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A Messaging-Based Integration Architecture for Print Production Workflow Systems
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Digital Media. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2006 (English)In: Proceedings of Printing Technology SPb’06, 2006, 13-17 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A print production workflow consists of a number of systems

specialized at executing specific tasks. In order to realize an

efficient workflow it is not enough to simply assemble all the

required systems, the systems must also communicate with each

other and exchange information. The printing industry has used

several approaches for integrating systems. A common

approach has been to use so-called “hot folders” to exchange

content files, such as PDF documents, between systems.

Another approach, which focuses on the exchange of production

and configuration data, is the XML-based Job Definition

Format (JDF) and its messaging protocol Job Messaging

Format (JMF).


The need to integrate heterogeneous systems is nothing unique

to the printing industry. The experience and knowledge in this

area has been documented in several pattern languages. By

applying a combination of several such pattern languages, this

paper presents a hypothetical integration architecture that

enables a system to communicate with other systems using JMF


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. 13-17 p.
Keyword [en]
jdf, jmf, print, workflow, integration, messaging
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14166OAI: diva2:22772
Available from: 2006-12-04 Created: 2006-12-04 Last updated: 2009-05-07
In thesis
1. Integrating Systems in the Print Production Workflow: Aspects of Implementing JDF
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Integrating Systems in the Print Production Workflow: Aspects of Implementing JDF
2006 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The print production workflow consists of various disparate systems — from production equipment to management information systems. During the production of a printed product, information regarding the product must be communicated between the systems in the workflow. Job Definition Format (JDF) is an industry standard that specifies this information interchange. It specifies a digital job ticket format for exchanging administrative and technical information related to a print job, and a messaging protocol for communicating information between the systems in the workflow. This licentiate thesis explores different aspects of integrating systems in a JDF-enabled print production workflow.

Paper III and Paper IV analyze the properties of JDF’s messaging protocol—Job Messaging Format (JMF)—and discuss design solutions for a JMF integration layer.

Paper I presents a software tool for simulating systems in the print production workflow. The tool is based on an open source software library, called the Elk Framework, which has been developed within the framework of these licentiate studies. The Elk Framework provides the base services required by a piece of JDF-enabled production equipment, called a Device/Worker in JDF parlance.

Paper II presents a software tool that was developed for testing the simulation tool presented in Paper I. The test tool, named Alces, can be used for testing if JDF-enabled systems conform to the JDF Specification.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för teknik och naturvetenskap, 2006. 35 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1285
print production, workflow, jdf, system integration
National Category
Computer Science
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-7837 (URN)91-85643-26-2 (ISBN)
2006-12-08, K3, Kåkenhus, Bredgatan 33, Norrköping, 09:15 (English)
Report code: LIU-TEK-LIC-2006:66.Available from: 2006-12-04 Created: 2006-12-04

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