FD-9 Auto Scan Spectrophotometer

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FD-9 Auto Scan Spectrophotometer

The key to success for the modern professional print business is automation and accuracy. The Konica Minolta FD-9 Auto Scan Spectrophotometer is the ideal tool for print color management, combining speed, accuracy, ease-of-use and versatility.

The FD-9 reads 1,500 patches in just 4 minutes and within one single scan users obtain data for M0, M1 and M2, conforming to ISO13655:2009 and offering improved certainty of colors and OBA. The FD-9 uses a free-format-function enabling it to measure virtually every chart that might be used to calibrate printers and create profiles. Making it even easier to use is it has a full color LCD screen which provides enhanced user operation. It also features both USB and Ethernet connectivity enabling you to easily share one FD-9 between multiple machines. With the unique integrated image scanner, it enables automatic chart alignment and can read QR codes for fully automated sheet and chart identification. Similar to the groundbreaking FD-7, the FD-9 features built-in wavelength calibration and temperature drift compensation, maximizing day to day accuracy and reliability. FD-9 also includes FD-S2w measurement utility software as a standard accessory. The software enables easy measurement of color charts with or without definition file.

The optional automatic sheet feeder enables continuous measurement which is perfect for users who have to measure dozens of sheets every day. The automatic sheet feeder enables up to 100 sheets to be pre-loaded and measured with minimal user input. Combined with the QR code reader function, the measurement results can be automatically linked to the printed sheet.


  • Ultra-high-speed spot measurements
  • Built-in wavelength calibration and temperature drift compensation
  • Free format function – No need for any special format for the chart recognition
  • USB and Ethernet connectivity enabling sharing amongst multiple machines
  • Includes FD-S2w measurement utility software
  • Optional automatic sheet feeder enables continuous measurement
  • Displayed languages: German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, English, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese
  • Maximum paper length extends to 1500mm


The FD-9 is recognized as the ultimate automated chart reader and supported by a growing number of software solutions.

Direct Support

  • Agfa Apogee PrePress 10.5 (min. Client 1.69.307)
  • Agfa Asanti 3.5 (min. Client 1.69.307)
  • Agfa ColorTune 10.302
  • Agfa QMS 1.69.302
  • Alwan ToolBox 1.0
  • basICColor catch 5
  • CGS ORIS Press Matcher // Web
  • CGS ORIS Color Tuner // Web
  • CGS ORIS Certified // Web
  • ColorGate Productionserver (since build 10.20.8115)
  • ColorGate Proofgate (since build 10.20.8115)
  • ColorLogic ColorAnt 4
  • Creo Color Servers
  • Durst Workflow-Label
  • EFI Fiery Digital Frontends
  • EFI Color Profiler Suite
  • ErgoSoft RIP Version 15
  • ErgoSoft RIP Sequoia
  • GMG ColorProof 5.10
  • GMG ColorServer / GMG SmartProfiler
  • GMG OpenColor
  • Heidelberg Color Toolbox 17
  • Konica Minolta ColorCentro
  • Konica Minolta ColorCare Suite
  • Konica Minolta ColorCare Server
  • Konica Minolta Falbard Aqua
  • Konica Minolta FD-s2w
  • ONYX PosterShop, ProductionHouse and Thrive 12.1 and higher

Partly supported

Dedicated FD-9 charts are available. Measurement values are imported from FD-s2w.

  • Caldera V11
  • systemata Inkjet.Perfect
  • systemata Laser.Perfect
  • systemata Tif.Perfect CTP/CTF
  • systemata PDF.Perfect

Supported via file import

Measurements from FD-s2w can be imported into every software supporting the CGATS (ISO 28178) file format for characterization data e.g.

