• Integration with on-press Visual Inspection Systems – in Suite 12.1, users can define areas on a job for inline visual inspection systems. This significantly reduces overall press setup time since the inline inspection system receives its setup data directly from Esko Automation Engine using JDF. With the inspection area defined upstream and not by the press operator, it becomes easier to standardize the production process across multiple sites, presses and operators.
• Compliance and Content Management – significant portions of label content can be subject to regulatory compliance, such as ingredient tables, nutrition facts and even marketing verbiage. In addition, brand owners are concerned about brand integrity when it comes to the accuracy of logos, taglines, images and icons. Esko offers a range of tools and workflow components that ensure compliance and secure content management for labels and packaging.
• Combi-Press Support – especially in the label industry, it is common practice to combine different print processes (offset, flexo, digital, screen, gravure) within the same job, with each process requiring different preparation. In fact, as much as 70% to 80% of all narrow web printing machines are hybrid presses, combining more than one printing technique in a single pass. With Combi-Press support, even trapping tickets will automatically perform overprint calculations based on the targeted printing processes. Combi-Press support eliminates the need to have a skilled operator interrupt multiple workflows to accommodate the various required processes.
“We believe that label and tag converters today are especially interested in the end-to-end productivity and efficiency benefits delivered by Esko tools," adds Armand Gougay. "Visitors to our stand will learn how Esko continues to enable this with an extensive set of integrated soft- and hardware solutions.”