Techkon SpectroVision – The 3 in 1 Solution for Flexo Print Quality

Part II – Bar Code Grading: Last week, we kicked off this 3 part blog series by looking at the changing landscape for package printers and how brand owners are moving towards more SKU’s, shorter run lengths, and tighter color tolerances.  Together, these dynamics mean more frequent and longer make-readies for packaging printers which further reduce already thin profit margins.  As we discussed last week, Techkon’s SpectroVision has been designed specifically to reduce make-ready times…

Techkon SpectroVision – The 3 in 1 Solution for Flexo Print Quality

Part I: Ever wonder if there is new technology out there that was designed specifically to help you increase your flexo pressroom efficiencies and save you money?  If you answered “YES”, then sit right down and let me explain how Techkon SpectroVision may be precisely the solution you have been searching for. We know that brand customers are moving toward more SKU’s, shorter run lengths, and tighter color tolerances.  Together, these factors add up to…

A Two-Pronged Approach for Increased Profitability – Part II

Welcome back everybody to Part 2 in our blog series title “A Two-Pronged Approach for Increased Profitability”. Last week we took a look at how printing to the numbers can help to transform your print manufacturing process into a more repeatable and predictable process. This week, we’ll look at the benefits associated with inline color measurement systems and how they can further help printers reduce make-ready times and ensure conformance with the print standard. Don’t…

A Two-Pronged Approach for Increased Profitability – Part I

Have you noticed the push for higher quality flexo printing? What about the more devasting trend where brand customers are moving toward an increased number of SKU’s, shorter print run lengths, and tighter color tolerances? This kind of shifting landscape creates some pretty tough conditions for printers who must then incur many more make-readies to accommodate the shorter press runs. In addition, make-ready times are getting even longer so that printers can achieve the new…

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…

Creating Colorbars for the SpectroVision Inline Quality Inspection System

A question we get asked a lot when talking to print shops is regarding color bar requirements for our SpectroVision inline spectrophotometer.   It seems like a simple question, but when you take into account all of the little nuances it can be a little tricky.  Below you will find answers for many of those questions we get that will hopefully help you understand how the system works and the efficiencies that can be garnered if…

How SpectroVision Slashes Flexo Make-Ready Costs

  As a refresher, the Techkon SpectroVision is an inline color quality or color QC solution that can be mounted to your existing flexo, gravure, or digital press.  It features a true, 31 point, spectrophotometer that is capable of measuring color bars, color patches, or anywhere inside the printed artwork while the press is running at speeds of over 1,000 ft/min.  However, SpectroVision is quite unique in its’ ability to measure an entire process control…

What’s the Best Spectrophotometer for Automation in the Pressroom?

I know what you’re thinking…..”he’s the ‘Techkon guy’ so naturally he’s going to say that a Techkon spectrophotometer is best”. And you would be right! Then, I could go on and on and give all the reasons why our instruments are so much better than the other, “x-type”, devices. However, I’ll save that comparative information for another session because the focus of this blog is about how to automate your pressroom color measurements for increased…

Inline at Insane Speeds

  Here at Techkon we often get the question, “How fast can your inline spectrophotometer measure?”  While in the end the answer is simple, sometimes it takes a little bit of mental dexterity to grasp it.  Today we will answer the simple question and then give you the details behind it. QUESTION:  How fast can your inline measure? ANSWER:  How fast can your press print! I know that seems like an outrageous answer, and well…

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…

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