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…

Tell me again about the new Techkon ColorEnsure™ technology…

I’m glad you asked!  As you may have heard, Techkon USA recently launched a completely new version of it’s ChromaQA software (version 3.0).  This new software pairs with the SpectroDens spectro-densitometer to form a very comprehensive, but easy to use, pressroom color quality solution that allows packaging and commercial printers to monitor the color quality of jobs on press.  This kind of real-time job monitoring provides immediate feedback to press operators regarding the color quality…

Components of a Closed-Loop Color Control System and How They Work Their Magic

Adding a Closed-Loop Color Control System is often the best and most effective way to breath new life into an older offset press.  The result is automation which decreases job make-ready times for instant time and material savings but it’s also the “great equalizer” too, which increases the color consistency across individual press runs, over time, and even across multiple presses or different shifts of press operators.  However, to better understand how the closed-loop system…

Is your Techkon device in need of recertification?

The Techkon Recertification program will ensure your instrument is ISO compliant and that it meets factory specifications. Our 8 point recertification includes: Cleaning of instrument optics Check/replace battery charging capacity Check/replace lamp Check white standard Verify & Update internal device calibration Upload new firmware Complete functionality test ISO9001 compliant certificate You can start the process of recertifying your device by requesting an RMA.  After filling out the RMA request form, you will receive an email…

Viewing Density Trends with Expresso Mini

ExPresso Mini is a SpectroDENS feature that shows print density trends as a bar graph. Press operators can use this capability to track trends across multiple sheets or across the press width. It is a simple tool to help maintain print uniformity. STEP 1: Use the up/down arrow buttons on SpectroDENS to select the Measurements Function menu on (bottom left menu). Scroll through the menu and select the Expresso Mini function.  Expresso Mini displays results…

Field tests with print samples using XRGA and Techkon instruments

A previous blog post (“Consistent Color Measurement”) discussed instrument settings and procedures to ensure consistent color measurement throughout the supply chain. Once these are all in place, how well will instruments agree? All spectrophotometer manufacturers quote “repeatability” as one of their specs. This is the degree to which an instrument agrees with itself when making measurements of the same spot on the same sample, over a short period of time. Instrument repeatability is a small…

Section 179 – Getting a Tax Write off for Entire Purchase Cost

When your business buys certain items of equipment, it typically gets to write them off a little at a time through depreciation. For a $50,000 machine, it may get to write off $10,000 a year for five years. The whole purpose behind the Section 179 stimulus is to motivate American businesses to invest in growth. For most small businesses, the entire cost can be written-off on the 2016 tax return (up to $500,000). Learn more…

Why Techkon SpectroDens is the preferred G7® measurement device

Techkon SpetroDENS was the first handheld device to offer integrated support for the Idealliance G7® specification and is the only measurement device which reports G7 measurements relative to the measurement of your actual printing stock. This is important because G7 is substrate relative. This means the color of G7 gray adapts to the color of the substrate. For example, on a blue paper the gray will have a bluer target value or aim than it…

Wide Gamut Printing with CMYK Inks

Sheet-fed print quality has improved over the last decade for many reasons. Not only has equipment improved, but standards and specifications have provided printers with tools to improve quality. Print specifications and standards such as GRACoL and ISO are designed to provide quality printing results that are sustainable in production through the use of best practices. Simply moving to a print specification such as GRACoL often increases the gamut for ‘uncalibrated’ printers through proper ink…

Press Calibration to Standards. Is it a Return on Investment?

It is great to be able to match a proof on press, but what is the real financial benefit? It depends on the type of printing that you are doing. For some types of printing, it really is just ink on paper and the proof is just a rough guide. The return on investment is less obvious for this type of printing. When the customer expects you to match the proof, however, being able to…

Ink Optimization with GCR

More Than Just Saving Ink Ink optimization software has been with us for some time, but most printing plants do not use it. Many have not heard of it and are unaware of how the software works and what it does. Ink optimization software uses Gray Component Replacement (GCR) to change the separation of the image. The software will take color from the file, and increase the black channel. The software can be set to…