Have You Fallen Behind on Your Device Recertifications?

The device recertification process for a densitometer or spectrophtometer ensures that your device is functioning properly and meets our strict international standards.  We recommend it be evaluated every 12 months at a Techkon Service Center. This preventative maintenance is critical to keeping your equipment performing at optimum levels and will help avoid sudden and unexpected interruptions on the pressroom floor. Properly maintaining your equipment helps ensure the accuracy of your color measurements while also extending…

3 Reasons Offset Printers Need Automated Color Control

While color measurements can be taken by hand, calculated, and worked out to verify a ‘passing’ sheet, for most offset printers this is not practical. The time it takes, both to measure and to calculate all the required print attributes, is prohibitive. When printers ask about doing this, we advise that while it can be done, for most printers they will not be successful. Many brand customers care about a variety of attributes such as…

MYIRO-1: First Impressions of the Software

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog regarding my first impressions of the MYIRO-1 instrument and how it stands apart from the competition.  This week, I’d like share a few quick thoughts regarding the MYIRO-1 ICC color management software and how it has been built to support several specific use cases that complement an ICC profiling workflow very nicely. Ease of Use: Before we get into the features and functions of the software, I…

The Importance of Color Quality for Brand Owners

We invited Sonja Dearden, Print Production Manager at Lindt Chocolate, to a discussion on color quality for brand owners and developed this Question & Answer Guide to provide valuable insights on the importance of print standardization when managing color around the globe. QUESTION: Why do we need print standardization? ANSWER: An international company can have many different designers, pre-press agencies and print vendors around the globe working on their brand. If they all start from…

Beyond the Brand Requirements: Using On-Press QC for Efficiency

Screen from ChromaQA, Color Quality QC software, showing ink Delta E, as well as recommended adjustments to improve Delta E. For printers, being able to see if the print is good during makeready and production is important. Most press consoles do not have any easy way to see if a print is measuring to the print standard. Press consoles typically show metrics such as dot gain, density and even solid ink LAB values but they…

A Testimonial from Paul Sherfield

Me and my MYIRO :  I have been using my MYIRO-1 for nearly 10 months now as my main handheld, computer attached spectrophotometer. The instrument from Konica Minolta is clearly aimed as the first creditable competitor to well known market leading spectrophotometer in this area. Its build quality is good, a strong plastic body with a ‘lens cap’ that also serves as the calibration plate. The instruments technology is based on Konica Minolta’s FD-9 high-end…

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…