Cloud-Based Color Quality Assurance Software
Techkon ChromaQA provides digital, flexographic and packaging printers with a powerful set of tools designed to monitor the color quality of the job on press and to reduce the number of re-makes by detecting problems early in the print production process. ChromaQA gives the user the ability to set color tolerances for Density, Delta E and Dot Gain providing immediate feedback on how well the job is conforming to customer tolerances. It also provides detailed trending and statistical reports via the Internet or a company’s Intranet – either in real-time, or at the completion of the press run. The detailed trending and statistical reports help identify press maintenance issues and track ink performance. Interested parties can quickly see how well a print job is performing and generate a full report as needed, wherever they are located.
ChromaQA CLOUD QUALITY ASSURANCE SOLUTION
There are two editions of ChromaQA software: Standard and Cloud. The Standard edition is for single seat installations that do not require remote access. The Cloud edition allows larger organizations with multiple presses and print facilities to remotely manage and monitor customer jobs via the Internet or the firm’s Intranet. This provides the ability to remotely monitor the color quality of multiple jobs in real-time, in multiple locations, using a web browser, smart phone or tablet.
MANAGING COLOR LIBRARIES
The versatile color library management system offers users the ability to easily create, edit and manage multiple color libraries so that a print job being printed on multiple presses, or in multiple plants, is using the same target reference color tolerances and values. The ability to import and export color libraries to common formats, such as MIF, CXF, CXF3, TCB, INK and Excel CSV makes it highly compatible with ink formulation and third-party color management applications. It helps to analyze and discover ink formulation errors and ensure they are formulated correctly before the press starts printing.
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:
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 identifyareas 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.
- Operating systems: Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, and XP
- Memory requirement: minimum of 4 Gbytes
- Communication: minimum of 2 USB ports
- Spectrophotometer direct connection: all Techkon products. Connection to other spectrophotometers thru virtual keyboard
- Data reporting: Delta E 1976, Delta E 2000, Delta CMC, Density, DotGain
- Database: Microsoft SQL
- Ink library format: MIF, CXF, CXF3, TCB, INK, Excel CSV