Techkon has expanded the range of ChromaQA color quality products designed to help printers improve their color matching capabilities and reduce waste so they can remain competitive and maintain profitability.
With ChromaQA, operators are not required to be highly skilled users of spectrophotometers or computers. Instead, these new technologies are designed for simplicity and to quickly guide press operators and ink technicians alike to the optimum match using color science and the elimination of guesswork.
ChromaQA Ink is designed for packaging or commercial printers that need a more efficient way to store, manage, and share color standards throughout the organization. ChromaQA Ink locates colors for jobs and identifies when new colors and drawdowns must be created for customers. It also performs quality control tests on new batches of ink to ensure all colors are within specification before reaching the pressroom.
ChromaQA Lite is aimed at packaging printers looking for a more affordable technology that is easier to deploy in the pressroom and ink department. It provides a focused feature set that enables press operators to get up to color faster and stay on color throughout the press run. In addition, it includes color matching feedback that is easy to understand, actionable, and with clear pass and fail indications.
ChromaQA Suite is an enterprise color quality technology tailored for packaging printers who wish to improve the color accuracy of their ink supply chain, shorten pressroom make-readies, and ensure color consistency across each press run. It is designed for spot colors, 4C process work, ECG jobs, and tracking G7 compliance.
‘Besides the cost savings and color matching benefits in the pressroom, all ChromaQA solutions include our ink management module, which is extremely powerful and has really earned praises from packaging printers which often must maintain thousands and thousands of color standards,’ said Stephen Rankin, director of product management for Techkon USA.
‘Our cloud-based ink management module greatly simplifies this process and gives printers the tools they need to easily store, locate, manage, share, and even QC their inks before they reach the pressroom floor. Today, the QC tools have been expanded beyond just ∆E to include important metrics such as Ink Strength, Metamerism Index, Contrast Ratio, and Opacity. This module provides accountability and traceability into ink production issues and promotes communication between the ink and press departments resulting in more accurate and consistent color on press,’ concluded Rankin.