Esko has launched My Devices On Cloud, the latest tool developed to simplify processes and deliver value to flexo plate manufacturers by connecting all flexographic devices to the cloud.
The new tool uses IoT concepts and technology to access any CDI imager or XPS exposure unit from within the Esko Cloud, enabling users to read status and performance data directly.
Esko director of industry relations and strategic marketing said Jan De Roeck, “Instead of spending hours every day collecting, cleaning and storing production data to enable business intelligence, production managers and plate room specialists can now gain access to real-time operational data through an intuitive, cloud-hosted dashboard.”
“Plant managers and production specialists now have a single source of truth of data about their plate room equipment. It just became a lot easier to turn data into insight and information for a production manager,” added De Roeck.
With the innovation, any Esko CDI or XPS in the plate room appears as a selectable asset in the My Devices tab in the dashboard deployed on Esko Cloud.
De Roeck said, “Using the new dashboard, businesses can now forecast utilization, uncover bottlenecks in the plate room, reduce unplanned downtime and benchmark production against peers.
“Remote monitoring further enhances real-time visibility and control over the entire plate-making process, delivering not only efficiency gains and improved productivity but fewer errors and therefore less waste.”
Esko stores all critical CDI and XPS data in a secure cloud environment, which recently attained SOC Type 2 certification shortly after also achieving the international standard on information security management, ISO 27001.
According to De Roeck, cloud storage and connection allow the seamless access and transfer of plate and job-linked information throughout departmental users and across sites.
“What’s more, with all critical device settings now automatically backed up, the risk of data loss due to an unexpected event is significantly reduced, making disaster recovery easier and simplifying business continuation management,” added De Roeck.
My Devices on Cloud is available for all existing Esko customers with a premium/parts care plan, and the backend agent can be installed remotely or during a preventative maintenance intervention for CDIs already installed in the field.