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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) does the technical certification of paper for the Indigo press in North America. "We've done extensive work beyond RIT," McMahon says, bringing in outside experts in addition to in-house staff.
Unlike some small- and mid-sized mills that push R&D down to the supplier level, Eastern maintains its own test lab. Large mills, like Georgia Pacific and International Paper, also test their paper on specific digital output devices. And though they won't admit it, some are producing paper that gets branded by familiar copier, printer, and digital press makers, says Jim Forrest, industry analyst and managing editor of the Hard Copy Supplies Journal.