Idealliance G7 Expert and Professional training concludes on a terrific note

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The program saw a full house in a real Mumbai monsoon setting, with Steve Smiley mentoring the training sessions. The first day was blocked with eight hours in the classroom and calibration of the Epson proofer to CRPC6. On the second day, following a few hours of interactive classroom work, we visited our host printer, Parksons Graphics, across Andheri where we did our initial test runs on both the Heidelberg 74 five-color plus coater offset press and the HP Indigo 5600. We brought the sheets back to measure the P2P strips and to create the curves we need for the G7 calibration of the press.

Participants at the G7 Expert and Professional training

All the candidates took turns measuring the P2P wedges and saving the data into the Curve 3 software. In the final runs, Parksons Graphics achieved G7 Master Qualification of its plant on both offset and digital. Aniket Rane from Maximus Graphics qualified as Expert in the training. Ones who qualified as Professionals in the training are Kashif Shakeel Baig and Sunil Kumar, service engineers at Windmoller and Holscher India; Sunil Rampurkar, prepress artist, and Ganesh Zagade, prepress incharge at Aakar Ltd.; and Kashish Singh, correspondent and print specialist at IPP Catalog.

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