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…

Are your density readings still accurate?

Request Test Kit and check your densitometer or spectrophotometer using Color Caliber. About Color Caliber: Your print quality is dependent on the accuracy of your density and color measurements. Color Caliber is a quick and simple test to verify the accuracy of color measurement devices. It is a service provided by TECHKON USA at no charge. The kit contains a calibrated test chart along with CMYK density values that were measured on a certified reference…

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…

PantoneLIVE Connectivity with Techkon Measurement Devices

Some of our customers use PantoneLIVE for brand packaging jobs. They want to know how they can use Techkon measurement devices for print jobs that involve the use of PantoneLIVE. “PantoneLIVE is a suite of products, licenses and services enabling secure access to a database of spectrally defined Pantone®* and brand spot color standards via a partner ecosystem.” – From XRITE product page for PantoneLIVE The “partner ecosystem” for PantoneLIVE includes several software solution providers…

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…