Esko has received a Bronze Award, at the European Flexographic Industry Association 2020 Awards, for its Share & Approve software.
The company won the award in the Technical Innovation – Supplier category. Launched in 2019, the Share & Approve software tool enables users to upload, share, annotate and approve packaging and labels jobs in 2D and hyper realistic 3D.
Paul Land, Esko product manager, says, “We’re thrilled with the recognition in this competitive category. The awards acknowledge outstanding commitment to the flexographic print process. We feel delighted with the praised received for its ability to simplify and significantly boost approval speeds.
“The process of securing approvals can confuse and cause production delays. We developed Share & Approve specifically for today’s high speed, and often pressured, packaging business environment. It is often hard for the approver to envision their 2D design once finished. There is no easy way to gather and interpret feedback from multiple stakeholders on a job without significant time delays impacting the project.”
Cloud-based and centralised
The company says the software solution works as a single, centralised online tool. It reduces the amount of approval iterations and shortens the time required to get the job completed. This enables brands, and their supply chains, to operate more efficiently and drive down time to market.
The software’s user interface enables upload and set up in only four clicks. It incorporates a range of packaging inspection tools for measurements, deep zooms and separations viewing, as well as barcode and braille reading. Land adds, “We now see approval loops finishing in a maximum of eight or nine days instead of a few weeks. We have also observed the number of job revisions decreasing from as many as eight or nine to just three or four with use of the software.”
Share & Approve provides a complete audit trail of operator actions and versioning. Esko says it also makes approval rates up to three times faster than traditional approval processes.
Land concludes, “As a cloud-based service, there is no IT overhead cost compared to traditional in house solutions. There is no web deployment and no servers to maintain and keep up to date. Users have no need to provide for data security and back-up scenarios. The uptime of the service is guaranteed.”