GERMANY • Esko announced it will be showcasing its innovations with sister company X-Rite Pantone and subsidiaries Enfocus and MediaBeacon in Hall 8b, Stand A23. The main part of the 900 sqm (9,688 sqft) stand will consist of six areas: brands, specification and briefing; design; artwork & repro; flexo platemaking; printing and ink management; and finishing.
The brands, specification and briefing zone will include X-Rite’s Pantonelive digital color management, Esko WebCenter for project management and MediaBeacon, the digital asset management company acquired by Esko in 2015. The design area is for brand management. In the artwork and repro zone will be Esko WebCenter for online collaboration and approval on artwork, WebCenter Content Management, and ArtPro+, the new native PDF prepress editor linked to Automation Engine workflow automation software.
The flexo platemaking zone showcases a new integrated flexo imaging and exposing solution, the CDI Crystal 5080 XPS. This new flexo platemaking solution delivers impressive benefits, including a 68% reduction in operator time for platemaking; 50% reduction in operator training time; and 74% faster time to plate. The printing and ink management area presents methods of dealing with the increased complexity of mixed printing environments (digital, flexo, gravure, offset) as well as achieving color consistency across an ever-growing number of substrates and production locations. There will be information about fixed color palette (Extended Gamut) printing solutions — Esko Equinox software for Extended Gamut printing, X-Rite Inkformulation Software, Pantonelive Private Cloud, Pantonelive Rationalization Service, Colorcert, Exact Xp and Intellitrax2 — that reduce job changeover times and press downtime, produce more short run jobs per day, and reduce media waste and ink inventories. Press uptime is increased by 50%, and there’s a 34% reduction in printed waste per job changeover, the company said.
Enfocus will have its own zone featuring its software for PDF preflighting and editing and modular workflow automation, including the latest developments with Switch and Pitstop and Connect. The recently released Enfocus Appstore enables users to purchase and use apps created by other users. It will also show a number of cloud integrations for their current integrations.