Home' FLEXO Magazine : March 2017 Contents efforts in printing, measuring and developing the tools incorporating
"spectral blending" technology in color reproduction.
PLATE & TAPE OPTIMIZATION
The Flexo Plate and Tape Optimization Project is also in the data
analysis stage. As we know, new plate technologies are coming out
rapidly. The optimization of the polymer plate and tape combination
is critical to print quality and press productivity. Plate durometer and
stickyback tape density are the two variables in this changing dynam-
ic. The team has conducted several wide web press trials at member
companies following the same protocol and consisted of 12 different
plate/tape combinations. The results indicate that changes in plate
durometer require a fresh look at the tape density needed to optimize
print quality. The team will present the results that may change the
way you print today.
The final presentation, #Research!, is a two-part look at expanded
gamut (EG) printing---ink sequence and EG's perceived impact on the
consumer. This session will be data rich and start you thinking about
applications in your own operations. #DoNotMissThisSession!
The winter of 2016-2017 has been somewhat slower for the Standards
Working Group (SWG). There were a few ballots left from the fall,
after the last ISO TC 130 meetings held at Adobe headquarters in
San Jose, CA.
One of the areas that has raised some interest among those who follow
the SWG was two new standards being drafted covering file formats
for print requirements and print quality. They are termed PRX and
PQX, respectively. The FQC/SWG membership has been following
these closely and we have been posting the minutes and presentations
from committee meetings.
The next meeting of the ISO TC 130 Graphic Arts standards com-
mittee is set for June 4-11 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario,
Canada. The meetings will be a full seven days---the longest TC 130
meeting in the history of the committee.
WORKING GROUP 2
The prepress data exchange group saw updates to
• ISO/NWI/CD 12641-2 Graphic technology -- Prepress digital
data exchange -- Part 2: Advanced color targets for input scanner
calibration. The working draft (WD) was approved and the com-
ments that were submitted are being resolved. A new committee
draft (CD) was to be prepared for ballot by the end of the year.
As of the time of this report, no new ballot has been received
• ISO 12647-8:2012 Graphic technology -- Process control for the
production of halftone color separations, proof and production
prints -- Part 8: Validation print processes working directly from
digital data. This standard is under systematic review to see if
it needs to be revised or if it can be kept for another five year
period. The ballot is to close on May 26
• ISO 15930-1:2001, Graphic technology -- Prepress digital data
exchange -- Use of PDF -- Part 1: Complete exchange using
CMYK data (PDF/X-1 and PDF/X-1a). This standard is under
systematic review and is being balloted to see if a revision is re-
quired. The ballot closed on Feb. 10, but no results were available
at the time of this writing
• ISO 16684-1:2012 Graphic technology -- Extensible metadata
platform (XMP) specification -- Part 1: Data model, serialization
and core properties. This standard is under systematic review
and the ballot will close on May 26
• ISO/NWI/CD 20616-2, Graphic technology -- File format
for quality control data and metadata -- Part 2: Print Quality
eXchange (PQX). This is a new work item; the CD ballot closed
on Dec. 9. The U.S. voted to approve the ballot, but included four
pages of comments, both editorial and technical
• ISO/DIS 16613-1, Graphic technology -- Variable content re-
placement -- Part 1: Using PDF/X for variable content replace-
ment (PDF/VCR-1). The U.S. voted to approve this DIS ballot
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The final presentation, #Research!, is a two-part look at expanded gamut
(EG) printing---ink sequence and EG's perceived impact on the consumer.
This session will be data rich and start you thinking about applications in
your own operations. #DoNotMissThisSession!"
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