Firstan streamlines production processes with Esko to EFI Integration
Firstan Limited, Cambridge, UK, has successfully piloted a newly developed interface between Esko’s
The pilot at the leading independent pharmaceutical packaging and food packaging manufacturer comes two years after Firstan’s £7m investment in two Komori 18,000sph presses – a six-color Lithrone GLX640 and a multi-unit Lithrone GLX40RP and a Bobst Expercut die cutting blanking machine.
Firstan prides itself on its award winning in-house design and repro studio, utilising the latest production machinery. It has an optimum factory workflow and with the combination of Esko’s Automation Engine and EFI’s Radius packaging MIS solution, delivers market-leading quality and service.
The company was the first UK packaging printer to become a pressSign Offset Standard (POS) certified printer, which signifies it has the skills, equipment and knowledge to produce consistent color quality. It was also the first in the UK to achieve PS9000:2010, for the supply of pharmaceutical packaging and became ISO 14001 certified in 2012.
Firstan’s IT Manager, confirmed the value of the integration, saying,“ This integration enables us to make use of a much more automated workflow, from receipt of artwork through to step and repeat, whilst also reducing risk due to data entry error.”
Firstan’s Pre-Press Manager, adds, “We’re still in the trial stages with the pilot project, but we are confident that this solution will ultimately enable our prepress department to become fully automated. This is a massive step towards a paperless workflow that will make a huge difference for our business.”