VSD – Swiss Printing Federation
Contact: René Theiler
Phone: +41 31 351 15 11
Fax: +41 31 351 27 28
The VSD supports its members in the implementation of standards according to ISO 12647-2. It has developed the Visual PRINT Reference (Test pages with Reference Prints) together with ugra. The VSD supports the neutrality of ugra, and as member of its Board of Directors, VSD works to enhance the efficiency of standardisation in the printing industry.
The Visual Print Reference
The “Visual Print Reference“ is a means of control, based on specifically selected images that will easily reveal differences and problems in print production. This reference has been developed by the VSD Technical Committees. Its advantage is in particular the visual evaluation of all materials used in the print process. “Visual Print Reference” ensures quality to print customers and suppliers for better and more efficient print results. The tool for the process control in the printing industry includes reference prints, and is based on the current ISO 12647-2.
Technical Committees of VSD
Securing and ensuring the necessary competencies is a guiding principle of VSD. The technical committees of both working groups (PPS and VDS) work on technical solutions for the practical use in the printing industry. Every member company can participate actively in a working group to have immediate access to all information for their company.
Viscom – Swiss Association for Visual Communication
Contact: Beat Kneubuehler
CH-3000 Bern 7
Phone: +41 58 225 55 00
Fax: +41 58 225 55 10
With 800 member businesses, Viscom is Switzerland’s largest employers’ association in the graphic industry. Viscom members come from the areas of premedia, prepress, advertising, print (sheetfed-, web-offset, letterpress and digital printing), print finishing and industrial bookbinders.
Viscom follows the Swiss tradition of standardisation. Within the swissPSO project, businesses are prepared for the audit according to ISO 12647. Furthermore, Viscom offers its members advice regarding standardisation. For more detailed information on swissPSO, the introduction and application of swissPSO, including certification, see www.swiss-pso.com.
swissPSO – guaranteed quality
Today’s printing industry has little in common with one of the most important inventions of humanity – the printing machine. Tools, printing inks and digitalisation have turned the former handicraft into a modern industry that is able to provide prints of excellent quality. However, the series of instructions and the high number of components make it an art to achieve this quality again and again.
In a long preparation time and in co-operation with Ugra, Viscom has developed a tool thanks to which the best quality can be achieved all the time – steadily and with little effort and spoilage: swissPSO.
- Process optimisation: Precise instructions, the selection of appropriate tools, printing inks and substrates guarantee error avoidance and high quality.
- Tested quality: The conformity with ISO norms ensures results within the tolerance level, without spoilage and with quick changeover time.
- Ideal customer orientation: Customer-friendly behaviour from the first contact to the delivery – perfectly matched to the customer’s requests – exceeds the expectations of even the most demanding print buyer.
- Sustainability: Environmental awareness, training concepts and continuous further development are essential features of the sustainability of swissPSO.
swissPSO involves the businesses of the printing industry – from the photographer to the print media processor – from wherever they stand today.
Together, all necessary steps are taken to achieve the quality label. After a successful validation, the seal of quality swissPSO is awarded to the business.
Contact: Erwin Widmer
CH-9014 St. Gallen
Phone: +41 71 274 76 10
Fax: +41 71 274 76 63
Ugra is the Swiss Centre of Competence for Media and Printing Technology. It has been doing research for the printing industry since more than 50 years. As a member of ISO TC 130, Ugra has established numerous ISO standards. As a neutral institute in a neutral country, it today offers services and products for the assessment and improvement of quality. Furthermore, Ugra certifies materials, persons and companies according to different standards or specifications. Ugra has an international focus and earns a big part of its turnover in foreign countries. Its legal form is an association.