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FLEXO Magazine : June 2008
TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES is a bit of a chicken-and-the-egg approach. With the activity in the working group and modifications to the standard around packaging and labels still in some infancy, it has been difficult to influence participation. But without participation, the move- ment for packaging and labels will be delayed. Next time you speak to your vendor, ask if it is a CIP4 member and participat- ing in the groups that are relevant to your business. Interpreting and mapping through the more than 900-page standards document can be a daunting task. However, it can be broken down into a number of sub-documents, known as Interoperability Conformance Specifications (ICS). The follow- ing are the JDF - ICS's: · BASE .MIS · MIS to Prepress · MIS to Conventional Printing · Commercial Web: MIS to Web Press · Customer to MIS .JMF · Prepress to Conventional Printing - Sheet Fed · Office Digital Printing · Integrated Digital Printing · Binding · MIS to Finishing · Layout Creator to Imposition Each of the ICS's are specific to a need or connectivity point between two system types, such as MIS to prepress. As the name suggests, this is the connectivity between a MIS (manage- ment information system) and the prepress workflow. In this case, it deals with data that is transferred between each system, including job details, such as number of pages, which leads to determining imposition and layout, as well as return informa- tion, like number of proof and plates used. The Prepress to Conventional Printing ICS links and sup- plies ink-key settings and the Integrated Digital Printing ICS refers to data to be interacted with Digital Print Controllers and Digital Presses, i.e. copies and paper/media drawer etc. As mentioned previously, to get more relevant details into an ICS, it needs to be brought to a technical working group by one of its members. You can influence changes as well by discus- sion with your own supplier vendors to drive certain compo- nents that make sense to your business and would considerably streamline your own business. Implementing a technology such as JDF does not necessar- ily mean huge investments. Some software options or products can be close to tens of thousands versus hundreds of thou- sands. However, some of the products you may already have could use JDF or be upgraded to it. Take a look and see if the next version of your current systems and perhaps you can har- ness the power of JDF and the results it can provide in produc- tion automation. . ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark Wilton is director ofpartner initiatives for Kodak Graphic Communications Group and CIP4's education and marketing officer. :1- e FTA:s 2009 Awards Competitions Earn the recognition you deserve for being the fielD industry's best and brightest. TEST FTA is proud to host the following awards competitions: Environmental Excellence Award - Deadline: December 2008 Excellence in Flexography Awards - Deadline: January 2009 Graphic Design Awards - Deadline: January 2009 Flexographic Technical Innovation Award - Deadline: January 2009 . :: ::': r o :,:: For more information visit www.flexography.org.