How JDF Certification Gives Your Products a Competitive Advantage
Q: Who certifies that my products are JDF compliant?
MB: Printing Industries of America provides world-wide JDF certification testing for CIP4. Registration for the certification is carried out through the CIP4 website, www.cip4.org. The program was developed in collaboration with CIP4 and their members to provide a method to ensure that the basic interoperability was available. We have seen great strides over the years with the results for the certifications and level of JDF implemented by the different manufacturers. On a personal note, it has been great to see the development of the program and the success that it has had in helping workflow implementations, as this was one of the reasons that I joined Printing Industries of America to head up this program.
Q: How will my customers know that my product is JDF-Certified?
MB: We issue products certified by Printing Industries of America a JDF-Certified logo with a unique certification number. You can look up the details of that product’s certification history with that unique number at the JDF Product Certification list on the CIP4 site. This will outline the product and also the certification details, including the JDF version, level, and if there were any gray box expansions it received.
Q: Does JDF Certification guarantee to my customer that a product is interoperable?
MB: JDF Certification does guarantee a basic level of interoperability, but optional and advanced feature support for JDF may be supported by some products and not others. Hence, when integrating two JDF systems, customers will still need some setup and testing, but the two systems will share a common denominator.
Q: Will certified products work with uncertified products?
MB: Certified and uncertified products may certainly work together, but your customer may find that it takes more time and effort to establish interoperability with uncertified systems.