CIP4 Announces 2009 CIPPI Award Winners
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.”
As the winner of in the “Biggest improvement in quality production & customer responsiveness as a result of process automation” category, C. Mauer Druck and Verlag extended their JDF automation beyond the plant with help from HIFLEX and Heidelberg. They included Star Publishing, a print buyer working for a “premium automotive manufacturer,” to provide just-in-time production of car manuals as part of the auto manufacturer’s supply chain.
Ramona Kaden, CEO of Star Publishing stated, “Errors are avoided before the expensive production process begins. Only 100% ready-to-print files and specifications are transmitted to production. By using JDF communication, the sources of errors are almost completely eliminated. This has an effect on: (1.) time―more orders are processed in a shorter time and lead time is significantly reduced; (2.) visibility―IT systems of different partners are talking to each other, which leads to better job tracking across company borders; and (3.) process workflow ― everything melds together, and the involved parties are efficiently connected.”