Of all ISO standards relevant for the graphics industry the ISO 12647 series is perhaps the most important for production quality assurance. At least one of the ISO 12647 parts should be included in any printing company’s arsenal. But sadly, in most large print markets, companies have not adopted ISO 12647 as widely as one would have hoped.
In part, this is because small to medium sized enterprises, which make up the bulk of the printing industry, are loathe to invest in process control. This could be down to stinginess or, more likely, down to a lack of understanding of what this series of standards is all about and how it benefits the business. It says on the ISO 12647 series tin that ISO 12647 is about process control, but what it is really about is improving cost control and profitability. This is why printing companies should consider adopting it.
ISO 12647 Graphic technology -- Process control for the production of half-tone colour separations, proof and production prints
ISO 12647 has been around for almost twenty years and comprises eight separate parts. The first part, ISO 12647-1, explains the process control parameters used to specify common goals for characterisation data for a given printing condition. It covers the vocabulary used in subsequent parts to explain requirements for colour separations, print forme and proof creation, and of course production printing.