Esko at Labelexpo Americas 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Press release from the issuing company
At booth 5202, Esko (www.esko.com) will participate at Labelexpo Americas 2012 (September 11-13, Chicago) with its largest presence ever. Esko will demo a range of products and services that offer tag and label printers ‘Results that make you smile’ – the company’s campaign theme launched at drupa. In addition to a host of products introduced at drupa, the company is unveiling new solutions that will be of specific interest to tag and label printers.
“Over the past year Esko has been developing a number of new prepress applications for label printers working with flexo, digital, gravure or offset. We offer an extensive array of sophisticated software tools, flexo plate imagers and finishing systems. All of our solutions have one objective: to help companies optimize costs, streamline workflows and improve quality and consistency,” remarks Mark Quinlan, President, Esko Americas. “I am confident that any visitor to our booth will find a number of solutions capable of delivering results that will make them smile.”
New product focus for label production
In a related development to PantoneLIVE, Esko recently developed an improved ink model. This is a critical component to the definition of color from the PantoneLIVE cloud. The new ink model helps to predict how PANTONE colors interact, and overprint on press. Using spectral analysis, the technology will produce an inkjet proof that shows an accurate representation of what the result of two overprinting spot colors will look like on the press.
Esko will be also be describing its ongoing efforts in remote proofing, where this technology produces the same results remotely as they do at the primary prepress site. Esko will be offering a softproofing solution first, with easy off-site calibration.
Historically, when labels are produced with hybrid printing – typically a screen or flexo press in tandem with a digital press – separate workflows are required to drive each station. That’s because each printing process requires different parameters such as inks and distortions. Esko will be introducing new automated production software that requires just one workflow to drive all the stations – with the elimination of many steps, and reduction of errors as a result.
North American premiere of latest solutions for label prepress
Featuring WebCenter 12, Automation Engine 12, Color Engine 12, Studio 12 and the version 12 editions of flagship editors ArtiosCAD, PackEdge, ArtPro and DeskPack, Suite 12 raises the bar for process integration from design to press, involving all players in the supply chain. It provides a complete answer to the challenges of a modern label preproduction workflow.
The Digital Finishing highlight of the event will be the new Kongsberg XN: a highly versatile and productive digital finishing table that can be configured easily for the widest range of applications from kiss-cutting to packaging mockups, heavy-duty milling and simple to complex flexo plate cutting with ID marking. This new table comes equipped with the impressive milling spindle MultiCUT-HP, boosting overall milling productivity. Along with the Kongsberg XN20 will be the Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto, a versatile and productive digital finishing system, perfect for all kinds of labels. Equipped with a stacker and sheet feeding system, the Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto finishes small-format, short-run digital printed materials, accepting sheets as large as 35.4" x 47.2".
Esko’s Digital Flexo Suite automates and improves plate preparation activities in the flexo plate room and reduces plate waste by at least 15% — as well as significantly reducing errors and labor. By nesting label artwork onto plates and cutting them automatically on the Kongsberg cutting table, printers save plate material and produce label artwork faster.
Esko digital flexo plate imaging: delivering label printers outstanding print quality
Esko shares its passion for label printing with strong partners throughout the show
Next to the Esko booth, DuPont Packaging Graphics (5403) and Pitman Company will display the CDI Spark 2530, showing how plates can be imaged and labels automatically cut on the Kongsberg XN. The CDI 2530 images digital flexo plates up to 25” x 30” and comes with an incorporated plate loading table and a EasyClamp II drum for easier and faster plate loading.
Esko to share its knowledge during a number of Labelexpo events
On September 13, the Digital Printing Master Class will help label and packaging converters looking to invest in digital printing for the first time. The master class will feature key industry experts who will explore the current state of the art in digital printing, analyze the primary digital printing technologies, evaluate workflow and color management and identify in- and off-line finishing options – among other topics. Jan De Roeck, Esko Director Solutions Management, will offer a presentation covering prepress solutions for cost efficient and profitable digital printing of labels and packaging.
Esko also participates in the Labelexpo technology workshops. This year’s Laser Die Cutting workshop will feature Sei Spa, Spartanics, AB Graphic International and Delta Industrial in four workshops overseen by a neutral moderator, cutting different profiles for labels. During the workshop, Esko will be receiving web-to-print and MIS data and provide the front-end design and workflow support for all participants.
Package printing is one of the fastest growing areas in the industry. New technologies in this area will be showcased in the Package Printing Zone in a dedicated area in Hall C during three daily workshops. Preceding each session, Esko will be offering insight into the design and color management considerations for digitally printed folding cartons and in-mold labels.
“Esko has always taken a leadership role teaching printers about the nuances of package and label printing,” adds Quinlan. It’s not just enough to offer exceptional solutions. We want our customers – and the industry – to make the most of the tools they have. An educated industry is more competitive and more successful, which is good for everyone.”
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