Enhance Your Packaging Efficiency With Esko’s Comprehensive Suite
Esko unveiled a host of new innovations for its integrated software platform that will bring operational efficiency improvements to the packaging value chain. Highlights include Suite 14 with improved connectivity between WebCenter, ArtiosCAD and Automation Engine.
The acquisition of BLUE label and artwork management software deepens Esko’s commitment to unlock product packaging development, collaboration and automation efficiencies for brands in the consumer packaged goods industry.
Flexo Prepress Tools
It takes a lot to go from graphics on your computer screen to plates on a 60-inch wide printing press printing 1,500 feet per minute, and then to the finished package sitting on a shelf. That’s why the work done in pre-press is so important – it’s all about ensuring that your packaging will print well, no matter when you need to use it.
A flexo workflow can help you make faster changes in file preparation, reduce proof costs and deliver the quality that brands expect today. Esko’s flexo suite includes tools for vector-based trapping, nesting and automated step and repeat, editing and inspection, as well as plate-making.
Getting started is simple with Automation Engine QuickStart, which De Proost describes as “a boxed solution that you can plug in and start using right away.” For those who want to add more capability, the software has features for MIS integration, and it’s also expandable. The platform supports a wide range of media and workflows, with versions for label printing, corrugated packaging, and security printing.
Container Loading Software
Esko leaf for sale container loading software enables companies to optimize the space inside trucks, trailers and containers so that cargo arrives safely. This helps to reduce multimodal transport costs and also allows for a more efficient handling of goods.
This scalable software is designed to help you find the best way to load your products into trucks and containers based on the size of the product, its packaging and your shipment destination. In addition, this software can help to reduce fuel expenses through routing optimization.
The latest version of Suite 14 is available as a subscription that makes it easier for companies to add seats without adding IT overhead. The suite of integrated solutions includes prepress, workflow automation, color management, sample-making and supply chain collaboration for the production of packaging, labels, signs and displays. All of these tools are provided through a single interface, WebCenter. The software is used by brand owners, designers, packaging manufacturers and print service providers around the world.
Shipping Container Optimization Software
Shipping container optimization software enables businesses to create efficiencies that improve their market experience. It reduces the time spent on manual processes such as load planning, order and inventory management, routing and driver selection, tracking/reporting, and more.
This type of software can also help reduce transportation costs. By optimizing case size and pallet pattern configuration, a company can ship more products per truck or container. This may eliminate the need for costly void fill, reduces the number of containers needed, and helps avoid oversize charges.
With PackAssistant, packaging engineers can improve packing densities by up to 25 percent. This has a direct impact on the bottom line by reducing storage and transportation costs. It can also minimize warehouse space requirements and reduce the amount of product that is lost during shipment. This is accomplished by eliminating unnecessary air and re-designing the package to reduce the volume of dead space. This can save millions in shipping costs each year.
Sustainable Packaging Solutions
With more customers demanding earth-friendly products and services, it’s crucial for brands to consider how their packaging impacts the environment. Using materials that are natural or recyclable can help reduce costs and let consumers know you’re environmentally-conscious.
Choosing materials that do not present a risk to the environment, such as avoiding Styrofoam or plastics, is also important. These materials take long to breakdown and release toxins into the environment. Using eco-friendly dunnage and printing with soy-based inks is another way to minimize environmental impact.
Optimizing your shipping process is also critical to reducing the impact of your packaging. If you can consolidate orders or ship to a central hub, this can save both time and shipping costs. It can also reduce the amount of packaging material and fuel used to transport packages from warehouses to customers.