The power of these data formats is as much strategic as it is practical. A non-proprietary, open-source data exchange such as (X)JDF allows machines and software modules from various manufacturers to communicate with each other without the complex or costly development of custom interface development. This also provides a barrier to obsolescence in order to ensure that an investment in new equipment will integrate with future upgrades or business changes.

Because these needs became apparent as print-automation became an essential part of business, CIP4 has created a standardized foundation for process and workflow automationbin the printing industry.

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