Integration and communication
JDF is a technology that allows systems many different vendors to interoperate in automated and MIS centric workflows. While technically it is an XML software specification, it is more importantly and basically a means to allow a PSP to connect multiple vendor solutions to an MIS and to allow a workflow solution for automation and business process models.
JDF is broken down into logical roles (MIS to prepress, finishing, digital printing, web to print, wide-format etc.) Those roles typically pertain to which segment of work needs to be completed, but the result is a standard way to connect Imprint -based job tracking, automation and workflow. This means that Imprint can communicate through JDF technology for job status and much more. Imprint can receive messages about devices, jobs, inventory/stock, and queues, all through JDF technology. Imprint can be used to order consumables when stock is low, and be used to monitor numerous job parameters for accounting and other business process integration.
Many of our customers are surprised to learn that much of the equipment they use is JDF capable. Sometimes it is just a matter of working with our developers to connect the interfaces. It is also something that can be implemented in stages; a PSP can choose to implement JDF only where it makes sense to automate or job track, and not worry about other roles.
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