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Techkon SpectroDens
Techkon SpectroDens

Techkon SpectroDens

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$ 4,300.00
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SpectroDens is your all-purpose, modern measurement device. All SpectroDens devices can also be used for short scans and feature a brilliant color display.

A measurement device for all applications

View the quick 1 minute Demo Video above to learn more

2018 INTERTECH AWARD WINNER: The judges liked its unique “combination of super-fast measurement speeds, heightened intelligence, and a built-in mode for color bar scanning” and concluded they “foresee SpectroDens4 becoming the spectrophotometer of choice in many pressrooms.”

SpectroDens Brochure - including specifications

Using measurement technology for quality assurance in print is a universally accepted practice these days. SpectroDens is your all-purpose, modern measurement device. Whether it be in pre-print for verifying proofs, for ongoing quality control measuring spot color at the printing press, during delivery inspection of paper and print products or in a color lab, SpectroDens is exceptionally suitable, whatever your application. Thanks to the individually adjustable display functions, you can quickly set up the device for your particular job. All SpectroDens devices can also be used for short scans and feature a brilliant color display. Optionally data transmission by means of a WLAN module is possible.  Can be upgraded post-purchase by program upload to higher versions.

Three Versions of SpectroDens:

  • Basic: includes the essential density functions

    Automatic density, Density CMYK (with reference measurements), Dot area, Dot gain, Print contrast, Gray and color balance, Ink trapping, Printing curve, Density spectrum, Spectral density for spot colors, Trend function ExPresso mini, Slur/doubling, Dot area to Yule-Nielsen for printing plates, LED technology provides measurement conditions M0-M3 according to ISO 13655

  • Advanced: adds extended densitometry functions, colorimetry and a color library

    Same as Basic plus CIE L*a*b*, ΔE*a*b*, CIE L*C*h*ab, CIE XYZ, CIE color circle, ΔE*cmc, ΔE*CIE94, ΔE*CIE2000, Remission spectrum, InkCheck: Color control of spot colors, Color library with up to 20 color books and a total number of 3000 reference values, Memory capacity for 1200 sample values and 300 reference values, GrayGuide according to Gracol G7™

  • Premium: the comprehensive, flagship version

    Does everything the Advanced does and adds Ugra/Fogra media wedge evaluation, ISO-Check: Color control according to ISO 12647, CIE L*u*v*, CIE L*C*h*uv, CIE xyY, DIN Lab99, Metamery index, Whiteness, Yellowness, Pass/fail tolerance, Average
    Premium version is particularly good at evaluating the Ugra/Fogra media wedge because the device toggles between colorimetric measurement without polarization filter and density measurement with filter at the push of a button.

Two devices in one

The product name alone suggests the multiple uses of the device. As a spectro-densitometer, SpectroDens combines the qualities of a highly accurate spectro-photometer and an easy-to-use densitometer. Measurement is spectral, i.e. the entire color information - the spectral fingerprint of the color - is precisely registered. The measured spectral data is converted into measurement data for descriptive analysis and display:

  • Densitometric data is widely used in quality control during the printing process
  • Colorimetric data is used in the evaluation of print proofs, the creation of color profiles in color management and the color matching and formulation of inks.


A push of a button provides you with solid density as well as all useful additional information such as dot gain, dot area, gray balance and print contrast. In the automatic measurement mode the device always displays the relevant information instantly. You can even quickly and easily produce complete characteristic printing curves. The spectral measurement technology calculates not only density values for CMYK, but also exact data for the density of spot colors. 

All standard colorimetric functions are displayed clearly. Even the entire CIE L*a*b*- color circle appears in the display. Reference colors and complete digital color books can be saved in the color library.

Standardized measurement

The device works strictly according to the standards valid for the graphic industry. Select different status filters for density measurement among the device settings. A special technical feature is the polarization filter which can be activated via the push of a button.

Using the latest LED technology, the new SpectroDens provides D50 illumination and therefore fulfills the M0-M3 measuring conditions in accordance with ISO 13655.

In addition, all SpectroDens devices have tracking wheels, which ensure a straight run and allow, besides spot measurements, short scans of color patches or step wedges.  Thus, an Ugra/Fogra media wedge can be measured within only 15 seconds, an ISO/PSO conformity check and a printing curve can be done within only 3 seconds. 

Software SpectroConnect

The SpectroConnect software supplied with the device displays the measurement data clearly arranged on a computer monitor. Just connect SpectroDens by USB cable to a PC. Optionally the SpectroDens devices can transmit the data even wirelessly via WLAN to the computer.

Measurement data can be transferred e. g. into Microsoft Excel™ or other applications. The integrated color library is especially easy to use. For example, you can load complete “digital color books” into the device. An import of color values in CXF® format is possible. 

