20 Jun 2018

EskoArtwork and CERM customer 5Sept Etiquette wins 2009 CIPPI Award

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From Left to right: James Harvey (CIP4), Mark Wilton (Wilton & Partners), Carsten Knudsen (President and CEO of EskoArtwork) and Peter Dhondt (Business Development Manager at CERM)

 

EskoArtwork and CERM customer 5Sept Etiquette wins 2009 CIPPI Award for Small Business Process Automation Implementation of the Year

Judges applaud proactive approach, collaboration among vendors and exceptional documentation of realistic ROI and savings

EskoArtwork (www.esko.com) is proud to have supported 5Sept Etiquette to win the first place of the 2009 CIP4 International Print Production Innovation (CIPPI) Award in the category "Small Business Process Automation Implementation of the Year". 5Sept Etiquette, based in Courthézon near Avignon in the south of France, specializes in printing labels for the food, wine and healthcare industries.

EskoArtwork and CERM (www.cerm.be) jointly developed a prepress automated workflow featuring an intelligent JDF connection between EskoArtwork BackStage workflow server and the CERM MIS system for the label industry. This joint solution was first installed at 5Sept Etiquette.

 “The 5Sept Etiquette application is unique in that this is the first time we have seen this level of JDF automation being utilized in a label converting operation,” says James Harvey, Executive Director of CIP4 and the Review Panel Chair for the awards. “It was the first web-fed label printer to present an application running on JDF and it was a terrific demonstration of teamwork among two different vendors and a printer. The automation eliminated waste and enabled this company to produce an additional 9,500 jobs per year.”

The CIP4 International Print Production Innovation (CIPPI) Awards (www.cip4.org) were established in order to recognize leading printers, publishers or prepress services that have demonstrated uncommon leadership in their pursuit of process automation technology. Annually, a panel of expert judges reviews entries in a variety of categories to weigh the relative merits of each application before casting their votes.

Added value through MIS integration using JDF

5Sept Etiquette works with EskoArtwork and CERM to eliminate duplicate information entries in its separate CERM MIS and EskoArtwork BackStage production systems using a structured JDF integration. "EskoArtwork and CERM worked closely with our IT staff to define the right specifications and implement a working solution,” says Patrick Wack, President of 5Sept Etiquette. “Beyond our main focus of eliminating duplicate entries, we also wanted to make it possible to automatically create the imposition for the plates or clichés and for the die-cut. Plus we wanted to set up an automated production planning tool, capable of following production in real time."

Within six months, the JDF interface provided by EskoArtwork and CERM was functional and being used in production. 5Sept Etiquette’s production team noted an immediate and significant increase in quality and reliability. "In practical terms, we now feel like we’re using a single unified system, rather than two interconnected systems,” says Wack. “Reliability has taken a huge leap forward – incidents caused by insufficient or inaccurate job preparation have totally disappeared." 5Sept Etiquette has also noticed a dramatic reduction in paper waste and a general increase in productivity, allowing for the shorter turnaround times demanded by today’s quality-driven customers.“ As a result, even in a troubled economy, we’re actually growing our business in the high-end market," concludes Wack.

“This was a remarkable transition,” concludes Harvey. “The operation went from a somewhat chaotic and labor intensive paper-based management system to fully automated MIS/production integration, a very remarkable achievement that shows the value of JDF integration beyond commercial printing into the label converting market.”

Enfocus PitStop Pro 09 & PitStop Server 09 - available now

Enfocus Pitstop Pro 09

Enfocus releases PitStop Pro 09 and PitStop Server 09. As off September 16, 2009, the fully functional new versions of Enfocus’ industry-leading and indispensable tools for editing, checking and fixing PDF files are available for users.

PitStop Pro 09 and PitStop Server 09 include significant enhancements that streamline desktop and server-based processing of PDF files in fast-paced printing and publishing environments.

Enfocus PitStop Pro 09 is the essential Adobe Acrobat plug-in to check and fix PDF files in professional publishing environments. An extensive array of editing tools makes it easy to do last-minute corrections, both for individual objects and globally throughout the complete PDF document. The tools in PitStop Pro are completely production oriented and allow users to tackle those problems they actually experience in their workflows. The industry-standard preflight engine in PitStop Pro checks all aspects of their PDF files and pinpoints exactly where the problems are. Embedded Certified PDF technology digitally signs PDF files to ensure their quality.


Availability
   
PitStop Pro 09 is available as off September 16, 2009 in English (other languages will be available in October). Fully functional (time-limited) trial versions of PitStop Pro can be downloaded from the Enfocus website (www.enfocus.com). PitStop Pro is sold through an extensive distribution network and directly from the Enfocus website. To find a preferred reseller, go to the “Buy” section on the website.


