CIP3--A Giant and the Consortium
Cassino's CIP3 prediction?
By the year 2000, printers will be implementing and benefiting from substantial increases in productivity resulting from CIP3. The standard will be in widespread use, with further automation enhancements available via flexible workflows. "CIP3 is just one more piece to the digital puzzle," Cassino projects.
"It's one giant step in establishing an all-digital workflow. CIP3 will eventually permeate the industry, from prepress to postpress."
—Marie Ranoia Alonso
In May, look for a profile of MAN Roland's PECOM Technical Preparation Workstation and the press maker's CIP3 efforts linked to Agfa's Apogee print drive and Galileo digital platesetter.
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Heidelberg: CIP3's Founding Father
CIP3 stands for the International Cooperation for Integration of Prepress, Press and Postpress, launched in 1995 by German press maker Heidelberger Druckmaschinen.
The CIP3 project was born from the industry-wide wish to link printing and postpress processes closer to prepress production, with data generated in the prepress phase being used for administrative purposes, as well as assisting in further stages of print production.
In late 1993, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen initiated discussion with the German Fraunhofer Institute. The two organizations, later joined by bindery innovator Polar/Mohr, formed the foundation for the CIP3 cooperative.
By 1995, CIP3 took official form.
Today, this growing cooperative consortium—now some 30 members strong—is advancing its initiative to establish an open standard for exchanging information between various print production devices, such as a digital platesetter and a printing press.