Color/Quality Control

Color and quality control starts with color management in prepress, ICC profiles, press fingerprinting
and adoption of tools such as G7 and increasingly involves in-line inspection on the press and
binding lines with the intent of creating closed-loop systems for printing process control.

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Standard Group Hosts Sold-Out IDEAlliance G7 Expert/Professional Training Seminar in PA

Commercial printers from around North America attended the IDEAlliance G7 Expert/Professional Training Seminar at the The Standard Group's Print and Technology Center in Lititz, PA. The sold-out training seminar combined classroom lectures by Don Hutcheson, G7 Inventor and Instructor, and live demonstrations by The Standard Group Print Production Team and covered proofing and press calibration and ICC profiling.

Phoning in Press Okays - Literally

Sabine’s out-of-town client, a very sophisticated direct marketing agency, had examined the press okay process, jettisoned accepted assumptions, and along the way demolished the model entirely. Air travel, hotels, loupe, D50 lighting, heck, even dots. Who needs any of it?

IDEAlliance Offering Roadmap to Process Control in Three-Part Webinar

In the in-depth, three-part “IdeasOnline Webinar” series—titled “G7 Process Control Webinar: A Roadmap to Efficiency & Predictability”—print providers will discover the process and benefits of standardizing their print production workflows. All sessions are from 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time.

Here’s Why We Avoid Four-Color Body Type

Thank you, The Wall Street Journal. You did me and a whole lot of other production managers a huge favor today with your printing foul-up. Every couple of years, it seems, I have to talk an editor out of going along with a designer’s proposal to jazz up a publication by getting rid of boring old black body type in articles. “Ooh, purple would look nice.”

The Journal printed a graphic showing Pinterest postings intended to inspire innovation among General Electric employees. The Pinterest captions use colored body type, which is fine for the web but looked like mud when printed

Tribune Co. and QuadTech Team Up for Largest Press Control System Install

In the largest deal of QuadTech’s 33-year history, The Chicago Tribune Co. newspaper publishing group is equipping 52 press towers, on 10 printing lines, with QuadTech’s Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam and Register Control System with MultiCam at its Freedom Center plant in Chicago.

Coca-Cola Quality Manager to Keynote Color Management Conference

The Color Management Conference, to be held Dec. 3–6, 2011, in Phoenix, will feature a keynote presentation from Axel Kling, senior packaging graphics quality manager, The Coca-Cola Co. Kling will address the importance of color consistency for a consumer product company and delve into how Coca-Cola communicates the brand message company-wide and the crucial role color management plays in ensuring the company’s long-term, sustainable growth and market share.

Color Manage My World

The task that color management sets out to achieve is by no means easy. Recently at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), I completed a color management systems course and afterwards took on the challenge of color managing a weekly magazine.

G7 Qualification : The Art of Maintaining Color

Just mention the term G7 certification and you can hear a collective cringe coming from the folks at IDEAlliance, the printing industry association unofficially tasked with governing printing methodologies, specifications and standards. G7 is a “qualification” program; the law sees a difference between the terms. IDEAlliance is working on a certification program.

Ensuring Excellence - G7 Helps a NJ Printer Maintain Color Consistency

Edison Lithographing & Printing Corp. (North Bergen, NJ), founded over 50 years ago, has built its reputation on doing more than paying lip service to quality and customer service. “We act on it,” says CEO George Gross. “Edison is not afraid of change, and we understand the need to be constantly moving forward. G7 has enabled us to provide our customers with the highest possible quality while not impeding our quick turnaround.”

The company implemented the G7 method in May 2007. “We already had two KBAs, and while we felt this state-of-the-art machinery provided excellent color, we wanted

Mastering Each Process

West Press is a one-stop shop offering graphic design, database/list management, printed marketing collateral, training manuals with instructional CDs or DVDs, full-color envelopes, as well as finishing, mailing and fulfillment services.

Seeking Workflow Oneness

The workflow concept is being extended even further to achieve a continuum of production capabilities that can span from digital (toner and ink-jet, including wide-format) through sheetfed and web offset printing. This means having an integrated workflow that can feed all of the printing platforms, as well as implementing color management and having substrates available to “match” the printed results across the board.

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Costa Mesa, CA-based Primary Color opened a wide-format digital printing operation in Shanghai to serve its international clientele and, more recently, a location in Los Angeles for its entertainment industry customers. Dan Hirt, president, reveals these latest initiatives, as well as how Primary Color expands the color gamut and manages the color consistency of output coming off its digital and offset presses.

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