Minnetonka, Minn. – Wallace Carlson Printing has achieved GMI certification for non-corrugated paperboard packaging, validating its ability to meet brand owners’ expectations for consistent color quality. The rigorous GMI certification process spanned several months and culminated in an onsite press test to verify complete color control through the entire workstream, from prepress to post-production. Wallace Carlson passed with a near-perfect score.
Graphic Measures International (GMI) certifies, monitors and measures the performance of packaging suppliers, holding them accountable to a uniform set of print quality specifications and clearly defined standards. Brand owners work with GMI-certified printers to ensure the accurate and predictable reproduction of their brand across presses, substrates and geographies. GMI facilitates their need to maintain brand integrity in all packaging and printed communications.
Wallace Carlson’s GMI press test was run on a Komori Lithrone G840LP-H-UV. This 40-in. eight-color perfecting press utilizes Komori’s H-UV curing technology to print double-sided four-color jobs using H-UV inks and UV or aqueous coatings in a single pass.
“We have some unique color technologies that provide our customers with opportunities for brand differentiation. This includes the H-UV we’ve offered for several years now and a newer metallic ink offering called Color Chrome M/FX. These technologies add complexity to the color control process, but it’s clearly a process we’ve mastered,” said Charlie Cox, COO of Wallace Carlson.
During the GMI audit and onsite press test, Wallace Carlson demonstrated its mastery of the color control process through documentation, equipment maintenance, training procedures, operator capability and equipment performance. Certification requires ongoing monitoring and validation.
“This certification is firmly rooted in our commitment to quality and closely woven into our RMS methodology for Repeatability, Measurability and Speed,” said Cox. “By using a scientific and technical approach to controlling print variables, we’re not only living the GMI standards, we’re also creating repeatable, measurable workflows that ultimately fuel our production efficiency.”
Wallace Carlson also holds G7 Master Qualification and GRACoL color reproduction credentials.