Print Production Automation

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Graphic Media Management at Ferris State University host lecture in an extended hours MacLab with latest graphic arts industry equipment. The software is the latest for the printing production industry.

Below is a snippet of our lecture based on “Print Production Automation” and the importance for our industry to remain active within a fact-paced environment.

Print Production Automation

Computer Integrated Manufacturing is the manufacturing approach of using computers to control the entire production process. (CIM)

CIP3 – International Cooperation for Integration of Prepress, Press and Postpress was an organization responsible for developing standards for digital print production workflow.

GOALS: Print Production Automation & Use of information known in previous production steps. Vendor Independent (non-proprietary equipment).

PPF – The Print Production Format is based on the Postscript language and was intended to be a non-proprietary format that distributed commands for automation with equipment in prepress, press and postpress.

Accomplishments of CIP3 – Apply concepts of CIM to Print Production & Integration inRIP imposition, RIP supplying ink key data to the press.

CIP4 – evolution of the CIP3 group into the International Cooperation for Integration of Processes,Prepress, Press and Postpress was an organization responsible for developing standards for digital print production workflow, most noteably the JDF standard.

JDF

JDF: Job Definition Format is an XML-based (Extensible, Mark-up Language) format based used to simplify information exchange between different applications, systems and equipment in and around the Graphic Arts Industry.

What can JDF do?
– Single data entry for Job Specifications
– Automation Equipment
– Integration MIS / Prepress RIP / Equipment
– Realtime Statistical Feedback via MIS
– Storage / Shipment / Fulfillment
– Manage the whole process through MIS

JDF looks similar to HTML language.
JDF Language

JMF

Job Messaging Format is the part of the JDF Specifications that allows communication between JDF controller. It is also responsible for the real-time feedback on the job.

This is a basic understanding of Print Production Automation. Please check back next week for the follow-up on this lecture from Graphic Media Management at Ferris State.

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