Esko, a global provider of integrated hardware and software solutions for packaging and wide format print professionals, will showcase its latest technology solutions for corrugated and point of sale (POS) converters at this year’s IndiaCorr Expo 2019, Delhi, from 5-7 September.
Recognizing that changing attitudes among consumers and businesses across India are leading to a marked increase in demand for sustainable packaging and POS solutions, Esko will showcase its Kongsberg X-20 Digital Cutting Table for corrugated, plastic and foam materials, together with ArtiosCAD 3D design software, at India’s largest and most comprehensive show for the corrugated case manufacturing industry.
Esko Regional Sales Manager Rafiq Shaikh will demonstrate on stand how the combination of the latest Esko digital cutting table with Esko software improves productivity and efficiency for corrugated and POS converters, while delivering against growing regional demands for non-plastic packaging.
“As more industries seek to enhance their sustainability credentials, packaging manufacturers are increasingly turning to corrugated cardboard as a substitute for plastic packaging,” said Rafiq. “And with this in mind, we are showcasing the Kongsberg X20 as the ideal solution for packaging converters who require more flexibility, efficiency and accuracy in operations.
“With the ability to deliver a refined final product on a variety of substrates, the X20 is easily the most versatile digital finishing device on the market,” he said. “Not only does it come with a wide range of specialty tools – offering speed, power and flexibility to handle a wide range of materials as required – but it gives the converter confidence that they can upgrade as their business grows. New tools for new materials, new applications, or more capacity for increased volume are all available upgrades, removing the need for expensive replacement models as a business expands or market trends shift.”
Rafiq added that when working as part of an Esko ecosystem of hardware and software technologies – with jobs designed through ArtiosCAD and finished with the Kongsberg X20 Cutting Table - the integrated solution helps ensure unparalleled accuracy in final products. “Our aim is to help make the design more accurate while simultaneously speeding up the process and time to market,” he said.
“Not only is ArtiosCAD the world’s most popular structural design software for packaging, but it is specifically designed to boost productivity for packaging professionals handling structural design, product development, virtual prototyping and manufacturing operations,” said Rafiq. “At a time when more converters across our region are being asked to switch substrates to remove plastic from the packaging stream, we are able to provide this ultimate toolbox to assist in the efficient design of packaging which meets all the customer’s needs while surpassing all their expectations.”
One such customer is Haresh Mehta, owner of Jayna Packaging, who was keen to voice his support of Esko at IndiaCorr. “I have been using Esko software and the Kongsberg table for the last 11 years and it has been a superb experience, helping us to make imaginative designs a reality,” he said.
“The technology is user friendly and very good for short run jobs of 200 to 300 pieces, and the accuracy and repeatability is exceptional. Of the many accomplishments that were made possible using Esko solutions, the most memorable was a boat made of corrugated board which was nominated in the Guinness Book of Records. There were more than 7,000 component parts and each one had to fit together perfectly,” he added. “More recently, we were a part of the team that successfully manufactured the famous ‘Cardboard’ café in the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, an eco-friendly and sustainable 40,000 sq ft restaurant made entirely from recycled cardboard.”
Alongside demonstrating the benefits of design and manufacturing solutions to the thousands of expected trade visitors at IndiaCorr, the Esko team will also showcase Cape palletization software. Cape enables designers to optimize primary product packaging sizes and create new case sizes in order to build efficient pallet patterns for efficient and sustainable shipping.
“This is the fifth consecutive year that Esko will attend IndiaCorr Expo,” said Rafiq, “and this year we’re coming out very strong with a holistic approach to design and manufacturing, driving improvements in speed, efficiency and accuracy”.
Esko will be exhibiting at Booth B13 in Hall No. 9 at IndiaCorr Expo 2019, held at India Expo Centre & Mart, Delhi, from 5-7 September 2019.