JDF BASICS -- It's Just the Ticket
"Without a central data store, you have no hope of controlling the process," the analyst says. "The way the system ought to be set up is for data to flow from a central store to a process and back to the data store so there is never a hidden function between data stores."
Ray believes the industry as a whole should take a pause and undertake a serious analysis of what needs to be done. "The messaging format, with central data reporting, should be made the initial goal," he says. "With constraint and simplification, a spec could be written in about 10 to 50 pages that achieves interoperable systems."
That still doesn't solve what the analyst says is a more pressing issue faced by the graphic arts industry. "The true manufacturing issues happen before the press, where the vast number of components that can cause errors are concentrated," Ray explains. "We have to reorient our thinking from being printers to data processors."