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GMG GmbH & Co. KG
Moempelgarder Weg 10
D-72072 Tuebingen
Tel. +49 (0)7071/93874-0
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For immediate release
GMG supports M+E Druckhaus and Peter Becker for reliable
production in line with the latest standards
Tuebingen (February 16, 2016) – M+E Druckhaus International Print & Media Services, Belm,
Germany, has successfully implemented the latest ISO and FOGRA offset printing standards,
supported by GMG and in collaboration with its repro partners, Peter Becker GmbH. M+E prints sales
material for leading retailers where accurate color control is critical. Using GMG ColorServer and
GMG ColorProof solutions has made M+E’s move to the new standards straightforward and provided
prints that match proofs.
Quality is key in the retail sector and any business that wants to play a leading role in this area needs
to keep pace with new developments and standards. For the most recent edition of a retail client’s 32page catalogue published every two weeks, M+E’s production team decided to implement the latest
standards for offset printing. The brochure was produced in line with the ISO 12647-2:2013 standard
using FOGRA51 data, even before the new data set had been officially released, as part of an initial
trial by the repro and printing teams, supported by GMG.
Both prepress activities and the printing of the catalogue were completed in accordance with the new
criteria. During the process, the repro team used GMG ColorServer, GMG ColorProof, and GMG
ProofControl, while the proofs were printed on GMG ProofPaper semimatte 250 OBA.
From proof to print with the new data set
Once the image is processed in RGB, automated CMYK conversions are completed using GMG
ColorServer. In order to provide the best possible data for printing on optically brightened paper, Peter
Becker decided to use the FOGRA51 data set for the first time. Thanks to the new output intent
already stored within GMG ColorServer and GMG ColorProof, the switch to the new system proved
extremely straightforward. Use of GMG ProofPaper semimatte 250 OBA was the final element in the
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GMG GmbH & Co. KG
Moempelgarder Weg 10
D-72072 Tuebingen
Tel. +49 (0)7071/93874-0
Fax +49 (0)7071/93874-22
[email protected]
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process. "With this switch, we changed every parameter at once (proof paper, separation, and color
adjustment) yet still hit our target on the first run," says a very happy Michael Stephen, Head of
Visualization at Peter Becker.
For both the print company and its client, the proof approval process in particular involved a move into
uncharted territory. While previously approval took place using the FOGRA39 data set on brightenerfree paper, FOGRA51 now—for the first time—takes account of the effect of optical brighteners in
typically coated production stock; the proof could therefore be printed on OBA proof paper with its
significant fluorescent effect. This allowed the repro specialists at Peter Becker to establish in practice
just how well the various GMG components work together, even for optically brightened references.
M+E Druckhaus, too, was eager to implement the new standard immediately. Ahead of the print date,
CTP curves were identified to ensure that printing would comply with the modified description of the
dot gain curves in the ISO 12647-2:2013 standard. Lars Höcker-Gödecker of M+E summarizes the
technical details of the printing process: “The print was completed on a coated offset paper with a
color coordinate that matches the F51 paper tone relatively well. Through a slight adjustment of the
print densities, a proof-to-print match was quickly achieved. For the second printing form no further
readjustment was needed. Ultimately, not a lot has changed for us in the printing process. The
densities are nearly identical with the previously-used values and we were soon comfortable with the
new plate curve. However, the proof now matches the final print much more closely!"
GMG’s Senior Technical Advisor, Juergen Seitz, says: “Working so closely on this project with M+E
and Peter Becker has been very interesting. Not only has it shown how important the implementation
of the new standards is for accurate color output, it has also illustrated perfectly how this can be
achieved efficiently and cost-effectively using GMG solutions.”
To find out more about FOGRA51 and FOGRA52 please visit:
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GMG GmbH & Co. KG
Moempelgarder Weg 10
D-72072 Tuebingen
Tel. +49 (0)7071/93874-0
Fax +49 (0)7071/93874-22
[email protected]
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About GMG: GMG is a leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, founded in
1984 and located in Tuebingen, Germany. With more than 30 years of experience in the graphic arts industry, the GMG
brand is synonymous with a guarantee for high-quality solutions for everything to do with color. GMG's goal is to
provide complete solutions for standardizing and simplifying the color management workflow in order to achieve
consistent colors on all media types and with any printing technology. Today, more than 11,000 systems are in use
among customers around the globe. These span a wide range of industries and application areas including advertising
agencies; prepress houses; offset, flexo, packaging, digital, wide format and gravure printers. GMG is represented by
branches and authorized dealers the world over.
© 2016 GMG GmbH & Co. KG. The GMG product names mentioned in this document are trademarks or service marks
of GMG GmbH & Co. KG and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Other company, brand, product and service
names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
Data is subject to change without notice.
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GMG GmbH & Co. KG
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