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Bindery Kok in the Netherlands Stakes on Prinect, CIP4 and JDF

Kees Versijde is a man with a vision. The Director of Bindery Kok in Cappelle aan de Ijssel, Netherlands, never misses an opportunity to express his disappointment about the gap between pre-press, press and postpress that still exists today. For him, the gap is incomprehensible as the solutions are so close at hand: CIP4 and the Job Definition Format (JDF).

Versijde: "Our employees are too busy with minor matters. Many incoming orders are so incomplete that we have to make several phone calls to find out about details such as format, required packing - even the delivery address. Certainly we could use our time in a better way! I am convinced that CIP4 is the only real solution to these problems."

The vision of Versijde is grist to the mills of Prepress Product Manager Robert Holscher and Joep van Gool. Robert Holscher, Marketing Communication Manager of Tetterode: "Prinect from Heidelberg understands JDF version 1.2. In fact, it is an umbrella for all components for the complete process chain from prepress to postpress. The major part of it is based on JDF. At present, these are the prepress components, the management information system, the raster image processor and the imposition workstation. However, at drupa 2004, all components will use the JDF standard."

Versijde: "The possibilities for an automation of the production chain depend mainly on two parts: production and administration. Whereas CIP3 was designed to knit different production steps together, CIP4 also integrates the administrative part. Only if I am able to combine these two things, will I succeed in making my customers satisfied." Although, at present, not all information is available in the new format, Bindery Kok firmly believes in their project, which is currently in a test phase supported by Tetterode. Versijde: "We are presently in a vicious circle because not everything is possible as of yet, the available components are not used - and as they are not used, not everything is possible." 

Holscher: "The connection between the management information system and the production equipment is already available in JDF format. All Prinect components are already in JDF format or will be for drupa 2004 at the latest. The time to start is now: even if not all components are JDF-compatible, the process is already much more efficient. And the customers are not dependent on hardware and software from Heidelberg only. Just as Postscript and PDF have become standards, so will JDF. Therefore, a system is always open for software from different vendors."

The aim of Bindery Kok is to have all relevant information available at the moment an order comes in. They want to know right away which machine is the right one for the corresponding order. With all technical obstacles removed, the next step is to optimize the communication, for example between a print shop and a postpress company. CIP4 and JDF offer the ideal solution. Printer and binder are able to automatically exchange information in both directions, thus offering new modes of co-operation.

van Gool: "We expect that, in the future, finishing companies will work with two different pricing structures - with and without the application of JDF." Is there also an advantage for binders regarding order changes and the time required for preparing the equipment? Here, especially companies with many small-volume orders can benefit from CIP4. Versijde: "Try to find a company with only high-volume orders - impossible! 99 percent of all binders have a strong demand for structured information and automated production."

"Seminars mainly deal with the communication between customers and the prepress department. It is frequently forgotten that the information must be transferred also to press and, last but not least, to postpress. Often, major parts of this information are lost on the way." Holscher: "This is comparable to an old child's game: a message is transferred from one child to the next by whispering into each other's ears. Arriving at the end of such a chain, the word or phrase is so mutilated that there is nothing left of the original message. Exactly the same happens in the print media production chain: that is why all information must be accessible to everybody on a central database."

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