CGS Software Helps ContiPrint Achieve Fogra PSD Cert
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Press release from the issuing company
- ORIS Press Matcher // Web handles colour management
- 1st company outside of Germany to receive Fogra PSD certification
Hainburg, – CGS Publishing Technologies International announces today that ContiPrint from South Africa has installed ORIS Press Matcher // Web to handle all colour management in their newly created digital print department. In addition the only web based software, that achieves consistent accurate colour reproduction for all printing processes across all printing platforms, be it analogue or digital, enables load balancing across all digital presses.
ORIS Press Matcher // Web enables ContiPrint to integrate their new solutions seamlessly into their existing prepress workflow using the various automation tools available. The unique colour stabilization process em-ployed ensures a perfect gray balance and reduces digital press inbalances. The necessary colour profiles, created purely by measurement using an iterative process, deliver highly accurate repeatable results. A soft-ware wizard guides the user through the process, which requires no specific knowledge. Particularly in digital production printing, color profiles have to be updated several times a day in some cases, using ORIS Press Matcher // Web this procedure takes only a few minutes. The results are standardized color across multiple platforms – bringing high-quality, consistent color to all of your print projects, regardless of how or where they are being printed.
In line with their policy of conformance to the ISO standards laid down for print production, ContiPrint decided to install ORIS Press Matcher // Web to handle the colour management of the newly created digital print department and their new MGI Meteor digital press. Already having set their litho presses to print to ISO 12647-2 and proofing to certify to ISO 12647-7 standard (with Fogra Cert for Contract Proofing), they set out to achieve the same high standard for digital print. With the help of DigitalView, they have become only the 7th company in the world to receive a Fogra PSD Cert and the first outside of Germany.
PSD Cert or Process Standard Digital (PSD) was recently developed by Fogra. It is the description of an indus-trially orientated and standardized procedure for the creation of digital print production. The PSD is in con-formance with the international standardization - ISO 15311 - currently being developed. Using the PSD cer-tificate, printers can show their quality approach and the overall understanding of the output proc-esses. Successful implementation of the PSD provides printers with the benefits of improved cost, quality and time performance, with better sustainability and reduced waste.
In order to achieve their PSD certification, ContiPrint needed to go through the steps laid down by Fogra: Firstly, their different output processes were examined to ensure that they achieved a consistent print quality. Secondly, they were tested on their ability to print consistent colour on a regular basis – this means print jobs were evaluate to ensure that colour accuracy is maintained on an on-going basis. Thirdly, their entire workflow was subject to critical scrutiny for its capacity for sustained achievement of consistent print quality and colour fidelity.
According to Angus Carlaw, Managing Director at ContiPrint, "the benefits of Fogra PSD and in fact standardi-zation in general are, increased production reliability – jobs go through the different stages of the production workflow so much smoother. This amounts to reduced costs in terms of time and materials and at the end of the day our customers benefit from improved quality of their product, delivery when promised."
Laura Minter of DigitalView received her Fogra Cert training earlier this year and was the first person in South Africa to achieve PSD Partner status. She commented on the process; "working with ContiPrint to get PSD Cert status was made easy because of the fact that they have chosen to work with products that help to achieve the results required. Without the ORIS colour management system, PSD would be very difficult to achieve the quality requirements. ORIS Press Matcher // Web and ORIS Color Tuner // Web provide the software tools to setup the output hardware to produce accurate as well as consistent colour – what is printed today can be printed next week or next month to the same colour quality level."
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