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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