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Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies Standards (CGATS)

NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies supports and administers the activities of the ANSI-accredited Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies Standards (CGATS).

The goal of CGATS is to have the entire scope of technical work for printing, publishing and converting technologies represented in one national standardization and coordination effort. The committee works to improve the efficiency of national standards development, facilitates information exchange, coordinates multi-discipline standards activities and provides liaison for international standards development.

CGATS has standards, either approved or in draft, relating to:

  • pallet loading of printed materials
  • metrology
  • terminology
  • plates
  • process control
  • electronic transmission of publication ads
  • digital data exchange
  • color data definition
  • design workflow for packaging
  • ink and color characterization for packaging


Participation on CGATS committees and at meetings is open to anyone having an interest.

For more information on CGATS and other standards activities, visit the Standards Workroom

Download the CGATS membership application