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The Road to Automation - Is 0-100 the Only Way?
by Wolfgang Blauen
JDF is here to stay…no question about that.  A different question is…does every automated solution have to be JDF-based and how do you prepare your company to move to an automated environment in the future?

The Jump to JDF

Moving from manual processes to JDF in one jump is often not an option:

  • Automating processes is frequently difficult.  Employees do the work, but don’t know all the processes – things just seem to happen.
  • JDF is a big investment with limited short-term return.  You must invest in JDF-enabled equipment and the supporting infrastructure (hardware, operating systems, networks, databases, and applications).  All components must be fault tolerant – eliminating single points of failure – thereby increasing the investment. 
  • No complex implementation happens without glitches!  A complete switch to JDF-enabled equipment can initially be disruptive to the production cycle.  There’s equipment downtime and likely extensive retraining.
  • Computerized production management systems create a strong dependency on IT.  If your IT goes down, your production stops.  Most printers lack the skills needed to provide rock-solid IT operations.

But does one have to look at automation as an "all or nothing" technology? Or is there a methodical approach to "growing" and automated environment that minimizes the investments and allows a company to realize some benefits of partial automation while working towards a desired end state?

(read on ...) 

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