CIP4 Announces 2010 CIPPI Award Winners for JDF Implementation

“Both Canon Print Square and Associates International have given us examples of what the printer of the future will look like,” said CIPPI Award Judge Patrick Cahuet. “Associates stated that their goal was ‘lights out production,’ and while both companies still maintain staff, their productivity and labor savings clearly demonstrate that there is a way to increase efficiency and profitability during difficult economic times.”

The winners with conventional printing operations also demonstrated focus on the bottom line.

“One of the things that I liked about the Vögeli case study was its ‘no nonsense’ approach to calculating ROI,” said CIP4 Executive Director Jim Harvey. “In certain applications it is hard to distinguish whether contributions to the bottom line came from new equipment purchases or the implementation of JDF-enabled automation. The folks at Vögeli were very clear to make that distinction and produced an ROI calculation that other printers can learn from.”

The 2010 CIPPI award-winning case studies may be downloaded from: where you can also get more information on the CIPPI awards program. (Summaries of each winning case study can be found in the section below.)

About CIP4
CIP4 brings together vendors, consultants, and end-users in the print communications, graphic arts industry, and associated sectors, covering a variety of equipment, software, peripherals, and processes. Members participate in focused working groups to define the Job Definition Format (JDF), PrintTalk, and other standards relevant to process automation; to study user requirements; to test product interoperability; and to develop a range of JDF software development tools. Information on CIP4, including membership details, is available from the organization’s website: Or contact: Stefan Daun, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, +49 6151 155 575, All content and ideas submitted to the CIP4 user groups and intellectual property rights subsisting therein shall become the exclusive property of CIP4.

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