Esko Launches Suite 12 at drupa 2012
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Press release from the issuing company
Esko (www.esko.com) will officially launch Suite 12 at drupa 2012. This major update to its software suite for the packaging, label, sign making and display industries, will play a central role at Esko’s drupa stand A23 in hall 8B.
With Suite 12, Esko provides answers to the challenges of modern brand execution. Enhanced 3D capabilities are pushing the “first moment of truth” further upstream in the supply chain. Packaging management tools in WebCenter 12 provide an overview on the entire packaging project and more control over each step in the process. And with Color Engine 12 a major breakthrough is set for consistent and accurate color reproduction.
“Packaging professionals looking for faster time to market, effective and reliable workflow solutions and guaranteed color consistency will be impressed by Suite 12. They will see many examples of our commitment to our customers and our dedication to continuous improvement of our solutions," says Bernard Zwaenepoel, Senior VP Software Business at Esko.
Esko Suite 12 - focus on value
WebCenter 12: a true Packaging Management Solution
Fully integrated with Automation Engine and ArtiosCAD, WebCenter 12 acts as a Web-to-Production portal and involves the packaging buyer more deeply in the execution of package design and production. Design requests are created automatically and a range of tasks is executed on the workflow server without any operator intervention. WebCenter also acts as the backbone for ArtiosCAD Enterprise which enables sharing of all packaging structural assets - including designs and board specifications - between multiple packaging production facilities.
Automation Engine 12: workflow automation to the next level
Automation Engine 12 is designed for reliability and high performance in packaging workflows. Fully scalable, Automation Engine 12 serves the needs of a wide range of professionals: from a small sign maker using i-cut Automate to a multi-site converter.
Automation Engine 12 continues to support the high-end commercial print workflow where extreme automation is essential. With embedded JDF connectivity, the solution provides great flexibility in configuring workflows that communicate with any JDF enabled imposition tool out on the market.
Color Engine 12: breakthrough color workflow for the entire packaging supply chain
Studio 12: ever richer 3D capabilities
Store Visualizer 12 pushes this concept even further by placing the packaged product in a hyper realistic and dynamic retail environment. In Store Visualizer 12, the entire store environment can be freely designed and decorated from the ground up with pre-set store furniture components.
Suite 12 Editors: dedication to package production
Packaging professionals will find great new functionality in the 2012 releases of Esko’s flagship editors: PackEdge, ArtPro and DeskPack. A range of innovative developments demonstrate Esko’s dedication to its customers. A good example is combi-press support, a built-in capability in Suite 12. Label printers often use hybrid workflows and combi-presses that combine two or more printing techniques (offset, digital, flexo, gravure or flexo printing) in a single machine. A Suite 12 automated workflow is now capable of handling separations tagged for a specific printing process, a unique capability which shortens prepress time-allocation for such printing process by at least 50%.
With Suite 12, Adobe Illustrator users are spoiled. One particularly interesting new feature is scripting support for DeskPack. Operations typically executed manually can now be scripted and executed by the Automation Engine 12. A new Step and Repeat tool, including the creation of production marks and control strips entirely inside Illustrator, complements DeskPack 12.
With ArtiosCAD 12, box panels of a structural design can be tagged such that the Dynamic Content tool for Adobe Illustrator identifies the panel. “Such “intelligent dielines” are a major first step in the march towards semi-automated design. A step that promises time to market savings of over 50% along with dramatically reduced waste. Esko is the only company with the range of products required to make this much requested function a reality.
“Esko once more confirms its leadership position in the packaging industry: no one covers the width and depth of our packaging solutions. We are aware of our responsibility towards thousands of users worldwide for whom our solutions are business critical. The upgrade to Suite 12 will improve their competitive strengths. The upgrade is fully included as part of their customer’s Maintenance Contract, ensuring that they continue to work with the latest and most advanced tools available in the marketplace.” Says Bernard Zwaenepoel, Senior VP Software Business at Esko.
Suite 12 will be commercially available for customers worldwide as of June 2012.
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