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FLEXO Magazine : Dec 09
www.flexography.org DECEMBER 2009 FLEXO 11 chasers hundreds of thousands of dollars by eliminating time and costs associated with in-plant visits. It can significantly reduce a company's carbon offsets. Customized to the printing press and the user 's global color standards, virtual press approval technology shows the color data of the proof and the press pull, with color difference defined as color tolerance values and as a tone curve for comparison against the tolerance standard specified. Rather than viewing the full footprint of the press pull, critical areas of the job can be selected for color comparative analyses with the proof. Color sample com- parison assures that established standards are within specified tol- erances, showing the actual read- ings and indicating if they are "in spec"(green light), "questionable" (amber light) or "unacceptable" (red light). The user notes appropriate comments concerning the action to be taken by the printer to correct any unacceptable variances. The proof and press pull are also superimposed for check- ing such detail as language and spelling, and barcodes for defects and certification requirements. The approved pull can become the color standard for subsequent runs of that job. The contract proof and press pull are scanned by the printer under the same conditions, eliminating reflection, which could contaminate the color data. The monitor used for the comparative analysis is calibrated to represent the press condition, and the proof and pull are viewed together within the same color space. Virtual press approval solutions are typically designed to remove any uncertainty about going to press. To give you that level of comfort and absolute confidence that what you saw on the final sign-off is exactly what you'll get when the product finally goes on the shelf. So breathe a sigh of relief, you can now have quality assurance guaranteed! ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Final Print Assurance was devel- oped by GMF Flexo Prepress Inc. to alleviate the frustrations experienced by CPCs (consumer product companies) and other print buyers, who were not able to monitor their colors consistently without having to spend weeks going to press ap- provals. Final Print Assurance offers a virtual platform from which to measure color consistency throughout a pressrun and from run to run --- 24/7 using color data. Final Print Assurance is based on GMF's understanding of color and its experience as a communications and graphics prepress services specialist to Consumer Product Companies in North America and internationally. Services include prepress for labels, folding carton, flexible and corrugated packaging printed with lithography, flexography and gravure processes. GMF Flexo Prepress was among the first companies in North America, and the first in Canada, to implement the Opaltone® color system. GMF Flexo Prepress is an ISO 9001:2000 registered packaging prepress company, and a member of the FTA (Flexographic Technical Association), PAC (Packaging Association of Canada), AICC (Association of In- dependent Corrugated Converters) and PLMA (Private Label Manufacturers Association). For more information about Final Print Assurance, please contact GMF Flexo Prepress Inc. at 877-988-8878 ext.247, jcorco- firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.finalprintassurance.com TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES A color tolerance trend report generated by virtual press approval software. A virtual press approval system showing yellow density out of spec.
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