|Esko begins 2013 US trade show season with presence at Graphics of the Americas and Dscoop8
Esko serves packaging, commercial, and digital
printers with a wide range of hardware and software, focusing on Suite 12,
i-cut Suite, and Kongsberg finishing systems
Miamisburg, OH (USA), January 2013 – Esko
(www.esko.com) starts off a busy 2013,
exhibiting concurrently, from February 21-23, at two events: Graphics of the
Americas and Dscoop8.
“Because of Esko’s wide range of hardware and software, we can assist digital
and package printers, as well as commercial printers who want to explore
opportunities in new business areas,” comments Mark Quinlan, President, Esko
Americas. “At Dscoop8, we look forward to meeting with managers who concentrate
on digital print. Meanwhile at Graphics of the Americas, we anticipate productive
meetings with people – from the US and Latin America – who focus on a wide
range of print challenges.”
Esko shows off its new Suite 12 packaging, sign & display and commercial
print applications, at Graphics of the Americas 2012
During Graphics of the Americas in Orlando, at booth 1135, Esko will
demonstrate a wide array of software solutions addressing artwork, management,
design and prepress, color management, workflow automation and process
integration – for commercial print, digital and packaging. Esko Suite 12 adds
value for the user by introducing new productivity and efficiency benefits.
This is done by closely integrating all flagship tools and engines, by adding
rich 3D functionality for a holistic experience, and by enabling mobile collaboration
and web-based packaging management.
Featuring WebCenter 12, Automation Engine 12, Color Engine 12, Studio 12 and
the version 12 editions of flagship editors ArtiosCAD, PackEdge, ArtPro and
DeskPack, Suite 12 raises the bar for process integration from design to press,
involving all players in the supply chain. It provides a complete answer to the
challenges of a modern label preproduction workflow.
The Digital Finishing highlight of Esko’s booth at Graphics of the Americas
will be the new Kongsberg XN: a highly versatile and productive digital
finishing system that can be configured easily for the widest range of
applications from kiss-cutting to packaging mockups, heavy-duty milling and
simple to complex flexo plate cutting with ID marking. This new system comes
equipped with the impressive milling spindle MultiCUT-HP, potentially tripling
boosting overall milling productivity.
Visitors can also learn about PantoneLIVE™ support within Esko’s workflows.
PantoneLIVE™ delivers an end-to-end color management and color communication
solution that, for the first time, addresses the needs and requirements of
every single discipline within the print supply chain. The brand manager will
see an accurate representation of on-press color early in the design process,
while converters can be assured of first-time-right color proofing and
easy-to-match color on press.
At booth 749, Esko reseller The Intermarket Group, will provide its support for
Esko products. The Intermarket Group's headquarters is located in Miami,
Florida with warehousing facilities that offer efficient and fast delivery
service to its customers in Latin America and the Caribbean. All products
represented are fully supported by Intermarket's own technical and sales staff.
Esko and PriscoDigital to team up to demonstrate a complete production
workflow at Dscoop8
At Dscoop8, for the second straight year, visitors can see a live demonstration
of a complete, practical production workflow, from design to print to cut in
adjoining Platinum Sponsor booths, Esko (#819) and PriscoDigital (#815).
PriscoDigital is both an HP Scitex ‘Graphic Specialist’ top tier dealer to
commercial printers as well as an Esko reseller, enabling PriscoDigital, the
digital division of the Prisco Group of Companies, to sell Esko’s Kongsberg
finishing systems and software solutions to commercial printers in the U.S. and
Esko and PriscoDigital will create, print and finish 3D POP/POS displays as
well as 2D samples. The digital inkjet workflow will feature an Esko i-cut
Suite front-end workflow, preparing files for print while creating cutting
instructions for the finishing system. PDF print files will travel to a Caldera
RIP before rigid materials is printed on a hybrid UV HP Scitex FB 700 Printer.
Printed sheets will be cut on an Esko Kongsberg XP 24 finishing system. The
complete solution is perfect for anyone who needs to create printed material
requiring multiple shapes and cutouts. The booth will also showcase roll to
roll printing on a hybrid UV inkjet HP Scitex FB 500 printer and the complete
Esko Suite 12 portfolio of packaging workflow solutions.
And, on booth 519, Esko partner xpedx will be running a Kongsberg i-XE10
finishing system, specifically designed for finishing small-format, prototype,
sample and short-run digital printed materials – rolls or sheets can be
processed. The Kongsberg i-XE10 can handle a maximum sheet size of 35” x 47” at
a maximum speed of 52.5 ips.
“Many companies forget that finishing is required to get a job out the door.
Esko’s finishing hardware and structural and graphic workflow software cover
all aspects of a job. Print providers can expand capabilities to new
applications making the world less rectangular with creative 3D packaging and
display projects,” remarks Eric A. Gutwillig, VP of Marketing for
PriscoDigital. “Meanwhile, you still need a good digital press. What makes the
FB series digital presses special is that as hybrid printers they are geared to
anyone who needs to expand their capabilities and create a wide range printed
materials that require multiple shapes and cutouts – from packaging comps to
i-cut Suite, a 2012 InterTech Technology Award recipient, offers sign &
display shops a complete, integrated solution to streamline workflows. i-cut
Suite components include: i-cut Preflight to handle efficient preflighting and
editing of incoming PDF files; i-cut Layout, a module for interactively
building and editing sheet layouts; and i-cut Vision Pro, to ensure that
die-less cutting contours match printed images perfectly. With i-cut Automate,
all of these functions can be automated in a single workflow, with less
operator intervention required and fewer potential manual errors.
The Kongsberg XP 24 is the world’s fastest digital finishing system, helping
turn short-run POP/POS display work into profitable, value added jobs, allowing
sign and display shops to offer their customers on-demand production with
just-in-time delivery. With a maximum working area of 87”x126” and a maximum
speed of 66” inches per second, the XP series can convert a wide range of
board, sheet and roll materials.
“There are very few shows offering live demonstrations where people can see a
complete, practical production workflow,” comments Bill Hartman, Esko Vice
President Business Development, Digital Finishing. “Esko, working together
with Prisco and its expertise with HP Scitex digital inkjet systems, has built
a complete design to print to cut demonstration at Dscoop that offers time
savings and cost solutions to HP Scitex digital printer owners. The best part
is that this is a real, profitable solution.”
About Esko (www.esko.com)
Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for packaging, sign and
display finishing, commercial printing and professional publishing. Esko
products and services help customers raise productivity, reduce time-to-market,
lower costs and expand business and improve profitability.
Esko is the worldwide market leader with software for artwork creation,
structural design, pre-production, workflow automation, quality assurance and
online collaboration. Esko solutions support and manage the packaging and print
processes at brand owners, retailers, designers and packaging manufacturers.
CDI flexo computer-to-plate imagers and Kongsberg digital finishing systems
complete the portfolio for the packaging, label, signage and display
Enfocus, with its suite of PDF tools for graphic designers and print production
professionals, is part of Esko.
Facts & numbers
Esko employs around 1200 people worldwide. Its direct sales and service
organization covers Europe, the Americas and the Asia Pacific region, completed
by a network of distribution partners in more than 50 countries.
Esko is headquartered in Gent, Belgium, and has R&D and manufacturing
facilities in five European countries, the United States, China and India.
For more information, visit www.esko.com
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