Design & Manufacturing Acronyms

I am acronym phobic
I meditate daily until they find a cure.
I know I am not alone.


At some point in our lives, we all experience it. You walk into a meeting, and its as if the presenters are speaking in tongues. Too often, companies use those three-letter acronyms (TLA), with the misconception that the rest of knowing them. It gets worse. Not only do companies and individuals have the perception that you have these acronyms memorized, they are also unaware that many acronyms overlap. When someone says the creative team should be using more AI, does that mean Adobe Illustrator or Artificial Intelligence? AI has stood for Adobe Illustrator long before the introduction of Artificial Intelligence into their vocabulary. 

The list below is an ever-growing list of acronyms. If you are creative, this list is for you. It includes the abbreviations you may already know, but I have complemented it with business and manufacturing terms that may not be as familiar.

Next time you are in that big meeting, and someone leans over and asks, “what the heck does that mean?” You will have the answer and impress your colleagues. 

Full Wording
AATCC American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists
AC Actual Currency
ACL Applied Ceramic Labelling
ACQ Automatic Color Quality
ADF Automatic Document Factory
AEC Architecture Engineering and Construction
AFFOA Advanced Functional Fabrics of America
AFP Advanced Function Presentation (IBM data stream)
AGM Account General Manager
AI Adobe Illustrator
AI Artificial Intelligence
AICC The Independent Packaging Association
AIGA The Association for Profession Design
AML Approved Manufacturer Lists
AP Advanced Productivity
API Applications Program Interface
APPE Adobe PDF Print Engine
APPL Apple Computer Stock Ticker
APTech Association for Print Technologies
AR Augmented Reality
ASE Adobe Swatch Exchange
ASP Achieved Sale Price
ASR Automated Supplies Replenishment
ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials
ATF American Type Founders
AxF Appearance Exchange Format
B2B Business to Business
B2C Business to Consumer
BDE Business Development Executive
BDM Business Development Manager
BFS Blow-fill-seal process
BHTA British Healthcare Trades Association
BIM Building Information Modeling
Bing But it’s not Google
BISG Book Industry Study group
BMI Book Manufacturers’ Institute
BMP Bitmap
BoM Bill of Materials
BoM Build of Material
BOOE Bane of Our Existence
BPA Business Process Automation
BPO Business Process Operations
BPO Business Process Outsourcing
BPS Business Process Services
CAD Computer Aided Design
CAGR Compound Annual Growth Rate
CAM Computer Aided Manufacturing
CASS Coding Accuracy Support System
CC Constant Currency
CCM Computer Color Matching
CCM Customer Communication Management
CCR Critical Customer Requirements
CEC Customer Engagement Criteria
CED Customer Expectations Document
CFDA Council of Fashion Designers of America
CIM Computer Integrated Manufacturing
CMCS Cross Media Communication Services
CMF Color material and finishing
CMG Color Management Group
CMO Chief Operating Officer
CMO Critical Major Ordinary
CMOCA Color Management Object Content Architecture
CMS Communication & Marketing Services
CMS Content Management Systems
CMYK Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black
CMYK+ OGV Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black plus Orange, Green, Violet
CMYK+ RGO Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black plus Red, Green, Orange
CNC Computerized Numeric Control – referred to as Automated cutting
COS Cost of Sales
COY Color of the Year
CPQM Color & Print Quality Management
CPR What you likely need after absorbing this list
CPS Centralized Print Service
CPSI Configurable PostScript Interpreter
CR Change Request= Change Widget in machine
CRM Customer Relationship Management
CSA Color Source Array
CSD Carbonated Soda Drinks
CSS Cascading Style Sheets
CTP Computer to Plate
CxF Color Exchange Format
CXM Customer Experience Management
D2C Direct to Consumer
D2D Day to Day
DA Decision Authority
DAM Digital Assets Management
DBG Death By Google
DDS Dynamic Digital Signage
DFE Digital Front End
DfLSS Design for Lean Six Sigma
DMAIC Define, Measure Analyze, Improve, Control
DMEDI Define, Measure, Explore, Develop, Implement
DOCS Document Outsource and Communications Services
DOE Design of Experiments
DPI Dots Per Inch
DPMO Defects Per Million Opportunities
DRM Digital Rights Management
DSCM Document Supply Chain Management
