GIVE CLIENTS THE EXACT COLOR THEY EXPECT
ChromaQA is a powerful color quality solution that enables a more predictable and repeatable print manufacturing process to ensure your presses are delivering perfect results every time. You’ll reduce the number of re-makes and recognize a significant savings in ink and paper by detecting color problems early.
5 EASY STEPS TO REPEATABLE SUCCESS AND HAPPIER CUSTOMERS
- Enter the job information, including client’s color specifications and all print tolerances.
- Retrieve the job, on press, start taking measurements, and let ChromaQA automatically show you how to achieve the target values.
- Continue to spot check color quality throughout press run, using instant pass/fail feedback to maintain perfect quality.
- Use automated reports to show your customer they’re getting exactly what they specified.
- Enjoy the feeling of success as repeat business rolls in.
A TOTAL PRINT COLOR QUALITY SOLUTION
ChromaQA connects all members of a printing team. The Ink Kitchen can define & manage color assets, Prepress can create & set job specifications, the Pressroom can measure color bars from live jobs & view pass/fail, and the QA Department can design internal & customer reports.
ChromaQA is flexible enough to benefit any size of print operation, from a smaller printer with a single press to large enterprises with multiple printing locations.
Software Setup, Default Preferences, and User Accounts
Create users, groups of users (e.g. for different locations), and user roles which define the modules that can be accessed (e.g. “pressroom” role can only run jobs and cannot change any specifications or settings). Define metadata fields to be included with a print job (e.g. customer name, substrate type, press name, sales person, etc.). Set lists of permitted values in dropdown fields.
Color and measurement settings can be locked to ensure consistency. Tolerances can be controlled at a granular level for each of the color components. To simplify pass/fail determination, a single “scorecard” metric can be created with assigned weights for each color component.
Printers that work with brands that use Schawk! ColorDrive can setup integration with ChromaQA for automatic scoring and data submission.
Creation of new print color QA job templates based on customer specifications
A series of wizard screens will step the user through the process to create a new print color QA job template. A color bar is created, aim or target color reference values are assigned, tolerances are defined, and key reporting metrics are selected. Job template creation is typically assigned to the prepress department so it is done more efficiently and accurately than in the pressroom.
Run-time for jobs and collection of color measurement information
The pressman can select a print job and scan the color bar. This brings up a dashboard showing the specific color and density adjustments to meet the job specifications. Additional report tabs for solids & spots, tints, overprints, G7, substrate, and scorecard allow a further drill down to look at details of color deviations. There are 15 different color report screens available for viewing (any 4 of them can be configured to show up in dashboard).
Manage color assets and create color books & libraries
Color standards are defined by measuring or importing data from a variety of file formats (MIF, CXF, TCB, INK and others). Color books are created by grouping color standards that belong together. It is also possible to build color libraries from collections of books. Check and compare incoming ink or drawdowns compared to color standards. The management of color standards can be separated from the rest of the process by user permissions, so the integrity of your color assets is preserved.
Get specific ink density adjustments to minimize color differences
ChromaQA incorporates Techkon’s InkCheck technology which provides press operators with specific ink density adjustments to minimize color differences (deltaE’s) and provide a “best match” to the target color. InkCheck also predicts the ∆E expected AFTER making recommended density adjustments. This lets the press operator know if density adjustments alone will get to an acceptable color match.
In an industry with razor thin margins, it’s easy to see why faster make ready times and substantial savings in ink and paper are simply good for business. Customers need accurate colors and consistent colors, and they know what’s possible with today’s technology. Many even ask for proof that their color specifications have been met. ChromaQA is enabling printers of all sizes to meet these demands and more.
Download THE BUSINESS BENEFITS OF COLOR QUALITY MANAGEMENT to learn how color quality software can measurably help your business.