This case study of a S&P 500 pharmaceuticals company is based on a July 2017 survey of Esko customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.
“Having Esko’s workflow and applications have helped in the reliability of processing artwork and platemaking, also enabling shorter turn around times and therefore increasing customer satisfaction.”
The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select Esko:
Reasons for insourcing Flexo Platemaking:
It improves uptime of their printing press
Making plates themselves is cheaper
They need faster replacement for damaged or worn-out plates
They can become independent and own the whole process
The platemaking process has simplified significantly
The key features and functionalities of Esko that the surveyed company uses:
Said they do sheet layout (step and repeat or nesting).
They outsource prepress because:
It is requested by their customers / brand owner
Termoencongibles S.A. de C.V. works with 2 – 3 tradeshop suppliers to outsource prepress.
Outsources 0 – 10% of prepress jobs.
Steps of flexo platemaking requiring further automation:
The surveyed company achieved the following results with Esko:
Business impacts of insoucing Flexo Platemaking:
The production of more jobs
Less time wasted waiting for plates
Overall cost reduction
Delivery of better service to their customers
More flexible production planning
Rating of flexo print quality produced with Esko solutions against competing printing technologies:
plate lead time: significantly better
run length: significantly better
production cost: much better
ability to produce short-runs: much better
graphic quality: better
Company Size: Medium Enterprise
Industry: Industrial Manufacturing
The Esko product portfolio supports and manages the packaging and print processes for brand owners, retailers, designers, premedia and trade shops, packaging manufacturers, and converters. For 9 out of 10 retail packages, Esko solutions are used in packaging management, asset management, artwork creation, structural design, prepress, 3D visualization, flexo plate making, workflow automation, quality assurance, sample-making, palletization, supply chain collaboration and/or the production of signage and displays.
The Esko product portfolio supports and manages the packaging and print processes for brand owners, retailers, designers, premedia and trade shops, packaging manufacturers, and converters. The Esko solutions consist of an extensive suite of software and two hardware product lines: CDI flexo computer-to-plate imagers and Kongsberg digital cutting systems, complemented with professional services, training and consultancy.