Proof sampling and prototyping

Carton leaders opting for specialized technology for precise prototyping

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Esko Artwork suite
Bangalore-based Trigon Digital’s speciality packaging business vertical focusses on offering structural design capability using a combination of software and hardware – Esko ArtiosCAD, Kongsberg Cutting table and 3D Max. The company recently bought DeskPack, ArtiosCAD and Studio 3D Visualiser software from EskoArtwork. In addition it will be using the Kongsberg XL20 cutting and creasing table from EskoArtwork for proof sampling and prototyping thus enhancing the company’s structural design capability.

Speciality packaging is a type of packaging wherein various parts or sub-parts of a product can amicably fit inside the package perfectly. This ensures that the products remain intact and secure and are made more efficient while shipping so as to accommodate more secondary cartons. The overall objective is to address the niche segment of innovative structural packaging considering the product shape, transport mode, stacking efficiency, protection and coming up with a prototype to demonstrate the same. “If input is consistent, output can be quantified. We are trying to bring in standards in terms of input so that at any point of time we are able to track the overall process and the output could be questioned and quantified,” says Vineeth Viswanathan, business head – Asia-Pacific and Europe of Trigon Digital Solutions.

Esko Automation Engine
Ansapack, a multifaceted packaging company based in Mumbai, India, in September added an Esko Automation Engine tool in order to speed up and automate its workflows and processes. Ansapack meets the demands of the pharmaceutical industry for its primary, secondary and tertiary packaging providing film, foil, folding carton and corrugated packaging materials.

Esko’s Automation Engine includes several modules that improve job management (including milestones). The QA and viewing module has extensive prepress quality control tools including functionality to compare designs and the ability to view bitmap data. This module contains automated comparison of files in all common prepress formats, images, production files and RIP data. Separations, trim and media sizes and differences between design files and production files can be checked to confirm whether all corrections have been applied.

Quantifying the benefits of the Esko Automation Engine, Gautam Agarwal, joint managing director of Ansapack says, “Process time reduction was our main aim when we invested in the Esko workflow automation tool. We upgraded our existing Esko systems and spread the prepress activity beyond secondary packaging to primary packaging as well.”

Esko ArtiosCAD and Kongsberg sample tables
It was in September 2015 that L&E India had bought Esko ArtiosCAD software and a Kongsberg V20 for its office in New Delhi. Vikas Gupta, country manager and sales director – emerging markets, L&E India, says, “It was getting difficult for us to offer our end customers various options in line with their specific needs. There’s a lead time of four to five days involved in die manufacturing. This was consuming a lot of time so we decided to buy an in-house samplemaker CAD table. We bought an Esko Kongsberg V Series model V20 along with the Esko ArtiosCAD software that offered us durability, precision and versatility.”

L&E is a packaging resource company wherein the company supplies packaging materials to global brands. The company does not own any manufacturing facility has tied up with various technology players such as ITC Packaging, MK Print Pack, Kumar Printers, PR Packaging among others. L&E India is a nominated supplier of brands such as Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, Bata, Action Shoes and Home Depot amongst others.

ArtiosCAD is the world’s most popular structural design software for packaging design. With dedicated tools specifically designed for packaging professionals for structural design, product development, virtual prototyping and manufacturing, ArtiosCAD increases productivity throughout your company. It is the ideal product for all corrugated, folding carton and POP, POS, FSDU display designers and is unrivalled in structural packaging design.

Another company, Miraj Multicolor, a leading offset folding carton converter with a state-of-the-art factory located at Sukher Industrial Area at Udaipur in Rajasthan, opted for Esko’s seamlessly integrated packaging solution of ArtiosCAD software and Kongsberg XE10 sample table. Miraj invested in the two to boost quality, consistency and enhance productivity.

KG Sharma, director of Miraj Multicolor, says, “Esko’s strong solutions for packaging prepress and their efficient sales and support structure in India are the driving factors in our decision to choose Esko as our partner. We already can feel a lot of difference in our production controls through the implementation of CAD software and Kongsberg CAM table, designed specifically for packaging. In a short span, we’ve realized why Esko is the frontrunner in packaging prepress solutions.”

Karan Talwar, regional business manager of Esko in North India, says, “Miraj is our first customer in mainland Rajasthan, excluding NCR and we are very proud of the same. The vision of Miraj Multicolor along with the able leadership of KG Sharma is definitely very positive and encouraging. I am confident that Esko’s team of packaging prepress experts will provide necessary know-how to support Miraj’s vision of growth. We’re very happy to welcome the Miraj team to the growing Esko customer base and maintain leadership status in India.”

Esko Digital Flexo solutions
Alpha Flex, a New Delhi-based prepress trade house has chosen the most advanced digital flexo solutions – Esko software and a CDI Spark 4835 imager with high resolution optics. The software includes Esko’s complete Suite 14 and Pixel Plus and the extensive hardware on the shop floor includes the Esko CDI Spark 4835 with high resolution optics and the Dupont Digiflow.

The company has now started producing digital flexo plates for labels, corrugation and flexible packaging. “Esko is among the inventors of digital flexo platemaking technology and a world leader of digital flexo prepress and high resolution platemaking. Esko’s prepress and flexo experts speed up the know-how transfer and reduce the learning curve for businesses like ours. With a complete local support team dedicated to flexography and flexographic platemaking, Esko provides high-end solutions without changing the basic technology and with Esko as a supplier to the entire packaging supply chain including brand owners means wider acceptability for our work and this helps to reach out to customers and aim for more rapid business growth,” says Ansh Bhatia and Sudhir Arora, joint managing directors of Alpha Flex.

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