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AS/NZS 1580.602.2, ASTM C584, ASTM C523, ASTM D523, ASTM D1455,...

  • Small, robust & ergonomic
  • 3 - 10 readings per second
  • Repeatable, reproducible & accurate

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The Elcometer 480 range are easy to use glossmeters which combine high accuracy, repeatability and reproducibility with functionality making them the most advanced gloss meters on the market today.

Combining easy to use, multi-lingual menu structures with exceptional repeatability, reproducibility & accuracy, the Elcometer 480 gloss meter provides users with best in class hand held gloss measurement. Using state of the art design and manufacturing techniques, the Elcometer 480 gloss meter provides world leading features and functionality - reliably measuring & recording Gloss, % Reflectance & Haze on any material, including paint, plastic, ceramic or metal. The Elcometer 480's rapid LED technology accurately measures up to 3 gloss angles at the same time at a rate of 10 readings per second. Gloss measurements can be instantly transferred from the glossmeter to PC, iPhone, Android™ or other mobile devices via USB or Bluetooth®. 


AS/NZS 1580.602.2, ASTM C584, ASTM C523, ASTM D523, ASTM D1455, ASTM D2457, ASTM D4039, ASTM D4449, ASTM D5767, ASTM E430, ASTM E2387, BS 3900 D5, DIN 67530, ECCA T2, EN 12373-11, EN 13523-2, ISO 7668, ISO 2813, ISO 13803, JIS K 5600-4-7, JIS Z 8741, TAPPI T 653 (20°)

Key features of the Elcometer 480 Glossmeter include:

  • Small, robust & ergonomic
  • 3 - 10 readings per second
  • Repeatable, reproducible & accurate
  • Multiple angles; 20°, 60°, 85°
  • 40,000 reading memory in up to 2,500 batches
  • Date and time stamped readings
  • USB & Bluetooth® data output
  • PC, iPhone or Android™ compatible
  • Automatic gauge & tile diagnostics
  • Auto calibration tile recognition via RFID (Radio Frequency Identification; patent applied for)
  • 40 user definable limit standards
  • Standard, auto repeat and scan modes
  • Differential mode with pass/fail
  • Display readings, statistics, graphs & batch review

The Model Range

The Elcometer 480 Glossmeter is available as either a simple entry level 60° glossmeter or state of the art Single, Dual or Triple angle gloss meter variants. The Elcometer 480 Glossmeter is available with (Model T) or without (Model B) memory. The Elcometer 480 Model B gloss meter is a 60° unit, Model T glossmeters are available as single, dual or triple angle variants with %Reflectance and Haze.

Accuracy & Repeatability

Advanced electronics and a superior optical design combines highly accurate, repeatable and reproducible measurements with industry leading inter-instrument agreement - across the Elcometer 480 Glossmeter’s entire 0-2,000GU range.


Calibration and Diagnostics

Every Elcometer 480 Gloss Tile is fitted with an RFID (radio frequency identification) tag which allows automatic identification of the tile's serial number and calibration data when the tile is attached to the base of the glossmeter.

Additional calibration tiles are available from the range of Elcometer 480 glossmeter accessories. Click on the Accessories tab to find out more.

Measurement Speed  

The Elcometer 480 Glossmeter's rapid LED technology accurately and repeatably measures up to 3 angles at the same time.  

Standard Mode : 1+ reading per second, (70+ readings per minute)>< 0.3 seconds per angle
Auto Repeat Mode : 3 readings per second, (180 readings per minute); ~ 0.1 seconds per angle
Scan Mode : 10 readings per second, (600 readings per minute); ~ 0.03 seconds per angle

Display Modes

Fully customisable, scratch and solvent resistant colour LCD allows the user to display:

  • Gloss, % Reflectance or Haze measurements
  • Statistics
  • Readings and Differential with pass/fail
  • Trend Graph
  • Analogue Scan Bar

Standard, Auto Repeat & Scan Modes 

No two inspections are the same. It is for this reason that the Elcometer 480 Glossmeter is equipped with three gloss measurement modes:

Standard Mode: Press the measure button to take an individual spot gloss measurement.

Auto Repeat Mode: When the glossmeter is slid over the surface a measurement of all three angles is automatically taken at a user definable rate between 10 - 180 readings per minute. When enabled all the individual readings are stored into memory.

