Printing Certification and PSA Bob Chung, RIT (2c) Presented at the Institute of Print-Media Professionals Meeting, September 13, 2012, Hong Kong
Outline • Customer requirements and printing standardization • Printing standards define common requirements • PSO, G7 and PSA • APTEC and RIT partnership • Meeting customer’s needs
Customer Requirements and Printing Standardization • Building trust between printers and print buyers • The old way is based on a personal relationship. • The new way is based on demonstrated technical capability and management systems. • Certification is the 3rd Party attestation that the printer is technically capable and has effective quality management systems for sustained performance.
Printing Standards Define Common requirements • Technical capability is defined by ANSI and ISO standards. • Applicable printing standards include ISO/DIS 15339-1, ANSI/CGATS TR 016, etc. • Management system is defined by ISO 9001 and ISO TC130/WG13 standards. • ISO TC130/WG13 is developing a sector-specific management system requirement for tone and color reproduction quality.
PSA Certification • PSA is a certification scheme and RIT is the certification body providing services to printers seeking PSA certification. • Printers who demonstrate printing conformance to a dataset become PSA Certified Printers. • PSA Certified Printers who are G7 Masters and choose the GRACoL dataset can also become G7 GRACoL Certified Printers*. * Same for G7 SWOP Certified Printers
PSA Certification with Honors • PSA with Honors recognizes printers who have sound management system support and are able to print in conformance on a sustained basis. • PSA Certifiedis a prerequisite. • PSA with Honors will be available when ISO 16761-3 Conformity assessment and management system requirements for tone and color quality is published.
PSOand PSA • Similarities • Both are workflow-based certification schemes. • 3rd party on-site audit, followed by measurement and audit reporting • Workflow covers data reception, proofing, and printing. • Differences • PSO focuses on conformance to process control aims, as defined by ISO 12647-2, for offset. • Fixed substrate color, single tolerance, offset only • PSA focuses conformance to dataset, as defined by ISO/DIS 15339 and CGATS TR 016. • Substrate correction, multi-tolerance, multiple printing devices
G7 and PSA • G7 is a press calibration method with a qualification scheme specified by G7 Pass/Fail Criteria in three levels. • G7 Gray, G7 Targeted, and G7 Colorspace • PSA focuses conformance to dataset, as defined by ISO/DIS 15339 and CGATS TR 016. • PSA Certified Printers who are G7 Masters and choose the GRACoL dataset can also become G7 GRACoL Certified Printers.
Costs of PSA Audit • A standard PSA Audit for printers who are already G7 Masters is $5500 USD. • Including 30% discount off standard pricing • Not including consultant costs
APTEC and RIT Partnership • APTEC is the exclusive partner of RIT in the Greater China region. • RIT owns training contents and post training assessment. APTEC trains PSA consultants. Consultants receive certificates from RIT and APTEC. • APTEC is responsible for customer communication from initial inquiry to audit closure. RIT performs audits and issues audit reports.
APTEC and RIT Partnership • Short term objectives • Introduce conformance to dataset • Train APTEC staff as PSA trainers • Train Pro-Act & HKDI staff as PSA auditors • Conduct initial audits • Long term objectives • Promote printing standardization • Enable industry adoption of printing to standards • Provide industry education and training • Create a base of qualified experts
Meeting Customer’s Needs • Every printing company faces the challenges of managing its daily operations to meet customer’s perceived and unmet needs. • Conformance to dataset and become PSA Certified are strategic in meeting customer’s color match needs across multiple substrates and printing platforms.
Tips for Success • Check • Conduct self studies • Measure your progress • Close process gap • Act • Contact APTEC for PSA audit • Prepare for on-site audit • Participate in the audit • Celebrate the success • Plan • Why PSA certification is important to you • Who else is interested in PSA • Gather relevant requirements • Do • Study PSA Assessment Criteria • Secure necessary tools, materials and equipment • Institute training • Implement standards compliant workflow
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