October 12, 2021

Data collection choices

ChromaChecker supports 4 data collection options:

1 — ChromaChecker Capture

2 — ChromaChecker Uploader

3 — 3rd Party Apps with direct ChromaChecker Compatibility

4 — Manually

 

 

#1 — ChromaChecker Capture

Capture is a software included with your ChromaChecker subscription and is used to drive common instruments such as:

Capture is capable of driving the instrument simply by login in, typing in metadata about the scan and clicking the measure button, or automating by using barcodes to login and metadata entry. Following are 3 example configurations for Capture.

A. Automated solution based on X-Rite iSis 1/2 

In this configuration, one iSis instrument can perform automated measurements by sensing the paper, starting the scan, reading the barcode, and completing the scan. The operator places the paper in the iSis and views the results with no other intervention.

One iSis can be used for dozens of printers in one plant completing the identification of the printer through the use of a barcode. Each print condition (press/substrate) has a unique barcode (which ChromaChecker generates automatically) that is interpreted automatically when the target is measured, and the data is uploaded to the specific track. 

ChromaChecker Capture driving the X-Rite iSis will recognize barcodes automatically, this capability requires minimal skills from the operator, the printed page just needs to be inserted into the instrument properly, the measurement, the interpretation, and routing of the measurement to the right track is all automatic.

A report showing the result of the print is displayed in real-time to help the press operator know if they can start production if the Color Conformance values are within required Expectations (E-Factor).

 

B. Semi-automated solution based on any supported Instrument driven by ChromaChecker Capture equipped with the barcode reader.

Any Instrument along with a barcode reader - like i1Pro1/2 can be used to collect data. The Operator scans the barcode into Capture before measurement. The barcode automatically configures Capture with the correct instrument, color bar and track, all the operator needs to do is measure the color bar, no manual choices for operator. This unique function will improve productivity and upload data in the most effective way possible, eliminating any chance for operator error.  

A report showing the result of the print is displayed real-time to help the press operator know if they can start production if the Color Conformance values are within required Expectations (E-Factor).

 

C. Manual Scan-The press operator using Capture selects the print condition (Indigo on Coated paper) and measures the control strip

Good and fast method though dependent on an operator selecting and typing in the job information. This is commonly used for a limited number of printers. Operators can be assigned a single printer with defaulting scanning templates so the operator tasks are limited. In the case where the print operator scans the color bar for one device and a few tracks - it works with reduced risk of a human mistake. ChromaChecker will identify if the wrong track is selected and fail the scan due to the print condition mismatch. 

A report showing the result of the print is displayed in real-time to help the press operator know if they can start production if the Color Conformance values are within required Expectations (E-Factor).

 

 

#2 — ChromaChecker Uploader

The uploader is software included with your ChromaChecker subscription and is used to drive common instruments such as:

Automatic uploading color data using existing infrastructure.

If you have automated measurement devices that can export color data automatically (like X-Rite Intellitrax or FD-9), ChromaChecker Uploader creates a "bridge" between your existing software and the ChromaChecker server.

In this scenario, there is no need for Internet access for any computers in the production area. The exported color files are sent to a watch folder where ChromaChecker Uploader has an assigned uploading task. ChromaChecker Uploader will securely upload the file using the SOAP protocol. The folder can reside anywhere on the network and the data uploading takes place in the background without operator intervention.

For locations with limited access to the Internet, the application allows for a configuration using an intermediary server.

 

 

#3 — 3rd Party Apps with direct ChromaChecker Compatibility

3rd party solutions that support direct uploading using the ChromaChecker API, or FTP Export

More and more programs are adding the ChromaChecker API which allows these third-party applications directly to the ChromaChecker user account. In the application, the user provides login information for establishing a connection to the user's ChromaChecker account. The upload of data occurs in the background with automation built into ChromaChecker compliant applications. Please refer to the current list of 3rd party ChromaChecker compliant software here.

  • HP ColorBeat

 

 

 

#4 — Manually

ChromaChecker supports industry-standard formats that can easily be uploaded by navigating to the file and clicking on Upload.

 

Manual mode

Fantastic way to get started. Drag and drop technology allows for fast and easy uploading of data to the desired track. Up to 20 files can be transmitted in a single operation.  Simply click the blue cloud icon and select the files to upload. This is a good first step to ensure the files are compatible prior to automation. You can also load historic data for analysis.

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