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…

Accurately Communicating Color from Design to Press

Accurately reproducing color from the digital artwork created by designers is an essential component to the success of any commercial or packaging print company.  Within the print production process there are typically 3 different methods of communicating color.  The first is the monitor as it is the medium by which designers create the original artwork.  The second is the inkjet printer as it is typically used to produce proofs that represent the colors to be…

5 Business Considerations for Color Quality Assurance Software

Monitor Color Quality Worldwide: Cloud based color quality assurance software allows organizations with multiple presses and print facilities to remotely manage and monitor customer jobs via the Internet or the firm’s Intranet. This provides the ability to remotely monitor the color quality of multiple jobs in real-time, in multiple locations, using a, smart phone or tablet or network connected computer. The software thus enables: excellent color reproduction quality throughout an entire print run accurate and…

Pressroom Automation and the Difference Between Open and Closed Loop

Automated Measuring Systems Scans instead of individual measurements Scanning spectrodensitometers measure the entire ink control strip thus recording all ink zones in one single measuring operation. Since the printer no longer has to select arbitrary ink zones, he does not miss the problematic ink zones either. He can now be certain that all possible inking fluctuations are detected. In this way, therefore, automation at the same time eliminates all subjective influences. As in handheld instruments,…

5 Technical Considerations for Color Quality Assurance Software

Cloud-based printing workflows manage the interface between a print buyer and print service provider by means of a client-server or browser based application software package. The application software is developed and managed by a third party organization, the cloud print service provider, which oversees all interactions in converting content to print including pricing, ordering, job routing, quality control, and shipping/delivery. All of this can be accomplished with global connections between buyers and printers. In addition,…

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