Posts Tagged ‘Esko’

  • Workflow and inkjet star in latest ‘Xtraordinary’ Print21 magazine

    The latest issue of Print21 magazine is out now, featuring Fujifilm’s Onset X-series of flatbed inkjet presses, a deep dive into workflow, a profile of IVE boss Geoff Selig, and more.

    Print21 has hit the ground running at Yaffa Media with an issue packed full of news and features you can’t afford to miss. On the cover, Fujifilm’s powerhouse Onset X3 inkjet press wowed audiences at an open house for its customer Active Display Group with its lightning speed and stunning resolution. “We found print speed at high quality will ultimately enable us to become even more competitive in a challenging market,” said Stuart Gittus, general manager of operations at ADG.

    In a nine-page workflow special, Patrick Howard examines the new PDF 2.0 and XJDF standards, and asks what they mean for printers; the feature also looks at offerings from PrintIQ, Kodak, Ricoh, Esko, EFI, and Tharstern to help automate and streamline your workflow and prepress procedures.

    Carrying on the connectivity theme, Andy McCourt plugs in to how the industry is connecting to the world, socially, culturally and economically. “We are in effect primitives in a new culture,” he writes, and urges printers to seize the opportunities modernity has to offer.

    For this issue’s People in Print profile, Geoff Selig, executive chairman of IVE Group, one of Australia’s largest printers, shares his outline for improving the working lives of IVE employees. “It’s about having an open view and awareness around elements of inclusion,” he said.

    German press giant Heidelberg is taking the hard work out of operators’ hands, gradually moving towards a “push-to-stop” system where manual intervention only happens when it’s absolutely needed, as MD Richard Timson told Patrick Howard. “Most of our presses are completely under-utilised because there’s too much fog in between the processes. You don’t need to run a press seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. If you streamline some of these processes in this way you might be able to run a single shift and make as much money,” said Timson.

    In the packaging world, digital printing is making its mark on labels with a surge in press purchases across inkjet, toner and Indigo. That’s not the only area digital is reshaping, though – the humble corrugated box is receiving a makeover thanks to massive inkjet presses from companies such as EFI and HP. Jake Nelson delves into how the digital world is impacting both sectors, one job at a time.

    All that plus installations, profiles, and important news from the coalface makes this issue of Print21 magazine your vital long-weekend read. Check it out today!

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  • Esko to expand portfolio with CAPE Systems

    Esko is set to add software solutions provider for packaging design and pallet load optimisastion, CAPE Systems, to its portfolio as it continues to evolve from being a prepress solution provider to an end-to-end supplier in the packaging world.

    CAPE Pack software

    Esko and CAPE have strong synergies between them including many common customers across the packaging market. Carsten Knudsen, president and CEO, Esko said, “It is our strategy to improve and drive profitability for our customers all the way from design to point of sale.

    “Adding CAPE’s palletisation tools to our portfolio supports our strategic goals. With CAPE, Esko receives the world’s leading and best-in-class toolkit. We’re determined to leverage the synergies this brings to our existing products and services, especially the sustainability benefits that integrating CAPE’s technology into Esko solutions should provide our customers,” said Knudsen.

    CAPE has made inroads in the retail packaging space with its software solutions. The company has offices in the US and UK, its products and staff will be integrated into Esko’s portfolio and organisation. The transaction is expected to close late September. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    Brad Leonard, CEO, CAPE said, “There could be no better future for CAPE than to join Esko, one of CAPE’s most dynamic and familiar business partners. The Esko technology and organisation are well-known to us. Joining Esko guarantees our global users continued support, development and integration. It also opens up a wide range of packaging solutions.”