An Update on ISO 12647

You may have read our previous blog on ISO 12647, the European standard for colour management. The standard has been designed to help achieve consistency in printing projects, regardless of where it is printed - but it's not without its problems.

Now, further developments have given some measure of hope for those printers seeking certification.

A New Scheme for Printers

Due to the constraints of the original Colour management scheme, a version 2 has become available from the BPIF (British Printing Industries Federation), as they try to make it more achievable across a wider range of substrates.

This latest option enables a more universal use of substrates, helping printers attain compliance more readily.

Due to the complex nature of some substrates, version 2 measures the consistency & quality of the printing process within the ‘tolerances’ of ISO 12647.

It remains a measurement of the product – as per the original concept – but enables the printer to be benchmarked on consistent quality, and become ISO 12647 certified, provided they work within the requirements of the scheme.

If however the substrate has significant characteristic changes during/after printing then the printer still cannot be certified.

What began as an intended solution to consistent print quality on the same type of substrate category, still leaves many printers with unanswered questions, simply because substrates are often categorised differently by some manufacturers and retailers.

To find out more about the challenges faced by printers, and how Gould Publication Papers can help you overcome them, call us on 01372 385101.