Scan Mode: As the glossmeter slides over the entire surface area, the gauge measures all three gloss angles at a continuous rate of 10 readings per second. When stopped, the glossmeter displays and stores the average, highest and lowest gloss values - ideal for checking a sample's overall uniformity.

Memory and Batching


Store 40,000 date and timed stamped readings in up to 2,500 user definable alpha-numeric batches.

Readings can be transferred to PC, iPhone, Android™ or other mobile devices via USB or Bluetooth® for instant reporting using ElcoMaster® software. 

Limit Standards and Differential Mode with Pass/Fail

Up to 40 Limits for each customer's Master Standards can be stored within, and recalled from, the gauge's 'Limit Standard' memory.

When Limit Standards are used in combination with the glossmeter’s Differential Mode, the Elcometer 480 displays the gloss measurement value together with the difference from the nominal (target) value.

Readings outside the Limit Standard are displayed in red, providing quick Pass/Fail analysis.

 Model BModel T
Measurement geometries60°60°, 20/60° or 20/60/85°*
Measurement unitsGUGU, HU & %
Fast, accurate reading rate
Repeatable & reproducible measurements
Easy to use menu structure; in 30+ languages
Tough, impact, waterproof & dust resistant
Scratch & solvent resistant colour display; 2.4” (6cm) TFT
Rotating display: auto, 0°, 180°
Ambient light sensor; with adjustable auto brightness
Data output  
USB live readings
USB batch download 
Bluetooth®: to PC, iOS or Android™ mobile devices 
USB & battery powered
Calibration Certificate
Manual gauge calibration
Auto gauge calibration; via RFID tagging of integrated calibration tile# 
On screen statistics - user selectable  
Number of readings, Mean (average), Standard deviation, 
Highest reading, Lowest reading, Range 
Coefficient of variation, 
Nominal value, High Limit value, Low Limit value 
Number above high limit, Number below low limit 
Measurement modes  
Standard Mode
Auto Repeat Mode; programmable 10-180 readings per minute 
Scan Mode; 10 readings per second 
Differential Mode with Pass/ Fail mode; 
Limit Standards; up to 40 programmable standards 
Gauge & batch specific standard limits 
Gauge memory 40,000 readings in up to 2,500 batches 
Alpha-numeric batch names 
Fixed batch size mode 
Date and time stamp 
Gauge auto diagnostics ■
Display modes; user selectable  
Readings; gloss, % reflectance, haze ■
Selected statistics ■
Live trend graph; last 20 readings 
Scan bar 
Readings & differential (with pass/fail) 
Delete last reading ■
2 year extended warranty ■
Model Options
Part NumberDescriptionCertificate
J480B-6Elcometer 480 Model B 60° Glossmeter
J480T-6Elcometer 480 Model T 60° Glossmeter
J480T-26Elcometer 480 Model T 20/60° Glossmeter
J480T-268Elcometer 480 Model T 20/60/85° Glossmeter
Technical Specification
Display information2.4'' (6cm) QVGA colour TFT display, 320 x 240 pixels 
PowerUSB (via PC) or 2 x AA batteries (~50,000 readings) 
Measurement Dimensions20°: 10 x 10mm; 60°: 8 x 16mm; 85°: 4 x 55mm 
Measurement Range20°: 0 - 2,000GU; 60°: 0 - 1,000GU; 85°:0 - 160GU 
Repeatability± 0.1GU (0 - 10GU); ±0.2GU (10 - 100GU); ±0.2%: 100 - 2000GU 
Reproducibility± 0.2GU (0 - 10GU); ±0.5GU (10 - 100GU); ±0.5% 100 - 2000GU 
ResolutionGloss: 0.1 GU (0 - 100GU); 1 GU (>100GU)
% Reflectance: 0.01% (0 - 10GU); 0.1% (10 - 100GU)
Haze: 0.1 HU (0 - 100HU); 1 HU (>100HU)
Operating Temperature-10°C to 50°C (14 to 122°F); Relative Humidity: 0 - 85%RH 
Dimensions (H x W x D)68 x 155 x 50mm (2.68 x 6.10 x 1.97ˮ) 
Weight534g (1lb 3oz) [including batteries] 
Packing ListElcometer 480 Glossmeter, integrated calibration tile, calibration certificates for gauge & calibration tile, 2 x AA batteries, wrist strap, operating instructions, plastic carry case, ElcoMaster® software (Model T) and USB cable (Model T)