BPIF labels technical seminar – It’s all about integration!
UK • More than 40 UK label converters attended the BPIF Labels one-day workshop on 22th of April at Daventry to hear how MIS should be used to its full advantage. Welcoming delegates, Association Chairman, John Bambery said: “The different stages of production can no longer be seen in isolation if you want to develop your business in a more robust and efficient way, and I thank CERM, Esko, AVT, HP and AB Graphic for their support in putting together this fast track event.”
The workshop, which is part of a series of sessions organised by CERM business management software for narrow web printers, aimed to show how integration provides an end-to-end production solution. CERM showed how its online Web4Labels product, which offers estimating, order creation, artwork uploading and soft proofing, can be linked to Esko’s Automation Engine that takes care of automated pre-press including: size check, preflight, colour extraction, ink coverage, die cut tool design, and soft proof creation.
HP then spoke about the options available for automation within the print process and how it can increase productivity and reduce costs. The new generation of HP digital presses, together with the HP SmartStream workflow solutions and improved connectivity, allow converters to embrace automated production to a level unknown before. AVT explained how its Helios and Apollo inspection systems, which can be fitted to printing or converting equipment, can be automatically triggered by CERM’s MIS and Esko’s Automation Engine to perform 100% print defect detection, PDF to print comparison, colour measurements, and barcode verification.
Finally, AB Graphic showed how JDF files sent to the finishing machine can replace the traditional job ticket and allow for all job parameters to be uploaded to the finishing line with the MIS sending data that automatically sets functions such as slitting and laser die cutting – all of which reduce production time and improve efficiency.
Thanking the manufacturers, who also included table-top displays from Label Traxx and Herma, as well as HP, John Bambery said that the industry was at the beginning of an exciting phase that would see automation take production efficiency to new heights, but only if converters invested in the essential training of their personnel. “As a percentage of the overall investment cost, training represents great value for money, and however lean an operation you are running, training will make you fitter!” he concluded.
A more detailed review of the event will appear in Issue 3 of Narrow Web Tech, but if you would like more information about BPIF Labels and how it can help your business, please logon www.bpiflabels.org.uk