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 colour technology and AVT’s camera inspection technology.
These three integrations, that digitize and connect the most advanced technologies of Esko, AVT, X-Rite & Pantone, were demonstrated during EskoWorld, the annual Esko user event taking place in San Antonio. 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 & 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 mins more productive time per press shift.”
Brand owners are increasingly placing tighter colour requirements on converters and want to receive print quality reports. For converters, in-line colour 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 colour performance.
With the new bi-directional integration between X-Rite ColorCert Suite, which defines colour requirements and collects press run colour data to report on colour performance, and the AVT Spectralab in-line colour measurement device, job data is automatically sent to the spectro, which automatically sets up the job for in-line colour measurement. During the run, the colour measurements are sent directly from AVT’s Spectralab to ColorCert.