EskoArtwork GRC integrates SAP ERP

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At Printpack09, Esko Artwork showed its Suite 7 software which looks at packaging prepress all-sidedly. Suite 7 does this by refining the design tools with an industrial strength workflow for the entire supply chain that links all the players in the collaborative process compromising the precision, high-resolution feedback and security. Esko’s stand was integrated with DuPonts to show the CDI digital imager which has thus far dominated digital flexo output in India. Esko in South Asia has also become very active in driving its Kongsberg samplemaker as a POP display cutting and creasing machine for corrugated and plastic substrates. It has achieved good success for this solution not only with several customers in India but also recently at Step-Media in Bangladesh.

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Meanwhile, EskoArtwork’s Global Resource Centre based in Bangalore has successfully completed the integration of SAP’s ERP (enterprise resource planning) application with EskoArtwork’s ArtiosCAD software at the Swiss based Model Group. Global Resource is instrumental in the integration, which will streamline Model Group’s multi-site operations into a unified database. CENIT AG, one of the leading global system integrators and official SAP development partner and specialist in PLM (product lifecycle management), and Dr. Lauterbach & Partner GmbH, the well known SAP business partner and supplier of ERP solutions for the packaging industry also brought their expertise to this installation.

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“Coordination of the existing multiple hardware and software capabilities in our production departments within a single database has been a challenge for us,” said Edoardo Finotti, leader of the Model Innovation and Competence Center (ICC). “We have been a satisfied customer of EskoArtwork for several years, and it became essential to invest in a solution which streamlined our complex operation,” adds Edoardo Finotti. “Since we offer packaging-design, print consultancy – related to packaging – and co-packing services, our new integrated software will be a hugely exciting development,” he added. “It makes sense to pool the resources of our supplying companies so that we have the best possible combination of packages. This complements our design and production operations as well as the needs of our client portfolio.”
For the first time, the involved parties set up a bidirectional online interface between SAP’s ERP solutions and EskoArtwork’s ArtiosCAD. As a result, SAP will directly manage all data — including meta data as well as ARD and MFG data ArtiosCAD’s native file format. Cad-X, the Active-X component of ArtiosCAD, is used in WEB and COM services which build the interface. This can help a company in achieving productivity. SAP remains the central controlling unit for general data structure and processes. (See a longer version of this article on www.packagingsouthasia.com which describes the activities of the Model Group.)

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Hell K5 gravure cylinder engraver at KGS stand sold to Singla Engravers, Sahibabad

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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