Uri Arieli

CHICAGO—A Tower of Babel. That is how speakers at the recent R&E Council Integrated Print Manufacturing conference here characterized the printing industry. The meeting brought together technology executives and top management from across the printing industry to discuss how the various software and hardware protocols now used could be melded into one common language for the benefit of all. The Integrated Print Manufacturing concept—known variously as the digital smart factory or Digital Networked Production Systems (DNPS)—is an initiative of the R&E Council and is broader in concept than the popular CIP3 protocol, which encompasses only machine operation. Integrated Print Manufacturing also

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