CIM In Action -- Awaiting the Big Payoff
Staring at the Bullseye
Murphy is of the belief that the true payoff will come when the entire production process is fully integrated. He urges companies to pay less attention to the acronym soup and keep their eyes on the main prize.
"JDF and CIP3 are OK. I'm not so enamored with the terms," he says. "Just throwing out the term 'JDF compliant' doesn't mean anything to me. Of much more importance is the fact that we're looking to integrate all of our processes. Here at Japs-Olson, we ended up writing pretty much our own system for that. We didn't write any JDF spec into it because we don't need to.
"That's not to say you shouldn't use JDF, because I think all vendors selling new equipment should have the JDF standard built into their protocol. That, to me, is a given more than anything else."
JohnsByrne understands that it is operating in somewhat of a fish bowl, with all eyes watching its CIM progress. But Fairly has a warning for those companies taking the wait-and-see approach when it comes to integration.
"They better not sit too long because, in reality, it's only hurting them," he says. "There are too many printers out there that don't understand their costs, what it takes to produce a project. Therefore, all they're doing is eroding a margin they don't even know. We know what it takes to produce a project from start to finish. And our operators know what their targets are.
"We enjoy being in the fish bowl because that's where suppliers come to feed first. We're giving feedback to the manufacturers and helping their development efforts. We definitely want to remain on the cutting edge, because that's what this industry needs."