First Indian print shop receives ISO 12647-2 certification from Heidelberg


Vemula Chakrapani, regional sales manager -Heidelberg India, Dinakar Thiyagaraj of JC Graphics, Ratnakar Hegde, chairman JC Graphics, Klaus Nielsen – managing director, Heidelberg India, and Karunkar Thiyagaraj of JC GraphicsVijayawada’s JC Graphics has been awarded the distinction of being the first Indian print shop to be certified as per ISO – 12647-2(2013 version) Printing standards. The prestigious certification was bestowed by Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG, Germany, the leading offset printing press manufacturer in the world, at an official event organised at JC Graphics’ printing unit at Vijayawada. Klaus Nielsen, managing director-Heidelberg India handed the ISO certificate to Ratnakar Hegde, the chairman and founder of JC Graphics.

The ISO12647-2 certification sets the bars high and places higher demands on the excellence of print output. Quality-conscious print buyers are increasingly looking for print providers with ISO certification, which guarantees accountable quality control and consistency.

Heidelberg conferred the certification as per ISO 12647–2 standards, after several rigorous rounds of tests on prepress, press and production, including print run on various substrates, dot-gain calibration and consistency of delta-E values. The ISO 12647–2 certification ensures that there is no compromise on the excellence of quality. Heidelberg has already certified 150 print shops worldwide with ISO 12647-2.

Upon receiving the certification, Ratnakar Hegde, commented, “It’s truly overwhelming to be the first print shop in India to receive the printing standard certification. The award will reinforce our mission to deliver quality print products to our customers. We appreciate and thank the Heidelberg India team for helping us achieve this remarkable milestone in our print journey”. Vemula Chakrapani, regional sales manager for Telangana Andhra Pradesh said, “JC Graphics expressed interest in ISO certification, at the time of installing the Speedmaster CD 102. Our service team worked towards that goal and achieved prescribed ISO standards”.

Ganesh kumar, senior manager of Heidelberg India, and India’s first FOGRA partner and certified colour consultant who worked closely with JC Graphics on this project says, “Achieving the ISO certification is an educational experience. Like any great accomplishment, it entails a lot of hard work. The challenge is to print 4,000 sheets, and check every 400th sheet for an array of parameters including colour deviation, tonal value and ink spread.”

On this gracious occasion, JC Graphics and Heidelberg India, jointly organised an open house to showcase the Speedmaster CD 102 six-color UV press with coating unit, a recent acquisition by JC Graphics and the first-ever installation in Andhra Pradesh. The demo included print jobs on various substrates to educate the participants on the prowess of the CD 102. The presentation was followed by a seminar on ‘ISO standards’ by Heidelberg India. The event witnessed participation from about 80 fellow printers and print buyers.

Karunakar Thiyagaraj, JC Graphics, concluded, “The ISO 12647-2 certification is quality assurance to the print buyer. It is a guarantee that the print shop produces quality print products with ISO standards. In short, it is an authentic authorization to print. We are equally proud of installing the first-ever Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 in Andhra Pradesh at our plant in Vijayawada with ISO-12647-2 standards.”

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