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CIP4 calls for 2011 CIPPI award entries

Feb 11, 2011 12:00 AM

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The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization has announced the details of its 2011 “Jurgen Schonhut Memorial CIP4 International Print Production Innovation (CIPPI) Awards Program.”

Applications are due Friday, June 24, 2011. The awards will be presented to the winners at IGAS 2011, which will be held September 16-21, 2011, in Tokyo.

The award categories:

First and Second Place - Best cost/benefit realization and improvement in efficiency as a result of process automation implementation.

First and Second Place - Biggest improvement in quality production & customer responsiveness as a result of process automation.

Most Innovative Use of Process Automation Technology in an implementation.

Small Business Process Automation Implementation of the Year (e.g., companies with less than a total of 20 employees, regardless of the number of locations).

Best Digital Printing Process Automation Implementation of the Year.

Best Process Automation Implementations – Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Emerging Markets.

"This program is a great way for printers to let the world know about some of the most efficient, most productive production environments anywhere," says CIP4 executive director James Harvey. "We've learned a lot from the case studies that we've collected through this program. For instance, in a recent analysis of all case studies, we learned that the average ROI on a JDF-enabled print automation implementation is 277% per year, with a breakeven average of 4.33 months from going live, and that's regardless of whether the printer is a small or medium-sized operation. Past winners have also shown innovative ways of connecting to customers and growing their operations, even over the previous two years when many printers have been struggling."

Any printer, prepress service or publisher may apply for the CIPPI awards, which are determined by the review panel of judges without affiliation to any vendor, printer, prepress service or publisher. Each application is eligible for one regional award, as well as an award in one or more of the main categories.