Esko introduces Release 22.03 software

Delivers on growing demand for accelerated digital transformation

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Esko delivers on growing demand for accelerated digital transformation through Release 22.03 software. Photo Esko

As the packaging industry continues to grow and adapt to the very real threats of today, supply chain volatility, labor shortages, and rising consumable and energy costs all underline that converters need to accelerate their search for increased efficiencies throughout the workflow. That’s why Esko has launched a series of innovations on 28 March 2022 to help businesses accelerate their digital transformation and unlock considerable productivity gains. 

Esko Release 22.03 includes a host of new features, such as: 

  • New – Next generation color preflight with automation engine and ArtPro+ 
  • New – Assembly instructions with ArtiosCAD, reducing assembly time by up to 20% 
  • New – Native apple silicon support for ArtPro+, Deskpack and Studio 
  • New – ArtPro+ digital edition for digital print workflows 
  • New – Improved Webcenter user experience and reporting 

“This latest software release sees a number of breakthroughs in innovation that will streamline complex workflows,” said Jan De Roeck, Esko director of Marketing, Industry Relations, and Strategy. “We are simplifying processes from structural design through to reporting analytics, ensuring process control, and advanced color software to deliver guaranteed quality and output to levels that were previously unattainable. 

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Jan De Roeck, Esko director of Marketing, Industry Relations, and Strategy. Photo Esko

“Our continued software innovations respond to the market need for more effective processes that connect workflows between presses, departments, and even between remote facilities,” said Roeck. “Many companies are now digitizing many of their processes, tasks, and workflows. We continue to support that ongoing digitization by making our solutions even more powerful, robust, yet simple to engage and user-friendly. 

“Addressing a growing need for actionable insights, this release also includes new features to enable businesses to make optimal use of data,” said Roeck. “For those organizations who are already advanced with their digital transformation, collecting more data than ever before, we are empowering them to make more with what they have.” 

New reporting tools in Automation Engine and business analytics in Webcenter help to turn that data into useful business insights that can help shape a business by identifying and untapping new efficiencies and eradicating further waste. “New additions to Webcenter, our packaging management solution, remove barriers and improve the user experience by increasing ease of use, while advanced reporting features and dynamic 3D viewing serve to better equip teams to meet today’s challenges,” said Roeck. 

“Our close relationship with customers and partners informs how we identify and respond to specific market trends,” he added. “With color accuracy and consistency being key concerns for brands – and therefore to our customers – the ability to deliver accurate color, regardless of run length or substrate, is of paramount importance to today’s packaging converters. That’s why we have introduced our next generation Color Preflight in ArtPro+ and Automation Engine. 

“Delivering a true forecast of color conversion results, and with defined tollgates ensuring color quality, it not only delivers accuracy on the press but simplifies the editing process, simplifying color matching work and speeding up the entire process,” said Roeck. “What’s more, with Esko Release 22.03 we are making some of these innovations more accessible than ever. We want to remove barriers to digital transformation and ensure that everyone is equipped with the data, analytics, and production intelligence to meet the challenges they already face today and are prepared for the emerging challenges of tomorrow. 

“That’s why, for example, our new release also features a digital edition of ArtPro+. This underlines our commitment to digital print production, enabling digital printers to benefit from our native PDF editing software and take their own steps towards getting more jobs to press through automation. Similarly, this latest release has Native Apple Silicon support for ArtPro+, DeskPack, and Studio. 

“Esko Release 22.03 delivers value right across the workflow from ideation to production, be that through protecting the integrity of a design idea from screen to pack or driving efficiencies across the process and reducing the amount of waste generated,” said Jan. “These latest updates are focused on enabling customers to enhance and improve their workflow processes, by leveraging the benefits of the cloud and accessing the latest in automation technology. 

“In the face of the disruptive market trends in the industry, we continue to work closely with our customers, listening and developing innovations that respond to demands and deliver tangible benefits,” said Jan. “This latest software release achieves this goal by enabling packaging converters to enjoy the accelerated business benefits that Esko solutions deliver.

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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