Netherlands-based packaging group Volkers has invested in software and hardware solutions from Esko to increase its production efficiency.
The investments, the amount of which has not been disclosed, have been made to streamline Volkers’ operation and reduce costs and cycle time.
As part of the investments, Volkers has installed various prepress software solutions, which include Automation Engine Connect, a Kongsberg X20 versatile digital finishing device and an Esko CDI Advance 4260 laser imager for direct exposure on flexo plates and sleeves.
The Automation Engine Connect is expected to streamline Volkers’ prepress editing and workflow solutions, while the Kongsberg X20 will enable the company to efficiently cut flexo plates for print cylinders.
Volkers director Rick said: “We wanted to build a bridge between our ERP system and production workflow. Automation Engine Connect was the ideal solution.
"It enables us to drive efficiency, reduce errors, shorten delivery times as well as create highly accurate cost estimation. Its ease of use and openness make integration easier to manage. We can grow automation in our business without disruption.
“Our aim was to simplify our information communications technology, increase efficiency, reduce errors and have a better overview of the entire production process. We wanted to take greater control of our operation, and Esko’s solutions have enabled us to do so.
“We are especially pleased with the ease of use and openness of Automation Engine Connect, making it easier to develop and manage integrations and to increase automation over time with minimal disruption to our operation.”
Volkers currently provides various services, ranging from design to print for retailers, brand owners and printers.
Image: Esko’s software and hardware solutions. Photo: courtesy of Esko-Graphics bvba.