PrintVis Gives You Control Over Your Production Workflow
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.
- Quickly determine if a carton/box is in stock and issue a production order if not
- Produce more than ordered, put the remainder on inventory, invoice the ordered quantity
- Plan multiple shipments of goods on future dates on the same order. Invoice now or as shipped
- Import your die layout and display this on the shop floor screens
- Store layouts of finished goods for future use
- Manage and pick dies (house dies or customer owned) in a searchable library
- Purchase dies for special jobs and add the cost to the job costing
- Manage life cycles for dies (impression counts)
- Manage Customer-finished goods or standard box items in variations (e.g. Mint/Chamomile/Tea Tree variants of the same box size in same order)
- Manage batches of same finished good (e.g. medical industry boxes or items) and track which orders produced them
- Reruns of orders with different quantities on variations.
- Production planning with independent tools (move between machines)
- Quality assurance steps/questions to control production process with stop-function if required
- SLA and SLA reporting possibility per customer or per finished goods item if required
- Coatings and required knockouts
- Folding & Gluing
- Finishing – such as foil stamping, embossing, tip-ins, etc.
- Materials required for all of the above, inks, coatings, adhesives and more
Esko Automation Engine / ArtiosCAD Integration
One of the most exciting new developments since 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 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.
Detail of the Imposition
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.
Each imposition type stores information on sheet, or web size, number of items on actual imposition, # up, as well as a large range of other information such as bleed, trim marks, gripper and gutter distance, stock caliper and more.
Furthermore you can store information on inner formats (L x W x H) and search on this input to select the best fit imposition for any new jobs.
Of course, dies can be cataloged in PrintVis as well, to correspond with the imposition types and ensure you have the die you need in house prior to production.