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Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies

About CGATS Standards

The Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies Standards (CGATS) is a United States standards organization whose primary function is to develop standards for the graphic arts industry. CGATS provides standards in areas not covered by other standards organizations, and are also defining color measurement practices, densitometry standards, and plate dimension standards. The goal of the Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies Standards (CGATS) is to have the entire scope of printing, publishing and converting technologies represented in one national standardization and coordination effort, while respecting the established activities of existing accredited standards committees and industry standards developers.


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CGATS Standards define critical benchmarks and protocols within the printing and graphic arts industries. These Standards encompass a range of technical specifications that ensure consistency, quality, and interoperability across various processes and technologies. From color management to printing workflows, CGATS Standards provide guidelines that facilitate seamless communication and reliable performance throughout the production cycle. Embraced globally, adherence to CGATS Standards fosters efficiency, reduces errors, and enhances overall product quality, making them indispensable for manufacturers, printers, and software developers striving for excellence in graphic arts technologies.

CGATS Standards guide practices from design to production, ensuring a uniformity that enables consistent reproduction of colors across different devices and materials, enhancing accuracy in proofs and final prints. By providing clear benchmarks for measurements, workflows, and technologies, CGATS Standards support streamlined operations and smooth collaboration among designers, printers, and manufacturers worldwide.

CGATS Standards are owned and managed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) through its Technical Committee 130 (TC 130). ISO TC 130 operates globally, with members and experts from various countries collaborating to develop and maintain these Standards. This international oversight ensures that CGATS Standards are comprehensive, relevant, and applicable across diverse printing and graphic arts contexts worldwide .The Association for Print Technologies (APT) supports and administers the activities of CGATS, which is part of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), operating out of Washington, DC.

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