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Driving digital transformation with the Esko Digital Maturity Model

Digitizing the process by which packaging is made is the key to delivering long-term business success. Improving operational processes, lowering costs and delivering client loyalty are all vital in whatever economic environment emerges from the current global crisis.  Esko recently unveiled its Digital Maturity Model (DMM) for Packaging Suppliers, a new program supporting companies on their journey to digital transformation. The five-stage maturity model is already helping businesses achieve success by making step wise, strategically correct decisions.  […]

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Digitizing the process by which packaging is made is the key to delivering long-term business success. Improving operational processes, lowering costs and delivering client loyalty are all vital in whatever economic environment emerges from the current global crisis. 

Esko recently unveiled its Digital Maturity Model (DMM) for Packaging Suppliers, a new program supporting companies on their journey to digital transformation. The five-stage maturity model is already helping businesses achieve success by making step wise, strategically correct decisions. 

The program was developed by Esko as a result of analyzing hundreds of customers’ operations worldwide. The new whitepaper and interactive maturity assessment tool for customers presents a strategic model, to guide businesses along their entire journey to digital maturity. 

The DMM whitepaper brings expertise from hundreds of customers together to inspire print and packaging converter businesses with four strategies to drive their digital transformation journey. Using an online self-assessment tool, the first purpose of the model is to determine a customer’s current position in their journey, before then helping define how they can progress. 

To support this second objective, the whitepaper outlines four strategies to help the customer level up and discover how to: 

  • Improve productivity in individual departments and teams by adopting automation  
  • Drive efficiency gains across your entire business 
  • Increase client loyalty with improved levels of service satisfaction 
  • Enjoy increased overall profitability through a complete digital transformation 

Take the next step on your digital transformation with the DMM whitepaper 

Addressing leadership concerns and workflow steps across every area of a packaging and print business, the model enables converters to develop their own roadmap to digital maturity through continuous dialogue and analysis. 

The four digital transformation strategies are: 

  • Manage risk – firstly, the whitepaper provides guidance on managing or mitigating anticipated risks to future success. This will be especially useful for companies that identify in the first two stages of digital maturity, Reactive and Organized. 
  • Modernize – then, the whitepaper clearly details how those businesses in the Organized or Digitized stages of digital maturity can adopt a strategy of digital modernization, with a clear focus on continuous improvement. 
  • Disrupt – the whitepaper examines whether an organization’s culture  and  leadership lends itself to being able to advance two stages of the model at a time, and whether such disruptive moves can be achieved. 
  • Differentiate – finally, there is guidance and explanation of how driving one or several of the process steps to a higher stage delivers valuable competitive differentiation and advantage. 

The Esko Digital Maturity Model for Packaging Suppliers strives to help business leaders, IT managers and operations staff better understand the prevailing mentalities and behaviors across their business, and in each process workflow step at each stage of digital maturity. 

Have you taken the test yet? 

Is your company making the most of the most of new technologies such as workflow automation in the cloud, web-based collaboration and smart systems integration? Understanding where your company is today in your journey of digital transformation is the only way to successfully outline the next steps. The Esko Digital Maturity Model will help you assess your own stage of digital transformation and show you possible ways to level up! 

For more on digital transformation, and to take the free online assessment, click here

The Digital Maturity Model for Packaging Suppliers is completely free, and available to download NOW 

To view a series of recent Digital Maturity Model Webinars, just click on the links below: 

  • 1 – “Discover your digital transformation strategy in times of crisis” Click here 
  • 2 – “How to reach the connected stage of digital maturity?” Click here  
  • 3 – “Developing a clearly defined strategy for your digital transformation journey” Click here 

Source: https://www.packaginginnovation.com/esko-news/driving-digital-transformation-with-the-esko-digital-maturity-model/

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How seamless data flow from specification to printing press is the recipe for success in corrugated packaging prepress

With the continuing growth in e–commerce, new challenges for shelf-ready packaging in a changing retail landscape, a sustainability-aware consumer and a growing appetite for wide format digital printing, today’s corrugated packaging marketplace can only be described as ‘dynamic’. Against this background on the demand side, corrugated converters are left with a very profound challenge on […]

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With the continuing growth in e–commerce, new challenges for shelf-ready packaging in a changing retail landscape, a sustainability-aware consumer and a growing appetite for wide format digital printing, today’s corrugated packaging marketplace can only be described as ‘dynamic’.

Against this background on the demand side, corrugated converters are left with a very profound challenge on the supply side: how to optimize their workflow in order to best serve their customers, while also ensuring they maintain a profitable and sustainable business.

Esko believes the answer lies in digital transformation, making sure converters are empowered and able to take charge of every step of the process. To that end, Esko has developed a complete ‘Guide to Integrated Solutions for Corrugated Packaging Production’.

This informative new video demonstrates a full ecosystem of integrated solutions in action. From the Customer Experience Centre in Gent, Belgium, the Esko team demonstrates how data can flow all the way from the brand owner specification, through design and prepress production, to a virtual store, a cutting table and ultimately the shipping pallet.

Why not take the journey for yourself and be inspired? Discover how connecting steps in the workflow allows a business to become environmentally sustainable, drive profitability and to meet (and surpass) the requirements of its customers.

The short film is presented in six easy-to-digest episodes and takes in each business process.

Watch the introduction now and learn how your business could benefit from this free, complete guide to Integrated Solutions for Corrugated Packaging Production.

