FAQ

August 4, 2022

Data collection choices

 

 ChromaChecker supports 4 data collection options:

 

1

If you don't have software to measure color, use ChromaChecker Capture

2

If you measure color with software that can auto export the data

3

If you measure color with software that supports ChromaChecker API

4

 If you have existing measurement data
to evaluate

 

 

 ChromaChecker Capture

 

 

 ChromaChecker Uploader

 

 

3rd Party Apps with direct
ChromaChecker Compatibility

 

 

 Manual uploading of data

Use with supported measurement devices to measure printed targets

CC Uploader acts as hot folder which uploads to your ChromaChecker Account

Then user can configure software to auto upload to ChromaChecker Account

 Select the data to upload to defined printer

 

 

 

#1 — ChromaChecker Capture

CC Capture is Windows and Mac-based software included with your ChromaChecker subscription and is used to drive common instruments such as:

Capture is capable of driving the instrument by selecting the print condition and clicking measure, or automating the process using barcodes. Following are 3 example configurations for Capture.

A. Automated solution based on X-Rite iSis 

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, with no manual choices for the operator. This unique function will improve productivity and upload data in the most effective way possible, eliminating any chance of operator error.  

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).

 

C. Basic Scan - The press operator using Capture selects the print condition and measures the control strip

This is commonly used in production prior to implementing automation as the manual steps are limited.  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 CC Uploader is Mac and Windows client software included with your ChromaChecker subscription and is used to upload measurement data exported from common instruments such as:

 

Automatic uploading of 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 will automate loading the files into the ChromaChecker server.

The exported color files are sent to a watch folder residing inside the firewall where ChromaChecker Uploader has an assigned uploading task, there is no need for Internet access for any computers in the production area. 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.

Security common best practice is placing the CC Uploader application in a DMZ (Demilitarized Zone)  rather than installing directly on the press as the application and the data can reside anywhere on the network.

 

 

 

#3 — 3rd Party Apps with direct ChromaChecker Compatibility

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

ChromaChecker Ready applications (Third-Party) are integrated directly using the ChromaChecker API. In the application, the user authenticates using SOAP credentials which establishes a connection to the server. The data transfer occurs in the background with automation built into ChromaChecker compliant applications. 

NOTE: At the time thats procedures was written it was using the latest version of the vendor's software that was available at the time. Obviously, vendors update their software routinely, and the steps outlined here may not accurately reflect the latest version. Please forward screen shots and tips to us to improve the documentation to help new users connect their printing devices to the ChromaChecker cloud.

 

 

 

#4 — Manually

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

Manual mode

A 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.

 

 

 

 

Video

  • This tutorial shows you how easy it is to measure color bars using Chromachecker Capture software. ChromaChecker supports all color bars, all presses, and all instruments making it the optimal system for color quality control checking, correction, and reporting.

  • This tutorial demonstrates how to configure ChromaChecker Uploader to use ChromaChecker Print Inspector for analysis

  • Free Mac or Windows Application with File grabbing/ renaming utility and SOAP protocol built-in to efficient upload files from local hot folders to selected tracks.
    This software has no direct Instrument support, but is designed to work with any software that can automatically export measurement data which then is uploaded to the ChromaChecker Cloud.

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