Computer Integrated Manufacturing or CIM is an industry standard methodology of using computerization to control applications and devices on the manufacturing floor.
The Aerospace, Machine Parts and Automotive industries have been leveraging CIM principles since the 1970’s to realize great results. These results include:
- Improved quality, increase productivity and lower cost
- Shorter customer lead times
- Reduced waste, labor and inventory
- Greater flexibility and responsiveness
CIM needs a medium in which to operate smoothly. The Printing industry is looking for prepress applications, presses, and bindery equipment to communicate with each other while maintaining data integrity across these platforms.
The Print industry’s answer to this challenge is the Job Definition Format or JDF, a technology standard defined by CIP4 and built upon the Extensible Markup Language (XML). JDF provides a common language and vocabulary that enables applications from different vendors to communicate with each other. Specifically, JDF provides the ability to link pre-press, press, and finishing processes to a Print Management Information System (MIS); providing total automation.
Avanti has developed an award-winning JDF framework that allows the seamless integration of any machine or software application into your print workflow, preserving both data integrity and ensuring cross-system communication, vital to realizing the benefits of CIM.
Avanti also provides alternative solutions to the JDF framework by providing Third Party Software integrations, to ease your company into adopting CIM.