Printing Industries of America (PIA)

Printing Industries of America's Dr. Mark Bohan Re-elected to the CIP4 Advisory Board

The membership of International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress Organization, or “CIP4”, has re-elected Dr. Mark Bohan of Printing Industries of America to its Advisory Board.

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 21 countries, CIP4 consists of more than 1,600 individuals from approximately 300 members. The Advisory Board is the highest authority of the CIP4 organization. It is made up of one representative of each Partner Member, five representatives of the Full Members, and two representatives of the Associate Members.

“I have been exceedingly proud to be able to represent the associate members of CIP4 on the Advisory Board and have worked relentlessly to ensure that the focus and direction has been to the business advantage of the end users—the ones who actually use JDF and the automated systems,” Dr. Bohan said.

In addition to his role on the Advisory Board, Dr. Bohan and his team are closely involved with many of new the technical developments in CIP4, such as the new digital press specifications and then in the certification against the ICS documents that are created. As Dr. Bohan explains, “the work that we carry out here helps both the printers and vendors with faster and more efficient implementations of automation, one of the keys to a successful business”

JDF (Job Definition Format) is an open industry standard developed and managed by the CIP4 organization in order to simplify information exchange between different applications and systems in and around the graphic arts industry. CIP4 creates standards, specifications, and best practices for the purpose of furthering the cause of process automation in printing and associated production and business operations. They shall seek to promote the adoption of process automation globally, through the creation and dissemination of information on process automation methods and solutions through educational programs, industry events, trade media, online systems, social networking, and other means.

Dr. Bohan is actively working with the Advisory Board and additional CIP4 committees to positively impact the development and implementation of JDF in the industry, moving to a more highly automated workflow to ultimately save users costs from their businesses.