Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Chemical and Paper Engineering


Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging

First Advisor

Dr. Paul D. Fleming III

Second Advisor

Dr. Margaret Joyce

Third Advisor

Dr. Alexandra Pekarovicova

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


In the graphic arts industry, the need for the unification of mechanized and automated systems has seen a great increase in the last few years. This very need has led to various specification formats like, Adobe's PJTF and CIP3's PPF and the latest one of them all, CIP4's JDF. Earlier specification formats that had inherent limitations with proprietary architecture have paved the way to JDF. JDF is an open, extensible, XML based job ticket format that has been a proposed standard to achieve end-to-end job ticket specifications along with message interchange protocol and message description standard.

This thesis research has involved a complete investigation of ways and means of how JDF would enable a streamlined, computer integrated process of print production in the graphic arts industry that is dominated by multi-vendor, multi-platform equipment.