Dutch packaging specialist bridges automation gaps with Automation Engine Connect
Ghent, Belgium - Dutch packaging specialist Volkers has increased production efficiency following its investment in software and hardware solutions from Esko.
The family-owned operation offers one-stop-shop service from design to print for retailers, brand owners and printers. It has invested in a range of technologies that streamline its operation, reducing costs and cycle time. This includes a variety of prepress software solutions from Esko most recently Automation Engine Connect, as well as a Kongsberg X20 versatile digital finishing device and an Esko CDI Advance 4260 laser imager for direct exposure on flexo plates and sleeves.
Director Rick Volkers explains, “As a genuine family business, we make an extra effort. It is what makes us different in a world that is changing faster than ever before. By changing gears in a timely fashion, we aim to continue to satisfy the needs of our customers and exceed their expectations. The challenge that faces us is to be open to new developments and to keep moving forward. To achieve that, we recognized the need to enhance and broaden our capabilities; and the Kongsberg table and Esko CDI will further augment the services we provide for everything from top brands to private labels and all our customers in between.”
Volkers was also looking to increase automation. He states, “We wanted to build a bridge between our ERP system and production workflow. Automation Engine Connect was the ideal solution. It enables us to drive efficiency, reduce errors, shorten delivery times as well as create highly accurate cost estimation. Its ease of use and openness make integration easier to manage. We can grow automation in our business without disruption.”
Volkers has streamlined workflow with Automation Engine Connect and added production flexibility with a wide range of other prepress editing and workflow solutions from Esko..
At Volkers, Esko’s Kongsberg X20 is used for efficient cutting of flexo plates to make them ready to go on print cylinders.
The Esko CDI Advance 4260 is aimed at the highest quality flexo applications, primarily in the flexible packaging and folding carton markets, with inroads into corrugated. Its larger size plates and sleeves and productivity, fits the demands of tradeshops and converters.
Volkers concludes, “Our aim was to simplify our information communications technology, increase efficiency, reduce errors and have a better overview of the entire production process. We wanted to take greater control of our operation, and Esko’s solutions have enabled us to do so. We are especially pleased with the ease of use and openness of Automation Engine Connect, making it easier to develop and manage integrations and to increase automation over time with minimal disruption to our operation.”