Tolerance is the permissible difference between sample measurement and the aim and is used to determine the acceptability of a product. A well-known example is the color tolerance of printed solids in ISO 12647-2. The first edition of ISO 12647-2 was published in 1996. It has gone through two major revisions. In the 2004 revision, the magnitude of the color tolerance (∆E*ab) was changed. In the 2013 revision, a new color tolerance metric (∆E00) was included. No justification was found regarding the ISO 12647-2 revisions. In this research, %Pass is used to study the effect of color tolerance in a database. Recognizing that tolerance is a man-made decision, if the tolerance is too tight, the %Pass will be low; and vice versa. This research also examines the use of the equal %Pass to determine the tolerance equivalency between the old (∆E*ab) and the new (∆E00) parameter. The results show that there is no convergence between ∆E*ab and ∆E00 when using the boundary data approach. However, there is an equivalent tolerance between ∆E*ab and ∆E00 using the equal %Pass approach. The current ISO 12647-2 standard, using 3.5 ∆E00 for CMY and 5 ∆E00 for black, resulted in unequal %Pass. By using the equal %Pass approach, the black solid tolerance does not need to be different than cyan and magenta solids, but the yellow solid tolerance can be smaller than cyan and magenta solids.

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Originally presented at TAGA Annual Technical Conference 2015

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Conference Proceeding

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School of Media Sciences (CIAS)


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