Enfocus PitStop Pro 09 - Main New Features

Even more efficiency
Less and less time is available to check and fix incoming PDF files. PitStop Pro 09 is faster than ever before and has a user interface optimized to help you be as efficient as possible. Toolbars, menu items and panels have been streamlined and work together more smoothly as before. They can be hidden from view completely if you are working with other Adobe Acrobat functionality and re-appear in your completely customized workspace at the click of a button.

Apply document-wide changes in seconds
With PitStop Pro 09, making document-wide changes is easier and faster than ever before. The redesigned, enhanced global change engine offers many additional benefits: effortlessly save different versions of global changes with predefined settings and keep shortcuts to your favorite global changes at the top of the global change panel. Additionally: a configured global change can be run in one simple click!

The range of global changes that can be implemented throughout the document has also been dramatically extended. Even more changes are possible: tasks such as applying stamps, inserting cover pages, renumbering pages, converting all colors, fixing office generated PDF files… all done in just seconds.

Quickly and efficiently check and correct design layouts
Receiving PDF documents with incorrect page sizes, without proper trim and bleed settings or with text set in safety margins is a frequent problem. PitStop Pro 09 includes powerful design layout tools that can quickly visualize existing page boxes and safety zones. Design layouts including proper page boxes and printer marks can instantly be applied as well.

Customized workspace
PitStop Pro has grown into a powerful application with many tools, menu items, settings and panels. PitStop Pro consolidates some of these tools to focus more on how you use them in your daily work, and additionally it offers support for workspaces. Each workspace lets you configure exactly those tools and panels you want to see. Hide all PitStop user interfaces? Automatically open documents neatly aligned next to the preflight or global change panel? All these customizations are possible with the new workspaces feature.

Manage settings more consistently
PitStop Pro 09 includes a brand new preset manager that manages all presets (preflight profiles, Action Lists, global changes, workspaces, design layouts…) in the same manner. Default settings, your local presets and company wide settings on a server can now all be easily and efficiently managed. Additionally, use favorites to link to frequently used presets and quickly filter the list using a search field.

Certified PDF 2 compatibility
PitStop Pro 09 is fully compatible with the Certified PDF 2 technology that allows checking a document and embedding the preflight results in the XMP metadata for the actual file. Standard and secure digital signatures are used to enable tracking of who checked and who edited the document.

Certified PDF 2 is an Enfocus maintained, public standard that is compatible with the Ghent PDF Workgroup’s Proof of Preflight specification.

Screen's Riteapprove SE V4.02 provides greater integration and automation for Trueflow

Screen Europe Riteapprove SE

The latest version of the online job submission, remote proofing and approval solution for Trueflow SE gives users a raft of new features and improvements

Screen Europe has announced version 4.02 of Riteapprove SE, its online job submission, remote proofing and approval solution for the Trueflow SE workflow. The new version gives even greater integration with Trueflow than ever before.

Its improved job automation eliminates the need for manual intervention at key check points, allowing smoother transition of files through the workflow. Approval takes place at page level to make it easier for the user and there is a visual indication in Trueflow when a page is approved. The thumbnails of the pages now display the proofing status.

A comment feature has been added with a range of drawing tools that can be used to mark corrections. To complete the proofing process, an email notification alerts the user if the preflight check fails. There is a host of other improvements in v4.02, from extending the area image view to multi-language support.

Riteapprove SE is ideal for Trueflow users who want to add online job submission, proofing and approval to their web-to-print operations. It automates the overall production cycle, shortens the time from prepress to press and improves customer satisfaction. The system enables collaborative working, last-minute correcting and final approval of production files before they are imaged on to the plate or output to a digital press.

Unlike the conventional FTP upload method, the Riteapprove SE transfer client automatically monitors and corrects transmission errors, ensuring proper file delivery. The customer can drop files into the file transfer GUI, connect to the Riteapprove SE server, select the job, fill out a custom online form and upload. The process is very simple.

A prepress operator can easily send a request for approval with just a few clicks of the mouse from a web browser. All participants in the approval process can view the output online, add comments and approve or reject the document. This automated process frees up the production operator to work on other jobs while waiting for final approval. Riteapprove SE automatically sends approval status to Trueflow SE.

Zund launch AutoNest software

Zund AutoNest

Zund Plotting Systems (UK) Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of one of the most powerful nesting solutions on the market. Developed “in-house”, with years of market experience and customer feed back, Zund believe their AutoNest software offers unrivalled ease of use and incredible material savings.

The software comprises a compelling graphical user interface, with drag and drop functionality designed to get you working quickly and efficiently, coupled with a powerful nesting algorithm that continues to look for improvements to the nest, until YOU tell it to stop! Once you are satisfied with the result, one click to send to the cutter and you’re done!

For more information or to request your free trial copy of the software please visit the Zund AutoNest microsite.

Don’t have a Zund??? …don’t feel left out… Contact Zund for information on other machine drivers, even if they are unable to output directly to your machine you can still take advantage of the material savings Zund AutoNest will give you…. simply save the nest as a DXF format file and then import this into your current software for output.

