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Welcome to the future of prepress, press, and postpress automation

The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress Organization or “CIP4” is a not-for-profit standards association, whose mission is to foster the adoption of process automation in the printing industry. A global organization with representatives from 31 countries, CIP4’s membership is organizational and boasts a diverse membership that includes printers, prepress companies, publishers, vendors of graphic arts systems and software, integrators, distributors, consultants and educators.

Who is CIP4

“CIP4” is a not-for-profit standards association regrouping members from 31 countries.

 

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What is JDF

JDF provides a single common language that supports the comprehensive lifecycle of a print job.

JMF is the message format for sending feedback back from devices to controlling software.

XJDF is the baby brother of JDF. XJDF is a new, simplified standard that is currently under development and incorporates developments in XML and related tools.

 

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Case Studies

Case Studies demonstrating the value of JDF for workflow automation.

 

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CIP4 News

New CIP4 educational membership class

CIP4 is proud to announce a new membership class for educational institutes such as universities, colleges, high schools or any other institute that is engaged in training students in the graphic arts.

The membership level is similar to associate membership with all fees waived. Faculty and students of member institutes enjoy all associate member benefits.

Download your CIP4 Membership Application now and send it to:

CIP4 Secretariat,
c/o Verbandplus
Münchstraße 9
63739 Aschaffenburg, Germany

 

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CIP4 Announces Special XJDF Educational Session at drupa 2016

Düsseldorf, Germany. 05 June 2016.

The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress Organization (CIP4), a not-for-profit standards association fostering the adoption of process automation in the printing industry, is pleased to announce an important special event taking place on June 7th at drupa 2016, the world’s largest printing trade show, being held in Düsseldorf, Germany. CIP4 has been working on XJDF, a simplified JDF standard that will be unveiled at the show.
“The original versions of the Job Description Format (JDF) specification were based on the idea of a complete electronic job ticket,” explains Dr. Rainer Prosi, Chief Technical Officer of CIP4. “XJDF, on the other hand, or JDF 2.0, assumes that the job ticket exists only as an internal representation within a management application such as a print MIS solution or production control system. It describes the interface between management applications and applications that execute instructions. In other words, XJDF is designed to be a pure information interchange interface. This leads to a significant reduction of complexity compared with the original JDF design. It leads to faster, simpler and more robust integration of devices and applications within the graphic arts.”

Attendees at drupa 2016 will have an exclusive opportunity to learn more about XJDF from the experts at 18h00 on 7th June at the drupa Innovation Park stage. “If you are at drupa and interested in process automation,” adds Henny van Esch, Chief Executive Officer of CIP4, “this educational event and open discussion forum will be a great use of your time. We’ll be providing detailed information about the specification as well as making the draft specification available to interested parties. In addition, it is a terrific opportunity to ask questions of the experts about XJDF, JDF or any other issues relating to the work of CIP4.”
CIP4 is also represented in the drupa Innovation Parc (dip!) at the show and can be found on Stand 70D23 in the optimization and automation section.
For more information about CIP4 and JDF standards, visit www.cip4.org.

About CIP4

CIP4 brings together vendors, consultants, and end-users in the print communications, graphic arts industry, and associated sectors, covering a variety of equipment, software, peripherals, and processes. Members participate in focused working groups to define the Job Definition Format (JDF), PrintTalk, and other standards relevant to process automation; to study user requirements; to test product interoperability; and to develop a range of JDF software development tools as well as educational resources. Information on CIP4, including membership details, is available from the organization’s website: www.cip4.org.

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CIP4 Interop in Montreal

The last Interop before Drupa 2016 is from March 7-10 in Montreal, Quebec.

 

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We will focus on:

  • Variable data in product intent
  • Metadata in PDF/VT
  • XJDF 
  • Digital Cutting ICS
  • Last Pre-Drupa Test meeting

For more information about the venue and schedule, please visit the confluence site:  #30: Montreal, Canada March 7-11 2016

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Partner Member News

Heidelberg on course after first half of financial year 2015/2016 with sales and result up on previous year

At InPrint in Munich, Heidelberg will be presenting a marketplace of ideas for color 4D printing and unveiling the new Jetmaster Dimension 250 4D printing system. 

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Fox Group Operates 50% Faster With Upgrades from Heidelberg

Kennesaw, Ga., – With a recent consolidation under its belt, Fox Group, a trade bindery in Pennsylvania, has undergone a transformation with upgrades from Heidelberg.

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Heidelberg has success with POLAR sales, Customers increase productivity

Kennesaw, Ga., – Heidelberg is having a highly successful year across its product portfolio exceeding quota in all business areas. More specifically, POLAR cutters and cutting systems sold exclusively by Heidelberg have produced positive business results for many customers.

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Member News

Optimus dash MIS integrates with XMPie Web2Print

Nicola Bisset, Optimus Group Managing Director comments: “The focus for both Optimus and XMPie was to continue the lean ethos of using real time automation to eliminate wasteful steps including duplication of effort and reduce errors occurring. We believe the combining of our Solutions creates a valuable proposition with a discernible Return on Investment for our Customers”

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CIP4 Member News is now available

All CIP4 members can now add CIP4 and JDF related news to our website!

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