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Schawk! to standardize its worldwide proofing technology using GMG OpenColor and GMG ColorProof

Sep 11, 2013 12:00 AM


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The ability to accurately and consistently represent complex spot color overprints for packaging at remote sites globally was a determining factor

Hingham, MA USA (September 11, 2013) - GMG (www.gmgcolor.com), the leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, announces that Schawk USA, Inc. has signed an agreement to standardize on GMG ColorProof and GMG OpenColor as the primary proofing and color management technology for all Schawk! locations worldwide. Schawk! (www.schawk.com) produces brand assets and protects brand equities to drive brand profitability. Leveraging its 60+ years of industry leadership, Schawk! identifies and deploys scalable solutions to address a brand's complex production and delivery needs through proven expertise in workflow, resourcing, color management and imaging. Schawk joins a growing list of GMG packaging customers around the world who have adopted GMG ColorProof and GMG OpenColor.

In recent years GMG ColorProof, the multiple award-winning proofing software, has established itself as the most professional software solution for producing color-accurate contract proofs for the complex needs of packaging producers. GMG OpenColor creates high-quality multicolor profiles simulating printing behavior of diverse printing technologies, media types, and screening technologies, without requiring 'proprietary chart based' press fingerprinting. GMG OpenColor helps achieve significant optimization of the entire package printing process chain. With proofs that both represent pure spot colors precisely and simulate their complex overprinting behavior, it is now much more simple to prepare and verify print data.

Schawk! had expressed a strong desire to standardize its global proofing process with a consistent system that would accurately represent color--no matter the ultimate print process, ink, or substrate used. Schawk's internal workgroup, the Color Task Force (CTF), spent more than a year conducting extensive testing and analysis before it decided to work with GMG's color solutions. GMG OpenColor, a 2013 InterTech Technology and FTA Innovation Award recipient, was a critical component of this decision due to its groundbreaking spot color overprint prediction capabilities. CTF also was impressed with the ability to perform worldwide remote proofing at customer and print sites--as well as global Schawk! locations.

Schawk! is currently in the process of implementing the GMG proofing system worldwide.
Schawk! produces brand assets and protects brand equities to drive brand profitability. Leveraging its 60+ years of industry leadership, Schawk! identifies and deploys scalable solutions to address a brand's complex production and delivery needs through proven expertise in workflow, resourcing, color management and imaging. Schawk! is part of the brand deployment group of SGK (NYSE: SGK). For more information visit: http://www.schawk.com

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 25 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.

About the GMG solutions: Based on the 4-D color-transformation engine, the proofing solution GMG ColorProof provides the most accurate way of calibrating digital inkjet proofing devices to produce contract color proofs precisely matched to the printing process. GMG DotProof® enables users to generate contract quality halftone proofs, using the original bitmap data of the output RIP. GMG FlexoProof is specifically tailored to the needs of the packaging industry, simulating any kind of substrate structures and creating contract quality halftone proofs. GMG OpenColor offers precise and predictable spot color reproduction and creates high-quality multicolor profiles based on its unique spectral color management technology. GMG ProofControl guarantees reliable and complete quality control of digital color proofs based on a defined standard. GMG ProofMedia is a range of proofing-specific substrates manufactured to strict tolerances specifically for color critical applications. www.proofr.com is an internet platform enabling online proofing services in GMG quality through a worldwide network of remote proofing locations. GMG ColorServer, with automatic hotfolder technology and based on the Adobe® PDF Library, provides fully automatic color conversions for all printing processes - CMYK-to-CMYK, RGB-to-CMYK and RGB-to-RGB. GMG InkOptimizer automatically reduces chromatic colors, thus providing cost savings by reducing unnecessary ink usage, along with better print stability on press. GMG FlowConnect enables the complete integration of the color management solutions GMG ColorServer and GMG InkOptimizer into current workflow systems. The GMG SmartProfiler wizard allows the profiling and calibration of different output devices, such as digital presses or large format systems, easily and quickly. United in this one application, the GMG ProductionSuite offers the entire range of functions required today in a modern wide-format production environment: efficient job preparation, data preflight, color management, identical repetition, lower cost through reduced ink consumption, etc. GMG CoZone is a modular, cloud-based solution for professional media and color management users to interact with clients and suppliers to approve, manage and deliver design work and multimedia files.

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