Creo Packs Workflow Solution for Printers
The benefits of a packaging workflow solution that streamlines the step-and-repeat process can be summed up in three words - "It just works," says Scott Gilbert, prepress manager of Montage Press in Irwindale, CA. Gilbert is referring to Brisque Pack, Creo's newest development to join the Brisque workflow family.
Gilbert says using Brisque Pack has saved Montage Press valuable processing and correction time as well as network capacity. The company devotes its packaging work to video and audiocassette boxes. Brisque Pack automates time-consuming manual steps, Gilbert says, which frees the network from processing large packaging files and cuts down on the correction time "since we don't have to re-RIP 40-inch Quark Xpress files.
"If there is a problem on one package, we just re-RIP that package. Brisque Pack picks up the correct file on the fly."
Brisque Pack's RIP Once, Output Many workflow combines the reliability of the CT/LW file format with the stability of an installed base of workflow systems. "The latest version of the Brisque workflow - Version 4 - offers our packaging customers several options that were specifically designed to make them more productive and profitable," says Bob Kutschke, director of Creo packaging workflo, adding Creo built upon the original Brisque platform to penetrate the packaging market. "These Brisque Pack features deliver efficient step-and-repeat workflows within a traditional Brisque environment."
Users also like the workflow solution's flexibility of accepting output files from several popular workstations. "With Brisque Pack, an operator can use dedicated package-design workstations or less expensive Macintosh workstations, which makes more sense economically than being limited to one type of workstation," says Michael Ditchett, technical development manager of David Graphics in Sydney, Australia.
Brisque Pack's easy filing process has improved productivity at David Graphics, says Ditchett. "We timed jobs comparing [the way we used to do things versus] the new way [we do things]," says Ditchett. "What used to take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to RIP now takes two to three minutes. Brisque Pack offers flexibility to use the workflow the way its needed. It drives our ThermoFlex platesetter and Iris4PRINT proofer."