For more on the latest Esko innovations for Corrugated converters, don’t forget to visit the new Esko Innovation Hub, which has been designed to provide users with a unique insight to the Esko portfolio of innovations in a virtual environment. There, users can navigate around the latest integrated hardware and software solutions from Esko, in their own time, accessing insights and technical information, as well as learn new ways to boost business productivity, efficiency and profitability.


Source: https://www.packaginginnovation.com/esko-news/how-seamless-data-flow-from-specification-to-printing-press-is-the-recipe-for-success-in-corrugated-packaging-prepress/

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The importance of integrated and up-to-date software solutions cannot be overstated as we move into the ‘new normal’

Digitizing the process by which packaging is made is already key to delivering long-term business success. As we emerge from the global coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis into a ‘new normal’ with fragile supply chains, volatile demand and a changing retail landscape, the importance of improving operational processes, lowering costs and delivering client loyalty is more vital than ever. […]

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Digitizing the process by which packaging is made is already key to delivering long-term business success. As we emerge from the global coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis into a ‘new normal’ with fragile supply chains, volatile demand and a changing retail landscape, the importance of improving operational processes, lowering costs and delivering client loyalty is more vital than ever.

But it is also vital businesses remember that taking that first step on the digital journey is just that – a first step. What is just as important is ensuring that whichever integrated software and tools a business uses to digitize, automate and connect provides a better and most optimal experience for the end-user. Without their buy-in, any digital transformation scenario is bound to go south. As basic as it seems, the importance of updates, improvements and new innovations in existing digital tools cannot be overstated.

In the wake of the pandemic, Esko has doubled down on enabling businesses to continue, and even accelerate, their journey of digital transformation and to meet head-on the challenges faced both today and on the horizon. An optimal end-user experience is the key guiding principal. For example, with the latest software update release, brands and packaging converters can now access a greater range of functions that streamline processes, improve productivity and importantly add value across the entire packaging value chain.

From packaging management solutions like WebCenter to the industry leading structural design tool ArtiosCAD, the award-winning flexo software Print Control Wizard through to the recent InterTech honored ArtPro+, the Esko Software 20.1 update includes a raft of updates and innovative new features to deliver operational efficiency improvements to any user.

As the industry continues to navigate the fallout from the global pandemic, the ability to digitize, automate and connect will be crucial to businesses. To deploy the latest updates from provides benefits to the business not only in the form of greater accuracy, efficiency and consistency across a design and print workflow, but also for the end-user, the operator, the expert on the production floor. This is key to the success of any digital transformation journey.

For more information about Esko software solutions, visit the Esko Innovation Hub at innovation.esko.com.


Source: https://www.packaginginnovation.com/esko-news/the-importance-of-integrated-and-up-to-date-software-solutions-cannot-be-overstated-as-we-move-into-the-new-normal/

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Four low-cost packaging automation systems that are quick to install

As 2020 draws to a close, kicking and screaming like an overtired toddler to bed, it may be a good time to think about planning for new starts in 2021. Let’s all agree that 2021 is going to be “our year”, where only good things will happen…. If we believe it, then it must be […]

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As 2020 draws to a close, kicking and screaming like an overtired toddler to bed, it may be a good time to think about planning for new starts in 2021. Let’s all agree that 2021 is going to be “our year”, where only good things will happen…. If we believe it, then it must be so…

If you’ve been overwhelmed by demand in recent months, or you’re just looking to review costs and efficiencies, then packaging automation can help you to manage costs, increase throughput and support accelerated growth.

Here are four packaging automation systems that are quick to install, require minimal investment and can make a real difference to your business.

Automatic tape dispensers

The assembly and manual taping of boxes can take up to 60% of the overall packing time. This time can be dramatically reduced with automated tape systems, freeing up your operators to complete other tasks or, manage more packs per hour.

There are dispensers available that, at the touch of a button, dispense pre-set lengths of tape ready to use. No more wrestling with hand tape guns and applying more tape than is required.

An automatic taping machine goes a step further and physically applies the tape for you, used in conjunction with a box erector this combination of systems reduces the number of operator touches to the box considerably.

Void fill automation

If you are continually tearing material off a roll to fill voids, or pouring loose fill into boxes, then it’s time to look at a dispenser solution.

Paper void fill dispensers can be managed by foot pedals to automatically fill packs, which frees up your hands to complete the packing process. They can also be programmed to dispense the appropriate length of material for each of your pack options, which reduces the amount of overall material you use.

Airbag systems can be used to inflate bags on demand or, used with in conjunction with a hopper to ensure stock is on hand to use quickly. When fitted with sensors, hoppers automatically refill as the stock is depleted, ensuring a constant supply of airbags are available. Your operators literally have an endless supply!

Stretch wrap automation

If you are manually wrapping between 10-15 pallets per day (or more), it’s time to consider a pallet wrapper. Not only are they more economical with material application, they also free up your operators to complete other tasks. Whilst the initial outlay may seem chunky, they can typically reduce the cost to wrap each pallet by a third, as much as two thirds if you use a core-break machine. Return on investment is expected within months.

Semi or fully automated strapping systems

Hand applying strapping can take a while – there is lots of manoeuvring to line up the strapping, feed it into the tensioner tool and apply the seal. There are opportunities to speed up this process.

A friction welder still involves manually applying the strapping but, this handheld battery-operated tool quickly tensions, cuts and seals at the touch of a button.

A semi-automatic system applies the strapping for you but only after you feed the strapping around the parcel. Whilst a fully automatic system takes care of everything – just feed the item into the machine and it completes the application process for you.

If you are interested in finding out more about the benefits of packaging automation, why not contact us today?

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