PRINT QUALITY SCORING: FRIEND OR FOE?

April 19
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Columbus

With the advent of the spectrophotometer, flexographers’ ability to measure color and establish pass/fail limits has greatly improved the quality and consistency of the printed product. Building on that ability, the print quality score has pushed to quantify not just a pass or fail, but also distance from a perfect match.

The print quality score helps gain a better understanding of the metrics that might go into a quality evaluation, even ones that can’t be measured with a spectrophotometer. Get an inside look at print quality scoring from a brand that requires it, agencies who monitor it, and printers who control it to improve print quality and consistency.

Presentations in this session will:

  • Address the major scoring elements from each area of the workflow for best results
  • Explain the primary goal of print quality scoring, how the metrics differ and elements are evaluated
  • Compare and contrast print tolerances (rate of compliance) and print quality scores (methods vary by scoring agent/company)
  • Show how to visually appreciate how “passing” or “in tolerance” samples from opposite ends can vary dramatically in visual appearance (cumulative Delta E)

“The ‘art of print’ has been in the process of being replaced by the ‘science of print’ since before the initial publication of Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST). As we continue this transformation, CPCs are jumping on board and asking that we show them the numbers. While initially this can be scary, when viewed in the correct way, these new scoring systems and tools allow us to understand where we are today, make improvements and verify the impact to ensure we are moving in the right direction. Each of these steps improves our individual results and our industry capabilities.”

FORUM 2020 Chair Hank Welter and Co-Chair Ellen Farrell

Presentations & Speakers

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Print Quality Scoring: The Benefits, Challenges and a Catalyst for Improvement
Michael John, 3M & Jasmine Hietpas, HAVI Global

Presentation details coming soon.

Building a Solid Foundation for Measurable Success
Paul Biernat, brandkey graphics & Marc Levine

Find out what a print standardization program’s big-picture objective is, and the steps brand owners and printers can take to deliver benefits to their organizations. Paul and Marc will speak from the program management and premedia points of view with an outlook on how participants and stakeholders can approach the topic.

Print Quality Scoring: Driving Operational Effectiveness
Jeff Hall, Graphic Packaging International

What does it means to actually adopt a print quality scoring model? Hear key insights into and considerations for what print quality scoring implementation provides, as a means to gauge the health of a workflow, enable proactive process improvement, and deliver visibility to quality across an organization. The end result is achieving operational goals and customer expectation.

Session Chairs

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Dan Uress
Colorware USA Inc

Kevin Dittman
Graphic Packaging International