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    Monthly Archives: May 2012

    • Techkon ChromaQA

      Cloud Based Color Quality Assurance Software

      The Techkon ChromaQA is currently in beta. Techkon has projected a September release date for the ChromaQA.

      Techkon ChromaQA enables digital, flexographic, and packaging printers to clearly identify unacceptable color, density and dot gain variations at every point during print production. ChromaQA’s Cloud version offers the ability to remotely create, edit and monitor print jobs, color libraries and quickly determine how well a print job is performing from virtually anywhere in the world via the Internet or company internal Intranet, in real-time.

      Techkon ChromaQA Product Diagram

      What is the ChromaQA Solution

      Techkon ChromaQA Screenshot

      ChromaQA Standard

      The standard version is for singer user installations that do not require remote access.

      ChromaQA Cloud

      The cloud is built specifically for larger businesses with multiple presses and print facilities to manage custom jobs remotely via the internet. With the ChromaQA Cloud you can govern the color quality of countless jobs in real time, multiple locations using either web browser, smart phone or a tablet.

      Managing Color Libraries

      Easily build, edit and govern countless color libraries using the versatile color library management system. Doing this you can ensure that a print job being printed on multiple presses or in a multiple facilities is using the same target reference color tolerance and values. With this highly compatible software you can now import and export color libraries to common formats:

      Techkon ChromaQA Screenshot

      • MIF
      • CXF
      • CXF3
      • TCB
      • INK
      • Excel CSV
       

      Monitoring the Press Run

      The ChromaQA Cloud edition enables an operator to setup four levels of permissions: Level 1 is designed for the administrator and allows unlimited access to manage all files on the server. The Administrator can add, edit or delete users and configure Levels 2, 3 and 4 permissions to provide users with varying levels of access. This edition can be installed on a company’s Intranet or hosted by Techkon. Throughout the press run, ChromaQA collects color data and displays an intuitive graphic and numeric display of the measured colors on the monitor. The data can be viewed in multiple formats including:

      Techkon ChromaQA Screenshot

      The ChromaQA Cloud edition allows a user to configure 4 levels of administration. Level 1 is built for the administrator and grants full access to all files available on the server. The other 3 levels of permissions can be fully customized the administrator. The admin can then modify, erase or create new users, adjusting their custom permissions as he/she sees fit. This edition can be hosted directly from Techkon or on a company's Intranet. Throughout the press process the ChromaQA gathers data relating directly to color quality.

      • Single Sheet Snap Shot – up-to-the-minute reporting of print job performance – either via the Internet or company Intranet. Report includes delta E, density and dot gain derivation from the tolerance values.
      • L* a* b* Color – visual color analysis displays the target reference color against the printed sample color, alerting the operator to an out-of-tolerance condition, and recommending an action to correct the deviation.
      • Statistical Reporting – generate detailed reports for a single press run, or multiple press runs of a job, for internal quality control personnel, press room manager or the print specifier.
      • Trending – ChromaQA provides a unique analytic tool letting users run in-depth trend analysis of specific colors in print jobs that are printed on multiple presses, across different facilities and that are printed on a recurring basis. Follow the performance trend of these jobs over time and easily identify areas that need improvement, such as ink supply issues, press specific mechanical problems or overall improvement in process control guidelines.
      • Exporting – reports printed or exported to PDF or Excel CSV format.

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    • Barbieri Spectropad Awarded

      The Barbieri Spectropad has won the EDP Technical Committee Award 2012 for their infamous Spectropad. This prestigious award confirms once again that the Barbieri Spectropad meets the highest level of innovation and uniqueness.

      The SpectroPad is showcased at the Drupa BARBIERI booth in Hall 7.0 Booth A23.

      Barbieri SpectroPad Wins EDP Technical Committee Award 2012

      What is the Spectopad?

      The Barbieri Spectropad is the standard in portable hand-held spectrophotometers. With a 6mm measuring aperture this is the perfect tool for measuring the color of a wide variety of different medias from large to grand format. Being battery operated with WiFi data transmission this is one of the few color measurement devices that allow you to print without a computer. With an integrated touch screen you will fall in love with the simplicity and elegance of this amazing product.

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    • Digital Info's Double-sided Imposition Proofer & Printer

      Digital Information continues to raise the bar in quality, performance and innovation. They have announced plans to reveal an unprecedented print concept during Drupa on May 3 - 16. A double-sided imposition proofer and inkjet printer known as the PP490. Using this state of the art impo-proofer you will now have the ability to automate the output of double-sided:

      Digital Infomations Double-Sided Imposition Proofer and Inkjet Printer

      • photo book pages
      • color proofs
      • art reproductions
      • posters
      • point-of-sale prints

      Digital Information's PP490 was built to work alongside the highly popular Epson Stylus Pro 4900 inkjet printer. Digital Information has promised to deliver the highest-quality double-sided printout up to DIN A2 or 17" x 22". This remarkable tool is perfect for anyone aiming to meet the highest-caliber of excellence in double-sided printed products that require automatic output on the front and back.

      The PP490 works with inkjet paper sheets. A intuitive pneumatic system picks up the sheets from a compartment which holds up to 500 sheets and transports each individual sheet to the printer. Once the impo-proofer has completed the first side of the sheet, the sheet is then turned around and fed back through the printer. Once both sides are completed the machine places the new printout into a tray for collection.

      Digital Infomations Double-Sided Imposition Proofer and Inkjet Printer

      The new Preproofer 7700, 7800, 7900, 9700, 9890 and 990 models ensure accuracy front and back using real-time video imagery. The new control system continuously governs and modifies the print using a 128 bit code printed on the side of the media by the first printer.

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    • PANTONE Releases 336 More Colors

      PANTONE 336 New Colors

      336 More Reasons to Love PANTONE

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      As of April 24, 2012 PANTONE extended the range of colors in their graphics library from 1,341 to 1,677. PANTONE'S new 336 additional color choices provide a significant advancement to the PANTONE PLUS SERIES Color Library. There are significant color additions to to all the major color families within the PANTONE PLUS SERIES Color Library:

      • Verdant Greens
      • Rich Blues
      • Rich Purples
      • Vibrant Yellows & Oranges
      • Group of High-trending Naturals

      Here are a list of products that now include this new wide array of colors:

      Update Your Colors!

      PANTONE's additional colors wills be available as an update for 60 - 90 days. Owners of previous color guides will be able to easily update there PANTONE PLUS SERIERS Color Library.

      The PANTONE Portable Guide Studio with Forumla Guide Supplement

      The PANTONE Portable Guide Studio

      The PANTONE Portable Guide Studio contains the complete set of all PANTONE PLUS SERIES Guides:

      • PANTONE's full collection of solid and process colors
      • Dramatic neons
      • Lustrous metallics and soft pastels – in all
      • More than 9,000 market-proven colors in a stylish

      Also include the easy-to-take-along carrying case.

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