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Agfa’s Proofing Solutions Obtain Official fogra Certification


Graphic Technology Research Association Declares :SherpaProof Complies with Industry Standards.

Mortsel, Belgium, September 25, 2006, Agfa Graphics announced today that the :SherpaProof line of digital proofing systems has been given official certification from the respected European printing organisation, fogra Graphic Technology Research Association.

In recent testing, fogra certified Agfa’s :SherpaProof systems (fogra certification number 20047) for their ability to produce proofs that comply to the IS12647-2 and IS12647-4 standards (offset and gravure printing). Agfa’s systems were certified for nine different printing conditions including screened proofing with :SherpaDot (dot-for-dot technology).

“Agfa Graphics has been a leader in the proofing field for a long time and we are proud to offer systems which meet the fogra specifications,” said Paul Adriaensen, Agfa Graphics worldwide marketing manager for proofing and screening solutions. “:SherpaProof users and their customers can rest assured that their proofs conform to the highest international standards thanks to innovations in our :ColorTuneX colour management and :ApogeeX workflow software.”

The certified system has several components, including:

* :ApogeeX workflow with optional :SherpaDot
* :SherpaProof Media (AMDP); proofing substrate certified by fogra
* :QmsX quality management system
* EPSON Stylus Pro engine family

The certification comes in a very busy year for Agfa’s :SherpaProof systems. The microporous :SherpaProof media (AMDP) for pigment inks also received a certified status by fogra earlier this year as fogra-cert proof substrate (cert # 19527). In January, the :Sherpa and :SherpaProof systems received certification from the Specifications Web Offset Publications (SWOP) group, and the system also fared well in the fourth annual IPA colour proofing RoundUP in Chicago last June.

About fogra.
The objective of fogra Forschungsgesellschaft Druck e.V. [fogra Graphic Technology Research Association] is to promote print engineering and its future-oriented technologies in the fields of research, development and application, and to enable the printing industry to utilise the results of this activity. To this end, the Association maintains its own institute, with about 50 staff members including engineers, chemists and physicists. The fogra certification of proofing systems can be found on


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