Deployment of Press-Side Color QC Is Easier Than You Think

Good afternoon everybody and I sincerely hope you are all doing well during the COVID-19 crisis that we are all facing. Like many of you, I am currently working from home now for the foreseeable future and this has given me a chance to reflect on the many conversations I have had with printers about implementing one of our press-side color quality solutions throughout a print organization. As you probably know, these color quality or…

How to Clean Your Densitometer

During these uncertain times we would like to ensure you that the safety and health of our employees, customers, and partners is of utmost importance to us. We want customers to have the information they need to effectively clean Techkon devices and to assist customers in maintaining a healthy work environment. The best cleaning agent for your densitometer, whether it be a handheld or scanning device is 99% Isopropyl alcohol.  Please refrain from using any…

Make the Switch – to Techkon Color Quality Solutions

Commerical and packaging printers in all markets and of all sizes are making the switch from their current densitometers, spectrophotometers, and color software to newer Techkon solutions. The reasons are compelling and plentiful – so we decided to create comparison charts for some of our key products including the SpectroDens, SpectroDrive, and the SpectroPlate. If you are interested in why so many printers around the world are switching, check out these links: SpectroDens – Make…

2019 Photo Contest

Our 2019 photo contest was a huge success!  We loved seeing so many different uses and settings for all of instruments, including the SpectroDens handheld and scanning densitometer, the SpectroDrive automated scanning spectrophotometer, as well as our PressLink closed loop color system. We initially reached out to our user base of pressroom supervisors, quality managers, color experts, and plant managers letting everyone know that the winner would receive a pair of much sought after Airpods! …

Do You Have an Old Scan-Densitometer?

Do you have an old scan-densitometer that looks like one of the instruments above? These instruments are going out of production and will no longer be serviced. Are you interested in other solutions? Learn more about why many printers are upgrading from their current scan-densitometer solution to our SpectroDens Scanning Solution! Read more about our SPECTRODENS SCANNING SOLUTION.

Quantum Group Chooses the Techkon SpectroDens

Quantum Group states “We elevate digital printing and offset printing and set the standard for color and quality” which is precisely why they continue to invest in the latest printing technology.  A look at their About Us page reveals that they started in 1992 as a high-quality commercial sheet-fed printer and are continuing to evolve into a single source communications partner.  Quantum Groups’ high-tech presses can execute a complete range of print runs, from small…

Do you have an Out-Of-Production Densitometer? See our Spring 2019 Trade-In Offer

Today’s printers demand more from their densitometers. They know that relying on out-of-production – legacy devices is risky business. That’s why operators worldwide are upgrading to Techkon’s SpectroDens. It’s the fastest and easiest way to accurately control color and density in the pressroom – with full support for ISO and G7® methodologies – and it’s the most ergonomic device on the market. For the 2019 spring season, we’re offering a great trade-in opportunity. From now…

The Value of Inline Quality Inspection on Flexo Presses

We often hear printers lamenting about the pressure placed on them by brands to implement technology to ensure their presses perform to their expected capacity.  Many packaging printers purchase multi-million-dollar presses outfitted with even more expensive viscosity control, ink metering and inspection systems.  It seems every last detail is thought about when it comes to ink, substrate, doctor blade and anilox roll process control.  These investments are in large part done to ensure the final…

See The New Version of the SpectroVision in Action at Graphics Canada!

The feedback on the newest version of the SpectroVision has been phenomenal so far, so we are thrilled to be showcasing it at Graphics Canada 2019.  The show details are as follows: Graphics Canada April 11-13th, 2019 International Centre Toronto, Ontario Booth#: 5500-E If you haven’t had a chance to read about the SpectroVision, it operates at press speeds up to 1,000ft/minute, and combines spectral based color measurement, web viewing, and ISO/ANSI style bar code…

Why I Joined Techkon USA

By: Richard Black, Midwest Sales Manager I have been involved in the Print Industry for 30+ years mainly in the area of color reproduction. In the last 10 years, there has been a tremendous push within the print industry to improve color process control.  This is being driven by print buyers and brand owners requiring consistent print quality and, in many cases, documented proof of the color reproduction.  ‘Good enough color’ just won’t cut it…

