As the pioneer of standardization, System Brunner has decisively shaped the international printing industry. Felix Brunner is considered the "father of standardization". GLOBALSTANDARD is System Brunner’s standardization concept which, since its introduction in 1975 (at that time under the brand name EUROSTANDARD), has been permanently expanded, adapted to technological changes in all process steps, and today still represents the most comprehensive definition of a print standard. In the printing process alone, GLOBALSTANDARD defines more than 30 variables that influence the color of the printed image.

In recent years, many of these definitions and findings have been added to the concepts of ISO/PSO and G7®. As a result, the target values of GLOBALSTANDARD correspond to a large extent with today’s standards and go even further because they contain important parameters not included in the ISO standards. Gray balance for instance, or three-color overprint behavior and conformity. Thus the System Brunner Globalstandards represent the Masterset that contains the ISO/PSO and GRACoL G7® definitions but go even further. This gives additional security and the flexibility to cover different market requirements.

In other words: printing according to GLOBALSTANDARD also means printing to the ISO standard but even more precisely.

The Globalstandard target values are stored in every software with INSTRUMENT FLIGHT technology.

Globalstandard defines today printing conditions for 8 different types of paper for sheetfed and web offset printing.

In addition, the Instrument Flight software permits further house standards with adapted target values for certain papers or printing processes to be easily defined.

Besides the Globalstandard nominal target values, it is decisive how the different measurement attributes are managed and controlled in order to comply with the standard according to visual criteria. Not all measurement parameters have the same visual significance. And here INSTRUMENT FLIGHT technology really shows its strengths.

Overview of the GLOBALSTANDARD parameters:


  • Four color balances that represent key areas of the picture
    - Gray Balance midtone CMY 50/40/40%
    - Gray Balance solid tone CMY 100/100/100%
    - Color Balance of tone value increases individual CMY colors 50% (spread)
    - Color Balance of solid ink densities individual CMY colors
  • Individual tone value increases for all process colors (CMYK)
  • Individual solid ink densities for all process colors (CMYK)
  • Overprint tone value increases CMY 50/40/40%
  • Overprint solid ink densities CMY 100/100/100%  
  • Conformities (relationship between solid ink densities and tone value increases)
  • Gradation (tonality)
  • Overall contrast (gamut)
  • L*a*b* in the solid areas, individual colors, according to the profile
  • L*a*b* in the solid areas, R/G/B (2C overprint, according to the profile
  • L*a*b* gray balance in the CMY mid-tones and solid areas
  • L*a*b* substrate


  • Three-color overprint of the process colors CMY. This evaluates the transparency of the inks and the trapping.
    With deviations in the overprint, the color effects in the image are much more noticeable than with colorimetrical deviations of the individual colors in the solid areas. With Instrument Flight technology the overprint is permanently monitored and controlled during production.
  • System Brunner Star Rating: A maximum of five stars show collectively how well the current result conforms to the defined standard.
  • Conformity System Brunner: Describes how well the printing system is capable of simultaneously achieving solid ink densities and tone value increases in accordance with the defined standard.

Standardization is a permanent task. The technical developments in printing demand that every standard be periodically checked regarding its relevance. Not every new development needs to be immediately implemented. Many developments hailed as pioneering turn out to be nothing of the sort.

Standardization primarily means process mastery and process control, and that in every step of the value-adding chain, every day with every job. Only then can the individual resources and instruments mesh, so that finally one can talk of standardized print production covering all process stages.

Standardization of the printing processes commenced by System Brunner decades back has been an ongoing success, because the concept has proven to be right and because it is rigorously continued.