Global Inkjet Systems (GIS), a world-leading developer and supplier of industrial inkjet solutions, has announced a new collaboration with Esko, a market leader in hardware and software solutions for brands and suppliers in the packaging industry. GIS develops and supplies data-path electronics, ink-delivery systems and printing system control software to builders of industrial inkjet devices – including leading vendors of digital presses for packaging. In addition to scanning and direct-to-shape systems, GIS also has expertise in high–performance, single-pass inkjet systems offering a choice of real-time workflow, RIP and image processing engines – with support for continuous quality control managing colour stability and reproduction, print uniformity, defect compensation, and much more.
The collaboration between GIS and Esko will enable press manufacturers to develop and deploy tailored solutions to meet the needs of their customers. End-user productivity will be enhanced through streamlined, integrated and automated workflows, harnessing technologies, products and services from both companies. For example, combining Esko Digital Front End (DFE) technology with GIS Atlas software, will enable press manufacturers to design and deliver optimized solutions for each customer. These systems can then be enhanced or modified to meet changing production needs.
The Esko DFE is a turnkey solution for digital print in packaging, including brand colour management and RIPping. For more than 10 years, Esko has supplied DFEs to several leading manufacturers of digital presses, where it’s included with the press as an essential part of the workflow. With the announced collaboration, the two companies can together now offer a complete solution – from print- job creation to the optimization of print quality through precise printhead control. Additional User Interface (UI) capability is now available through the integration of both companies’ components into a combined UI that meets end-users’ requirements. Press vendors introducing new devices will benefit from reduced development time by using a ‘ready-integrated’ system for faster market readiness. Printers and converters will benefit by having more standardized and robust on-press solutions for workflow, colour and device compensation.
“Combining the packaging management, prepress automation and DFE expertise of Esko with the industrial inkjet capabilities of GIS creates a unique ecosystem for packaging and label digital printing not seen elsewhere,” said Nick Geddes, Managing Director of GIS. “Our high-speed, single-pass inkjet systems – offering very fast screening technologies and closed-loop image quality control for missing nozzle compensation and printhead density correction – fit seamlessly into the Esko workflow creating a powerful advantage for the digital print sector.”
Chuck Ravetto, VP and GM of Suppliers Business at Esko, added: “By using this integrated solution resulting from our partnership with GIS, they’ll get innovations to market faster. At the same time, packaging converters investing in digital press capacity will benefit by having more standardized and robust on-press solutions for workflow, colour management and device compensation. The combined capabilities of Esko and GIS create a level of integration that extends beyond the digital press and reduces complexity for everyone involved, driving efficiency and productivity when it’s needed most.”