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WAN-IFRA printing quality certification

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Since 2005, WAN-IFRA has certified several newspaper printing plants based on ISO 12647-3. Use the certification to improve production workflows, quality level, staff know-how, and market position.

Today, the quality analysis comprises a total of 98 parameters drawn from ISO standards (12647, 5-3, 5-4, 2846-2, 12635, 3664 and 15930) and IFRA norms.

WAN-IFRA certification contains the evaluation of the measured printing quality obtained from monthly printing tests carried out over a period of six months, an audit in the printing plant as well as the visual assessment of the general printing quality. The audit includes a workflow analysis, exposure tests and the production of a test print, carried out in the presence of the auditor, who also performs the evaluation. Certification is valid for two years and can be subsequently renewed. Many printing operations use the certification for marketing purposes. However, the majority of participants consider its main benefit to be the internal further training of their personnel. More details can be found here.


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Prabhu Natrajan


2019-01-03 14:23

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