Esko and CERM Launches The World-First Integration Solution Which Automates Complex Labels

Higher customer demands and market challenges result in the development of innovative solutions for the print and packaging market. Results are particularly promising when industry leaders put their heads together to meet the customer and market demands. The strong alliance between Esko and CERM announces the world-first integrated solution on how to automate complex label production.

Accent, a packaging specialist company based in Belgium under the Asteria Labels & Packaging Group, turned to Esko

„to improve workflow efficiency with its complex labels – everything from front and back printing, hybrid labels printed with multiple printing technologies to multi-layer labels such as duo and tri-labels,” 

stated Ken Polspoel, Global Solutions Manager at Esko.

The Project in a Nutshell

Esko, the global hardware and software provider that accelerates the packaging process via digitization, gladly accepted the challenge. On a side note: 9 out of 10 global packaging has been produced by Esko‘s automated management system. On the solution development, the software provider collaborated with CERM, the leading developer of MIS software that offers smart solutions. Together, both global industry players worked on simplifying the labeling process so as to expand the product offering range of Accent. The strong partnership between Esko and CERM dates way back:

„[W]e have worked for more than a decade and on more than 100 collaborations,” 

shared Mr. Polspoel.

The Collaboration Bore Fruit

Esko‘s Automation Engine and CERM MIS integration are the keys to success for not only contributing to workflow automation of front and back printing but also enabling the efficiency and productivity savings:

“If we do a peel-off label, where previously we would have had to spend around four hours in prepress, it can now be done in less than 30 minutes,”

told Christophe Beke, Chief Technology Innovation Officer at the Asteria Group and project manager of Accent’s automation.

Since the introduction of the first automated solution on the market with the Asteria Group, it has been applied more than 10 times in businesses around the world, including Europe, Asia and the USA. Not only do the integration interfaces ease the pre-production of the standard as well as more complex labels, but they also open the door to the production of higher-end packaging. In other words, instead of splitting print files based on their print method, the label of the same product can be done in one flow which contributes to the growth of the so-called hybrid or combination printing.

What is your stance on the automated workflow of labeling? It does ensure seamless and errorless production, doesn‘t it? Tell us in the comment section below.

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