  • basICColor CMYKick, dropRGB, print, Devil, ImProve
  • ColorLogic CoPrA, ColorAnt < Version 4

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ModelAuto Scan Spectrophotometer FD-9
Illumination/viewing system45°a: 0° (annular illumination) *1>
Conforms to CIE No. 15, ISO 7724/1, DIN 5033 Teil 7, ASTM E 1164, and JIS Z 8722 Condition a for reflectance measurements
Spectral separation deviceConcave grating
Wavelength range380 nm to 730 nm
Wavelength pitch10 nm
Half bandwidthApprox. 10 nm
Measurement areaApprox Φ3 mm
Light sourceLED
Measurement rangeReflectance: 0 to 150%
Short-term repeatabilityWithin σΔE00 0.05
(When white plate is measured 30 times at 10-second intervals after white calibration has been performed)
Inter-instrument agreementWithin ΔE00 0.3 (Average of 12 BCRA Series II color tiles compared to values measured with a master body under Konica Minolta standard conditions)
Measurement timeApprox 4 min./1,500 patch
(Under Konica Minolta measurement condition*3)
Output dataSpectral reflectance data
Measurement conditions*2Corresponding to ISO 13655 Measurement Conditions M0 (CIE Illuminant A), M1 (CIE Illuminant D50), and M2 (illumination with UV-cut filter); User-defined illuminant
Sample backingCorresponding to ISO 13655 Standard white backing
InterfaceUSB2.0, 100Base-TX
PowerIncluded AC adapter: Input: AC 100 to 240V 50-60Hz; Output: DC 24V 5A
(W × D × H)
716×251×159mm(Body only)
601×1158×245mm(Auto sheet feeder only)
Weight10.5kg(Body only)
Operating temperature/ humidity range10 to 35°C, 30 to 85% relative humidity with no condensation
Storage temperature/humidity range0 to 45°C, 0 to 85% relative humidity with no condensation
Standard accessoriesAC adapter,USB cable,Measurement Utility software FD-S2w
Optional accessoryAuto sheet feeder

Measurment chart conditions

Paper width45 to 330mm
Paper length170 to 1500mm
Paper thickness0.05 to 0.45mm
Patch size6x6mm or larger
Maximum number of patches1394 (A4)
2928 (A3)
Margins (minimum)Leading: 23mm; Trailing; 33 mm; Left/right sides: 4 mm each

Specifications are subject to change without notice.
*1 Illumination for wavelengths under 400nm is unidirectional.
*2 M0,M1, and M2 are measurement conditions described in “4.2.2 Illumination requirement and measurement conditions” in ISO 13655.
*3 Paper size : A3 , patch size : 6mm x 6mm, patch arrangement : 32 rows x 47 columns
*4 Even if paper size is within the ranges specified, some charts may not be measured.

Main specifications of the Software FD-S2w

Operating EnvironmentOSWindows7 /Windows8.1 / Windows10 / MacO X 10.9 10.10
CPU1 GHz or higher
Memory2 GB or more (64 bit)
Hard disk8GB recommended
DisplayDisplay unit capable showing at least 1024 x 768 dots
InterfaceUSB2.0, 100Base-TX
Compatible instrumentsFD-9 / FD-7 / CL-500A (Only reading of user-defined illuminant data for FD-7 and CL-500)
Major functionsCreate chart ; Measurement of chart ; Display Measurement values ; Export Measurement data file ; Create QR code
Measurement valuesSpectral reflectance data, colorimetric values
Measurement conditionsCorresponding to ISO 13655 Measurement Conditions M0 (CIE Illuminant A), M1 (CIE Illuminant D50), and M2 (illumination with UV-cut filter); User-defined illuminant
IlluminantsA, C, D50, D65, ID50, ID65, F2, F6, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12, A+UV cut, User-defined illuminant
Observers2° Standard Observer, 10° Standard Observer
Color spacesL*a*b*, L*C*h, XYZ
Display languagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified)
Exported data formatCxF3: ISO17972-1:2015 ; CGATS: ISO28178:2009 (ANSI CGATS-17) ; FD-S2w Original Format (csv/tsv)

Included Accessories


AC Adapter Body
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AC Power Cord (100-120 V 3P)
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Auto Sheet Feeder
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Calibration Certificate
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USB Cable
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