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FLEXO Magazine : December 2013
features more than 600 pages, 29 chapters (with addi- tional content via download), hundreds of vibrant, full color illustrations, a detailed glossary of terms and an extensive troubleshooting guide • FTA launches FLEXOGRAPHY 101 Booklet Series with the initial four installments of a planned 12-volume series covering an Introduction to Flexography, Ink Handling & Maintenance, Anilox Roller Handling & Care and Plate Mounting; FP&P 6.0 and FIRST 4.0 go digital, with eBook versions launching on Amazon’s Kindle Store • The addition of three FTA supported networking groups in the U.S. in three years brings the total to six; Rossini Scholarship winners report on experiments embedding RFID tags in plates, effects of optical brightening agents on color measurements; Canada’s Starflex Packaging and The Robinette Co. of Tennessee are certified as SGP • SLC releases “FTA Printer/Converter Process & Technolo- gy Survey 2013,” offering a snapshot of the flexo industry with results culled from surveys of 150 printers/converters • Annual Fall Conference, titled “Got Data? Now What?”, heads to Kansas City, MO, Oct. 14 -16, bringing a record 311 attendees and 50 exhibitors; Environmental Excel- lence Awards renamed Sustainability Excellence Awards in an effort to encompass people, planet and profit; FIRST 4.1 hits bookshelves with standards updates n FQC Standards Working Group Update By Danny Rich The summer was fairly quiet for the Standards Working Group (SWG) but as the date for the fall ISO TC 130 meetings approached, the actions around stan- dards got very intense. Working Group 2 had released for ballot, ISO 18619 on black point compen- sation—the Adobe method—and some serious technical errors were identified. The committee draft failed to pass and as a result, we will see another ballot on that draft standard in the future. Finally, the ANSI Committee on Graphic Arts Technol- ogy Standards (CGATS) has a new committee working on developing a metric for the assessment of Tone Value and Tone Value Increase of non process line, spot and brand color printing. It has unofficially adopted the name SCHMOO (Spot Color Halftone Metric Optimization Orga- nization) by the chairman, John Seymour of QuadTech. Ballots were also distributed on the following standards: • ISO 12647-1 , graphic technology: process control for the production of halftone color separations, proof and production prints, part 1: parameters and measurement methods. The FQC filed a vote of “approve” on this bal- lot as it specifies the fundamental terms and definitions for process control of 4-color process printing • ISO 12647-2 , graphic technology: process control for the production of halftone color separations, proof and production prints, part 2: offset lithographic processes. The FQC filed a vote of “abstain” on this ballot, as it is technically correct but gives first priority to the tradi- tional press calibration methods based on density and dot gain rather than on CRPC • ISO 12647-3 , Graphic technology: process control for the production of halftone color separations, proof and production prints, part 3: coldset offset lithography on newsprint. The FQC filed a vote of “abstain” on this ballot, partly since there is only one FTA member who prints on newsprint and partly for the same reasons as the ballot on 12647-2 • ISO 14861, graphic technology: requirements for color soft proofing systems. The FQC filed a vote of “affirma- tive” with one comment. There was no guidance given in the standard for any printing, except 4-color process printing. The FQC requested that the standard include some reference to soft proofing of spot colors • ISO 15397, graphic technology: communication of graph- ic paper properties. The FQC filed a vote of “affirmative” on this final draft international standard giving guidance on how to set specifications on papers for printing • ISO 18619, image technology color management: black point compensation. The FQC filed a vote of “affirmative” on the first committee draft The following standards have been received for review but have not yet had ballots filed: ISO/DIS 15339-1 graphic technology, printing from digital data across multiple technologies, part 1: principles ISO/DIS 15339-2 graphic technology, printing from digital data across multiple technologies, part 2: characterized reference printing conditions ISO/DIS 16760 graphic technology, prepress data exchange, preparation and visualization of RGB images to be used in RGB based graphics arts workflows ISO/CD 17972-4 .2 graphic technology, color data exchange format (CxF/X), part 4: spot color charac- terization data (CxF/X-4) If you would like to review and comment on any of these ballots, please contact Joe Tuccitto. Read the Flexo Quality Consortium’s quarterly update on page 6. n 40 FLEXO DECEMBER 2013 www.flexography.org