Geostick selects Esko and CERM to implement automated workflow for prepress
Sep 02, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Esko-Graphics bvba, a supplier of printing and finishing solutions, has announced that Geostick, a provider of label and print packaging solutions, has selected Esko and CERM to implement an automated and integrated workflow for its prepress and administration.
"With the automation now in place, we can do more work in less time. And we continue to improve our performance every day," said Cees Schouten, Geostick Technical Director. "Switching to a new MIS-system is not an easy process, as it is the heart of your entire operation. We are using Esko's prepress system to feed our digital and flexo presses. By adding Esko's Automation Engine on top and connecting it to the CERM MIS platform, we were able to bring our productivity and responsiveness to a new level."
While implementing CERM's MIS solution in its sales and order department, the company's prepress department started using Esko's Automation Engine at the same time. Schouten explained: "To start, we had to enter all available information on clients, orders and products into our systems. This took extra time and work, but as soon as the first repeat orders came in, we immediately benefited from those efforts. Our new configuration meant that these repeat jobs went directly to press without human prepress-intervention, saving time and money for both us and our customers."
After working with Esko and CERM integrated automation for more than a year, Schouten clearly highlights the main benefits: "Jobs get to the prepress department more quickly, where they are handled automatically. With less human intervention required, there are fewer mistakes. We now work very standardized which gives us an up-to-the-minute overview of our workload and allows us to better schedule and combine jobs."
Schouten added: "Before, most of our prepress team members spent 20 to 30 hours extra per month to get all the work done. By the end of last year, we managed to eliminate overtime and one of our prepress employees has taken a different position within the company, since we can handle the prepress workload with fewer people and still have capacity to take in more work."
Implementing integration to Esko Automation Engine includes having an Esko Solution Architect on site for five days - a specialized system integrator who analyses the existing situation, configures the new automated workflow and trains staff. Schouten said: "After some time of putting the system to work, we invited him back to help us further optimize it. And even though we can do small changes ourselves, it was extremely valuable spending another few days together improving the system even further."
Earlier this year, Geostick replaced its existing three HP Indigo WS6000 digital presses with three new HP Indigo WS6600 presses, enabling the company to produce its labels even faster and more efficiently. Schouten explained: "Having our integrated workflow in place also makes it easier to make investment decisions like that. As Esko and HP already have a longstanding partnership in providing Digital Front-End solutions that significantly improve workflow efficiency, we are now assured we can handle the further increase in speed and productivity that our new HP Indigo presses have to offer, in an accurate and automated way."
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