Esko – Simplified label workflow solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2017

Esko at Labelexpo Europe 2015 (Source: G&K TechMedia)

BELGIUM • In order to help for label converters improve productivity and profitability Esko will unveil two new workflow solutions at  Labelexpo Europe 2017 (25-28 September 2017, Brussels). According to the company the new pre-configured, easy to use workflow solutions address many challenges that constrict throughput and cause inefficiencies in the label manufacturing process.

They are designed to be easy to implement and deploy, removing complexity and delivering fast results. At Labelexpo Europe, Esko will be demonstrating two such solutions for label converting, the so-called “WebCenter Essentials”, project management bundle for label production, and “Automation Engine Essentials for Labels”, a workflow bundle for label prepress workflow automation.


WebCenter Essentials for labels

WebCenter Essentials for Labels is an out-of-the-box solution with pre-configured process flows. The built-in graphical viewer coupled with approval tools allows for the review and approval of both 2D and 3D assets. The software manages a database of centralised digital assets, allowing easy search for assets and re-ordering of existing labels. It also comes with a dashboard and built-in operational reporting. Once installed, WebCenter Essentials for Labels drives a paperless process and facilitates converters and their customers to monitor their running jobs. According to Esko, WebCenter Essentials for Labels can be integrated with Automation Engine and is available as a SaaS solution or deployed on premise. According to the company, onsite deployment, including go-live assistance, can be achieved in less than one week.

Automation Engine Essentials for labels

The prepress workflow for label printing consists of a series of steps, including preflighting, adding and checking barcodes and content, trapping, step and repeat, and adding marks and control strips. According to Esko, this package is tailored to make it easy to adopt workflow automation and to create additional production capacity to deal with the growing number of jobs smaller without adding extra headcount.

Automation Engine Essentials for Labels offers an out-of-the-box pre-configured workflow that addresses most of the essential prepress tasks for all labels, suitable for all relevant printing technologies such as digital, flexo, offset or gravure. The software can be installed and implemented and put to action with full operator training within three days at the customer site.

The software can be upgraded with more functionality, such as automated quality control, colour management and output device control, which deliver higher throughput and can be plugged into the customer’s existing business system.

Automation Engine Essentials for Labels and WebCenter Essentials for Labels commercially will be available on a worldwide basis in the second quarter of 2017.

Also by Labelexpo, Automation Engine will be further enriched with a colour preflight function. This automated tool is built on patented Esko color technology. It analyzes the artwork and determines the best color space and ink separations to print the job at the right quality. Automatically this tool determines whether if the job will standard process colors, extended gamut and/or spot colors, and as such drives jobs for the right output devices.

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