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Idealliance Launches New State-of-the-Art OEM Digital Press Certification: Idealliance® G7® AI Master Calibration System Certification Program

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Alexandria, Va. – Idealliance, the global leader in standards, specifications and certification in printing, packaging and design, has created a ground-breaking new OEM digital press certification program to drive automation, process control, repeatability and unbelievable management and measurement of color quality and assurance across the supply chain. As with all the work, specifications, standards developments and certifications from Idealliance, the goal is to propel the industry into tomorrow, thus creating both efficiency and profitability throughout the supply chain by bringing programs that lead the industry from what some may think are distance opportunities to absolutely attainable, immediately, right-now in today’s industry, in order to always be creating the future of our industry, today.

Idealliance® G7® AI Master Calibration System Certification program is designed for digital press manufacturers in fulfilling the need of a totally automated G7 Calibration solution for the printing industry. The recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), in-line color measurement devices, and cloud-based technology make possible the implementation of achieving the G7 calibrated condition as an integral part of the digital presses with full automation and without human intervention.

Idealliance certified G7 AI Master Calibration Systems require no need of human intervention nor any external tools. These systems are designed to empower the end-users through automation, to realize the extraordinary benefits of G7 Calibration, as it dramatically minimizes waste, significantly increases profitability and introduces one file, one separation, one calibration, for the entire print workflow to realize remarkable similar visual appearance and the ability to truly “PRINT ANYWHERE™…BRILLIANTLY.” These certified systems do all of this automatically, at the fingertips of the end-user. The system is not only calibrating itself, but also monitoring output in real-time, on every press run.

“Idealliance is driven by many core principles, most certainly servant leadership and always being focused on transforming our industry, serving the industry and driving the industry forward to create the greatest efficiencies that lead to cost reductions and increased profitability for everyone in the supply chain—focused on process control and closing/eliminating gaps in the industry by spurring automation and standardization. With Idealliance having (12) offices around the world and the extensive global travel we do as an organization, it gives us a very unique universal ground level view of the industry, both of what is truly going on around the world and where Idealliance can help drive efficiencies and profitability. This certification recognizes extraordinary industry-changing automation because it is innovation that is exactly like having an expert and auditor engineered right into the press or printing system,” says Tim Baechle, CEO, Idealliance.

How it Works:

The Idealliance G7 AI Master Calibration System Certification program certifies digital press systems achieving, at minimum, G7 Targeted Compliance, using a fully automated methodology with built-in components of automatic press maintenance, inline color measurement with a spectrophotometer and real-time data analysis of G7 test targets, press re-calibrating if the results from measurement data analysis failed the G7 tolerances, auto-submission of time/date stamped G7 Calibration results to the Idealliance 3rd party laboratory for the G7 Master Facility Qualification, no human intervention, and no external hardware and software tools needed for measurement, analysis, calibration, verification, and submission. These components are an integral part of the digital press system and function automatically when initiated by the end-user. Third-party solutions are not included in this certification program.

What This Means for End-Users with G7 AI Master Calibration System Certified Presses:

For print facilities equipped with a G7 AI Master Calibration System Certified press, the system-generated electronic files of G7 results data are recognized and accepted by Idealliance as valid submission materials for the G7 Master Facility qualification program. The facility’s own G7 Experts/Professional or certified OEM G7 Expert can submit applications by following the G7 Master Facility Qualification submission procedures, rules, and fees. The presses that are capable of achieving this remarkable certification have a built-in, ready-to-be-qualified- G7 Master Qualified press at the push of a button, without the need to send in physical prints because the technology sends the conformance results directly from the press time/date-stamped and has no human intervention.

These presses are engineered for G7 Master Qualification, extraordinary process control, which translates to impeccable quality assurance, repeatability, real-time print run measurements, and quality assurance for the customer and those they serve. These G7 AI Master Calibration Certified presses have “engineered-out” quality non-conformance for color alignment to specifications like GRACoL® 2006 and 2013 tolerances, near-neutral aims, and overall consistency across multi-presses and locations. These systems have eliminated manual processes, product variation, and unnecessary downtime. They are capable of inspecting color for conformance to customer requirements, prohibiting production when print does not conform, and applying appropriate calibration processes to re-align to color targets.

Facilities large and small with G7 AI Master Calibration Certified presses have the ability to share color quality conformance automatically to print buyers, brand owners, 3rd party auditors, and quality assurance teams, without the need for physical inspection of press runs, physical contract proofs, waiting for approvals, or expensive color corrections.

For more information about the Idealliance G7 AI Master Calibration System Certification, please contact Jordan Gorski, VP of Global Certifications at (703) 837-1096 | jgorski@idealliance.org