Label Traxx advocates workflow optimisation at Xeikon Café

Label Traxx print management software system will show attendees streamlined and automated digital label workflow

 Lier, Belgium,  March 23, 2017 – Label Traxx, the expert in business management software for label converters returns for another edition of the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017 (www.xeikoncafe.com) taking place 28 to 31 March. With its Label Traxx management software system (MIS) Label Traxx will bring focus to the workflow optimisation of digital label printing.

With 20+ years on the market and consistent ownership through its entire history, Label Traxx has continuously evolved with the label printing industry and provides a single trusted system of record for capturing, managing, and analyzing data created by daily print operations. Label Traxx offers a number of tools to help label printers streamline and automate their digital label workflow, reduce overhead costs, and eliminate the bottlenecks caused by many small jobs in production. The software connects to the Xeikon digital front end using JDF (Job Definition Format) which provides consistency and reliability from job to job. Job data and artwork can be passed over to the press and toner usage information is sent back for costing.

“Our aim at the Xeikon Café is to help label converters be as efficient as possible. With digital print, the need to be streamlined is even more acute,” said Tim Hollins, Technical Print Specialist at Label Traxx. “This exhibition and conference event is a great opportunity to meet label converters from all over the world looking to optimise their digital label workflow.”

Control, grow and optimise label converting

Label Traxx MIS was built specifically for narrow web flexo and digital label printers and provides an end-to-end solution. It was designed to integrate and automate a label converter’s entire workflow from enquiry right through to management accounts. Featuring an intuitive user interface design, Label Traxx is easy to install and operate, and runs on both Mac and Windows operating systems.

Label Traxx aims to help label converters achieve their business goals through increased efficiency, improved productivity and better profitability. Attendees to the Xeikon Café can witness the Label Traxx MIS software in use as part of the technical conference program, and also view a tailored demo of the software at the Label Traxx booth.

Label Management Software Creates Zen Press Operators

Label Traxx, the leading label Print MIS solution provider has launched its third video in a series of humorous films aimed at label converter business owners and urging them to modernize and become data-driven companies. Interspersed with real customer interview excerpts, the video series has followed the journey of label converter Gabe, who has moved from a homegrown label management system to Label Traxx, a program that was designed and built specifically for the label printing industry.

The difference with this third video is that Gabe is starting to realize the benefits of his new label print MIS system and reap the rewards. In “Label Management Software Creates Zen Press Operators”, we revisit pressman Ron, who was last seen drowning in an intricate tangle of post-it notes in an attempt to stay organized. Ron has now embraced Label Traxx, is appreciating the benefits – increased efficiency, better scheduling, traceability of job assets and online tools for customers – and has a new, calmer Zen-like approach to his work. He is letting the Print MIS take the stress.

Although the delivery is comedic, the message to label converters isn’t a joke. Label Traxx MIS can make you a data-driven business and help you to achieve your business goals. Label converter businesses that thrive in this data-driven world are the ones that are working smarter, not harder. Label Traxx has worked with over 600 label converters worldwide and its industry-specific label software is designed to streamline operations and offer faster and more accurate access to business data. Experienced support personnel and trainers work with all customers to design and execute implementation plans tailored to their business.

Rob Daniels, VP Sales, Quality Tape and Label Co, GA, explains the benefits his company has seen since implementing Label Traxx at the beginning of the video: “Turnaround time for us on digital orders is roughly 3-5 days now. But before Label Traxx our lead time was around 14 days.”

“We aim to help our customers find the best way to work,” explains Label Traxx president Ken Meinhardt. “We can provide a proven route to increased efficiency, productivity and ultimately better profitability. In this digital age, if your workflow is not optimized, you are risking your competitive edge. Our aim is to make sure you are at the front of the pack.”

About Label Traxx

Label Traxx is an end-to-end print management software system designed and built specifically for the label and packaging industry. The company continues to release cutting-edge software to help label converters streamline their operations and increase profitability. Label Traxx is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has an office in the UK. To learn more visit: labeltraxx.com

Label Traxx Partners with Xeikon at Label & Print Show

Label Traxx MIS will be promoting ways to control, grow and optimise your label converting business at the Label & Print show in Birmingham on 24-25 February. The company will be exhibiting on partner Xeikon’s stand (H24) and will be demonstrating how its MIS is essential for a successful digital label business.

