From single test series to trend reports over time or special charts for trouble shooting - smart-chart is your global tool for process stability.

wave-scan II for final QC of your

high gloss topcoat finishes



Control of medium to high gloss surfaces with wave-scan dual

Appearance control is no longer limited to final topcoat inspection. Thus, the surface quality after each paint process step can be objectively evaluated.

No more guessing which substrate layer is influencing the final appearance. The wave-scan dual will help you to objectively analyze appearance problems and reduce the time necessary for trouble shooting.

Control of small and curved parts with micro-wave-scan

Now you can objectively evaluate Orange Peel and DOI on very curved components or small add-on parts - like fuel doors, mirror housings, door handles, decorative trim or motorcycle parts. DOI measurement is also possible without scanning the surface.

Like it's big brother it comes with a docking station for recharging and data transfer to smart-chart allowing professional analysis, documentation and data management.


micro-wave-scan fits in the palm of your hand: small, light weight and is easy to use.

Automated process control with wave-scan ROBOTIC

A stable running process is the key for uniform and consistent quality. The wave-scan ROBOTIC allows automated appearance control as it is mounted on a robotic arm and measures without touching the surface.

The robotic system ensures measurement on the same area and sampling a high number of measured car bodies. Thus, representative QC data is collected and can be used to analyze the appearance influencing parameters by connecting material and process parameters to enable leading edge analysis methods with AI algorithms.


Close the loop  with wave-scan ROBOTIC

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