The Spencer Associates Group is celebrating its 30th anniversary of industry service to the digital colour imaging and print community. Providing product research and analysis, its spencerlab printer test laboratory has earned a premier reputation for its expertise in evaluating digital colour imaging and printing.
In the 1990s Spencer & Associates Publishing built a tradition of excellence and provided the community with an Industry Standard Test Suite for evaluating colour print quality, throughput speed, and toner/ink yield. Its test and evaluation division, the spencerlab digital colour laboratory, was created in 1997.
Over the years spencerlab has served most of the industry, including firms such as Canon/Océ, EFI, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, Ricoh, Xeikon, and Xerox as well as large firms for which printing is mission critical. Consulting activities support financial and legal firms, and even supported the 1993 Indigo launch.
Today, spencerlab is internationally recognised as a leader in independent third party research, providing technical competence, comparative analysis, and product marketing support to both manufacturers and end users.
The early 2000s saw spencerlab develop and provide industry specific focus group management techniques. Additionally, David Spencer, CEO and president, and Catherine Fiasconaro, vice president, operations and director, were actively involved in the creation of the ISO/IEC Monochrome and Colour Yield Standards, with David co-chairing the Colour Yield development team.
In the 2010s, spencerlab developed proprietary methods to measure and analyse press productivity. Spencermetrics, the newest member of the Spencer Associates Group, was formed to bring productivity, availability, quality, and operational excellence to the forefront for both press owners and manufacturers.