The process of standardization in the printing industry is far from being complete. There are still professionals who are unaware of the benefits they can get from having their workshops working under standars or if the effort will be worth, and more in these times in which we must optimize the resources at our disposal .

SolidaColor want to help you to evaluate this decision; so we offer the following basic hints about the ISO 12647 standard

If you want more information on methods, deadlines, costs, etc. to implement the standard in your workshop, we encourage you to contact us.

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ISO 12647 standard

Given the enormous flexibility to transmit information, the printing industry has been able to reduce costs and increase the print volume produced in an offshored manner.

ISO 12647 allows to normalize these criteria and ensure color matching between proofs and print production.

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What is ISO 12647?

Of all the standards developed for the standardization of the graphic process, the UNE-ISO 12647 is the one that establishes, in its various parts, technical specifications and tolerances for color reproduction in offset, press, rotogravure, serigraphy, flexography and proofing.

In the UNE-ISO 12647, specifies values and tolerances needed to normalize the printing process in all those primary parameters:

  • specifying halftone data,  as linescreen or halftone dots;
  • classifying paper supports into five types according to their weight, whiteness by its color and brightness;
  • colorimetry of primary inks and overprints on each paper type and data enhancement or dot gain for printing conditions dependent on the paper type.

ISO 12647 is currently developed in eight points:

  • ISO 12647-1: 2004 – Part 1 PARAMETERS AND MEASUREMENT METHODS
  • ISO 12647-2: 2004 – Part 2 STANDARDIZED OFFSET PRINTING
  • ISO 12647-3: 2005 – Part 3 STANDARDIZED PRESS PRINTING
  • ISO 12647-4: 2005 – Part 4 STANDARDIZED GRAVURE PRINTING
  • ISO 12647-5: 2001 – Part 5 STANDARDIZED SCREENPRINTING
  • ISO 12647-6: 2006 – Part 6 STANDARDIZED FLEXO-PRINTING
  • ISO 12647-7: 2007 – Part 7 STANDARDIZED DIGITAL PRINTING

Benefits of using standards

To your company

  • Improved efficiency
  • Compatibility with customer technical requirements
  • Reduction in boot times and material costs
  • Improved communication
  • Repeatability and consistency
  • Better understanding of how the different raw materials (paper, ink, etc.) affect the final result

To the final customer

  • Confidence and security in the printer company
  • Prediction of final result
  • Consistency between jobs, reprints and different suppliers
  • Improved and uniformity in communication between designer and printer