‘As a long-term partner to our customers, we are committed to innovating to ensure our solutions remain relevant, empowering and enabling anyone using them in the packaging value chain to benefit from operational efficiency, quality and sustainability improvements,’ says Jan De Roeck, director of Marketing, Industry Relations and Strategy.
‘Many of the updates are focused on enabling customers to leverage the benefits of cloud technology, which will boost connectivity, deliver further operational efficiencies and drive productivity across their entire workflow. Further enhancements point to improved usability and the introduction of more automation and advanced reporting tools. These additions will further accelerate the business benefits Esko solutions have been delivering to users worldwide,’ Jan adds.
Highlights of the new Esko Release 21.11 include:
Automation Engine: SaaS users can reduce data storage costs significantly with a new cloud storage facility, while enhanced integration and new performance tools help optimise workflow processes for users and ensure a completely connected workflow with more MIS partners.
Flexo Engine: Included as part of Automation Engine, it merges functionality, automation and features developed to increase flexo plate room productivity. An intuitive dashboard also helps to simplify operations. Auto Plate Cut further drives efficiency by automating the set-up of staggered cut plates, saving operators around 15min/job.
PlateID: Part of Flexo Engine, this feature eliminates the need for handwritten labels and etching by automating the plate marking process, accurately imaging vital information with no additional hardware or steps to the workflow. PlateID ensures clear, permanent marking and removes the risk of ink loss in addition to the risk of manual errors during marking. Operators can spend less time looking for the correct plates, leading to efficiency gains. Waste is also minimised as the software calculates and identifies the ideal position for marks to optimise plate utilisation.
ArtPro+: The new Layout Edition of ArtPro+ includes basic step and repeat functionality as well as CAD-based sheet layout for improved speed. It features crucial prepress functionality to validate received artwork, such as Preflight, Inspectors and QA viewing, plus tools to create barcodes, reporting and VDP templates and dynamic marks.
WebCenter: The latest version features simplified dashboard views, usability enhancements and walk-throughs, which make managing tasks and workflows easier. Simplified deployment means users can now benefit from simpler upgrades to newer WebCenter versions across sites.
AVT SpectraLab XF spectral measurement tool: Delivers inline absolute colour measurement at high press speeds. It measures L*a*b*, density and dot gain on flexible packaging and folding carton applications, and is comparable with offline devices, but all at point of print for maximum efficiency. With standard design and easy correlation to offline handheld instruments through a special calibration process, it is as simple to use as it is accurate.