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Techkon SpectroPlate

$ 3,940.00

Offset Plate Measurement Device & Digital Microscope

Available in 3 Versions:

  • Start:  for dot percentage measurements on all popular types of printing plates,film and CMYK print.

  • Expert:  adds the recording of complete transfer curves and the possibility to analyze geometric objects within the device.

  • All-Vision:  same functions as the Expert version but works with processless, low-contrast plates. 

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.  But it is not only plate reading where SpectroPlate shows its strengths.  This multifunctional device expertly handles dot measurement on film as well as on printed paper in CMYK-print.



How Does SpectroPlate Work?

The sample is illuminated uniformly with spectral broadband light.  The microscopic image is captured by a precision optical lens system and a high resolution CMOS color matrix sensor with high dynamic range.  The processing of the detailed color image is performed by a powerful graphic signal processor and sophisticated imaging algorithms.  All relevant quality parameters for correctly manufactured printing plates are shown on the LCD display.

 The included 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 microscopic images.


SpectroPlate lets you see things normally hidden to the human eye. It shows the raster dots on a film or a printing plate in large magnification on the device display or, optionally, on your computer screen.  It lets you visually judge printing plates and discover any soiling or exposure errors now that the structure of the dots is visible.

 A specific strength is the image transfer of uncompressed high-resolution files to the PC where they can be stored, edited or sent over the Internet.  Geometric sizes of dots or lines can be retrieved in micrometer- or mils- dimensions.

 All devices are factory-calibrated to the official 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.


Every device comes with:

Charging Console with built-in white standard

AC Adapter with universal plugs

Padded Carrying Case

USB Cable

CD with SpectroPlate Connect Software

Manual with ISO 9000 Certificate

Product Video

Shipping Policy:

  • All orders are shipped within 3-5 business days, excluding special order items such as anilox rollers for proofers, certain diameter or circumference tapes, and more. Most orders are shipped within 24-48 hours.

  • Shipping rates are calculated automatically on the Check Out page. UPS is our preferred carrier, however, there may be times when FedEx or another carrier is used. At those times, you will only pay the shipping cost shown to you during check out, even if the actual cost is more.

  • If you prefer to use your own UPS or FedEx account, please add a note to your order and include your carrier account number & billing zip code.

  • When your order has shipped, you will receive an email with your tracking information, which will show you the carrier used and when to expect delivery.

Return Policy:

  • If you would like to return a product, please contact us for a Return Merchandise Authorization number and instructions.

  • In most cases, returns will incur a 10% restocking fee.


    Is SpectroPlate a portable device?

    Yes, it is a compact and mobile unit with an integrated LCD graphic display which shows the measurement data and the enlarged microscopic image.

    Can dot percentage values be transmitted directly into RIP applications?

    Yes, just connect SpectroPlate via the USB connection to a Windows PC and use the supplied software SpectroPlate Connect to send the measurement data pre-formatted directly into the RIP application in order to linearize a platesetter.

    Why is SpectroPlate so accurate?

    It is a combination of a high precision optical system and the use of sophisticated image processing algorithms. By internally calibrating each device in the factory to the accurate offset plate reference FMB from the renown research institute fogra, SpectroPlate units have an excellent inter-instrument agreement.

    What about maintenance?

    SpectroPlate is maintenance free. It is designed to work in harsh industrial environments. Since there are no moving parts, there is no wear and tear.

    Why can SpectroPlate handle all different types of offset plates?

    Thanks to the spectral broadband sample illumination and the dynamic color image selection high contrast images for all different plate materials ensure high measurement quality.


    Measures all types of plate media

    Conventional & chemistry free plates, polyester and paper.

    Measure all types of screening

    Including AM, FM and Hybrid form low to high resolutions.

    Long lasting battery

    Up to 10,000 measurements per charge.

    QC software included

    Build transfer curves and examine dot image captures.

    Ability to measure without computer connection

    Measure, save and view up to 250 sample measurements without the need to be connected to a computer


    Available for shipment within 24-48 hours.

    TECHKON Warranty

    Techkon warranties the Products against defects in material and design for a period of twenty four (24) months from the date of shipment from Techkon’s facility, unless mandatory law provides for longer periods. The SpectroDrive has a warranty of twelve (12) months. During such time, Techkon will either replace or repair at its discretion defective parts free of charge. Techkon’s warranties do not cover failure of warranted goods resulting from: (i) damage after shipment, accident, abuse, misuse, neglect, alteration or any other use not in accordance with Techkon’s recommendations, accompanying documentation, published specifications, and standard industry practice; (ii) repair or service by anyone other than Techkon or its authorized representatives.

    30 Day Guarantee

    Techkon USA will guarantee the device for thirty (30) days. This is a full, money-back guarantee. If the customer is not completely satisfied with the device, they may return it to Techkon USA for a replacement or full refund within ninety (90) days from the customer purchase date (not including shipping charges). The customer agrees to allow Techkon to resolve any issues that arise during the thirty (30) day guarantee period.


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