Techkon USA Breaks the Distance Barrier with a 78” SpectroDrive®

Orange County Container Group Installs Industry’s Largest Color Scanning System

Danvers, MA (April 3, 2012) TECHKON USA – the innovation leader in densitometers, spectrophotometers and software solutions for the global print and packaging communities, announced today that Orange County Container Group LLC (“OCC Group”), a leading integrated paperboard and paper-based packaging manufacturer with locations in both the U.S. and Mexico, has installed the industry’s largest custom SpectroDrive® automated color measurement scanning system. Developed by Techkon, this SpectroDrive system was manufactured with a custom 78” scanning track to meet specific color control and production requirements for OCC Group’s package printing facility in Tijuana, Mexico.

Techkon USA’s ability to design, manufacture and install a superior technological solution to meet OCC Group’s unique color measurement needs made them the number one choice for this project. The Techkon SpectroDrive system consists of two components: the motorized measurement system which scans the complete color bar on a printed sheet within seconds; and the Techkon Expresso® software, which simultaneously receives the spectral measurement data wirelessly on a PC where all the relevant information for controlling the printing press is displayed.

This customized Techkon SpectroDrive, with its automated color and density measurement capabilities mounted on the 78” track, enables press operators to read 52 individual ink zones across the press sheet. Instantaneously, SpectroDrive wirelessly communicates highly accurate color data via the Techkon Expresso software interface and allows operators to make critical color corrections on press and substantially increase productivity by ensuring consistent print-to-print accuracy throughout the press run.

“The speed, accuracy and versatility of Techkon’s proven color scanning technology is why Orange County Container Group LLC chose to partner with us,” reports George Adam, Techkon President. “Techkon SpectroDrive design is sophisticated, ergonomically friendly, and adaptable to special packaging requirements. I believe this custom implementation of the 78” track will ensure higher productivity and consistent color accuracy for OCC Group.”

As a multi-site packaging printer for Dos Equis, Panasonic and other major brands, successful implementation of this solution was as critical to OCC Group as the design itself. Techkon USA’s technical team worked closely with plant management to assess current production, understand specific packaging needs, and design an implementation plan.— with the measurement of an entire 78” color bar in less than 15 seconds and the swift display of highly accurate spectral color data at their fingertips, OCC Group press operators could react quickly to changing press room conditions. They found the Techkon Expresso software to be very intuitive and easy to navigate, and with the ability to analyze post press data, they can continuously deliver a quality product that exceeds their packaging customers’ expectations.

Key advantages of this Techkon SpectroDrive system are:

  • Speed – scanning a 78″ press sheet in less than 15 seconds
  • Dual Functionality – multi-tasking as an automatic scanner or as a hand-held device for “spot check” measurements
  • G7 Compliance – with recommended ink key specific adjustments of C,M,Y densities to obtain neutral values according to the G7 specification
  • Flexibility – allowing the ink zone control strip to be printed and measured anywhere on the press sheet
  • Accuracy – measuring density and color with the InkCheck feature, which suggests ink key specific density changes to obtain highly accurate color

“Orange County Container Group has notably one of the larger presses we have seen,” states Bob Byrnes, Director of Technical Services. “With Techkon’s technical support, OCC Group was able to implement the SpectroDrive scanning system very rapidly and bring SpectroDrive into full production on the first live job, scanning multiple sheets with greater efficiency, after only one day of training.”

In addition to Techkon SpectroDrive®, Techkon offers a wide array of color measurement solutions that includes: Techkon SpectroDens®, Techkon SpectroDensXL®, Techkon  SpectroPlate®, Techkon SpectroJet®, and Techkon SpectroEdge® More information at:

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About Techkon
Techkon is the innovation leader in densitometers, spectrophotometers and color software solutions for the global print community. With a track record of 28+ years of continued technological excellence, Techkon products are chosen for their high degree of measurement accuracy, repeatability, reliability and ease of operation in all sectors of the printing industry. Techkon’s innovative color measurement solutions have lead to highly successful implementations by leading OEM press manufacturers and large commercial printers, yielding dramatic gains in quality, productivity and cost savings.

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