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Printing Partners Achieves G7 Qualification

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Press release from the issuing company

Indianapolis, IN -- Printing Partners, a leading Indianapolis commercial printer, recently enriched its color services by adopting G7 standards.  G7 is a revolutionary process based on principles of digital imaging, spectrophotometry, and computer-to-plate (CTP) technologies.  The G7 process control methodology was developed by IDEAlliance to prescribe how to reliably produce high-end commercial printing with a close visual appearance from proof to press and from press to press.

This new methodology utilizes the existing ISO 12647 standards as the basis for good printing.  The goal is to specify a simple calibration process that will help printers reliably achieve a close "visual match" from proof to press. G7 breaks from tradition by focusing on colorimetric data for gray balance in the mid-tones rather than on densitometric aims, i.e. dot gain, for each color. G7 is named for its gray scale calibration technique and the seven ISO ink colors it requires and is a trademark of IDEAlliance.

Printing Partners applied La Crosse Litho Supply's ColorLink Color Assurance Program to achieve G7.  Owner Michael O'Brien states, "At Printing Partners, we are known for going the extra mile for our clients. G-7 will enhance our ability to manage color consistency in what we print."

The La Crosse Litho Supply ColorLink Color Assurance Program produces accurate and consistent color from prepress to the press room.  The program offers software (known as a Color Analysis Toolkit), hardware and a consulting mechanism to enhance color management capabilities.  Matt Fehn, director of technology for La Crosse Litho Supply, LLC, worked with Printing Partners to enhance their color management capabilities.  Fehn developed the Color Analysis Toolkit software and has over a decade of experience in sales and training and currently oversees La Crosse Litho's technical staff.

As a result of their extensive G7 training, Printing Partners is now qualified as an IDEAlliance "Master Printer".  This designation signifies that Printing Partners has been trained to print to the new G7 methodology and can produce a press sheet to GRACoL (General Requirements for Applications in Commercial Offset Lithography) aims within acceptable tolerances.  In other words, the color from every Printing Partners proof will match GRACoL industry standards.  This qualification mark also denotes that Printing Partners uses the most modern technology, techniques, process controls and standards required to produce high-quality commercial printing.

As a "Master Printer", Printing Partners is now listed on the GRACoL and IDEAlliance web sites in a Master Printers database with a link to their website and contact information. 




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