There have so far been no general standards, rules or guidelines for assessing the print quality of primary sales packaging made of plastic. A norm or standard may provide assistance in this case.
Acting under the umbrella of IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen
(German Association for Plastics Packaging and Films), experts from IK
member companies together with the association took the initiative to draft an
extensive document: “Assessment of the print quality of primary sales
packaging made of plastic films and film composites”. This draft document
then formed the basis for the development of a DIN SPEC (DIN
specification), which has now been published according to the PAS (public
available specification) procedure.
The aims of the project are not just to reduce subjective factors and to
objectivise printing errors that occur, but also to improve mutual trust among
business partners. This can result in equal conditions of competition with
regard to print quality for all players involved. This DIN SPEC can be used as
an applicable document covering quality agreements or specifications.
“We are delighted that the extensive preparatory technical work carried out by
our group of experts has now resulted in a DIN SPEC”, says Dr Fang Luan,
Head of Consumer Affairs and Quality Management at IK. “At the same time, it is the very first DIN SPEC covering the area of packaging. It is a great success for the dedicated collaboration within our association”.