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The sun was shining brightly in Siegburg, when the children’s home ‘Pauline von Mallinckrodt’ celebrated its 110th anniversary with a huge children’s party and a charity run on Saturday, July 6th. In addition to paying the entry fees for all employees who were participating in the run, Siegwerk supported the ‘Pauline-Kids’ by donating a very special highlight for their event.

The great rush on the pavilion with the Siegwerk banner, which started right with the opening of the anniversary party, held up for the whole afternoon. For many of the young inhabitants of the children’s home and their visitors, the colorful airbrush tattoos that were provided here were the ultimate highlight of the event. More than 150 children and teenagers enthusiastically took the Siegwerk-financed opportunity to have their arms, legs or shoulders professionally decorated with their favorite motives by two specially trained children’s entertainers.

In the meantime, the ‘Siegwerk Running Team’ was supporting the ‘Pauline-Kids’ with their sporty contribution. In sweat-inducing midsummery weather, the eleven Siegwerkers who participated in the two charity runs ran distances of 5 or 10 kilometers for the good cause. After the runs, every participant has been awarded a certificate as well as a special T-shirt. The entry fees from the runs are completely donated for the benefit of several projects of the children’s home.

Within the framework of the standardisation of the printing processes,  the Offset printing process is ahead of the others thanks to the PSO (Process Standard Offset) implemented some years ago. Initially reserved for publication printers, more and more packaging converters are now getting certified in this management of the printing quality.
But what is the commitment of an ink manufacturer in this certification ? 

The first step is the compliance with the norm ISO 2846-1 which defines the color through the L*,a*,b* values and the transparency of a process ink. This color positioning is achieved in laboratory following strict printing conditions such as the ink layer (in g/m²) and the substrate. This is a real prerequisite for the PSO qualification.

The second step is done on press and involves the printers, it follows the norm ISO 12647-2. On top of colour and transparency the dot gain and the trapping are also measured, so that not only the physical properties of the ink are taken into account, but also its behaviour with the dampening solution: water take-up, rheological properties modified by the emulsion, superimposition…
Printing conditions are also carefully controlled, using a particular test form and the range of substrates is wider. Within this second step we can say that the converter and the ink manufacturer are both indissociable partners to meet the requirements. 

As we could understand this is valid for a given ink series and it has to be rechecked with any new series being conventional, UV, Low Migration, Intense, etc.
On top, as soon as an ink series has successfully passed all the tests, the ink manufacturer is committed not to modified it at the risk to engender printing fluctuations at the print-house.

For reminder, the PSO certification gathers together all norms related to the graphic chain through the following steps: 

- data reception through the ISO 15930
- data creation: ISO 15930 & ISO 12647
- screen display and soft-proofing through the ISO 12646
- digital proof – certification: ISO 12647-7
- CTP: computer to plate
- ink and printing through the ISO 12647-2
- lightning and visual assessment through the ISO 3446
- organisation and documentation through the well known  ISO 9001

The school projects of Siegwerk India have really picked up speed during their second year. The school ‘adopted’ in Banbirpur in 2011 and renovated in March of this year was handed over. This also included the redesign of the outdoor facilities. 30 % more pupils are now attending the school thanks to the improved infrastructure.

Siegwerk employees at the second school in Husingpur supplied the students with learning materials and gave practical computer lessons to the higher grades. In addition, cement benches were erected to enable lessons to be held outside in the case of a power failure.

The Siegwerk commitment is also reflected in the field of sport at the third school. Everyone is looking forward to the annual sports festival, which Siegwerk employees are organizing together for all three ‘adopted’ schools. There, a badminton court is being constructed now that trees have already been planted and a water tank installed.

 The school initiative is being rounded off this year by the good performances of 11 students – 10 of which are girls – who are being supported by the Siegwerk India Foundation and will soon be attending the 10th grade.