Esko at FESPA 2018

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Esko at FESPA 2018

The analog-to-digital transformation is sweeping through the sign, display and corrugated markets as sign providers and corrugated converters look beyond their production equipment to find an automated end-to-end workflow that ensures faster time to market, fewer errors and improved profitability. Waste can be created everywhere; via complex manual steps, equipment idle time, incorrect material handling or lack of workflow control. Many providers are seeking to eliminate waste and streamline the process from a design request coming in to shipping out a product. At FESPA 2018, they will find the path for improved productivity and profitability at Esko Stands from 15 to 18 May event in Berlin.

Geert De Proost, director of Marketing Solutions at Esko, said, “Our focus is on supporting the sign and display and corrugated sectors with integrated hardware and software solutions that address the requirements of a company’s business strategy. Our solutions will boost production capacity without additional investment. We are especially excited to present Automation Engine QuickStart for Sign and WebCenter QuickStart for Corrugated converters. Esko’s QuickStart solutions, offer expert workflows for sign and wide format production, as well as the digital workflows required to speed up the time to market corrugated products. The implementation of the QuickStart solutions, only takes five days. And once they start down the digital path, it is easy for them to continue to add features and functionality to continue improving productivity and profitability.”

At the show
For sign and display graphics businesses, the analog-to-digital transformation is well underway. But while today’s wide format printers are more efficient and deliver higher throughput, there are bottlenecks in other parts of the design-request-to-shipping workflow. To help companies overcome these challenges and shorten time to market while improving productivity, Esko offers Automation Engine QuickStart for Sign – a turnkey workflow solution that automates prepress, enabling companies to handle more jobs faster. On display in stand C48 in Hall 3.2-, this easy-to-implement solution will have companies up and running with improved Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) in five days, to immediately begin benefiting from the investment. It comes preloaded with proven workflows for sign and large format production, giving companies the possibility to eliminate repetitive tasks . Its customizable dashboard and reports ensure everyone involved in the process has immediate access to all information required to speed work through the plant and make fact-based business decisions for continuous operational improvement.

De Proost adds, “And visitors to our stand will be amazed to learn they receive all of these benefits without the need to add headcount. In fact, it enables companies to reassign employees to more productive tasks while the QuickStart solutions take care of the non-productive repetitive tasks that are a waste of employee time.” In finishing, Kongsberg Automate aids increased productivity, it offers a broad array of impressive innovations that boost the performance of digital finishing operations to industrial levels. At FESPA, a Kongsberg C64 cutting table equipped with a Feeder and Stacker will be on display.”

The Kongsberg C64 is a multifunctional, super wide digital cutting table for signage and display applications. Russell Weller, product manager of Esko, said, “The Kongsberg C combined with the Feeder and Stacker delivers the ultimate 24/7 performance and is designed to keep up with the faster, wider digital printers of today. With stack height at 915 mm/36 in and quick automatic load cycles it is the optimal solution for short run production on all typical packaging and display materials. It’s an investment in future-proofing sign and display graphics businesses.”

Esko Corrugated Solutions
Esko will also focus on solutions for the Digital Corrugated sector. For the first time, Esko will demonstrate its WebCenter QuickStart for Corrugated, a packaging management solution for corrugated converters designed to handle design requests in minutes. Esko will also demonstrate the key elements of its ArtiosCAD solution for structural design, Studio for 3D projects, and i-cut Suite for optimization of prepress production. “The analog-to-digital transformation in corrugated is just beginning,” De Proost stated. “Esko has applied learnings from other market segments to speed this transformation for corrugators of all sizes. We believe visitors to our stand will be amazed at how quickly an investment in packaging design solution for corrugated will pay for itself in better customer communications, reduced wastage, improved productivity and OEE, and faster time to market.”

De Proost concludes, “We are looking forward to learn about the business issues of visitors at our stand at FESPA 2018 are facing, and demonstrating how our tools have been developed to offer maximum OEE on the shop floor, as well as how they help reduce waste. The difference with Esko tools is in our analysis of the customer’s needs; we look first at the company’s strategy upstream and downstream and focus on eliminating pressure points, bottlenecks and errors. Based on many years’ experience, Esko continues to lead the way in workflow automation and simplification.”

 

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

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