Standards — A Strategic Business Issue

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To be effective, a company needs to identify one or more people who have, as part of their job description, responsibility for the management of the company’s involvement in standards. This person must identify the standards development work that may impact the company; participate in key technical work on standards that may impact the company and its products; help to drive the standards development process to reflect the company’s business interests; adopt and implement standards that are consistent with the company’s business direction; and maintain a consistent, visible presence in the standards development arena.

NPES, through its management of accredited national and international committees developing standards for our industry, provides its members with a means to become actively involved in the development of industry standards, both at the national and international level.

The Association administers two committees operating under the accreditation of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop national standards. The Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies Standards (CGATS) consists of several subcommittees developing and maintaining technical standards that address a variety of topics, including densitometry, process control, data exchange formats, color characterization data sets for various printing processes, color calibration, etc. The ANSI-accredited B65 Committee develops national standards relating to the safety of equipment used in the printing and binding/finishing process.

The work of both CGATS and B65 often forms the basis for, or provides significant input into, the development of international standards under the International Organization for Standardization’s Technical Committee 130 (Graphic Technology). NPES administers the U.S. input into the ISO TC 130 work, and provides the convener or assistant convener to four of the five TC 130 working groups. NPES also administers two of the working groups: WG 2 (Prepress digital data exchange) and WG 5 (Safety and ergonomics).

For information on current activities at both the national and international levels, and how you can become involved, contact Mary Abbott, NPES Director of Standards Programs, at (703) 264-7229 or; or visit the NPES Standards Workroom at standards/workroom.html.

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