Last week, the Rochester Institute of Technology announced the commercial launch of its Print Standards Audit Certification, or PSA for short. The program, started by Professor Robert Chung, has been in development for the past year and promises to help printers demonstrate they’ve mastered the use of standards in their operating workflow. This new certification process focuses on preparing printers for workflows that will accommodate new technology as well as an international supply chain.
The advantage of this PSA certification process is that it encompasses multiple standardization methods and certifications, auditing them all as a whole and making sure they work synergistically. Contributions to the PSA certification process came from multiple international leaders in standardization, including KEE Consultants (France), Fogra (Germany), Ugra (Switzerland), SCGM (Netherlands), BPiF (UK), and IDEAlliance (U.S.).
KEE and IDEAlliance proved to be huge players in making the PSA successful. KEE’s ISO 12647–based Gap Analysis Audit is fully aligned with the PSA process, and some of KEE’s tools for assessing conformance to a PDF/X compliant workflow were also part of the PSA process. Another important partner was IDEAlliance, which has enabled printers to achieve a shared neutral appearance across multiple technologies and substrates with its G7 calibration method. Both collaborators, in addition to others, were instrumental in making the PSA certification process a success.
As printers seek to differentiate themselves in the marketplace, they are faced with the tough decision of which certifications to seek out. The PSA certification process makes a good case for itself, since it is one of the only to incorporate several standards and workflows to aid printers in obtaining balanced results from the beginning to the end of their processes.
So, when you are looking for a company to print your project, how do its certifications affect your decision?
Author: John Mehl