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PIA issues automation best practices guide

July 6, 2011

Printing Industries of America's newest booklet, “Best Practices for Print Automation” by James E. Harvey, executive director of CIP4, helps printers take their first steps toward automation in the pressroom. It contains advice gleaned from Automation Solutions Network meetings on JDF-enabled process automation.

Harvey worked with the members of the Automated Solutions Network to collect lessons learned, advice, and tips from printers that have already made the journey to print automation. Best Practices for Print Automation covers vital topics about JDF integration, such as training, obtaining C-level support, working with vendors, working with customers, technical considerations, operational considerations and job submission.

CIP4 conducted a recent analysis of more than 70 case studies and found that the average annual ROI for print automation is 277%. In addition, they found that the average labor savings for printers that implement print automation is more than three staff-years per year. Overall the printers that have implemented JDF-enabled print automation are healthier, more profitable, more productive, and more responsive to customers.

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