Esko offers a full range of software and hardware that allows converters and brand owners to reduce time to market while producing strong, impactful packaging. “Nearly 90% of all packaging worldwide is touched by an Esko workflow, and 9 of 10 brands produce their packaging with Esko tools,” comments Mark Quinlan, President, Esko Americas. “To stay ahead in the market, companies differentiate themselves from their competition through innovation. There are many ways to do that. Esko customers can branch out and extend their service portfolios.
They can go digital where possible. They can upgrade their hardware or automate every step that doesn’t need human intervention. And, most important, they can boost the quality of their finished product. Esko is at PACK EXPO to show that, whatever a converter or brand chooses, Esko is a partner with state of the art solutions to help them along the way.”
The most recent set of Esko workflow solutions for prepress
During PACK EXPO, a series of new solutions launched earlier this year will be demonstrated. Visitors can work with a wide array of packaging software solutions addressing artwork, management, design and prepress, color management, workflow automation and process integration. Esko Suite 12 adds value for the user by introducing new productivity and efficiency benefits. This is done by closely integrating all flagship tools and engines, by adding rich 3D functionality for a holistic experience, and by enabling mobile collaboration and web-based packaging management.
Featuring WebCenter 12, Automation Engine 12, Color Engine 12, Studio 12 and the version 12 editions of flagship editors ArtiosCAD, PackEdge, ArtPro and DeskPack, Suite 12 raises the bar for process integration from design to press, involving all players in the supply chain. It provides a complete answer to the challenges of a modern packaging preproduction workflow.
Why work in a flat world if packaging isn’t? Featured is Studio 12, a unique set of tools for 3D packaging design made specifically for packaging artwork professionals. Studio helps produce better artwork, by allowing users to virtually hold packs in their hands. Studio also lets companies create exciting 3D visuals to show to clients, ranging from PDF files with 3D content to movies, or virtual packshots. Meanwhile, Store Visualizer offers brand owners a unique, advance view of virtual packaging as it would look on a store’s shelves next to competitive products — before the real packaging is even produced.
With the introduction of ArtiosCAD 12, Esko offers a paradigm shift in packaging design from 2D to 3D. Providing tools for 3D design, editing, rendering and visualization, ArtiosCAD 12 assures that the viability of a package is discovered further upstream in the supply chain. It also provides new tools for packaging design and process integration to help users gain productivity and increase efficiency. ArtiosCAD is the flagship structural packaging design editor in Esko's software suite with over 13.000 licenses sold worldwide.
ArtiosCAD is available in two versions: the standard version and ArtiosCAD 12 Enterprise, enabling global “cloud” sharing and collaboration with WebCenter 12. With ArtiosCAD 12 Enterprise, all assets are centralized in a corporate private cloud, a secure web-accessible database enabling dynamic online collaboration between design groups, CAD and graphic designers, suppliers, brand owners and production.
X-Rite: Sharing colors throughout the print supply chain
At PACK EXPO, X-Rite will be present at a workstation on the Esko booth showing both their color measurement tools as well as PantoneLIVE™. PantoneLIVE™ delivers an end-to-end color management and color communication solution that, for the first time, addresses the needs and requirements of every single discipline within the print supply chain. Visitors can learn about PantoneLIVE™ support within Esko’s workflows. The brand manager will see an accurate representation of on-press color early in the design process, while converters can be assured of first-time-right color proofing and easy-to-match color on press. Experience with beta sites that have been testing the solution show very positive ROIs.
New: Kongsberg XN offers power and flexibility for packaging sample making
The Kongsberg XN is easily the most versatile digital finishing device ever introduced. Working with just about any material, the Kongsberg XN is perfect for any job or application. It is available in seven different sizes from 66” x 50” to 87” x 258”.
The Kongsberg XN can be easily configured for the widest range of applications: from kiss-cutting to heavy-duty milling. Most important, the new Kongsberg XN can be equipped with its very powerful, optional 3kW, water-cooled milling spindle, the MultiCUT- HP, which offers up to three times more milling productivity. Even when processing the most challenging materials, it keeps a productive, consistent speed.
A choice of five tool heads and a full assortment of insert tools guarantee versatility. Newly developed tools include solid board and corrugated paper-core board v-notching inserts. The Kongsberg XN offers a variety of proven options including help with registration with i-cut Vision Pro, tool heads and tool inserts to extend flexibility, productivity add-ons like a material conveyor, an AutoFeeder or a Roll-Off unit.
“We look forward to showing converters and corrugated packagers at PACK EXPO how they can produce work more efficiently, while finding new, high-value, profitable services to offer,” concludes Quinlan. “Over the past twelve months we have launched an extensive range of innovative solutions for brand owners and converters, and the industry has responded by making our products the market leaders in packaging pre-production. We continue to look for ways to help our customers streamline their operations and improve and expand their businesses.”
About Esko (www.esko.com)
Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for packaging, sign and display finishing, commercial printing and professional publishing. Esko products and services help customers raise productivity, reduce time-to-market, lower costs and expand business and improve profitability.