Esko and X-Rite Pantone feature connected workflow 

Esko and X-Rite Pantone have partnered to showcase how an ecosystem of automated workflow, colour management, flexo platemaking, digital printing, and print inspection tools can deliver consistent performance and accelerate business growth.

Esko and X-Rite Pantone showcase their entire range of digital workflow solutions from design through production. 

The stand highlights include Phoenix, Esko’s AI-based tool that unlocks planning and imposition productivity improvements, with a seamless interface between prepress data and production data in Esko applications.

Esko also showcases the award-winning CDI Crystal XPS 4835, utilizing UV main and back exposure to produce highly consistent digital flexo plates while minimising waste.

AVT Helios System, demonstrated at the show, automatically inspects printed labels or packages for defects and imperfections, delivering quality results and eliminating customer rejections.

The company has also brought its latest Esko Software version to Brussels. It delivers a combination of prepress editing and cloud-based workflow automation solutions, now more integrated and connected throughout the entire prepress workflow.

Esko director of marketing, industry relations and strategy Jan De Roeck said, “Visitors to our combined booth can discover how Esko and X-Rite Pantone are helping the packaging industry achieve consistent performance from concept to market.

“Using demonstrations of the latest technology, displays and expert discussions, we highlight how an end-to-end ecosystem of new colour management software and measurement solutions supports digital workflows to increase efficiency, enhance sustainability, and drive growth opportunities.”

X-Rite joined in Brussels with its eXact 2, a connected and easy-to-use handheld spectrophotometer that can measure colour across various substrates, including flexible film and paper, in a single device while verifying customer standards.

Coupled with X-Rite ColorCert Suite, the eXact 2, which works with Esko WebCenter and AVT’s Spectralab, provides printers with an overall view of print quality and colour performance in a single number score to confirm compliance with brand specifications.

Finally, Labelexpo visitors can see PantoneLIVE digital colour libraries for the creation and sharing of accurate brand colour standards that are achievable across various printing technologies and substrates.

De Roeck added, “Error and waste reduction has a direct impact on the environmental footprint of a packaging businesses. As we are all looking to protect the environment in which we live and to safeguard it for future generations, we must reduce the impact of our operations on the environment. 

“With sustainability and digitalisation fundamentally altering how the industry operates, it is imperative that today’s label and packaging companies invest in digital workflow technology that enables them to boost efficiency, reduce costs and improve their overall productivity.”

X-Rite Pantone director of print and packaging Jon-Michael McCartney commented, “The combined X-Rite Pantone and Esko ecosystem helps to streamline the design, prepress, formulation and production workflow with the sharing of packaging and colour data to reduce errors and improve reporting.

“With a digital workflow, you can eliminate on-site press approvals, clearly define and share print requirements across a global supply chain, reduce waste and rework, save resources and support sustainability goals.”

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