In the USA, the PIA/GATF (Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation) and CIP4 (International Co-operation for the Integration of Process in Prepress, Press, and Postpress) have formed a JDF User Group to focus on the implementation of JDF enabled systems and cross-vendor implementations.
The group is aimed at a wide range of users of JDF enabled systems, including sheet-fed, web, and digital production facilities. Its steering committee is made up entirely of printers who have either implemented systems or are in the process of implementation.
“This group will be able to give printers a practical guide to implementation based on best practices and experiences in the industry,” says Dr Mark Bohan, PIA/GATF vice president, research and technology. “It has the support of the printer and supplier community, as well as CIP4, and is an outstanding opportunity to expand the scope of JDF implementation and true cross-vendor implementation. It also complements our already successful JDF certification programme.”
The new group’s first meeting will be held at the PIA/GATF facility in Pittsburgh, PA, on March 24–25. It will provide a hands-on look at JDF implementations and a discussion of the challenges to creating successful implementations.
JDF User Group
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