PIA Releases Newest Sheetfed Test Forms
Pittsburgh-based Printing Industries of America (PIA) announced the release of the newest version of its 19x25” sheetfed test forms (version 6.0) in four-, six- and eight-color versions. These test forms are the first truly comprehensive examination tools for analyzing press conditions, mechanical attributes and color management areas of an offset press using a single form.
The 19x25” test forms are the first of a number of sheetfed offset test forms in development. PIA's Process Controls Group has been working on a series of new forms, starting with large-format forms in sizes 42x62” and 35x50” and, coming soon, sheetfed press test forms in sizes 2x38”.
The 19x25” sheetfed test forms incorporate many targets that help printers diagnose problems on press, including targets that focus on resolution, mottle, registration, image fit and gray balance. The forms also include tone scales, vignettes, ladder targets, color bars, digital register analysis targets and quality control photographs. Each test form is accompanied by an extensive user's guide that outlines each of the targets and describes how to use the form to produce quality print.
A new unique feature of this product is the color management designation area within the form. There is an 8.5x12.5” area left blank on these test forms where the user is able to drop in any color management target he or she might require, many of which are included on the CD with the form. Included are the ANSI IT8.7/4-2005 target and the ECI 2002 target, as PIA's brand new Photo Montage page can be used for visual evaluation of the press's conditions. This enables printers to test the press both mechanically and visually as needed. It also allows printers a space to incorporate their own test targets as well as artwork, cartons and labels for specific clients.
For more information, visit www.printing.org/store/sheetfedtestforms.