NPES reaccredited by the American National Standards Institute

NPES has earned reaccreditation as a standards development organisation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) after an audit of the association's standards administration operations by ANSI. NPES administers the work of the Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies Standards (CGATS) and B65 committees, and also serves as secretariat for the US Technical Advisory Group to the International Organisation for Standardisation's Technical Committee 130 on Graphic Technology (USTAG to TC130).

CGATS, which received ANSI accreditation in 1989, manages the entire scope of technical work for printing, publishing and converting technologies represented in one national standardisation and coordination effort, while respecting the established activities of existing accredited standards committees and industry standards developers. The scope of CGATS standards relates to pallet loading of printed materials, metrology, terminology, plates, process control, digital data exchange, colour data definition, design workflow for packaging, and ink and colour characterisation for packaging.

The B65 Committee, ANSI accredited in 1983, is responsible for developing safety standards relating to printing presses and press systems, binding/ finishing equipment and systems, bindery cutting machines, platen presses and ink making equipment. These standards address design, arrangements, designation, and colour scheme of controls and signaling devices, guarding and interlocking of guards, mechanical safety devices, symbology, and safe practices as they apply to printing equipment.

The USTAG to TC130 consists of industry experts who provide ANSI with guidance on the development of the US position on International Standards relating to all areas of the graphic arts including, but not limited to technologies such as ink, process control, plates, blankets, digital data exchange, environmental impact of printed products, management of security printing, printing certification requirements, safety and colour management.

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