by Donna Covannon
The G7 program is managed by Idealliance, a printing industry trade group. The qualification was earned by demonstrating through production of print and/or proofing, the knowledge, skill and best practices required to effectively operate the G7 methodology in a graphic communications production environment.
G7 is a set of specifications for achieving visual similarity across all print processes. The G7 standard assures that customers who use G7 specifications will be able to do so with a Xeikon toner press.
G7 is designed to align all processes, substrates and inks to consistently hit desired color targets. A universal calibration methodology, it can be used to calibrate any press or printing system to a common neutral appearance regardless of inks, substrates or print technology. It is primarily a specification of gray appearance that can be applied to any printing system such as an offset process, desktop printer or inkjet printer.
The Idealliance organization awards G7 status to trained individuals (G7 Professionals and G7 experts) and to companies (printers, publishers and agencies) who qualify for G7 Master status on an annual basis. The G7 program does not extend to individual printing devices.
“Xeikon presses have always provided predictable, repeatable color,” said Donna Covannon, Director of Marketing, Xeikon America, Inc. “G7 provides our customers with another layer of assurance that the colors of their printed pieces will be precisely as needed.”