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We deal with topics related to the offset printing process, whether sheet-fed or web offset, including heatset and coldset. Material influences are taken into account as well as measures for process reliability.


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The research projects are directly related to printing practice. In most cases, a connection is established between the print quality, the process parameters and the materials used. The results also contribute to the further development of national and international standardisation.


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Increased economic efficiency and sustainability of print production with heatset offset presses through independence from natural gas

Offset printing   01/01/2023

The research project is intended to help make print production with heatset offset presses more economical and sustainable.

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Mackle and CO2 savings through paper-dependent pre-adjustment of sheet-fed offset presses

Offset printing   08/31/2022

The aim is to establish a new paper characteristic value that allows to predict the expected solid tone densities and tone value increases.

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Prepress technology   08/24/2022

The aim of this project is to develop a cross-process print quality assessment procedure (ISO score)

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Visual and metrological characterization of metallic effects to increase process reliability in packaging printing

Prepress technology   06/01/2022

The aim is to clarify which properties in human perception are responsible for the expression of the metallic effect.

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Printing standard for seven-colour offset packaging printing

Offset printing   09/01/2021

The aim is to characterise OGV printing inks, folding boxboard and label papers on the market using laboratory techniques.

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Material compatibility and deinking of mineral oil free Coldset inks

Offset printing   03/01/2021

The aim is to improve the deinkability of mineral oil-free newspaper inks and to establish a new reference set for the swelling behavior.

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Communication of characteristic values describing the metallic appearance of prints

Offset printing   10/31/2020

Objective parameters are to be established that correlate with the visual impression of printed metal surfaces.

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Laboratory method for the practical and reproducible determination of the residual strength of papers for heatset web offset printing

Offset printing   03/31/2020

Within the scope of the research project, an already existing laboratory method for testing the residual strength is to be further developed.

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Integration of the highspeed inkjet into conventional offset production environments

Offset printing   10/31/2019

Typical offset print products are to be identified and provided with quality requirements that are customary in practice.

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Modelling the printing behaviour in sheet-fed offset printing on the basis of measurable paper properties

Offset printing   04/30/2018

The paper-side factors influencing solid tone colouring and tone value increases in sheet-fed offset are to be determined.

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Reduction of "Picture Framing" in sheet-fed offset printing through targeted selection of material and application parameters

Offset printing   03/31/2018

Within the framework of the research project, a better understanding of the development mechanisms of "Picture Framing" is to be achieved.


Our clients are print shops and print buyers as well as manufacturers of printing machines, inks and papers.

A typical concern is the assessment and troubleshooting of complaints regarding print quality or the used materials. However, there is also a frequent demand for investigations that are intended to serve the further development of products.

In order to assess how we can help our customers, we recommend to first send us some samples for a non-binding and rough examination.

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Our core competence lies in the evaluation of print results and error analysis. This includes technical and colourimetric evaluations of printed copies. Furthermore, we offer testing accessories and material examinations which are directly related to the printing process.



The ProcessStandard Offset (PSO) and the ISO 12647 series of standards are considered to be indispensable tools for colour reliable print production. The use of printing inks in accordance with ISO 2846 is a prerequisite for achieving the target values specified therein. Fogra also certifies the consumables and additives required for the printing process, e.g. fountain concentrates and washing agents.


Jürgen Gemeinhardt

Head of Printing Techniques

+49 89 431 82 - 256

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Fogra has launched PSO database on its website

Offsetdruck   02/15/2022

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