Standardization

The International Cooperation of Integration of the Process in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) published the Spring 2011 edition of its JDF Marketplace book. The publication is 162 pages and includes 151 detailed product and service listings. The last edition was released in May last year for the IPEX show.

“For printers looking to integrate systems and manage an automation program, this is a ‘must have’ reference,” said CIP4 Education and Marketing Officer, Tim Daisy of Prism. “It is one of our most popular downloads from the website.”

In addition to the basic listings, the JDF Marketplace includes JDF/integration support information for many manufacturers, as well as an eight-page, plain-English introduction to JDF. The publication can be downloaded here.

Patrick Bolan, President and CEO of Toronto-based Avanti Computer Systems, joins the advisory board of the CIP4 organization, which oversees development of the JDF and JMF interoperability protocols.
 
“Avanti has been very active in CIP4, JDF and print automation educational programs in the U.S. and Canada,” said CIP4 executive director, Jim Harvey. “Patrick has personally participated in many programs and shared valuable ideas. I know that Patrick will be a great addition to CIP4's leadership.”

Bolan was also recently appointed to the Advisory Council of Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program. He also sits on Xerox Corporation's Business Partner Advisory Board.

“I want to help CIP4 increase awareness and acceptance of the JDF standard,” said Bolan. “It will take our collective efforts to show print shop owners the immediate ROI that automation in general, and JDF in particular, can offer to increase profitability and competitiveness in today's marketplace. The ROI is there, and CIP4 has the data to back it up.”



Following an internal election, Henny van Esch becomes the new CEO of the CIP4 organization, which primarily looks after the development of JDF and JMF protocols. As the Director of Optimus Group, van Esch succeeds CIP4's previous 2-term CEO, Margaret Motamed of EFI.

"I look forward to, along with the rest of the board, leading CIP4 into the coming years," said van Esch, who is a long-time CIP4 member and active working group Chair and Technical Steering Committee member. "Following in the footsteps of my illustrious predecessors Martin Bailey and Margaret Motamed, my aim will be to take CIP4 into the next phase of development and adoption of JDF."

The other new, elected CIP4 officers include:

Education and Marketing Officer
Tim Daisy, QTMS Sales and Marketing, Prism Group Holdings

Financial Officer and Treasurer
Jay Farr, General Manager, EFI Pace, EFI

Membership Officer
Mark Wilton, President of Wilton & Partners Consulting

Technology Officer
Dr. Rainer Prosi, Senior Workflow Architect, Heidelberg




X-Rite has announced a new measurement standard for the graphic communications industry which is designed to "take advantage of advances in colour science and new international standards." The new standard stems from the merger of the former GretagMacbeth and X-Rite.

"The former X-Rite and the former GretagMacbeth each had, for historical reasons, different calibration standards for graphic arts instrumentation.  While it was important to ensure both standards were maintained to guarantee continuity for both companies' customers, our goal with XGRA is to eliminate systematic discrepancies between instruments so that all measurements taken for the same color sample should be the same, regardless of the system used," explains Francis Lamy, X-Rite's Chief Technology Officer.

According to X-Rite, the new XRGA standard rises from a detailed study to determine the differences in systems between the two former rivals. Based on those results, XGRA achives the following goals:
- Is applicable to all 0/45 and 45/0 instruments.  
- Incorporates improved methods for calibration
- Maintains traceability to the American National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
- Offers best implementation with respect to existing international ISO standards Improves inter-model agreement for existing instruments
- Preserves good agreement among former X-Rite instruments and former GretagMacbeth instruments
- Provides a single standard for all future graphic arts instruments to be delivered by X-Rite
- Improves data exchange

A small number of X-Rite devices already conform to the XRGA standard: the ColorMunki Photo, ColorMunki Design and EasyTrax. The company notes that former X-Rite instruments are already very close to the new standard and switching will yield "very small differences in measurement."

Current users can check the upgrade potential of their existing machines by visiting xrite.com/xrga/support

The Ricoh Pro C900, using the EFI Fiery server and Tecco CS130 semi-matte media, has achieved Fogra certification in conformance with the ISO/NWIP 12647-8 standard. While this methodology is primarily used in Europe, the ISO standard is internationally recognized and speaks to the colour-management consistency of the toner-based press.

"We are pleased with this important recognition from the international community," said Peter Williams, Head Ricoh Production Printing Business Group, in a press release. "Fogra VPS certification for the Ricoh Pro C900 and Pro C900 E-80 gives our customers full confidence that these products are ideally suited to meet their most stringent colour requirements.”


The ISO 12647 standard sets measurable process criteria for different printing processes such as sheetfed and web offset, coldset (newsprint), flexographic and toner-based printing. The FograCert Validation Printing System (VPS) defines exactly what "validation prints" must look like.

“The Fogra certification process is an intensive 2-day evaluation of a wide range of printer capabilities, including substrate colour and gloss, permanence and light-fastness, fading, rub resistance and colour accuracy based on a number of stringent tests,” said Andy Kraushaar of Fogra. “With the tested system Ricoh has entered the top league in the area of single copy validation printing systems.”

The Ricoh Pro C900 runs at 90 pages per minute at 1,200-dpi print resolution. Ricoh, has operations in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, China and Japan, and over 108,500 employees worldwide.




After receiving the first-ever GRACoL certification for toner-based production presses, specifically for validating the proofing process on HP Indigo machines, CGS Publishing’s ORIS Press Matcher Pro has now achieved FOGRA Certification in conjunction with HP Indigo 7000 and 5500 presses. The third ingredient in this FograCert Validation Printing System Certification is the ORIS PearlDIGITAL specialty media.

While FOGRA itself is a colour management test suite used primarily in Europe, the accomplishment speaks to CGS’ commitment to developing standardized proofing systems for various commercial printing environments, particularly for those companies providing work outside of North America. "Now HP Indigo users around the world can be assured that their digital printing solution meets internationally recognized standards," said Trevor Haworth, CEO of CGS Publishing Technologies, who adds the wizard-based, calibration process of ORIS Press Matcher Pro can be applied in “three simple steps.”

CGS Publishing’s GRACoL certification with toner-based presses was announced in mid-2009. GRACoL is the proofing certification that is often confuse with the non-certified G7 methodology for calibrating presses, which can then be employed within a GRACoL-enabled proofing environment.

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