NPES Offers Report on Methodology for Consistent Reproduction Across Processes

RESTON, VA—January 13, 2012—NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies announced the publication of a new technical report, “CGATS/TR015:2011 Graphic technology – Methodology for Establishing Printing Aims Based on Shared Near-neutral Gray-scale Appearance,” which provides a methodology for establishing consistent print tone reproduction and near-neutral gray scale across all CMYK printing processes.

The new technical report is the result of a shared effort between the Committee for Graphic Arts Technology Standards (CGATS) and the IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) Print Properties Colorimetric Council, and documents the fundamental principles behind the shared near-neutral gray-scale approach to press calibration and characterization data set development. This methodology can be used to establish aims for any CMYK printing system regardless of the printing process used or gamut involved.

“The publication of CGATS/TR015 is validation of the G7 Methodology and supports further development and adoption of current IDEAlliance G7 Certification and Qualification Programs,” said Joe Fazzi, vice president of Media Production Technologies for IDEAlliance. “This technical report identifies for software providers, equipment manufacturers, and print providers the most effective process for managing a shared near-neutral grayscale print condition across multiple print platforms.“

Committee members involved in the development of this technical report included a broad range of leading industry printers, RIP and software vendors, commercial printers, and other industry stakeholders.

About NPES
NPES is a U.S. trade association representing more than 400 companies that manufacture and distribute equipment, software and supplies used across the workflow of printing, publishing and converting processes. NPES is a co-sponsor of PRINT and GRAPH EXPO—the largest and most comprehensive prepress, printing, converting, package printing, binding and finishing, mailing and fulfillment, and offset and digital equipment trade show and conference in the Americas.

About IDEAlliance
IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) is a not-for-profit membership organization. IDEAlliance advances core technology to develop standards and best practices to enhance efficiency and speed information across the end-to-end digital media supply chain—creation, production, management, and delivery of knowledge-based multimedia content—digitally and in print. IDEAlliance members represent a unique convergence of the leading brand owners, agencies, publishers, printers, materials suppliers and solution providers. IDEAlliance provides a user-driven, cross-industry, and open environment in which its members can strategize, innovate, standardize, and implement solutions to real business challenges in eMedia-based publishing.

Source: NPES.