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CIP4 Announces 2009 CIPPI Award Winners

September 16, 2009
CHICAGO—September 16, 2009—The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization announced the 2009 winners of the Jürgen Schönhut Memorial CIP4 International Print Production Innovation (CIPPI) Awards at a reception held at Print 2009. 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 are:

• Best cost/benefit realization and improvement in efficiency as a result of process automation implementation
First Place — Druckerei Bauer GmbH of Pfedelbach, Germany
Second Place — Sirivatana Interprint Public Company Limited, of Bankok, Thialand

• Biggest improvement in quality production & customer responsiveness as a result of process automation
First Place — C. Maurer Druck und Verlag GmbH of Geislingen/Steige, Germany 
Second Place — Druckerei Bauer GmbH of Pfedelbach, Germany

• Most innovative use of process automation technology in an implementation
Shinkosha Printing Company of Tokyo, Japan

• Small Business Process Automation Implementation of the Year
5Sept Etiquette of Courthézon, France

• Best Process Automation Implementation — Asia/Pacific
Shinkosha Printing Company of Tokyo, Japan

• Best Process Automation Implementation — Europe
Cloître Imprimeurs of Saint-Thonan, France

• Best Process Automation Implementation — North America
Ampersand Printing of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

• Best Process Automation Implementation — Emerging Markets
Emirates Printing Press of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Any printer, prepress service or publisher may apply for the CIPPI awards. Awards are determined by a Review Panel of judges without affiliation to any vendor, printer, prepress service or publisher. The five Review Panel judges are:

• Patrick Cahuet of 1Prime|Concept (France)
• Stephan Jaeggi of PrePress-Consulting (Switzerland)
• Tetsuo Kimura of PrinTechno, Inc. (Japan)
• Bill Esler of Graphic Arts Monthly (USA)
• John Leininger of Clemson University (USA)

Among the winners, there were some interesting examples of JDF being used in areas that had not been seen before. “Druckerei Bauer is the first CIPPI Award winner to demonstrate that JDF can be successful in the packaging industry,” said judge John Leininger. “In addition to increasing production by 20% with JDF, they also showed that costing data can be captured in postpress packaging operations directly from machines via JMF.”

Another interesting winning case study was Shinkosha Printing Company, which extended automation to DTP operations and even allowed management to set up production equipment remotely from the office. “Shinkosha Printing took automation one step further than anyone before,” said Jim Harvey, executive director of CIP4. “No simple summary could do their case study justice, but the one point that stood out is that management wanted a totally digital workflow, done by the numbers, to mirror the mindset of young people coming into the industry … so they would see the business as a digital operation, from beginning to end.”


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