DSCMS Document Supply Chain Managed Services
DTF Direct to Fabric
DTG Direct to Garment
DVT Design Verification Testing
eBook Electronic Book
ECE Executive Communications Exchange
ECE External Customer Experience
ECG Expanded Color Gamut
ECN Export Control Number
ECN Engineering Change Notice
ECO Engineering Change Request
ECR Engineering Change Order
EFI Electronic For Imaging
EFIW Enterprise Financial Information Warehouse
EIP Enhanced Image Permanence
EIP Extensible Interface Platform
EMRDF Electronic Mail Run Data Files
EMS Enterprise Marketing Services
EPS Encapsulated PostScript
EPS Enterprise Print Services
EPUB Electronic Publishing
ERP Enterprise Resource Planning
ESR Equipment Sale Revenue
EULA End User License Agreement
EWS Early Warning Systems
F2F Face to Face
FACI Furniture Accessory Control Interface
FC Final Candidate
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FGA Fabric Graphics Association
FIRST Flexographic Image Reproduction Specification & Tolerance
FLAG Flexo Label Advantage Group
FM Facility Maintenance
FMEA Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
FOB Freight on Board
FOF Fixation on the Fly
FPA Flex-Pack
FSC The Forest Stewardship Council
FTA Flexographic Technical Association
FTP File Transfer Protocol
FUD Fear, uncertainty & death
G2M Go to Market
GDC Global Delivery Centre
GDO Global Document Outsourcing
GIF Graphics Interchange Format
GM General Manager
GM Golden Master
GM Gross Margin
GPDG Global Product Delivery Group
GRACoL General Requirements for Applications in Commercial offset Lithography
HP Hewlett Packard
HP High Production
HTML Hypertext Markup Language
HTML Hypertext Markup Language
IAA International Achievement Awards
IATF International Automotive Task Force
IBG International Business Group
ICC International Color Consortium
IDR Identical Replacement
IEEE Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers
IES Initial Experience Survey
IFAI Industrial Fabrics Association International
IFF Industrial Fabrics Foundation
IFM Interface Module
IG Instructor Guide
IGS The International Geosynthetics Society
IMB Intelligent Mail Bar Code
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IML In-Mold Labels
IoT Internet of Things
IP Intellectual Property
IPDS Intelligent Printer Data Stream
ISA International Sign Association
ISBN International Standard Book Number
ISC Integrated Supply Chain
ISCC Inter-Society Color Council
ISO International Organization for Standardization
ISSN International Standard Serial Number
ISV Independent software vendor
ITC International Type Face Company
JDF Job Definition Format
JLYT Job Layout, Yours Truly (HP Indigo Proprietary VI)
JMF Job Messaging Format
JPG Joint Photographic Experts Group
KD Key Differentials
LCCN Library of Congress Control Number
LCD Liquid Crystal Display
LDAP Local Directory Access Protocol
LDP Lean Document Production
LED Light Emitting Diode
LOB Line of Business
LRV Light Refective Value
LSS Lean Six Sigma
M&A Mergers and Acquisitions
MAPS Material Acquisition Plan
MBF Management by Fact
MCV Manufacturing Cost Variance
MHRA Medicines & Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency
MIS Management Information System
MML Monthly Management Letter
MOBI Mobipocket
MOM Market Operations Manager
MOM Minimum Order Multiple
MOP Museum of Printing
MOQ Minimum Order Quantity
MOUSE Move Objects You See Easily
MPO Machine Purchase Option
MPR Market Portfolio Reviews
MPS Managed Print Services
MRP Material and Manufacturing Planning
MRT Manufacturing Resource Team
MRT Materials Resource Team
MTBF Mean time between failures
MTM Made to Measure
MTTR Mean time to repair
NAPCO North American Publishing Company
NCOA National Change of Address
NCOS National Change of Address
NFG No [email protected] Good
NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NPOA National Print Owners Association
NPRC National Printing Research Council
NPV Net Present Value
NRE Non Recovered Engineering Costs
NTE Not To Exceed
NWE New Work Effort
OAP Open Automated Platform
OCR Optical Character Recognition
ODM On Demand Manufacturing
OEE Overall Equipment Effectiveness
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturers
OGC Office of General Counsel (Legal)
OGV Orange-Green-Violet
ORD Type of file format for Gerber PLM, which carries the information to process orders.
ORM Operational Risk Management
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
PAC Packaging Consortium
PAM Potential Available Market
PAS Program Acquisition Spend
