CIP4's Print Automation Park Draws Enthusiastic Exhibitor Response for drupa 2012

The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization announced that signup by exhibitors for their Print Automation Park at drupa 2012 has exceeded expectations, prompting the need to expand the exhibit area in the drupa innovation park (dip). Presently, there are 20 companies representing a wide range of print automation solutions planning to exhibit, with several others expressing interest. Products to be demonstrated will bridge the span from prepress and MIS to printing and finishing from leading automation experts such as Metrics, Gamsys, and Lithotechnics. Several new JDF integrations will be highlighted. CIP4 will host a central "information hub" and representatives will be on hand to answer questions on JDF implementation and ROI, with findings from their soon-to-be published worldwide print automation survey.

CIP4 programming for drupa 2012 will also include "Print Automation Live," highlighting a wide range of JDF interoperability demonstrations throughout the drupa show floor, and the CIPPI Awards, presented on the dip center stage and recognizing those printers who have achieved major milestones in print automation. In keeping with their focus on new integrations/new milestones, CIP4 invites all printers with applications that range from traditional offset to packaging and wide format digital print to visit the Print Automation Park in Hall 7.0.

Here is the Rundown of CIP4 Programming at drupa 2012:

Print Automation Park

As a centerpiece for the drupa innovation park, the Print Automation Park will feature CIP4 members and their workflow partners showing JDF interoperability demonstrations designed to bring a higher level of print production efficiency and profitability to your press room. Printers are increasingly turning to JDF-enabled print automation to improve productivity and profitability with implementations, and JDF-enabled print automation has quickly become a mainstream print imperative for printers in North America, Europe and many other parts of the world.

"Print Automation Live" Program

Throughout the show floor, CIP4 Members participating in the drupa "Print Automation Live" program will host live automated production demonstrations in their booths, illustrating the synergy between integrated production systems and the productivity gains of print automation.

Production Automation News

CIP4 will publish production workflow descriptions and illustrations for each "Print Automation Live" site in their drupa edition of Production Automation News. This publication will include the JDF Matrix, a table showing all commercially available JDF integrations, as well as listings where these products will be demonstrated at the show. Free copies of the CIP4 Production Automation News will be available at all entrances to halls 7.0 and 7.a., and will provide attendees with valuable information on where and when to attend the "Print Automation Live" demonstrations that best fit their interests.

CIPPI Awards Program

The CIP4 International Print Production Innovation (CIPPI) awards recognize printers who have implemented ground-breaking, innovative and highly productive print automation systems. Applicants are required to provide detailed case studies reviewed by an independent panel of five international judges. The 2012 CIPPI Awards will be presented on Sunday, May 6th at the dip Main Stage in hall 7.0 immediately following the show close, from 17:00 to 19:00 hours. Printers and vendors interested in submitting an application for the 2012 CIPPI Awards can find application forms, example case studies from previous years' events, and rules and guidelines at www.cip4.org/cippi/. CIPPI Award applications for 2012 must be submitted to CIP4 by Friday, February 17, 2012.

For more information on CIP4 or questions about this announcement, please contact CIP4 Executive Director, James Harvey at executive_director@cip4.org or via telephone at +1-410-451-5040.

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