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…

Are You Ready to “Make the Switch”? We Make it Easy

Let’s face it, the “switch” is on! Here at Techkon, we live it, breath it, and sell it every day. Printers in all markets and of all sizes are making the switch from their current devices and software to newer Techkon solutions. I could go on and on and explain all of the reasons like more innovative products, unlimited customer support, and the fact that we have staff that are happy to answer the phone…

Should I Use a Densitometer or Spectrophotometer in My Pressroom?

Should I Use a Densitometer or Spectrophotometer in My Pressroom – this a question we hear all the time from printers across all segments of the industry. While the densitometer has been around for many years and has been widely adopted, there is no doubt that the momentum has now shifted towards using spectrophotometers in the pressroom. Today’s pressroom spectrophotometers (sometimes called “spectro-densitometers”), offer all of the capabilities of a densitometer and also have the…

Print Quality Management

We hear a lot about “big data” these days.  It’s being used to track your shopping habits, send you targeted advertising, and even develop cures for life threatening ailments such as cancer.  However, I’d like to take a minute and tell you the benefits of big data as it relates to the Techkon print quality management solution called ChromaQA and how your print production environment can benefit from the power of big data. The ChromaQA print quality…

What is the Process Free (or Processless) Plate and What to Consider When Switching?

Photo Credit: Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates Since the introduction of the CTP (Computer-to-plate) plate from AGFA in 1993, it only took 2 years for more than 50 CTP systems to be brought to the DRUPA exhibition held in 1995. Nowadays, if you walk into a litho offset shop, you will definitely find a CTP system somewhere, usually in a separate CTP room or sharing space within the prepress department. Just like any equipment you…

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! …

ChromaQA and the Power of Big Data

We hear a lot about “big data” these days.  It’s being used to track your shopping habits, send you targeted advertising, and even develop cures for life threatening ailments such as cancer.  However, I’d like to take a minute and tell you the benefits of big data as it relates to the Techkon color quality solution called ChromaQA and how your print production environment can benefit from the power of big data. The ChromaQA print…

Troubleshooting Connection Issues

If you are trying to connect a Techkon device to Chroma QA, Printflow, or Colibri, follow these steps: If you encounter problems connecting to the Techkon Device, please check that the Windows Service is running. Open the Microsoft Windows Control Panel Select the Administrative Tools Open the Services Make sure that the TECHKON Device Service is listed as shown above and that the status is set to “Started” and the startup type is set to…

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.

Five Tips for Creating Your Color Bar

Five Tips for Creating Your Color Bar Evaluate all of your presses so you have complete information on the manufacturer, print width, number of keys, and individual key width. This will allow you to map a color bar that will work for each of your presses. Be sure that each ink zone has at least one solid patch per ink used on press, so you know how to control the keys based on density or…

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…

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…

Resetting Your SpectroDens

Do you want to reset your SpectroDens? Resetting your SpectroDens will bring the device back to the factory default settings. **Please note that if you do this, all calibration data (including slope values), stored measurement values, reference values, target values, and tolerance values will be deleted.** If you have any questions at all, please get in touch with our service team by calling 978-777-1854, chatting, or emailing service@techkonusa.com! Some reasons you might want to reset…

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,…

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