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JDF Interoperability Matrix Tops "100" Integrations Important Milestone Heralds Change in the Print Industry at drupa 2012

May 4, 2012 12:00 AM


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Dusseldorf, Germany (May 3, 2012) - The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization announces the JDF Interoperability Matrix (the "JDF Matrix") has topped 100 "customer confirmed" integrations. The Matrix identifies JDF-enabled integrations that are co-developed by vendors of graphic arts systems to support print automation in their commercially available products. The Matrix is organized to show the pairings between those compatible systems that either generate or consume JDF to organize and/or send work to other devices, with the intention of automating print production.

 

While not a technical reference, the Matrix is a popular and valuable tool for printers, and benefits them in several ways. Although all JDF-enabled systems are capable of being integrated in an automated and networked environment, equipment still needs to be set-up and tested prior to "live" operation. If there is an already working integration between two devices in the field, then subsequent installations are much easier and less expensive to implement. Interface listings in the Matrix fall into one of four possible categories:

  • "In Progress" integrations signify that two vendors have a working relationship and an interface in development.
  • "Available" means an interface between systems from the two vendors is established and available for purchase and installation.
  • "Installed" means that the interface between the systems of the two vendors is installed at a printer's shop.
  • "Customer Confirmed" is the highest level of integration, and means that a printer has confirmed with a CIP4 staff member that the installation is not just installed, but used in daily production and meets or exceeds the user's expectations. 

"In the drupa edition of the Production Automation News, we have published all 103 customer-confirmed listings in the JDF Integration Matrix," says CIP4 Education and Marketing Officer Tim Daisy of EFI. "We know that approximately 50% of printers in North America have implemented print automation, and more plan on implementing print automation in the near future. This increase in "customer confirmed" JDF connections leads me to believe that print automation has become the norm for how print is managed and manufactured."

 

The JDF Matrix is published at the beginning of each month as a dynamic webpage at http://www.cip4.org/matrix. A print version of the JDF Integration Matrix is available at key distribution points in the drupa innovation park at drupa 2012. For more information on CIP4 or questions about this announcement, please contact CIP4 Executive Director, James Harvey at executive_director@cip4.org or via telephone at +1-410-451-5040.