On its biggest-ever (900sqm) stand this drupa, with a campaign theme of "Results that Make You Smile", Esko will showcase solutions for packaging artwork, management, design and prepress, colour management, workflow automation and process integration.
Stand visitors will encounter a solution showroom incorporating Esko’s software, hardware and services portfolio. To make their drupa experience more productive, visitors can already schedule hands-on demonstrations and specific appointments with technical experts by visiting www.esko.com/drupa. Esko is located in Hall 8b, stand A23.
With the introduction of Suite 12, a major update release of Esko’s workflow software offering for the packaging, label, sign making and display industries, the focus is again on adding value for the user by introducing new productivity and efficiency benefits. This is done by close integration of all flagship tools and engines, by adding rich 3D functionality for a holistic experience and by enabling mobile collaboration and web-based packaging management workflows.
Featuring WebCenter 12, Automation Engine 12, Color Engine 12, Studio 12 and the flagship editors ArtiosCAD, PackEdge, ArtPro and DeskPack, Esko Suite 12 raises the bar for process integration from design to press involving all players in the supply chain. Suite 12 provides a complete answer to the challenges of a modern packaging preproduction workflow.
Meanwhile, Esko continues to innovate digital flexo by upgrading print quality to previously unseen levels and by streamlining all steps of the plate making process from prepress to mounting. The CDI Spark 2530 with digital Inline UV1 and the CDI Spark 4835 Auto with digital Inline UV2 will be on display next to the Digital Flexo Suite optimising the flexo plate making process. The CDI Spark 4835 Auto, equipped with a digital UV back-exposure is one of the highlights on the Esko booth. This innovative flexo plate imager integrates digital back exposure, automated loading, imaging, digital main exposure and off-loading to the processing unit.
Visitors to the stand will learn about Esko’s HD Flexo technology through an array of high quality print flexo samples from all over the world. Esko continues on its path of HD Flexo innovation with the introduction of HD Flexo Pixel+ technology. Pixel+ is an optical, electronic and screening enhancement for HD Flexo imaging to support flat top dots creation for different plate vendor flat top dots offerings like DigiCorr, DigiFlow, Lux and Next. It leads to a substantial increase in solid ink density.
Esko will preview the next generation of HD Flexo plate imaging technology at drupa 2012. In the quest for quality, the combination of smooth highlight printing and gravure-like solid ink densities for flexible packaging has remained a difficult combination. With digital main exposure built into the CDI imager (Inline UV2) in combination with innovative imaging and screening technology, Esko is now able to control the shape of different dot structures in one single plate. The result will be a superior flexo plate suitable for the highlight and the shadow or solid areas of a print job.
Esko will also highlight its Digital Finishing solutions at drupa. With four Kongsberg configurations on the stand, Esko will be showing the wide range of digital finishing applications in packaging, display and sign making. Live application demos using a wide range of materials will be run on each of the tables, including the fully automated XP44 Auto. Esko's integrated software solutions for structural design – ArtiosCAD and digital finishing workflow - i-cut Suite - will be presented as well.
The Digital Finishing highlight of the event will be the new Kongsberg XN: a highly versatile and productive digital finishing table that can be configured easily for the widest range of different applications: from kiss-cutting to packaging mockups to heavy-duty milling. This new table comes equipped with the impressive High Power Milling Spindle - boosting overall milling productivity.
Esko’s subsidiary Enfocus will feature a series of demo stations on the Esko stand, reflecting new brand identity and featuring its portfolio of software solutions, including the new Enfocus Switch 11 and Enfocus PitStop 11.
More than 30 application and technology experts will be staffing the Esko booth, prepared to provide advice and explain the possibilities offered by Esko solutions. For visitors with more specific questions, Esko's technical gurus will be available at the Genius Bar to answer questions about colour, workflow and MIS integration, packaging design, prepress and imaging technology.
Meetings, demonstrations and expert slots can be booked in advance of the show.