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APTech provides leadership in developing national and international standards for the printing industry.

APTech Standards Leadership

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Standards in the printing, publishing and converting industry provide uniform, defined procedures and tools, which help users produce quality products that are safe for their customers faster, more efficiently and more cost-effectively.

The Association for Print Technologies (APTech℠) provides leadership in developing national and international standards for the printing industry; including:

  • Safety standards for printing, publishing and converting equipment
  • Technical standards for data exchange, process control, metrology, packaging, etc.

This work is open to anyone having an interest. We especially invite the involvement of the user community.

APTech serves as secretariat to the following American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards committees:

B65 Committee

Develops U.S. safety standards for printing press, bindery and other printing equipment and systems used in the printing, publishing and converting technology industry.

B65 Subcommittees and their Activities

B65 Membership Application

B65 Member Roster

B65 Operating Procedures

Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies Standards (CGATS)

Develops U.S. technical standards with the goal of having the entire scope of printing, publishing and converting technologies represented in one national standardization and coordination effort.

CGATS Subcommittees and their Activities

CGATS Membership Application

CGATS Member Roster

CGATS Operating Procedures

U.S. Technical Advisory Group (USTAG)

Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization’s Technical Committee 130, Graphic Technology. The US TAG consists of experts from the industry who provide guidance to ANSI on the development of the U.S. position on international standards relating to the graphic arts.

ISO TC 130 Working Groups and their Activities

US TAG Membership Application

US TAG Member Roster

International Color Consortium (ICC)

APTech also serves as secretariat to the International Color Consortium, an organization devoted to the promotion of the use and adoption of open, vendor-neutral, cross-platform color management systems.

Standards Development

New ISO Standard Allows A Common Global Color Language

WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks with Steve Smiley of Smileycolor and Elie Khoury of Alwan Color Expertise about the importance and value of complying with ISO 15339 (Graphic technology -- Printing from digital data across multiple technologies), a new standard that includes a set of print definitions that can be used anywhere in the world and for any printing technology.