PDF Processing Steps or ISO 19593-1 involves a standard means of converting processing steps like dimensions or fold and die lines into a PDF format. The ISO Standard for PDF Processing Steps provides uniqueness in identifying the technical content involved in the production flow rather than just printing everything in the user manual. Receiving support from major players in the printing industry, they are pledging their support for the ISO standard for PDF Processing Steps due to its contribution to standardizing the input of technical marks into a PDF file, hence resulting in automation. Automation is crucial since it reduces handling errors.

The scenario before the introduction of ISO PDF Processing Steps

There was a lot of manual handling, time wastage, risk of error and wastage of materials before the formulation of the ISO PDF Processing Steps. The particular naming conventions and methods were used by designers to identify the graphics associated with the processing steps. This meant that the printer had to identify how each layer or spot name was to be processed. With the new intervention, converters process orders without analysing every file, thus automating the workflow. This means that there are very few iterations when print run starts hence saving time and reducing the chances of having printing errors.

Support to ISO PDF Processing Steps by industry’s team players

According to Lieven Plettinck of Esko, the co-chair of the GWG Packaging Subcommittee, the Processing Steps are greatly being adopted after the contributors placed a lot of their time and resources to realise their goal. Dietrich von Seggern (Managing Director at Calla Software) agrees that the Processing Steps come at a time of dire need for automation in packaging and labels in the industry. Dietrich added that automation in packaging and labels remains the core product design in the fast-developing industry. Martin Bailey (a UK expert to ISO Committee) applauded the Processing Steps standard by saying that the final text is distinct and addresses the needs in the industry.