Esko, X-Rite, Pantone And Enfocus To Co-Exhibit At drupa 2024

Visitors to drupa 2024 will be the first to discover the benefits of combining the expertise and technology of Esko, X-Rite, Pantone, and Enfocus to deliver unparalleled value and operational efficiency to accelerate the go to market process for brands and their packaging supply chains. With live demonstrations on stand #A12 in hall 8B, attendees will experience the full suite of the companies’ latest hardware and software innovations.

Together these four operating companies are part of Veralto’s (NYSE: VLTO) Product Quality and Innovation segment, which helps customers safeguard everyday essentials, including protecting the food supply chain, enabling the delivery of pharmaceuticals, and ensuring product quality, freshness, and consistency. “Our ecosystem of automation and colour management solutions not only expedites the go to market process but also aligns with the sustainability objectives crucial for businesses today,” said X-Rite President Jeff McKee.

In a major evolution in software architecture, Esko will unveil sCloud, a multi-tenant cloud native platform that delivers on a new technological reality based on cloud computing, data sharing, and artificial intelligence (AI). All existing Esko applications - from ArtPro+, ArtiosCAD, and the award winning Phoenix through to Cape Pack and Automation Engine - will connect to the new platform, giving all stakeholders in the value chain 24/7 real time access to live data and identical resources, wherever in the world they reside. Moreover, Esko sCloud is an open platform supporting connectivity with partners.

Esko President, Joël Depernet, said, “We are taking our customers on a journey to the future of connected cloud based operations. We are announcing readiness of this platform at drupa with new tools already available for our customers. We are delivering a next generation solution that will see brands and their packaging supply chains achieve new levels of go to market speed and efficiency.

“Current customers can seamlessly integrate their Esko on-premise applications with the sCloud platform. This is truly a new way of working and one which represents a quantum leap in connected integrated workflows.”
Joël added, “Importantly, Esko is accelerating the entire go to market process from significantly further upstream with its new Job Onboarding innovation. With Job Onboarding, converter sales and customer service employees gain access to the same professional packaging tools as the prepress department. This creates a more streamlined and automated process speeding up the very start of the supply chain.”

Additionally, Esko will introduce the CDI Crystal ‘Quartz Edition’, adding a top of the line edition to the successful family of CDI Crystal XPS plate imaging and exposing solutions. The Quartz Edition combines the upgraded optics of the CDI Crystal with optimised Crystal Screens, introducing 2000 lpi surface structures (Q-Cells), providing another major leap forward in flexo plate imaging speed and print quality. The Quartz Edition is targeted at flexo trade shops, alongside label and flexible packaging converters, to deliver market leading flexo print quality. Existing CDI Crystal installations, built after 2021, are field upgradable.

Within the AVT family of automatic inspection systems, Esko introduces the Varnish Inspection Module for Esko AVT Helios. As an add on module to the Helios system, the Varnish Inspection Module enables viewing and inspection of varnish and coating on various printed substrates simultaneously with print inspection. This unique and patented Varnish Inspection Module detects issues such as varnish misregister, partial and full starvation simultaneously with the existing print defect detection.

X-Rite will unveil Autura Ink at drupa, a cloud based ink formulation software that is simple and easy to use for seasoned and new ink technicians alike. Leveraging the proven technology of X-Rite’s InkFormulation software, this platform streamlines all aspects of formulation, storage, approval, retrieval, and quality control for offset, flexo, gravure, and screen printing inks. With integrated BestMatch technology and the ability to better manage assortments, Autura Ink helps drive efficiency and reduce waste. Alongside this launch, X-Rite will also announce expanded capabilities for PantoneLIVE. This latest addition to the PantoneLIVE digital colour library suite, Private Library Manager, targets packaging brands striving for meticulous colour uniformity across their products and communications. With this new ability to add custom brand colours to the PantoneLIVE ecosystem, brands can leverage pure spectral values throughout the production process to reproduce brand colours on a variety of substrates using various printing technologies and ink types. Together with existing X-Rite solutions, packaging brands and their suppliers can easily and securely share colour data between formulation and quality control software, PantoneLIVE, and colour measurement devices for a truly connected workflow.

Jeff emphasised the significance of Autura Ink and PantoneLIVE Private Library Manager as pivotal cloud based enhancements for customers. “Autura Ink streamlines the entire ink management process, ensuring efficiency and precision across various printing technologies. Meanwhile, PantoneLIVE Private Library Manager offers packaging brands unparalleled colour consistency, regardless of substrate or printing method. By leveraging these cutting edge cloud based solutions alongside our existing offerings, we’re empowering our customers to foster greater collaboration and efficiency throughout their workflows, ultimately delivering superior results and driving success in the marketplace.”

The teams from Esko, X-Rite, Pantone and Enfocus invite all drupa attendees to visit a special Innovation Lab located on the stand to preview prototypes that are at advanced stages of development – including a new AI-assisted decision making tool for upstream packaging project specifications. Additionally, Pantone will be revealing a special teaser for the first time on a new digital product that will bring an innovative layer of sophistication and insights to the colour decision making process so designers can smartly craft their artwork with colours that are on trend and resonant with their target customers.

Lastly, as proud partners in drupa touchpoint packaging, both Esko and X-Rite will be prominently featured at the touchpoint packaging stand in Hall 3. Attendees can expect engaging customer presentations as part of the conference programme, along with a fully functional set-up of a virtual store utilising Esko Store Visualizer, offering visitors an immersive experience.
“With our integrated ecosystem we are empowering businesses to significantly shift gears in workflow automation, harnessing cloud technology and AI to further accelerate speed to market with vital integrated colour accuracy and consistency as part of the automated process. We look forward to meeting customers old and new to demonstrate the power of our collaboration in driving a new level of performance for the global packaging and print industry,” Joël concluded.

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