Esko has announced the worldwide availability of ArtiosCAD Enterprise, which includes new features such as access to project designs and support files from one centralised cloud-based database, offering on-line collaboration throughout the packaging supply chain.

With ArtiosCAD Enterprise, all assets are stored in a centralised — yet private — corporate database in the cloud. The Enterprise Database Server, powered by WebCenter, provides a secure web-accessible database in the cloud and project management engine. It enables dynamic on-line collaboration between design groups, CAD and graphic designers, suppliers, brand owners and production. The ArtiosCAD Enterprise client enriches WebCenter projects with all the CAD-specific metadata, like geometry and materials, so that all details about the packaging project are captured and managed from beginning to end.

The thought of making a mistake with a file keeps people awake at night, said Kenneth Miess, Senior Packaging Engineer, Victory Packaging. If an artist is working on an older file, and it isn’t caught, printing plates could be made, sheets printed, and when you discover the graphics don’t match, you’ve run tens of thousands of sheets. Before we had ArtiosCAD Enterprise, if we manufactured an item at a local facility, we would keep the drawings on site. If we were working with a large CPG national account, we could be manufacturing locally in New York and California. Without safeguards and communication, differences could creep in, due to modifications initiated by either facility. We needed one centralized system that guaranteed only one drawing, which is what we have with ArtiosCAD Enterprise. Now, our artists and packaging engineers work with the same current and authorized online documents.

Before Stora Enso Packaging made the investment in ArtiosCAD Enterprise, each job would go through a linear approval process with every stakeholder. This potentially added weeks to the time from concept to completion. Now everyone involved can access the project immediately, said Andis Skujenieks, Baltics Sales and Marketing Manager for Stora Enso Packaging. As a result, we can handle a greater number of jobs and complete them more cost efficiently.

ArtiosCAD Enterprise provides easy to use on-line dashboards with real-time feedback about project status, due dates, samples needed and other parameters. Users can also easily search and export data to Excel spreadsheets, enabling them to create their own custom reports, with no data entry required. The search criteria can be saved for simple one-button reporting when needed. This assures instant response to current workload, project status and completed work.  

With its project management, ArtiosCAD Enterprise can store all project assets in the central database, organized in folders. From there a designated administrator can manage group responsibilities, easily distributing tasks to others, even based on the current load. Users can quickly see what tasks are allocated to their departments. Automatic email notifications/updates also can be sent to project members, suppliers or other outside agencies—for example, when a change is made.

With online web-based design request forms capturing all relevant job data, ArtiosCAD Enterprise can automate and streamline project creation and improve the communication between sales and design departments. It helps deliver quicker response time and transparency of design requests, project status, and resource load. It also reduces errors due to miscommunicated specifications.

ArtiosCAD Enterprise is a scalable solution. Single location users can increase productivity with a process-driven workflow, reducing the number of data entry points. Larger global accounts benefit from the online, secure, central database that delivers instant access to centralised corporate design assets from any location.

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