From rigid to flexible, food to pharmaceutical, PrintVis understands, addresses and resolves the unique challenges of the packaging industry.
Manufacturers of food and beverage packaging, folding cartons, labels, wraps and all other commercial packaging types face multiple challenges as their clients seek ever-more creative ways to attract consumers to their product.
While the end user may frequently discard the outer packaging without a second thought, PrintVis understands the painstaking lengths to which packaging companies must go to satisfy their customers, and the many planning hours and complexities associated with each production run.
Like each niche of the print industry, packaging comes with its own unique set of concerns.
Packaging manufacturers must pay particular attention to shipping weights, environmentally-friendly materials (such as vegetable-based inks and recycled papers), tensile strengths of their products, as well as temperature sensitivity, and much more.
Otherwise, they share the same basic concerns as other branches of commercial printing: The need for waste reduction, cost management over raw materials, effective measurement of performance, and the maintenance of a profitable and innovative operation. All of these add up to control of your process.
From the estimating stage to pre-production and the many stops on the shop floor (or outside vendor) through which a folding carton or other type of package typically goes before finally landing on a store shelf, packaging houses understand there is very little room for error if a job is to remain profitable. One overlooked knockout at the UV coater can waste an entire position at the fold/glue stage, leading to potential job shortages, extra material costs, re-runs and, in such cases as the pharmaceutical industry, more serious liabilities which can threaten the very life of your packaging company. Quality control is especially important for packaging manufacturers.
Our PrintVis packaging solution is built right into Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and can act as quality control assurance from the earliest stages of the job by putting all the relevant data at the fingertips of those who need it. PrintVis will make your packaging company run smarter, more streamlined, and empower you to capture the data you need to optimize your business internally, which will help you to impress and retain your customers.
Esko Automation Engine / ArtiosCAD Integration
One of the most exciting new developments in PrintVis 2016 is our integration with the world’s most popular structural design software for packaging, Esko ArtiosCAD.
ArtiosCAD allows you to design and build 2D and 3D prototypes, layouts for optimal use of substrates and even generate dielines right within the program to eliminate file conversion errors which sometimes occur between a packaging manufacturer and its die supplier.
Packaging comprises a major segment of the commercial print industry. And now with the advent of digital, even smaller print shops can prosper with short runs of customized packaging products. Empowering our packaging customers with the use of Esko’s ArtiosCAD system is a logical step forward for PrintVis, which we have long stated is the best print MIS solution for any sub-vertical of the global printing industry.
Our Esko integration will undoubtedly develop rapidly in the coming months and years so that we can continue to provide the most robust print MIS/ERP solution to the packaging manufacturing industry.
One key challenge to packaging production is by far the die imposition, especially when the production requires individual job items to be nested into one another for optimum use of the substrate. Determining the proper press for a packaging run will depend on what is being manufactured. Small pharmaceutical cartons frequently have complex interior structures which make for lengthy setups at the die-cutting and folding/gluing stages. Therefore a smaller number up on a smaller press usually makes more sense.
PrintVis elegantly addresses such considerations with the built-in option to upload images to the system’s Imposition Types, and present the actual images on the calculation as well as in selected reports.
The imposition is fixed with the specifications given on the setup of the imposition type, and users see an actual image of the sheet layout with nested job items, rather than generic rectangles representing positions.