The software also serves as the connecting module for other applications, e.g. programs for the production of printing curves, for colorimetric quality control or for checking the compliance of printing products to ISO standards.  

Purchase includes: SpectroDens measurement device, charging console with white standard and AC adapter with universal plugs, carrying case, USB cable, CD with SpectroConnect software, manual with ISO 9000 compliant certificate

Optional Accessories: Small apertures, Print control strip TCS Digital, Color reference SpectroCheck, WLAN module


What size aperture is included with SpectroDens?
The SpectroDens comes with a 3mm aperture. A smaller 1.5mm aperture is available at an additional cost.

Is the SpectroDens a densitometer or a spectrophotometer?
Both. Measurement is spectral. The spectral data is converted into density or colorimetric information. The spectral measurement technology calculates not only density values for CMYK, but also exact data for the density of spot colors.

Are there different versions available?
Yes, there are three different performance packages: The Basic model with essential density functions, the Advanced version with extended density functions and colorimetry and the “all-options” flagship the Premium device.

Can the units be upgraded?
Yes, very easy via program upload with the USB connection to a PC.

Which TECHKON products are replaced by SpectroDens?
The former R410 and R410e devices are in functionality comparable to SpectroDens Basic. SpectroDens Advanced replaces the SD 620 and SpectroDens Premium the SP 820 and SP 830 products.

What is included in the package?
The measurement device, charging console with integrated white standard, device case, USB-cable, CD with software SpectroConnect, manual with ISO 9000 certificate.

Is PantoneLIVE Connectivity available with SpectroDens?
The “partner ecosystem” for PantoneLIVE includes several software solution providers for color quality control. Their products are licensed to access PantoneLIVE color libraries. Typically, measurement devices connect with the color QC software which in turn connects with PantoneLIVE. Examples of widely used print color quality applications that connect with PantoneLIVE are MeasureColor and HAVI ColorSentry. Both of these applications, among others, also connect with Techkon SpectroDENS. Any other software application can also be easily connected with Techkon devices.


HIGH-RESOLUTION SPECTRAL ENGINE - Spectral sampling in 10 nm intervals from 400 nm to 700 nm fully complies with ISO-13655 requirements.

SCAN LENGTHS UP TO 43 INCHES - An embedded hardware encoder allows for scanning color bars up to 43-inches long in only 10 seconds (200 patch maximum). Seamlessly switch between spot readings and color bar scanning without additional accessories.

SOLID ALUMINUM UNIBODY CASE - The unibody case is machined from a single block of aluminum to maximize durability and reliability in harsh production environments.

LONG LIFE BATTERY - Rechargeable LiFePO4 battery has 2X the life expectancy, faster recharging, & higher safety providing approximately 10,000 measurements per charge.

WIRELESS, INDUCTIVE CHARGING - No exposed electrical contacts allows for greater ease of use, reliability, and maintenance free charging.

NIST TRACEABLE CALIBRATION - Calibration and master metrology traceable to NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology).


QUICK MEASUREMENT OF PROCESS AND SPOT COLORS - Control your process, spot, Pantone® or other critical brand colors by measuring solid ink density, % dot area, CIE Lab, deltaE, and more.

TRACK DENSITIES ACROSS SHEET - Shows density variation across press sheet and provides specific ink key adjustments right on instrument display.

BEST COLOR MATCH - InkCheck™ feature helps press operators minimize color differences (deltaE’s) by providing specific density adjustments to achieve best possible color matches.

SPOT AND SCAN MEASUREMENT IN SAME DEVICE - Switch from spot measurements to color bar scanning with the touch of a button. Scan up to 200 color patches; no guide required, 4 wheels keep straight alignment while scanning.

ACHIEVE G7 COMPLIANCE - GrayGuide™ feature displays G7 pass/fail indication and specific C,M,Y density adjustments to obtain grayscale values according to G7 specification.

SCAN MEDIA WEDGE FOR QUICK PROOF VERIFICATION - Scan control wedge in seconds to confirm proofs against 12647-7 and known datasets like GRACol, SWOP3, SWOP5, IFRA, UGRA/FOGRA, G7™, etc.

ISO CHECK IN 3 SECONDS - Quick method for verifying print-to-print and print-to-standard color quality with clear pass or fail indication and explanation.

DESKTOP SOFTWARE INCLUDED - Create, edit, and manage color libraries, import/export color data, generate pass/fail QC reports, and manage instrument, all with SpectroConnect.

TAILORED TO MEET YOUR NEEDS - The SpectroDens is available in 3 different models to best meet your color measurement needs (model comparison below).

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SpectroDens Models: Comparison Chart

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