The know-how of manroland web systems as a leading manufacturer and services provider for web offset presses is very much in demand. The Augsburg-based company has been back in the CIP4 consortium since May 2012.
Networking international production sites and installing uncompromising workflows: these are the important components for success in the globalized world of printing. The standards necessary for process automation are defined and published by CIP4 (International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress), the independent cooperation of printing industry suppliers. Open interfaces such as JDF/JMF permit comprehensively networked and thus efficient production and administration. Dr.-Ing. Gregor Enke, Head of Automation at manroland web systems: “We are very pleased to be active again in the CIP4 consortium, whose work has always inspired the industry, and moving forward we want to use our knowledge to refine workflows for web offset and digital printing machines all over the world.” Already in 2001, as a foundation member of CIP4, manroland together with Adobe, Agfa and Heidelberg, formulated an initial concept for a JDF format. The idea was to create an open, international standard for the entire process chain – CIP4. This succeeded and today CIP4 sets the global benchmark for process automation.
JDF drives developments
How manroland web systems utilizes JDF in their development work can be seen by the printnetwork product range. The open, modular system architecture of printnetwork enables printing companies to use CIP4/JDF interface standards at all levels of administration and production right through to MIS systems. A current example is the software printnetwork Bridge. This is based on the new manroland web systems operating concept and communicates completely with digital printing workflows (e.g. Prisma from Océ) via JDF and JMF. This ensures sustainable and open interfaces. Bridge integrates postpress in a digital printing workflow and controls components like the new digital book and signature folds or a digital pin-type fold from manroland web systems.