NPES publishes nine international standards

NPES (the Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies) has released nine International Standards developed for the printing and publishing industry by the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 130 (Graphic technology). NPES, which administers the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC130, was instrumental in the development of these standards that are now available for purchase from NPES and ISO member national organizations. The standards published in 2016 include:

  • ISO 5776: 2016, Graphic technology – Symbols for text proof correction
    Specifies symbols for use in copy preparation and proof correction, in alphabetic and logographic languages. This standard is applicable to text submitted for correction, whatever the nature or presentation (i.e., manuscripts, typescripts, printer’s proofs, etc.), and marking up copy for all methods of composition.
  • ISO 12641-1: 2016, Graphic technology – Prepress digital data exchange – Colour targets for input scanner calibration – Part 1: Colour targets for input scanner calibration. Defines the layout and colorimetric values of targets for the calibration of a photographic product/input scanner combination used in the preparatory process for printing and publishing. One target is defined for positive colour transparency film, with another target defined for colour photographic paper.
  • ISO 12647-7:b2016, Graphic technology – Process control for the production of halftone colour separations, proof and production prints – Part 7: Proofing processes working directly from digital data. Specifies requirements for systems used to produce hard-copy digital proof prints intended to simulate a printing condition defined by a set of characterization data; includes recommendations for appropriate test methods associated with these requirements.
  • ISO/TS 15311-1: 2016, Graphic technology – Requirements for printed matter for commercial and industrial production – Part 1: Measurement methods and reporting schema. Defines print metrics, measurement methods, and reporting requirements for printed sheets that are suitable for all classes of printed products.
  • ISO 16762:2016, Graphic technology – Post-press – General requirements for transfer, handling, and storage. Specifies requirements for the handling, storage, and transfer of printed products between printing and post-press, and also identifies information that may be necessary for the successful completion of post-press operations (job ticket), including specifics for the handling of materials used within the post-press operation.
  • ISO 16763: 2016, Graphic technology – Post-press – Requirements for bound products. Specifies quality requirements and tolerances of bound products and intermediate components; applicable to products requiring industrial binding, for example: books, magazines, catalogues and brochures.
  • ISO 17972-2: 2016, Graphic technology – Colour data exchange format (CxF/X) – Part 2: Scanner target data (CxF/X-2). Defines an exchange format for target input values, colour, and process control data relating to scanner targets, and the associated metadata necessary for its proper interpretation, in electronic form. This standard includes the use of a Custom Resource element within the CxF framework to define a minimum set of data for exchange, and identify the data as being part of ISO 12641.
  • ISO 18620: 2016,Graphic technology – Prepress data exchange – Tone adjustment curves Exchange. Specifies a simple extensible format for the exchange of tone adjustment curves between applications including, but not limited to, colour management, calibration, and raster image processor systems.
  • ISO 19445: 2016, Graphic technology – Metadata for graphic arts workflow – XMP metadata for image and document proofing. Specifies the set of metadata to be used to communicate the approval status, proof preparation, and viewing parameters for images and documents used in the graphic arts print production workflow.

Conforming to industry standards ensures quality, safety, and reliability – all of which contribute to cost savings and optimum return on investment, said NPES. “Print and imaging companies that participate in developing these industry standards gain a unique and tremendous competitive advantage. They benefit from early access to insider knowledge and information, exerting influence on technical content, and developing new markets for products, services and technologies.

For more information on how to participate in International Standards development, as well as other information, please contact: Debbie Orf, NPES Senior Director, ICC and Standards, at dorf@npes.org.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.