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X-Rite Announces Availability of PANTONE Certified Printer Program

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Press release from the issuing company

The modern way to ensure the utmost in quality 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, announced the newly updated PANTONE Certified Printer Program for commercial printers and packaging converters that addresses new industry standards. The PANTONE Certified Printer Program reviews and analyzes every aspect of color operations— from preflight, file preparation and proofing, to ink formulation and mixing, and process control in the pressroom.  This creates total quality management based on industry best practices and procedures that drive consistent and repeatable color.

“As a trade printer, you must be lean to be competitive,” says Michael Clark President of Cedar Graphics, an EarthColor company and a PANTONE Certified Printer. “The more I learned about the PANTONE Certified Printer program and how it could help streamline our processes and make them more consistent, the more interested I became.” The outside perspective that X-Rite Pantone brings to the PANTONE Certified Printer program enabled Cedar Graphics to ensure consistent operation from department to department and shift to shift, from ink room through prepress and the pressroom. “Everyone is now speaking the same language, and we are much more efficient as a result,” Clark says.  

The process begins with a PANTONE Certified Printer Audit conducted by an X-Rite specialist. The audit process isolates issues that compromise color accuracy and is the basis for the implementation of Standards-Based Procedures so that all operators on all shifts can consistently produce the best color the same way. 

“The PANTONE Certified Printer Program closes the gap that exists between the many other certification programs available today which cover only part of the workflow, or simply a press or a proofer,” explains Mark Gundlach, Training Development Manager at X-Rite. “This program is unique in that it ties all areas of production together, from prepress and ink formulation to the press room with a focus on both process color and spot color reproduction. This applies to digital, flexo, litho and even grand format print production. Good printers can produce great color at a point in time but it may not be consistent over time. This program, which includes a quarterly color check based on a standard set of files, results in more consistent quality with less rework using existing investments and people.”

“If you know you are going to be checked by an expert on a quarterly basis,” Cedar Graphics’ Clark adds, “it’s just another incentive to keep things up to date as opposed to doing it once and forgetting about it. We look forward to our quarterly reviews and what we might learn each time that will help us communicate even better.”

“Industry Standard Operating Procedures reduce variability across shifts and over time, as well as provide faster, more consistent staff training,” Gundlach says. “Surprises cost money, and consistency reduces waste”. Proofing and printing to standards helps print and converting operations set and meet customer expectations. PANTONE Certified Printers follow standard operating procedures throughout the production operation when specifying CMYK colors based on their print standards. PANTONE colors are specified and formulated using spectral data from the PantoneLIVE™ digital libraries.

Packaging converters and printers interested in pursuing this certification to bring additional color consistency, quality and efficiency to their operations not only benefit from the certification process but are also able to use the PANTONE Certified Printer logo to add even more credibility to their sales and marketing efforts.

For more information about X-Rite services and solutions, please visit www.xrite.com.

 

Discussion

By Cary Sherburne on Dec 11, 2014

With all of the certifications floating around, I am sure many of our readers are wondering, why would I need another one? Michael Clark's comments are a pretty interesting explanation of that. While there are certainly costs associated with this certification process, in speaking with the folks at X-Rite Pantone, it appears that the ROI can be pretty quick, depending upon what is found during the audit. It is also, I think, the only industry certification that looks at the entire process from receiving, formulating and inventorying inks, to paper inventories, prepress, and of course, press operations. The quarterly check that is built into the certification process is also helpful as Clark points out, since we all know that a print production operation is not a static thing, and conditions do change over time.

This is a certification that printers should certainly look at ... it is my understanding that X-Rite Pantone will also do just an audit, without the full certification process, which should also bring great value in helping organizations find the gaps in their operations that might be causing inefficiencies or quality/consistency issues. Then a certification decision could me made later.

 

By Darren Yeats on Dec 12, 2014

It seems that there may be a significant amount of overlap with this and both the G7 Master Printer and G7 Process Control certifications, both of which we already have, so I am not sure how I would get ROI on this other than to have another logo to put on all our documents along with ISO 9001, ISO 4001, G7 Master and G7 Process Control.

 

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