Techkon USA Incorporates ISO’s NewSpot Color Tone Value (SCTV) on SpectroDens

SpectroDens is the first and only Handheld & Scanning Spectro-Densitometer in the market that includes this important new feature

Danvers, MA, Sep 1, 2017 – Techkon USA, the innovation leader in densitometers, spectrophotometers, and software solutions for the global print and packaging communities, announced today the release of new SpectroDens instrument firmware which includes ISO’s new method for the calculation of Spot Color Tone Value (SCTV). Techkon is thrilled to be the first and only color measurement provider to implement this important new ISO standard on their devices.

Spot Color Tone Value (SCTV), defines a metric for assessing intermediate tones of a spot ink.  This method for the calculation of spot color tone values produces approximate uniform visual spacing of tones between substrate and solid ink values.  This new industry standard, ISO 20654:2017, has been designed specifically for spot color inks and to replace the use of the older Murray-Davis and Yule-Nielsen dot area calculations which fall short when used with spot color inks.

The addition of the SCTV feature only further solidifies the SpectroDens as a leader in its class of color measurement devices.  “The SpectroDens has long been the preferred device in the pressroom due to its accuracy, repeatability, and ease of operation. We are so pleased to offer this new feature to our entire SpectroDens user-base as well as new SpectroDens customers “, says George Adam, President, Techkon USA.  “It is of utmost importance to us that we continue to deliver excellence in the areas of innovation, customer service, and product development.”

In an effort to help educate print and color professionals about ISO’s new Spot Color Tone Value standard, Techkon has partnered with Steve Smiley of SmileyColor & Associates to offer a free webinar on September 19, 2017 at 2:00PM EST.  You can register at


TECHKON is the innovation leader in densitometers, spectrophotometers and color software solutions for the global print community. With a track record of 30 + 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 led to highly successful implementations by leading OEM press manufacturers and large commercial printers, yielding dramatic gains in quality, productivity and cost savings.