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Nov 10, 2010 12:00 AM
The Intl. Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization announces the 2010 winners of the Jürgen Schönhut Memorial CIP4 International Print Production Innovation (CIPPI) Awards. The CIPPI awards are given annually to the printer, publisher or prepress service who applies with the most compelling case study in three topical categories and four regions. The winners:
Best cost/benefit realization and improvement in efficiency as a result of process automation implementation: First Place, Vogeli AG Druckzentrum (Langnau, Switzerland); Second Place, Times Printers Pte Ltd. (Singapore).
Biggest improvement in quality production & customer responsiveness as a result of process automation: First Place, Associates Intl. Inc. (Wilmington, DE, USA); Second Place, Canon Print Square Inc. (Shinagawa, Japan).
Most innovative use of process automation technology in an implementation: Ten Brink/Hooiberg Haasbeek (Meppel, The Netherlands).
Best Digital Printing Process Automation: Canon Print Square Inc. (Shinagawa, Japan).
Best Process Automation Implementation – Asia/Pacific: Times Printers Pte Ltd. (Singapore).
Best Process Automation Implementation – Europe: Ten Brink/Hooiberg Haasbeek (Meppel, The Netherlands).
Best Process Automation Implementation – North America: JP Graphics Inc. (Appleton, WI, USA).
Two of the winners, Associates International and Canon Print Square, are digital printers who have combined digital printing, web-to-print, and JDF-enabled automation to produce a dramatic effect. "Both Canon Print Square and Associates International have given us examples of what the printer of the future will look like," says CIPPI Award judge Patrick Cahuet of 1Prime|Concept (France). "Associates stated that their goal was 'lights out production,' and while both companies still maintain staff, their productivity and labor savings clearly demonstrate that there is a way to increase efficiency and profitability during difficult economic times."
The winners with conventional printing operations also demonstrated focus on the bottom line. "One of the things that I liked about the Vogeli case study was its 'no nonsense' approach to calculating ROI," says CIP4 executive director Jim Harvey. "In certain applications it is hard to distinguish whether contributions to the bottom line came from new equipment purchases or the implementation of JDF-enabled automation. The folks at Vogeli were very clear to make that distinction and produced an ROI calculation that other printers can learn from."