“The industry as a whole is pushing towards shorter runs. With higher volumes of orders than ever before, it has never been more essential to optimise your workflow and streamline your admin and operations,” explains Label Traxx commercial manager Jenny Whittle. “We work very closely on integration with other key suppliers like Xeikon. This ensures Label Traxx gives you the tools to manage your business effectively.”

Spring 2016 brings the release of Label Traxx version 8, which introduces new two-way communication directly with the Xeikon press. Previously Label Traxx would send job data and artwork files directly to the press. Now, once the job is finished, toner usage is sent back to Label Traxx. This means less data-entry, more up-time on press, and instant, accurate job costing data.

Label printers, whether conventional or digital, are invited to visit Label Traxx on Xeikon’s stand to discuss their business challenges and how Label Traxx can provide process control.

Label Traxx Version 7.2 Focuses on Integration with Strategic Partners

At Labelexpo 2015 Label Traxx MIS introduces version 7.2, with the following enhanced features:

• Estimate and order magnetic tools electronically with Rotometrics through Label Traxx
• This new version of Label Traxx can monitor a folder on your network and when a file is dropped into that folder it will load automatically into Label Traxx – for example, artwork files can be dropped into the product image, approved proofs could be dropped into the job ticket or die lines dropped into the tooling record
• Label Traxx can now pass customized digital “lead-in” and “lead-out” data to Automation Engine, which can be automatically printed at the beginning and end of a run to simplify the job of the finishing department
• New enhanced ink pricing for HP WS6800 and white plus inks to handle “can” charges
• Quote inline priming
“This is an exciting release for Label Traxx,” explains Label Traxx President Ken Meinhardt. “We have developed some great new features with our strategic partners Rotometrics, HP Indigo and Esko, that build on our goal to streamline our mutual customers’ operations as far as possible.”

Streamlining is a key theme at Label Traxx and formed the basis of its humorous “Homegrown” video campaign launched earlier this year. Label printers who want to compete will need to invest in a platform that enables them to control and manage their data internally – and share that data to their customer’s supply chain on request.

Label Traxx MIS is a modular system that includes the following features:

• Estimating for flexo, digital, letterpress, and hot foil label presses
• Contact and customer relationship management
• Job status tracking and visual scheduling
• Data collection and profitability analysis tools
• Roll tracking system for raw material inventory
• Purchasing specific to label operations
• Integrated financial modules, operating in real time
• JDF connectivity to Esko Automation Engine
• Electronic links to label-industry suppliers to automate purchasing and inventory management

Label Traxx MIS and ABG streamline digital laser finishing

Label Traxx MIS announces integration with ABG’s Digilase digital laser cutter. The project is the result of collaboration with Label Traxx customer Innovative Labeling Solutions (ILS) of Hamilton, OH, Esko and ABG International. The aim of the assignment was to speed up job changeover and increase throughput through ILS’ digital finishing department.

The integration enables the Digilase to pre-process the job in advance so that when a barcode printed on the web is scanned, the digital finisher knows which job it is running, is ready to cut the correct die line and the slitting knives are positioned automatically.

“Our digital label business has been growing fast,” explains ILS owner Jay Dollries. “We already have Label Traxx integrated with Esko’s Automation Engine which has significantly streamlined the flow from order processing to prepress and printing. However, the volume of job changes has meant that a clear bottleneck was looming in finishing. We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this project.”

Using Label Traxx’s new API module, an API (application programming interface) was created that feeds the Digilase data in realtime as production is processed. Esko’s Automation Engine creates the step and repeat of the job using data supplied by Label Traxx. There is a trigger in the file plan that runs the API. Label Traxx then creates and transfers the job data the Digilase requires via XML and generates an SVG (scalable vector graphic) file to give the laser a path to cut. The Digilase takes the vector file and plots each burst of the laser. This pre-processing means that when the printed web enters the Digilase, the job barcode is read and the laser is already prepared. Set-up time on the finishing machine is minimized.

“This was a great project to work on with ILS, Esko and ABG,” says Label Traxx President Ken Meinhardt. “Together we have solved a real issue for our mutual customer ILS and we have successfully miminized set-up time on the Digilase finishing machine. This will enable them to finish a higher volume of digital label jobs every day.”

