In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3649, pages 319-333. 2005.
Abstract: Production printing workflow is a high-volume and high-speed printing process normally consisting of a set of complex and inter-related tasks namely pre-press, press and post-press procedures. Today many production printing vendors are increasingly offering heterogeneous devices and related software products that autonomously interoperate as a production printing workflow in a digital distributed environment. It is highly desirable in such environment that a detailed workflow assessment is performed either prior to the deployment or during real-time operations. A formal workflow model and assessment capability would ultimately benefit the customers who directly manage these production printing workflows to make better-informed decisions, understand the efficiency of to-be-purchased or already-deployed workflows, foresee the performance implications under a variety of business conditions. Therefore in this paper, we have developed formal workflow models (in both abstract and execution) based on the colored Petri nets  that incorporate production printing semantics. Based on these formal representations, we show how a production printing workflow can be assessed both analytically and quantitatively by leveraging existing Petri net tools.
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