DIGITAL digest March 2005
According to CIP4, a key difference in this round of testing was the high level of detail involved when verifying the exchanged information. Participants also reached an agreement on enhancements for the next update, JDF version 1.3, which will extend functions for package printing and security when exchanging JDF data online.
Lastly, CIP4 is launching the first worldwide annual awards program designed to recognize innovation in print production. The "CIP4 International Print Production Innovation" (CIPPI) awards will recognize one printer, publisher or prepress service provider in each of three categories:
1.) Most innovative use of process automation technology in an implementation.
2.) Best cost/benefit realization as a result of process automation implementation.
3.) Biggest improvement in efficiency and customer responsiveness as a result of process automation.
Nominations may be submitted by the company or one of its supporting vendors on its behalf. In addition to complete case-study information, applicants for each category must also supply information unique to each award category. Application forms are to be submitted by April 30th of each year. (www.cip4.org)
Digital Matches Offset Quality
ROCHESTER, NY—Xerographic printing of color images is matching the quality of offset lithography for the first time, asserts Henry Freedman. The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) alumnus and publisher of the Technology Watch newsletter has teamed up with RIT's Printing Applications Laboratory and Xerox Corp. to do a print quality demonstration.
The test image was first printed via offset at RIT, then Xerox produced the identical image on a DocuColor 8000 digital printing system. Samples from each run will appear side by side in a future issue of the newsletter in order to enable readers to judge the process matching for themselves.
"We are at a major crossroads today where digital printing processes can substitute for traditional printing processes closer to production speeds of 80 pages a minute," Freedman says.