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Esko integrates JDF workflow at flexibles plant

A full JDF workflow has been implemented by Esko at German flexible packaging specialist Leeb Folien.

The system integrates Esko BackStage and Leeb Folien’s SAP ERP with Esko’s WebCenter communications hub and on-line approval tool operated through an internet browser for collaboration between partners in the supply chain.

Roland Wallner, head of prepress at Leeb Folien, says: “We needed an on-line connection between the systems we use in sales and those in prepress. Thanks to the JDF interface between our SAP system and the prepress workflow, implemented as a pilot project by Dr Lauterbach & Partner, we no longer need to enter orders twice. That minimizes potential sources of errors and improves our ability to track an order.

“It is now possible to send order data entered by an employee during job preparation directly to the production software,” he explains. “With supply chain management, the goal is to shorten throughput times and optimize information flows.”

He adds: “We used to send PDF files to customers by email, which was very time consuming and costly. Automation has streamlined our entire work process cost effectively.”


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