An Affordable Scanning Solution for Printers

Techkon recently announced a brand new solution aimed at budget conscious printers looking for a scanning solution that allows them to see a visual representation of the results displayed by ink zone and printing units.  The solution utilizes the SpectroDens Handheld & Scanning Spectro-Densitometer in combination with Techkon’s Expresso software and serves a real need in the sheetfed offset market. Techkon has a long history of listening to their customers and coming up with solutions to meet…

2018 Cyber Week Special

PERFECT COLOR HAS NEVER BEEN MORE AFFORDABLE Techkon products help printers measure, manage, and communicate perfect color, and recognize significant savings in labor costs, ink, and paper. Our instrumentation, software and integrated solutions enable the finest quality print, ensure accuracy and repeatability, and deliver the highest ROI. To celebrate cyber week, we are offering up to 20% off select Techkon products. Contact us today to learn about and take advantage of this limited time offer*. Use offer code:…

SEE WHY THESE CUSTOMERS CHOSE PRESSLINK CLOSED LOOP COLOR CONTROL

WHY CLOSED LOOP? Closed loop press side color management improves the stability of your print processes on older presses. This is especially important as customers continue to demand greater color accuracy and color consistency from their print supply chain. Rather than turning away or losing business because you can’t meet a customer’s quality specifications or pricing expectations, modernizing your presses with closed loop makes it possible to deliver the right product at the right price,…

Damn Your Eyes!

Join Steve Rankin, Techkon’s Director of Product Development at the FTA Fall Conference at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio as he discusses The 3 Most Common Problems in the Pressroom.  The presentation, entitled “Damn Your Eyes” will be on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 3:00-4:30PM.  Don’t miss this informative presentation as Steve identifies the most common problems our customers face including: Finding out on press that the color of the ink is not…

7 Signs that Your Pressroom has Outgrown its Current Color Management Solution

WHY COLOR QUALITY MANAGEMENT? Brand owners are placing ever increasing demands for zero-defect deliveries on their flexographic print supply chain. As brand owners continue to look for differentiation and easily identifiable brand colors across their product lines, they are holding printers more accountable than ever for color accuracy. Many ask printers to provide detailed quality reporting to prove the job adhered to color specifications agreed upon before the work started. As a result, the production…

Demystifing Techkon SpectroDens4 GrayGuide

Techkon SpectroDens4 has integrated our newly revamped GrayGuide function for checking G7® compliance with a total of 11 reference print conditions and 4 different modes when targeting G7® specifications. In this blog, will discuss each of the modes and how they might be helpful in various scenarios. G7 Absolute To configure settings under the Techkon GrayGuide feature, navigate to the bottom right corner and hit the Enter button. Once a Custom Reference Print Condition is…

New G7 Pass/Fail Requirements

Along with the publishing of an updated G7 Master Pass/Fail Requirements (version 34, January 2018), IDEAlliance further revised the procedure and aim reference for all printers that are interested in becoming a qualified G7 Master Printer. The article’s goal is to highlight the differences in the latest Pass/Fail Requirements versus the previous version 31 released in June, 2015. Non-Standard Substrate (SCCA) It is not uncommon for the actual press stock to vary from the standard…

Why all the fuss over SCTV anyway?

You can call it “SCTV” or “Spot Color Tone Value” or “ISO 20654”. But regardless of what you call it, this is a topic that has created a lot of buzz in our industry over the last few months. However, despite all of the buzz and media coverage, there still seems to be a lot of questions about what is it and how it can benefit printers. So here’s a quick explanation that will hopefully…

Why Techkon Products are the Color Measurement Tools of Choice

Here’s why Techkon products are the color measurement tools of choice for printers around the world: Quality Assurance: Our handheld and scanning color measurement devices can immediately show pass/fail status relative to in-house and customer requirements. ChromaQA, our sophisticated, cloud-based, quality assurance solution, lets printers instantly monitor the color quality of jobs on press. Collectively, Techkon products shorten make-ready cycles, reduce the number of re-makes, increase color accuracy & consistency, and ultimately allow our customers…

The Beauty of Color Transformation in Fall Foliage

This blog is inspired by John Seymour, also known as John the Math Guy (http://johnthemathguy.com/). Last year in 2016, John wrote a blog about his burning bush, the euonymus alaus, and the fact that it was starting chromatic transmogrification in September ( http://johnthemathguy.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-color-of-leaves.html). In his article, he picked several leaves and plotted the CIE a* & b* graph, as well as a spectral curve for each. Due to the fact that maple trees are quite…

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