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GRIPdigital TECHKON DMS910 Digital MicroScope Fills Calibration Needs Of Latest Platesetters

Press release from the issuing company

LaGrange, IL, February 2004—The TECHKON DMS910 Digital MicroScope—distributed in North America by GRIPdigital—fills a calibration need created by the latest thermal and violet platesetters, which are capable of producing ultrafine stochastic and conventional images at resolutions of 300lpi or greater. According to color expert Greg Imhoff, GRIPdigital president: “Conventional dotmeters and measuring devices based on web cameras cannot consistently and accurately measure images above approximately 250lpi, and are unable to discriminate images properly to assess plates made with stochastic screening. Only the TECHKON DMS910—with its unique ability to measure high-definition screen rulings and to see the printed product in actual color—can keep pace as today’s platesetters redefine computer-to-plate output. The DMS910—twice as accurate, consistent, and repeatable as any other handheld plate measurement device on the market today—provides linearity and repeatability of ±0.5 percent when measuring conventional screens at 150lpi, traceable to the FOGRA standard. In addition, the device measures stochastic screens as fine as 10 microns. The software automatically fingerprints any tonal curve—AM, FM, or XM—in color. The export feature permits calibrating the output RIP of any platesetter. The handheld GRIPdigital TECHKON DMS910 operates on the same principal as the laboratory planimeters used by plate manufacturers to benchmark imaging systems.” The GRIPdigital TECHKON DMS910 Digital Microscope incorporates renowned German optics with high-resolution camera technology, and comes complete with all software necessary to instantly preview and record the plate values being read. Halftone image measurement is displayed in both inch and metric values, and the screen angle is automatically displayed. TECHKON GmbH has a 20-year history of developing and commercializing the finest color measurement and quality control devices available. The Digital MicroScope DMS 910 is a highly accurate measuring device especially for the quality control of printing plates. Successfully used worldwide as a reference instrument by plate and platesetter manufacturers, the technology now offers affordable control of computer-to-plate devices to printers everywhere.