Workflow Symposium 2022

Workflow Symposium at the Media University in Stuttgart Germany

The CIP4 organization and the Hochschule der Medien (HdM) will be hosting a symposium on the topics of workflow automation, Print 4.0 and (X)JDF for the twelfth event on September 15, 2022. Starting at 9:30 a.m., lectures and live demonstrations are on the agenda until 5:10 pm. The event will provide in-depth insights and practical advice on smart workflow solutions - a topic that has grown considerably important in recent years. Representatives of print and media companies, manufacturers, students and all interested parties are invited.

Participation at the symposium is free of charge. The symposium will take place at the Media University. Most presentations are in German. Many of the presenters are key members of the CIP4 organization.

Thomas Hoffmann-Walbeck, +49-1795231133,



Print 4.0 / Digital Smart Factory

Print 4.0 is derived from the term "Industry 4.0" - also known as Digital Smart Factory. It is an emergent concept of manufacturing, encompassing

  • mass customizations
  • highly flexible and nearly autonomous production
  • extensive integration between print providers to customers and business partners
  • linking of production with high-quality services

The basis for this are technical standards for communication between persons to machine and machine to machine. For the latter, JDF, XJDF and PrintTalk are playing a fundamental role.

The vision of Industry 4.0. is, that

"orders … book their processing machines and their material and organize their delivery to the customer"

(Fraunhofer IAO: Studie Produktionsarbeit der Zukunft - Industrie 4.0).

The term Print 4.0 is related to "Workflow Automation". The latter encompasses physical devices and software modules sharing electronic data to make sure that a process gets all the required information/resources that it needs for an automatic execution, at least in part. Thus, Workflow automation primarily refers to actual production, while Print 4.0 encompasses the entire value chain, from order to delivery. However, the distinction between the two terms is blurred.