We have been generating PPF-files for nearly 10 years. While ripping the 1-bit TIFF files our RIP calculates PPF-files. As far as I know, these PPF-files are a generic set of data which have to be converted to a specific file type, depending on the brand and type of printing machine. Every brand of printing machine comes with a specific piece of software to handle this conversion.
We're having an internal discussion on who should convert the generic CIP3-PPF to the actual machine settings. Is this a prepress task or should it be taken care of by the pressmen? Since not only ink key settings will have to fit in the final file (dampener settings, ink pick-up roller settings, ink sequence, ... fit in there as well), it appears to be a typical pressman's job.
I was wondering how this is solved in other printshops.
Thanks for your feedback.