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  • 08 Jun 2018

Esko, AVT, X-Rite and Pantone combine for workflow

 A digital link between Esko’s packaging pre-press workflow, Automation Engine

Esko has joined forces with Danaher sister companies AVT, X-Rite and Pantone to integrate its automation and collaboration systems with the X-Rite and Pantone color technology and AVT’s camera inspection technology.

These three integrations, that digitize and connect the most advanced technologies of Esko, AVT, X-Rite and Pantone, were demonstrated during EskoWorld, the annual Esko user event taking place in San Antonio, Texas. The integrations are designed to preserve the digital flow of data across connected systems, addressing market demands for faster time to market and ‘Right First Time’ production in smaller lot sizes while taking cost and waste reduction into account.

A digital link between Esko’s packaging pre-press workflow, Automation Engine, AVT press workflow, and inspection systems Helios and Argos now provides data to automatically set up a job for inspection on conventional and digital presses, as well as on rewinders.

Geert De Proost, director solutions marketing at Esko, said: ‘Using this integration, we remove a task from the operator’s to-do list and guarantee a “Right First Time” result. The impact is higher accuracy inspection, consistent usage and lower rejection rates. In addition, it simply creates 30 to 60 minutes more productive time per press shift.’

Brand owners are increasingly placing tighter color requirements on converters and want to receive print quality reports. For converters, in-line color measurement can be sub-optimal due to inefficient job set-ups, lack of automated reporting capabilities for their own operations and their brand owner clients, and no ability to integrate off-line measurement into total color performance.

With the new bi-directional integration between X-Rite ColorCert Suite, which defines color requirements and collects press run color data to report on color performance, and the AVT Spectralab in-line color measurement device, job data is automatically sent to the spectro, which automatically sets up the job for in-line color measurement. During the run, the color measurements are sent directly from AVT’s Spectralab to X-Rite’s ColorCert, which collects the data and builds a color scorecard, reporting on the color quality performance of the print run.

‘This digital integration delivers better visibility into color performance based on measurable, objective results. This solution helps converters to be “Right First Time” and increases color consistency for brand owners,’ stated Roie Moran, product manager at AVT.

A digital link between Esko’s collaboration platform WebCenter, and X-Rite’s ColorCert Suite automatically populates color-related specification fields for job creation. When the job runs on the printing press, score values return back to WebCenter to be stored and displayed centrally for true closed-loop color control and reporting. Betsy Van Kooten, product manager, confirmed: ‘With this integration, operators get it “Right First Time”. Job creation time can be reduced by up to five minutes per job, while improving traceability and visibility in the design workflow.’

The integrations shown at EskoWorld will be commercially available by fall 2018.

‘By integrating the communication and workflow for color specification and camera inspection, we create great efficiencies in the packaging supply chain. Packaging and color data only needs to be entered once to trigger correct communication and clear reporting,’ concluded Danielle Sauvé, director of customer insights and experience for Danaher’s Product Identification platform. ‘With unique solutions that combine the strengths of our individual operating companies, we continue to pursue our mission to simplify the packaging value chain with digital tools, automation and connectivity.’

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