The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress Organization or “CIP4” is a not-for-profit standards association, whose mission is to foster the adoption of process automation in the printing industry. A global organization with representatives from 34 countries, CIP4’s membership is organizational and boasts a diverse membership that includes printers, prepress companies, publishers, vendors of graphic arts systems and software, integrators, distributors, consultants and educators.
Currently, CIP4 consists of over 1,600 individuals from over 300 members. These individuals participate in one or more of 27 working groups that are focused on technical subjects as well as educational and automation promotion activities. Membership is open to any company involved in the graphic arts, and “meetings” are primarily held via internet meeting and conference call software, for the convenience of everyone involved.
Members meet twice a year for face-to-face “Interop” events, where technical tutorials are regularly provided for new members and working groups can meet and discuss topics that are best discussed in person. Furthermore, Interops provide and opportunity for members to test systems in development with other members in a private, yet very welcoming and informative environment.
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