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NEW ISO DIGITAL PRINTING STANDARD ON THE WAY

2nd of November 2010 – The ISO TC 130 committee for Graphic Technology has begun work on the new multi-part standard ISO 15311 for digital production printing in acknowledgement of the high demand for a specific standard which addresses the wide scope of digital printing technologies. Currently there is not a specific standard for digital production printing with the only digital standards, 12647-7 (contract proofing) and the soon to be released 12647-8 (validation print), addressing single copy output.

In the absence of a specific standard that addresses digital production printing, several Australian companies have already achieved certification of their digital presses to the existing offset standard (12647-2). This outlines the undeniable demand for a specific digital production standard that ISO 15311 hopes to address. Under the general title ‘Graphic technology — Requirements for printed matter utilizing digital printing technologies for the commercial and industrial production’, ISO 15311 will consist of the following parts:
Part 1: Parameters and measurement methods;
Part 2: Commercial production printing;
Part 3: Large Format Printing (Signage);
Whilst the first part of this international standard provides a framework of image and product quality criteria the following parts addresses the pertinent usage of those criteria for typical use cases such as industrial or large format signage printing. Based on the individual requirements of those market segments each part covers the extent to which the defined criteria are needed.

Luke Wooldridge commented that “The Australian TC 130 committee understands that the method of how a digital printing device is evaluated has stirred debate in the past, and we welcome feedback from relevant parties within our industry which we hope will lead to a refined standard which will be of benefit to our industry.” Currently a new work items proposal (NWIP), the path to becoming a fully fledged ISO standard is involved and could take approximately two years however the advantage of this process is that it will allow plenty of opportunity for interested parties within the Australian Graphic Technology industry to actively participate in the refinement and development of this new standard.

ISO TC 130 is made up of international experts from 19 national bodies (countries) that have elected to be participating members (termed P-member). Before work gets started on a standard, New Work Item (NWI) must be prepared and voted on by all P-members. This is followed by a Working Draft (WD), which is approved by the experts in the particular working group (e.g. WG 3 for process control and related metrology) developing the standard. Once the experts are satisfied, a Committee Draft (CD) is prepared and voted on by the P-member national bodies. The CD stage is where all (or most) of the technical issues between various national body interests are resolved. After a successful vote on the CD stage the document moves on to the Draft International Standard (DIS) and Final Draft International Standard(FDIS) stages. At these stages the ballot is open to all 161 national bodies that are member of ISO. While lengthy, this process assures that an ISO standard is both technically sound, broadly applicable and the product of the whole community, not of any individual or special interest group.

The Australian TC 130 committee invites interested parties who would like more information regarding the development of this standard to contact the committee on TC130@printnet.com.au and for a complete list of the standards currently under development by the AU/TC 130 committee please visit the ISO website - http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_catalogue/catalogue_tc/catalogue_tc_browse.htm?commid=52214&development=on