PCE Product Cost Estimation
PCEP Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform
PCIAW Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide
PCR Post Consumer Regrind
PDF Portable Document Format
PDF/A PDF for Archiving
PDF/E PDF for Engineering Workflows
PDF/UA PDF for Writing and Processing Software
PDF/VT PDF for Variable and Transactional Printing
PDF/X PDF for Graphic Exchange
PDM Product data management
PDM Product Data management
PDQ Pallet Display Quantity
PDQ Presentation Display Quantity
PDQ Pretty Darn Quick
PDS Product design specifications
PETG Polyethylene terephthalate
PFP Prepared for Print
PHP Hypertext Preprocessor
PIA Printing Industries of America
PIS Printing Industries of the South
PIUF (poof) Product Information Update Form
PLC Product Life Cycle
PLM Product Lifecycle Management
PMS Pantone Matching System
PNG Portable Network Graphics
POC Proof of Concept
POD Princess of Darkness
POD Print on Demand
POPO Power On Power Off
PPC Pay Per Click
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PPI Pixels per inch
PPI Printing Industries of the Pacific Northwest
PPID Piece Part Identification
PPID Piece Part Identification
PQM Print Quality Manager
PQP Print Quality Program
PRC Palm Resource Code
PSA Product Specific Agreement
PSIP Print Station Interface Platform
PTE-G Polyethylene terephthalate
PVP Production Value Prop
PWB Participant Work Book
PWS Portable Work Station
QCD Quality Cost Delivery
QFD Quality Function Deployment
QR Code Quick Response Code
QTX Quality Textile Format
QTX QuickTime Format
R2R Roll to Roll
RAL Real Authentic Likeliness
RAP Robotic Automated Processes
RDF Resource Description Framework
REACh Registration, Evaluation, Authorization & Restriction of Chemical
RF Release Final
RFA Retail, Fashion & Apparel
RGB Red Green Blue – A form of additive color used for digital applications.
RIP Raster Image Processer
RO Reservation Order
ROI Return on investment
ROS Return on Sales/ Raster Output Scanner
RPN Risk Priority Number
RRP Retail Ready Packaging
RSS Really Simple Syndication
RTB Reason to Believe
S/D Supply Demand
SaaS Software as a Service
SAG Sales, Administrative and General Expenses
SAM Serviceable Available Market
SCIR Surrogate customer importance rating
SDK Software Development kit
SEAM The Association & Voice of the U.S. Sewn Products Industry
SEM Search Engine Marketing
SEO Search engine Optimization
SFC Shop Floor Control
SGIA Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
SGP Sustainable Green Partnership
SIPOC Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs, Customers
SLA Service Level Agreement
SLT Senior Leadership Team
SMB Small and Medium Sized Businesses
SME Subject Matter Expert
SMM Senior Management Meeting
SMR Service Marketing Representative
SMS Spunbond – Meltblown – Spunbond
SMU Special Make Up
SNAP Specifications for Non Heatset Advertising Printing
SOD System Operating Description
SOF Softener on the Fly
SOM Serviceable and Obtainable Market
SOT Stop Order Taking
SPAR System Problem Action Report
SPC Statistical Process Control
SPESA Sewn Products Equipment Supplier Association
SQAT System Quality Assessment Test
SQL Sigma Quality Level
SQL Structured Query Language
SRA Signal Rich Artwork
SRP Shelf Ready Packaging
SSE Services & Solutions Executive
SVG Scalable Vector Graphic
SWAG Scientific Wilde Arse Guess
SWOP Specifications Web Offset Publications
TAGA Technical Association of the Graphic Arts
TAM Total Addressable Market
TAP Technical Advisory Panel
TAT Turnaround Times
TCX Pantone Textile, Cotton Edition, Extended Range
TIF Tagged Image File
TISP Tightly Integrated Serial Printing
TLA Three Letter Acronyms
TLMI Tags and Label
TLW Thought Leadership Workshop
TNC Terms and Conditions
TP Pantone Textile Paper
TPA Texprocess Americas
TPM Technical Program Manager
TPX Pantone Textile Paper Edition, Extended Range
TRM Textile Raw Materials
TTM Time to Market
TTV Time to Volume
UM Unscheduled Maintenance
UMC Unit Manufacturing Cost
UMR Unscheduled Maintenance Rate
URL Uniform Resource Locator
VGM Variable Gloss Management
VoC Voice of Customer
VoD Value of Design
VoD Vector of Differential
VoI Voice of Industry
VR Virtual Reality
WBLT Web Based Licensing Tool
WHQL Windows Hardware Quality Laboratories
WISIWIG What You See is What You Get
WTT WhatTheyThink
XFA eXtensible Forms Architecture
XFDF eXtensible Forms Data Format
XML eXtensible Markup Language
XTML eXtensible Hypertext Markup Language

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