JDF User Group is Now the Automation Solutions Network

PITTSBURGH—October 15, 2009—The JDF User Group is changing its name to the Automation Solutions Network to better represent the group’s primary function. The group was established as an open forum for users and vendors to discuss their automation issues and experiences, with a solutions-oriented focus. The next meeting will be held in conjunction with Printing Industries of America’s Converge Conference on November 11, 2009 in Orlando, FL. Attendees of the Automation Solutions Group are eligible to receive a $150 discount off the registration fee for the entire Converge Conference, being held November 8-10.

The Automation Solutions Network’s full day of meetings will cover the following topics:
Automating front ends and content creation in a production environment, with specific focus on digital workflow applications. We will also evaluate how to incorporate value-added services and the move towards being a full-market service provider.

How to successfully source and implement an MIS, focusing on multiple recent installations, trials and tribulations from the user’s perspective, how to plan the installation, what to avoid, and “real world” expectations of the results.

How “Lean” incorporates into an automated workflow, and five easy takeaways to save money and drive productivity.

Available web-to-print applications, the criteria required to assess them, and how to evaluate available solutions.

The Automation Solutions Network meetings allow printers to exchange and share ideas with their peers and vendor members. This rare opportunity to communicate with vendors in a private setting benefits the entire printing community.

The group welcomes a wide range of users and suppliers of automation systems. All interested parties are welcome to become members. To become a member and register for the next meeting, please visit www.printing.org/automation, call 412-259-1706, or email automation@printing.org.

For more information about Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) at Printing Industries, please click here.

About Printing Industries of America:
Printing Industries of America is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with approximately one million employees. It serves the interests of more than 10,000 member companies. Together with its nationwide affiliate network, Printing Industries delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the graphic communications industry through advocacy, education, research, and technical information.

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: www.cip4.org. “CIP4” and “JDF” are registered trademarks of the CIP4 Organization.

About JDF:
The Job Definition Format (JDF) is the industry specification designed to facilitate process automation and the integration of different applications and systems in and around the graphic arts industry. JDF also enables the integration of business management and job planning applications into the production workflow. JDF is based on the W3C’s Extensible Markup Language (XML), ensuring maximum interoperability between different platforms and ready interaction with Internet systems. More information is available at http://www.cip4.org.

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