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The early cooperation with CIP4 ensured that data gathered in the print buying process could be moved forward into production via JDF, thereby directly linking a print buyer's intent with production, and eliminating the need for re-keying of critical job parameters.
"Extending the convenience and efficiency of automation to the customer is a priority for most printers," said CIP4 CEO, Henny van Esch.
Some of the early stories that CIP4 has assembled are promising: Printers who have invested from $50,000 to $1.5 million in technologies that utilize the JDF standard have reported that they have earned their money back through productivity gains in 12 to 20 months, says Bailey.
All members of NGP are already members of CIP4, and the NGP steering committee and all functions of NGP will be assumed by the Business Networking Group, a new working group within CIP4.
"CIP4 has been successful in the development of the JDF and Printtalk specifications, the development of software development tools and technical education programs," said Thomas Reichhart, CEO of Hiflex Group and NGP chairperson, "and I believe that the addition of the Business Networking Group fills a void for CIP4 by providing market outreach programs and an environment for the non-technical leadership of membership companies to come together, exchange ideas, and address the business issues of print process automation."
Daisy also is involved with CIP4 International and is a member of the NAPL Research and Engineering Council.
Now the launch of MO-4, a platform-based offset press working with easy load sleeve technology, CIP4 in control, P2P automatic register Nilpeter continues to be the leader in this sector.
A proponent of industry standards and color management and control, Sweeney has been associated with many efforts related to the latter, and has advised many industry organizations including Technical Association of the Graphic Arts, PIA/GATF, IDEAlliance, ANSI Committee for Graphic Arts Technical Standards, Specifications for Web Offset Publications, the Research & Engineering Council of National Association for Printing Leadership and CIP4.
CRC is also a member of CIP4 and is committed to providing JDF integration to all of its customers.
But, as one executive recalled, as "the project's scope broadened significantly," CIP3 became CIP4 (Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress), and the PostScript-based PPF evolved into the more broadly applicable JDF, based on the less constraining XML.
In fact, we hold the chair for the CIP4 Workgroup for Packaging and Labels--the global organization responsible for the development of JDF.
It was defined by CIP4, a consortium of graphic industries members that owns the intellectual property rights (www.cip4.org).
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