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Panpa Bulletin : February 2007
PANPA Bulletin February 2007 PRESSING MATTERS 27 From the very frst JDF specifcation,s IfraT- rack messages could be transported. You could say that IfraTrack has been integrated into JDF. Ifra’s aim is to make the full Ifra-Track know-how available for the further development and fne-tuning of JDF in order to develop a version that will be satisfactory for the demanding users in the newspaper market. Why do you need process automation in the newspaper industry? What are the advantages of a more integrated overall production process? Process automation can activate a high economic potential in newspaper production. In recent years we observed that “islands” of high automation developed within the production chain. One example is the CtP process. Highly automated systems control the completeness and quality of plate production and make sure that plate exposure and development are kept constant over time based on automatic measurements and monitoring. Similar processes, closed-loop controlled, have been introduced in newspaper presses. An example is the development of closed- loop density control that is now developed by a number of companies. This high level of integrated process con- trol is frst of all limited to one or a few steps in production. This is why we talked about “production islands” before. The question is how can you develop a general production process control system that reaches from data processing to the delivery ramp? Ifra has recently published a Special Report about these questions with the title Vision of a Newspaper Production System (01/2006). This report summarises the results of an industry experts working group. A practical example of how such cross systems process control systems can devel- op is the topic of automatic plate change in newspaper presses. In order to realise the benefts of such a feature, formerly separat- ed production areas like pre-press and press have to be connected. Then for the frst time ever it will be pos- sible to follow the path of plate production and usage from data processing in the RIP until the plate is mounted on the press. Production control systems of the future will not only be able to check if a plate was correctly produced but also if and at which position the plate was used for printing and how many copies in. This is only one example. In the same way edition planning systems are linking different areas of the newspape business such as ad sales, edito- rial department and print organisation. By fulflling this function they take over a meta position in production control. All such systems and subsystems will be merged and talk to each other in the future in order to generate an almost complete integrated, closed-loop controlled and intelligent newspaper production control system. However, how much of this publishers will install in their own environment will be a different question. Ifra is the international association for news- paper and media publishing. Services - of- fered primarily to Ifra members - include the annual trade exhibition IfraExpo, internation- al conferences, seminars and training events as well as consulting, research and various publications. ards -- beyond the confusion The IfraTrack process model from 1995 is still mostly valid today.
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