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Esko, AVT, X-Rite and Pantone create a ‘Right First Time’ workflow

Esko reported that it has joined forces with Danaher 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.

The integrations are designed to preserve the digital flow of data across connected systems, addressing market demands for faster time to market and ‘Right First Time’ production in smaller lot sizes while taking cost and waste reduction into account.

A digital link between Esko’s leading packaging prepress workflow, Automation Engine, AVT press workflow, and inspection systems Helios and Argos now provides data to automatically set up a job for inspection on conventional and digital presses, as well as on rewinders.

Geert De Proost, director solutions marketing at Esko said: “Using this integration, we remove a task from the operator’s to-do list and guarantee a ‘Right First Time’ result. The impact is higher accuracy inspection, consistent usage and lower rejection rates. In addition, it simply creates 30 to 60 minutes more productive time per press shift.”

With the new bi-directional integration between X-Rite ColorCert Suite, which defines colour requirements and collects press run colour data to report on colour performance, and the AVT Spectralab in-line colour measurement device, job data is automatically sent to the spectro, which automatically sets up the job for inline colour measurement. During the run, the colour measurements are sent directly from AVT’s Spectralab to X-Rite’s ColorCert, which collects the data and builds a colour scorecard, reporting on the colour quality performance of the print run.

A digital link between Esko’s collaboration platform WebCenter, and X-Rite’s ColorCert Suite automatically populates colour-related specification fields for job creation. When the job runs on the printing press, score values return back to WebCenter to be stored and displayed centrally for true closed-loop colour control and reporting.

The integrations will be commercially available by fall 2018.

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