Design, print and fulfilment company Superior Creative Services has achieved ISO 12647-2 colour certification on its Speedmaster XL 106-5+L LE-UV press; Heidelberg’s first ISO 12647-2 colour certification on an LE-UV press.


The Heidelberg ISO 12647-2 certification scheme has been running for seven years and has proved popular with customers and has helped raise the bar in terms of the industry’s understanding of colour issues because its programme is about education as well as machine optimisation.


Sheets are first examined on site by a Heidelberg Print Colour Management (PCM) specialist and then sent to a colour laboratory in Germany for appraisal. They are rigorously checked with analysis of factors such as homogenous ink, solid colour values, dot gain, fit, register and dot reproduction quality. Customers subsequently submit sheets at six monthly intervals for checking and verification and Heidelberg also supports the customer with an annual on-site visit.  


The Speedmaster XL 106-5+L LE-UV press was the first Drupa specification Speedmaster XL 106 delivered in the UK. It features the Prinect Press Center XL2, including wallscreen XL, as well as Inpress Control 2, Autoplate Pro and Pressroom Manager.



Two Heidelberg specialists attended to benchmark the press and to oversee the evaluation, and according to Superior’s production director Stewart Powell (pictured), it was easier to achieve ISO12647-2 with this press because there was no dry back to consider; sheets come off completely dry from the press and so they could be tested immediately. 


“We wanted to have colour accreditation for our own peace of mind, but also because some clients require ISO12647-2 as a prerequisite to placing work,” says Powell. “As a company, we like to run to standards and to optimise our processes; we also hold ISO 9001 quality, ISO 14001 environmental and FSC Chain of Custody certification.”


Superior is a £20m turnover business with 170 staff and specialises in the retail POS and packaging sectors.