Techkon SpectroPlate Printing-Plate Measurement Device

SpectroPlate Start: $5800.00
SpectroPlate Expert: $6750.00
SpectroPlate All Vision: $8900.00

The measurement of the right dot transfer on offset printing plates is a key segment of comprehensive process control in the printing industry. At present, plate measurement technology based on microscopic image capture and processing is the established standard. TECHKON SpectroPlate unifies all advantages of this modern measurement technology in a compact, hand-held instrument.

The extraordinary high measurement accuracy of SpectroPlate is determined by the quality of the optical system and the performance of the image processing algorithms. Thanks to the excellent image capture quality and the ingenious graphic calculations, SpectroPlate can read precisely any screen size and screen technology: FM, AM or Hybrid screen. The spectrally white illumination and dynamic color evaluation permits reading all kinds of plate types and coated surfaces.

The supplied Windows software connects the device to a PC. Measured values and transfer curves are displayed and stored. All measurement data can be used directly for linearizing a RIP powered plate processor. An exceptional feature is the enlarged view of the mircoscopic images.

The maintenance free measurement device is shipped with extensive accessories. SpectroPlate is available in two different types of performance packages: The entry-level model Start is for dot percentage measurements on all popular types of printing plates,film and CMYK print. The Expert-version additionally features the recording of complete transfer curves and the possibility to analyze geometric objects within the device. The Start-version can easily be upgraded to the Expert-model by a post-purchase upload from the PC.

All devices are factory-calibrated to the officical reference fogra Measuring Bar FMB resulting in high long-term absolute accuracy and an excellent inter-instrument agreement. Additionally, time-consuming calibration procedures prior to measurements are obsolete.

The Techkon SpectroPlate is a high resolution digital microscope that measures dot percentage, screen angles, lines per inch/cm, dot gain and AM, FM or Hybrid Screens of traditional offset or process-less, low contrast and chemistry-free printing plates.

The three above product configurations come with the measurement device, charging, console with integrated white standard, AC adapter with universal plugs, device case, USB-cable, CD with SpectroConnect software, manual with ISO 9000 certificate and a two year warranty

Measurement technology
high-precision optical system with high resolution digital camera and digital image processing

Image capture
1024 x 1024 pixels
16 million colors
RGB, uncompressed

Measurement aperture
1 x 1 mm direct positioning with viewfinder, realtime image preview captured in LCD graphic device display

Light source
homogeneous spectral-broadband LED illumination

Measurement time
approx. 1 second per measurement

factory-made calibrated permanently to fogra Measuring Bar FMB, white standard in charging console

Measurement range Dot %
0.0 - 100.0 %

Screen ruling range
AM: 30 - 150 l/cm,
75 - 380 lpi
FM: 10 - 70 microns

Measureable media
Offset printing plates,
CtP and conventional,
Film in transmission and reflection,
Printed paper CMYK

100 data sets (only Expert-version)

+/- 0,5 %

high-contrast LCD graphic display, 240 x 160 pixels, 16 gray levels, contrast ratio adjustable

Power supply
rechargeable Ni-MH battery,
controlled recharge via charging
console with AC-adapter,
100 -240 V, 47-63 Hz,
approx. 10.000 measurements
per battery charge,
battery level control

Communication Port

65 x 65 x 190 mm / 530 g (1.2 lbs)

Software SpectroPlate Connect
runs with Microsoft Windows 2000/XP

Measurement device,
Charging console with white standard,
AC-adapter with universal plugs,
Carrying case,
USB cable,
CD with Software SpectroPlate Connect,
Manual with ISO 9000 certificate

Accessories / Bundles / Upgrades / Add-ons
Upgrade Start to Expert (via Firmware upload): $1250.00
Charging console with integrated white standard (Does not include AC Adaptor): $350.00
AC Adapter with Universal Plugs: $150.00
Rechargeable battery with special connector: $100.00
SpectroPlate Device case: $100.00
SpectroPlate Start Device Check/ Recertification: $850.00
SpectroPlate Expert Device Check/ Recertification: $950.00
SpectroPlate All Vision Device Check/ Recertification: $1050.00