Esko will help signage specialists reduce waste and improve efficiency with solutions focused on streamlining their end-to-end sign production workflow at Media Expo 2018, New Delhi, India, September 7 to 9, Booth 255A.

Following on from the success of last year, CMYUK will once again be at The Print Show, held at The NEC Birmingham from 18–20 September. As digital print continues to thrive and develop, the show gives visitors the opportunity to experience the latest print and finishing technologies, new materials and workflow efficiency software solutions supplied by CMYUK, the UK’s largest independent supplier of wide-format digital printers, cutting equipment and materials.

Brands and suppliers in the packaging, sign and display supply chains face many challenges in today’s fast-paced and highly competitive marketplace. Esko can help: During this series of five seminars attendees will receive a wealth of new ideas and approaches for the future of their businesses.

The challenges facing label converters today center around producing high volumes of short run jobs with quicker deadlines and better quality. This situation can easily be handled with optimized workflows that link all supply chain partners.

Esko, alongside sister companies Pantone, X-Rite and AVT released a new study, “Packaging and the Digital Shopper: Meeting Expectations in Food & Beverage,” highlighting what primary shoppers want from food and beverage packaging. Brand and marketing managers, design leaders, packaging professionals and tech leaders gain knowledge of shopper’s preferences in packaging within the food and beverage category in this study, along with the how and why they buy. With this knowledge they can better optimize, evolve and connect packaging through technology platforms that support end-to-end packaging value chain and leverage packaging as an enabler for product innovation.

Esko, a global provider of software and hardware for packaging design, collaboration, automation, workflow, and production, has announced its acquisition of BLUE Software, LLC, a label and artwork management software company based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from Diversis Capital and Schawk Digital Solutions. This acquisition joins two complementary teams to unlock product packaging development, management and execution efficiencies for brand owners in the consumer packaged goods, life sciences and retail industries and for a variety of suppliers in the packaging value chain.

Esko has shared its know-how for flexible packaging with an international group of young graphic arts graduates during the fourth annual Flexible Packaging Honours Class.

Firstan Limited, Cambridge, UK, has successfully piloted a newly developed interface between Esko’s Automation Engine Connect and EFI’s Radius software applications.

Leading online store, Selectequip, has recently refurbished their Wakefield sign company and subsequently been shortlisted for a best small business award. The new showroom-type environment allows business clients to view their capabilities in a comfortable surrounding while also allowing them to hold their own meetings in the new 16-seater boardroom. With strong growth over the last 18 months, Selectequip’s investment in a Mimaki JFX200-2531 and Kongsberg X24 Starter, purchased from CMYUK, has allowed them to keep up with increasing demand.

Esko’s UK team hosted a successful Open House in Leicester earlier this month, with partners Data Image, Clarity Software and reseller CMYUK. With over 80 customers attending, the event was staged to showcase the latest Esko C66 digital cutting table with the new Robotic Material Handler, as well as Esko’s fully Automated workflow solutions.

Esko’s collaborative project with The Alexir Partnership has enabled the UK operation to achieve cost and time savings while significantly growing turnover.

Esko’s Automation Engine was chosen by French signage specialist Enseignes & Néons to better manage a fast-growing workload.

Esko have announced a major new release of its packaging and labels prepress editor, ArtPro+. Built on decades of experience – with over 25.000 Esko prepress editors currently in use – this latest version is designed to fit the needs of today’s prepress production.

Esko, a global technology innovator providing hardware and software for packaging design, development and production, today reported that it has joined forces with Danaher (NYSE: DHR) sister companies AVT, X-Rite and Pantone to integrate its automation and collaboration solutions, with the X-Rite and Pantone color technology and AVT’s camera inspection solutions.

Fantasy Prints, certified ISO9001 in October 2017, is well known in Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders for providing complete printing and signage solutions.

It does not have to take long to implement a system that manages packaging specification, approval and project life cycle. After installing Esko’s WebCenter QuickStart for Corrugated in just five days, Landaal Packaging Systems has been able to add designer capacity, track projects, manage process efficiencies, and reduce errors.

Having been in the print business since 1983, Pure Innovations offers a range of services from 3D rendering to retail graphics, large format printing to window displays and live event build to signage and 3D logos.

At FESPA 2018, visitors to Esko (www.esko.com) Stands 3.2-C48 and 5.2-D30 during the 15 to 18 May event in Berlin, will be invited to “Take the Fastlane” for their businesses by collecting their suitcases on the Esko stand to begin an exciting journey to improved productivity. In addition to Automation Engine QuickStart for Sign and WebCenter QuickStart for Corrugated converters, the company will be introducing a brand-new Flip-Side Camera for Kongsberg cutting tables equipped with a Feeder and Stacker. This truly unique solution saves the 20 to 30 minutes of manual set-up time typically required to ensure accurate cutting of corrugated board for in-store displays as well as other applications. When using the Kongsberg Feeder and Stacker, the camera scans the underside of the sheet to locate registration marks, barcodes containing set-up instructions, and the corner of the sheet. It is then able to cut and crease accurately by calculating where the registration marks are in reference to the corner, with limited or no operator intervention.

Esko has extended its portfolio of innovative solutions with Text Recognition, a new plug-in for Adobe® Illustrator® that makes last-minute copy changes to outlined text fast, safe and simple.
The Esko-unique OCR plug-in for Adobe Illustrator helps packaging professionals to produce packaging in an optimal way. It eliminates work-arounds that were cumbersome when even the tiniest of copy changes was required.

Esko announces that EskoWorld 2018 will be held on June 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio, Texas. EskoWorld 2018 is the 27th annual conference for Esko users. More than ever before, its mission is to create a platform that connects the entire packaging supply chain. Leading brands, graphic and structural designers, flexo trade shops, sign makers and packaging and label converters will share ideas, gain product knowledge business expertise and exchange best practices.

Esko has announced a major new release of its packaging management solution, WebCenter. WebCenter 18 streamlines and speeds up the packaging development workflow by delivering extra features that give brand owners and converters more control and visibility over their packaging preproduction specification, approval and project life cycle.

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