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PIA, CIP4 announce Integrated Digital Printing Certification

Jan 5, 2011 12:00 AM

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Printing Industries of America and The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization announced the availability of JDF Product Certification for Integrated Digital Printing.

Integrated Digital Printing Certification applies to color, highlight color, and duplex black-and-white digital printing systems that may also include inline finishing capabilities such as folding, hole punching, stitching, trimming and varnishing.

Certified integrated digital printers have the ability to count every event performed by an integrated digital printer and report that information using JDF and JMF capabilities. Software can then use the counts directly to determine work performed on a particular job and allow printers to calculate total cost of the job, thereby improving the accuracy and speed of billing.

"Digital printing is one leading area of growth in the printing industry, and JDF-enabled process automation has trimmed costs and boosted productivity for thousands of printers. The combination of the two is exciting," says Mark Bohan, vice president, technology and research, PIA. "All printers want faster, accurate billing and faster bill pay, and products that achieve JDF Certification for Integrated Digital Printing will be very important to printers as their digital printing production environments evolve and mature."

CIP4 licenses PIA to conduct JDF Product Certification globally. So far, 48 products have achieved JDF Product Certification. PIA is working (on behalf of CIP4) to develop new device capability (DevCap) files that will be used for future JDF Product Certification testing. The DevCap files will be used to test whether the JDF and JMF capabilities files produced by tested systems are suitable for integration. Using DevCap files promotes faster system installation and setup in an automated workflow.