Esko and Scodix collaborate to streamline addition of packaging enhancements

Scodix foil, embossing and varnish applications added to Esko Studio software

Adding Scodix applications to Esko Studio software and its Visualizer module makes it easier for brands and packaging converters to prototype and present digital enhancements without the need to run them on press.

Ghent (Belgium), September 17, 2018 – Esko (www.esko.com) and Scodix (www.scodix.com) announce a collaboration to include Scodix packaging enhancement applications within the Esko Studio suite including, Scodix Foil™, Scodix Embossed Foil™, Scodix Sense™ for UV embossing and Scodix Spot™ for varnish applications. Scodix presses bring unrivalled and unique digital enhancements to printed materials for both commercial print and folding carton in a post-print process including multiple premium quality applications on one platform. Both the Scodix Ultra2 series and the Scodix E106 Digital Enhancement Press offer unmatched, high-quality capabilities, which enhance printed materials by layering polymers digitally onto printed products. These effects add value and help packaging stand out on the shelf in a highly competitive consumer market.

Esko Studio software allows designers to present and test their ideas and designs by quickly and easily turning them into beautiful high-resolution virtual 3D prototypes, which can include product enhancements such as special inks, varnishes, foils or other finishing effects. A subset of Scodix applications is now included in the Visualizer library and eliminates the need to print and manually reproduce special finishes during the prototyping and presentation stage. Print samples can now be designed and viewed on the Esko Studio Software and then printed on a Scodix Digital Enhancement Press, using real foil, without the need for molds or dies. Quantities ranging from one to thousands can be printed in a cost-effective way.

“Esko helps Scodix to digitally prototype and present their digital enhancements as part of the design process,” said Chris Rogers, Solutions Marketing Manager at Esko. “Now Scodix users can take advantage of the Studio suite and Visualizer module to render and view high value realistic 3D images containing a variety of digital enhancements.”

“Collaborating with Esko has been an extremely positive experience,” said Nigel Tracey, Head of Packaging at Scodix. “With Esko solutions touching some 90% of packaging worldwide during at least some stage of production, they are the ideal partner for us as we continually work to make Scodix production faster, easier and more cost-effective. By being able to view a photo-realistic image of the design with our digital enhancements, even under different lighting conditions or in a simulated retail environment, designers can reduce the number of prototypes they need to produce, saving time and money. We look forward to continuing our collaboration and to include even more Scodix applications within the Studio suite over time.”

About Scodix

Scodix Ltd. is a leading provider of digital print enhancement presses for the graphic arts industry, giving print service providers and converters real, measurable added value to the products they deliver to their customers. Scodix gives clients the tools they need to expand their product portfolio and stay one step ahead of the competition. Through its Scodix S Series, Scodix Ultra series and Scodix E106™ press, the company offers a range of applications including: Scodix Sense™ with exceptional tactile results for embossed effects; Scodix Foil™ utilizing all types of foil to deliver unmatched foil enhancement capabilities; Scodix Spot™ for silkscreen effects; Scodix VDP/VDE™ (with barcode) for personalization including variable foil; Scodix Metallic™ enhance print with metallic colouring; Scodix Glitter™ for a digital-glittering experience; Scodix Braille™ for short-run production; Scodix Crystals ™ replacing the manual placement of chatons; and Scodix Cast&Cure™ for 3D holographic effects. What’s more, all Scodix applications are manufactured on a single Scodix digital enhancement press.

The company’s aim is to lead print enhancement into the digital age and to be known for its passion and commitment to providing what customers need the most – true brand differentiation for today’s highly competitive printing environment.

About Esko (www.esko.com)

Packaging Connected. Esko helps its customers to make the best packaging for billions of consumers. Esko solutions touch 9 out of 10 retail packages worldwide.

The Esko portfolio supports and manages the go to market process at brand owners and the production process at packaging suppliers – such as designers, premedia, printers and converters.

– Esko Software Platform: project management, artwork creation, structural design, prepress, 3D visualization, workflow automation, quality assurance, palletization, supply chain collaboration and approval

– Enfocus: PDF preflight and workflow automation software

– MediaBeacon: digital asset management (DAM)

– Blue Software: label and artwork management

– CDI: computer-to-plate solutions for flexo and letterpress plates

– Kongsberg: digital cutting tables for sample-making and short run production

– Professional services, training and consultancy

Esko employs about 1,800 people worldwide. Headquartered in Gent (Belgium), its direct and indirect sales and service organization is in daily contact with customers all over the globe.

Esko is a Danaher company (www.danaher.com)