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ISO 12647 Colour Management

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BPIF Specialist Services offer expert advice and support for members who are simply seeking to improve their colour management performance or to conform to internationally recognised colour management and workflow process standards.

 

The BPIF are on hand to support you in installing a colour management and workflow system that provides proven standards of optimum performance at each stage from the reception of data through to the final printed image, ensuring high quality for your customers.

All serious printers have implemented colour controls into their production processes in such a way that measurement is a big part of the process.

Others have gone the extra mile and implemented a scheme, which ensures colour control runs throughout the business as an extension of their ISO 9001 system.

The only scheme that achieves this is the BPIF Colour Quality Management Certification Scheme and is the only one of the four main schemes around the world which is third party certified. The scheme is independently audited by UKAS accredited certifying auditors. As the scheme certifications are fully accredited by UKAS, certifications are globally recognised.

The independence of the BPIF scheme and the UKAS accreditation of certification are the key factors in why the scheme is “the scheme of choice” for all serious colour critical organisations.

The scheme takes ISO 9001 and adds requirements specific to the pre-press and printing process, as well as the colour values and tolerances defined in the ISO 12647 series of standards, or any other accepted standard. As a result, the certification scheme can now be applied to any printing production method and process, and including outsourced printing, pre-press and proofing.

Certification is achieved through audits against the scheme’s requirements. Certification is open to any organisation seeking to meet an accepted colour quality standard(s) through the BPIF scheme, including, but not exclusively, the ISO 12647 series of standards.

This standard sets the parameters to what we should be printing to, plus what management controls should be in place

There are some key benefits:

1.   Satisfying customer demand for consistent colour and quality

2.   Significant production cost savings.

Savings range from as little as 4% to as high as 23%. These savings come from not trying to match to a colour but getting it right – right from the start of the process.

Proper implementation of the scheme will guarantee savings through:

1.   Less ink usage

2.   Less waste paper

3.   Faster make ready

4.   Less power used

5.   Less man power required

6.   More capacity potential

 

BPIF Colour Quality Management Certification Scheme Overview

Level 1 – “Professional Certificate”

“Professional” certification is only open to printers, and is designed to demonstrate the capability of the printer to comply with a defined standard.

To be certified for Level 1 of the BPIF scheme, the “Professional Certificate”, organisations will be required to:

o   the organisation has appointed a Colour Champion, with responsibility and authority for the colour management process;

o   the organisation has ownership of appropriate colour measurement equipment, capable of demonstrating compliance, the accuracy of which is monitored and maintained;

o   the organisations own employed personnel control and resource the operation of pre-press and the press, and all colour measurement activities, whilst preparing for, and running the audit product test.

-              Only one successful test for each production method (e.g. digital, lithographic) is required at each site, even if there are several presses for each production method.

-              Pass an audit product test by the certification body, accredited by UKAS for certification of the scheme.

Level 2 – “Elite Certificate”

“Elite” certification is open to any organisation provided print services, including printers, print managers, design agencies, repro houses etc. and is designed to demonstrate the capability of the organisation to comply with a defined standard, to achieve consist quality in production, and to achieve continual improvement.

To be certified for Level 2 of the BPIF scheme, the “Elite Certificate”, organisations will be required to:

-implement a Colour Quality System to meet the requirements of ISO 9001

-implement the requirements which are additional to ISO 9001, as relevant to the organisation concerned, as described in the BPIF scheme requirements document.

o   If the organisation is a printer, only one successful test for each production method (e.g. digital, lithographic) is required at each site, even if there are several presses for each production method.

-              Pass an audit product test by the certification body, accredited by UKAS for certification of the scheme.

For more information please contact:
Meeka Walwyn-Lewis
Meeka Walwyn-Lewis
Specialist Services Manager
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