Very recently J C Graphics made news with the installation of Andhra Pradesh's first Heidelberg CD102 six-colour UV press.
The ISO 12647-2:2013 certification specifies the number of process parameters and their values to be applied when producing colour separations, printing forms and print production for four-colour sheetfed and web-fed offset printing presses. This excludes coldset offset lithography on newsprint.
For Ratnakar Hegde, the chairman and founder of JC Graphics, this certification will position the company as quality-conscious. "The ISO certification guarantees accountable quality control and consistency and reinforces our mission to deliver quality print products to our customers."
Karunakar Thiyagaraj, JC Graphics, added, “The ISO 12647-2 certification is a quality assurance to the print buyer. It is a guarantee that the print shop produces quality print products with ISO standards. In short, it is an authorisation to print."
While for Heidelberg, it was after several rigorous rounds of tests on pre-press, press and production, including print run on various substrates, dot gain calibration and consistency of delta-E values, that the certification was conferred upon JC Graphics.
Ganesh Kumar, senior manager, Heidelberg India, and India’s first FOGRA partner and certified colour consultant, worked closely with JC Graphics on the project. He said, “Achieving the ISO certification is an educational experience. Like any great accomplishment, it entails a lot of hard work. The challenge is to print 4000 sheets, and check every 400th sheet for an array of parameters including colour deviation, tonal value and ink spread.”
Vemula Chakrapani, the regional sales manager for Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, said, “JC Graphics expressed interest in ISO certification at the time of installing the Speedmaster CD 102. Our service team worked towards that goal and achieved prescribed ISO standards.”
On 9 June, the certification ceremony coincided with an open house of the Speedmaster CD 102 six-color UV press, which was attended by 80 printers and print buyers.