Capacitance imaging, based on the renowned L'Oréal SkinChip®*. The sensor gives graphical information on the near surface hydration distribution and the micro-topography of skin and other tissues (textiles, plants, etc.). The latest model comes with an ultra-flat sensor and modern sophisticated software with additional functions to facilitate your work.
The MoistureMap MM 200 features a sensor based on capacitive-touch imaging technology with hardened surface (epoxy composite material), a further development of the renowned L’Oréal SkinChip®*. The sensor gives graphical information on the near surface hydration distribution and the micro-topography of skin and other tissue (textiles, plants, etc.) which are quantitatively assed. On the 1.8 x 1.28 mm sensor surface, over 90,000 capacitors are located in a spatial resolution of every 50 µm.
The penetration of the electromagnetic field is measured on contact and expressed impressively on a scale of 255 grey levels. Conductive material e.g. water with its unique dielectric constant of around 80, will reflect the signal strongly (high permittivity) making the resulting pixel darker while non-conductive material will result in pixels on the lighter side of the grey level scale (lower permittivity).
The spring-loaded sensor with only a minimal frame around the sensing area makes the placing of the probe as easy as possible. Capture images/switch to live conveniently by a button on the side of the probe handle.
Together with the worldwide known and established Corneometer® to quantitatively assess the hydration level of the stratum corneum and the Tewameter® to measure exactly the transepidermal water loss and assess the skin barrier function, you can create a complete “Water Measurement Center”.
*MoistureMap is licensed worldwide under the L'Oréal patent for the Skin Chip® (EP 1 438 922 B1). A variety of articles on the measurement principle have been published.
Wherever skin moisture distribution plays a role, the MoistureMap MM 200 is a very impressive imaging addition to the pure quantitative measurements. In literature the use of such equipment is known for efficacy testing of cosmetics & pharmaceuticals & surfactants, skin photo-aging and illustration of skin lesions and scars. Capacitance imaging has also been used to determine to map the hair moisture level.**
** C. Piérard-Franchimont, G.E. Piérard, Hair Weathering and Hair Capacitance Mapping: a Pilot Study, Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology 11:179-182, 2012
With our optional MoistureMap in vitro Adapter (optional accessory), the probe can be mounted in the stand with the sensor pointing upwards. In addition different donor chambers are included (0.5 and 0.8 mm outlet) which can be put on the sensor surface and are retained in the adapter on top of the sensor. There is a matching lid to minimize evaporation of volatile solvents from the donor chambers. A video can show the kinetic effects of the distribution of hydration over time.
With the MoistureMap MM 200 software you have several setting possibilities for the video, e.g. to grab a number of still images from the video, which are then automatically calculated and curves for the development of the moisture parameters are displayed.
Device: Dimensions: 13 x 14.6 x 5 cm, Weight: approx. 1.5 kg, Power supply: external 100-240 VAC, 47-63 Hz, DC 12V/4A, Port: USB 2.0, type B connector
Probe: Dimensions: length: 16.6 cm, measurement head: 4.3 x 3 cm, Weight: approx. 90 g, Active measurement area: 18 x 12.8 mm, Sensor size: 256 x 360 pixel, Sensor resolution: 508 DPI 8Bit/pixel, Measurement principle: relative permittivity
optional MoistureMap in vitro Adapter: Dimensions: 23 cm (H) x 8 cm x 8 cm, Weight: 220 g
Computer: Windows® 10, USB 2.0/3.0, computer specifications must meet system requirements (please ask for details).Technical changes may be made without prior notice.