EskoArtwork brings comprehensive packaging and design innovations to Scanpack 2009

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EskoArtwork will exhibit on stand F02:90 at Scandinavia’s largest packaging show Scanpack 2009, which is due to take place in Sweden (Goteborg), October 20 till 23. As well as presenting a range of software solutions that have been developed to help with the creation, delivery and efficiency of the packaging production process, EskoArtwork will also participate in the activities at the Design 2009 area as a member of The Packaging Arena.

"EskoArtwork has a strong expertise in the packaging industry for many years and is eager to present its newest solutions for packaging companies, brand owners and packaging design agencies at Scanpack," says David Joelsen, Business Manager Nordic, C&E Europe at EskoArtwork. "A downturn in the global economy is presenting suppliers with a changing set of opportunities as manufacturers and brand owners look for cost effective and creative ways of presenting their products on the shelves. For us, these economical circumstances make the packaging industry an extremely exciting place to be right now and we are therefore looking forward to a high interest at Scanpack 2009.”

 

Packaging solutions for a competitive edge

At their stand, EskoArtwork will demonstrate software solutions for package design, prepress, workflow automation and integration, output control, collaboration and approval. Products presented are: BackStage and WebCenter which maximize productivity and consistency in the workflow through enhanced management, centralization and control of a job and its approval cycle; the latest versions of ArtPro and PackEdge, the leading and productive editors for the pre-production of labels and packaging; DeskPack tools for Adobe® Illustrator®  and Adobe® Photoshop® ; Studio, a tool for  3D packaging design; and Visualizer, which takes graphic information of a label or package, adds information about substrates, special inks and finishes, and delivers a variety of ultra realistic moving, interactive 2D and 3D representations of the final product.

 

From front end to finishing; EskoArtwork delivers the complete package

In addition, EskoArtwork will demonstrate the Kongsberg i-XE10 die-less cutting and creasing table on the stand. The Kongsberg i-XE10 is a small, servo driven, high-speed machine for cutting packaging and sign and display materials and features the i-cut® vision system for perfect cut-to-print alignment.

Visitors will see how the Kongsberg i-XE10 system, when working with EskoArtwork’s ArtiosCAD structural design software, allows the easy transfer of files from the workstation to the Kongsberg table for cutting and creasing.

ArtiosCAD creates structural packaging designs with the ability to create 3D proofs for customers and is the ideal system to design, develop, prototype and manufacture all types of packaging including corrugated, folding carton and POP display applications. The latest version 7.4 also features the creation of designs with curved creases as part of its 3D module.

 

Discovering New Concepts at Scanpack’s Design 2009

The new Design 2009 area at Scanpack is intended to provide packaging professionals with a new meeting place where they can focus specifically on the creative and commercial side of designing packaging and meet up with graphic designers, structural designers, machine specialists, material experts, product developers and  solution providers. Next to demonstrations of products and solutions, visitors to the area will be able to attend free daily presentations to learn more about packaging design and implementation. For EskoArtwork, also a member of The Packaging Arena, Design 2009 is the ideal opportunity to demonstrate its integrated, specialized products and services for brand owners and agencies such as Visualizer, Studio and Dynamic Content.

Fujifilm announces availability of XMF v 2.1

XMF Version 2.1

Unique, cross-media workflow solution gains host of new enhancements to enhance its cross media capabilities

FUJIFILM Europe has announced the commercial availability of version 2.1 of its XMF cross-media workflow solution. With a wide range of new features, XMF v2.1 is the ideal solution for managing complex, multi-process production environments, maximising both print quality and efficiency.

XMF v2.1 boasts an array of new features for advanced performance and improved efficiency. Enhanced support for existing digital presses includes high resolution rendered and colour managed files combined with JDF job tickets to ensure data integrity and improve operational efficiency. Support for the HP Indigo 3500, 5500 and 7000 digital press has been added, further expanding XMF’s cross media functionality. A number of enhancements are also included within XMF’s JDF based imposition including the smart positioning of custom marks and the ability to dynamically add proof control strips.

John Davies, workflow business manager for FUJIFILM Europe, says: “Printers are looking to reduce costs while increasing their flexibility in order to maximise their opportunities in these difficult times. XMF delivers faster processing while providing the flexibility to move jobs between presses, either offset or digital, at the click of a mouse, which in turn helps press utilisation. Couple this with an efficient web portal delivering print ready jobs direct to the workflow to maximise production efficiency, and you have an extremely competitive advantage.”

XMF is unique in being built from the ground up around JDF and the Adobe PDF Print Engine. With Fujifilm’s image processing, imposition and intelligent automation technologies built-in, XMF improves the control of quality across multiple print processes, increasing efficiency and productivity, ensuring colour consistency and optimising print production.

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