Esko Awarded For Print Inspection Innovation

Esko Awarded For Print Inspection Innovation

AVT iCenter from Esko is the connection between prepress and inspection. It enables users to control and deliver one standardised source of truth throughout the quality inspection set-up process. Esko has received a Silver Award at the FIAUK Awards for this print inspection innovation.

Esko received the honour in the Technical Innovation – Supplier category for its unique cloud-based platform that integrates with Esko Automation Engine and Esko AVT Helios automated inline inspection solutions for label and narrow web printing, launched worldwide in April this year. The product empowers label converters to easily manage quality and production standards across jobs, printing equipment, shifts and even sites.

‘We’re thrilled to have been recognised by the judges in this hugely competitive category,’ said Yael Cooper, Esko AVT Label Marketing Director. ‘The FIAUK awards are renowned for acknowledging outstanding commitment to the flexographic print process and we’re delighted that Esko AVT iCenter been recognised and praised for its ability to simplify the inspection job set-up process and ensure quality and consistency.’

With increasingly shorter job run lengths and lead times, today’s label suppliers face significant challenges. These are compounded by the constraints of siloed software applications and duplicating data between the prepress, inspection and production process. With AVT iCenter, quality and production standards are easily managed by converters, not only across jobs but also across different equipment, personnel working different shifts and even in a different factory location. The unique cloud-based platform integrates with Esko Automation Engine and Esko AVT Helios automated inline inspection solutions for label and narrow web printing.

‘The inspection job set-up process is manual and fragmented, leading to significant lost time in setting up the right quality level for each job before print, then waiting for supervisors to approve them,’ said Cooper. ‘At the same time, the manual process makes it challenging to control quality on the same jobs across various different operators and systems, while inaccurate or non-specific quality inspection set-up can dramatically affect production speed.

‘With Esko AVT iCenter, inspection quality standards are defined only once, then leveraged automatically to every live job, making standards – and products – consistent. 100% digitised on-press operation eliminates human error, while inspection make-ready is automated, based on machine learning and AI-based analysis,’ she said. ‘Multi-site operations are supported, ensuring consistency regardless of which facility completes the job. Operators simply type a job name or scan a barcode and iCenter retrieves and applies all standards for the job – with the entire process taking just 20-30 seconds to complete.’

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