Ghent workgroup develops packaging specs

The Ghent Workgroup, or GWG, has put proposals to the International Standards Organisation for new PDF specifications that could improve the approval cycles used in packaging.

One of the major problems in this area is dealing with different versions of a job throughout production and proofing. The GWG’s work to help the PDF format support packaging workflows falls into three basic areas. This includes special colour handling with Spectral values, as well as extensive non-content and finishing standards.

But there is also support for multiple views of the same visual graphics, using the same PDF file, supporting the unique roles of the stakeholders within the packaging supply chain. Thus, for example, brand owners can see 2D packaging graphics in the context that makes sense to them, without all of the complex technical information cluttering up their view.

Printers, on the other hand, can review all content, including the technical items that may not even print on the final package.

The GWG is getting close to fully delivering on all the packaging segment’s requests, and packaging workflow software vendors will be introducing the results of this work in their products in the very near future.

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Meanwhile, Steven Carter, GWG packaging working group co-chair and SVP Technology, Phototype, will give details at the PIA Color Conference. This is being held at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 6-9. To register for Carter’s session, Tools to Help You Create Rock-Solid PDFs for Packaging, go to:




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