Manufacturers of food packaging, folding cartons, labels, wraps, displays and other commercial packaging types vary in their production methods, from offset to digital to flexo, rotogravure and more.
They share the same basic concerns as other branches of commercial printing: The need for waste reduction, cost management over raw materials, effective measurement of performance, and the maintenance of a profitable and innovative operation. All of these add up to control of your process.
Like each segment of the print industry, packaging also comes with its own unique set of concerns. Depending on the product, packaging design can involve significant engineering work to ensure fit with the production process, satisfy legal requirements regarding safety, all the while considering the aesthetics of consumer taste and product promotion.
Packaging manufacturers must also pay attention to shipping weights, environmentally friendly materials (sustainability and reusability), tensile strengths of their products, temperature sensitivity, and much more.
PrintVis understands the complex processes packaging companies follow to satisfy their customers, and the many planning hours associated with each production run.
From the estimating stage to pre-production and the many stops on the shop floor (or outside vendor) through which a folding carton or other type of package must go before finally landing on a store shelf, packaging houses understand there is very little room for error if a job is to remain profitable.
PrintVis provides quality control assurance by giving you control and insight into every stage of your production. PrintVis will make your packaging company run smarter and more efficiently, empowering your people to capture the data needed to optimize your operation, which will help you to satisfy, retain and grow your customer base. PrintVis’ functionalities are a perfect fit for the flexography industry, which dedicates most of its output to flexible packaging.
You can decide (per machine) to produce stated quantities – or to calculate the quantity you expect per full roll of substrate produced (this is especially important to large-format flexo print, such as printing the outer wraps for corrugated boxes.
Another key challenge to packaging production is the die imposition, especially when the production requires individual job items to be nested into one another for optimum use of the substrate.
Determining the proper press for a packaging run will depend on what is being manufactured. Small pharmaceutical cartons frequently have complex interior structures which make for lengthy setups at the die-cutting and folding/gluing stages. Therefore, a smaller number up on a smaller press usually makes more sense (de- pending on the order quantity, of course).
PrintVis elegantly addresses such considerations with the built-in option to upload images to the system’s Imposition Types and present the actual images on the calculation as well as in selected reports.
The imposition is fixed with the specifications given on the setup of the imposition type, and users see an actual image of the sheet layout with nested job items, rather than generic rectangles representing positions. Each imposition type stores information on sheet, or web size, number of items on the actual imposition, how many up and across, as well as a large range of other information such as bleed, trim marks, gripper and gutter distance, stock caliper and more.
You can also store information on inner formats (L x W x H) and search on this input to select the best fit imposition for any job.
Dies can be set up in PrintVis as well, to correspond with the imposition types and ensure you have the die you need in house prior to production, as well as any accompanying production notes to help overcome any difficulties of prior runs.
In packaging the estimation process must factor in specifics, such as the material type, cost and waste for areas to be glued on a carton, necessary coating knockouts for proper adhesion and much more. PrintVis offers individual fields to specify areas where glue is to be applied, as well as the number of points to glue and similar specifics that put you in control of a job before it begins.