Label Traxx’s API module is available in Version 8 of its software, which is being launched at Labelexpo in Chicago this month.

Digital Label Estimating for HP Indigo 8000 Available in Label Traxx

The up-to-date costing model for the new HP Indigo 8000 digital labels press has been incorporated into Label Traxx version 8. Label Traxx customers who have made the decision to invest will be able to generate accurate and consistent estimates immediately. Converters considering the press can also use the cost model to do estimate comparisons in advance, and analyze whether the press is a good fit for their business. The press has been previewed at Drupa and its commercial launch will be at Labelexpo in September.

HP Indigo 8000 for Label Printing

The Indigo 8000 operates at speeds up to 80m/min (262ft/min) in full color  – twice that of the popular WS6800. The digital press is constructed from two WS6800 print engines in line, with a common infeed and outfeed. In operation, the web is accelerated into the first engine which prints an entire frame, then leaves a frame blank in a ‘chequerboard’ pattern which the company calls ‘stamp and run’. The second engine prints a perfectly registered frame in the gaps, creating a continuous roll of printed labels.

Estimate Digital Label Printing Jobs

“As new technology is introduced, we keep ahead of the curve so that our customers are fully-armed as their businesses evolve,” explains Label Traxx president Ken Meinhardt. “Digital label printing is changing fast. As a partner of HP Indigo we know it’s critical that our mutual customers are able to accurately estimate jobs on their new digital presses even before they have that press onsite.”

Contact Label Traxx for more information on estimating the HP Indigo 8000 or other HP Indigo digital presses.

 

Label Traxx Label MIS Promotes Digital Workflow Tools at Domino Open House

Label Traxx MIS will be promoting ways to control, grow and optimize your digital label converting business at Domino’s first ever open house event. Domino’s Digital Printing Spectrum Event will be held at the company’s offices in Gurnee, IL on May 4th and 5th.

Along with around 40 other industry suppliers, Label Traxx will be on hand to discuss ways to manage the pace of a digital workflow – whether you are new to digital or have been invested for a while. The MIS system has a number of tools developed specifically to streamline digital workflows, including using JDF to integrate Label Traxx with prepress to automate step and repeat, generate proofs and other functions.

“We are excited to be a part of Domino’s first open house event,” explains Label Traxx sales manager Dorothy Asboth. “We have a lot of experience helping businesses to optimise their digital label workflow and we would like to extend that reach to companies investing in the new inkjet technologies. This should be a great event to reach them.”

The event also includes a number of presentations including a panel session with representatives from converters Smyth, Repacorp, International Label and Printing, McCourt Label and The Label Printers.

 

Label Traxx MIS Unveils Version 8 at Labelexpo

Label Traxx MIS will be giving an exclusive preview of its software version 8 at Labelexpo. The release will mark the launch of three eagerly-anticipated new modules, as well as a host of other new features.

“The new modules we have developed address key customer and industry demands,” explains Label Traxx President Ken Meinhardt. “We are helping our customers face the challenges of a modern business. They need instant access to accurate data in a format that is meaningful, and they need to be able to share that data with other software systems.”

Version 8 features include:

API Module
The new API module enables you to share data with many other systems that support HTTP and SOAP protocols. This integration could be a simple request of information from Label Traxx or a complicated automatic entry. The API module can be used to link to CRM systems like salesforce.com or shipping manifest and labeling software.

Dashboard
The new Dashboard module from Label Traxx will enable you to view data generated by your business in new ways. From dashboard you can monitor and manage key trends and make informed decisions about the future direction of your business.

Financial center
The Financial Centre module offers a slick solution for managing financial accounting within a multi-plant business. As mergers and acquisitions continue to trend in the packaging industry, this new module allows remote locations to send their financial data securely to a central or main location for reporting. Our new consolidated reporting features allow management to view data by location or combined as a single entity.

Xeikon integration
Label Traxx introduces new two-way communication with the Xeikon press. Previously Label Traxx would send job data and artwork files directly to the press. Now, once the job is finished, toner use is sent back to Label Traxx. This means less data-entry and more up-time on press; and provides instant, accurate job costing data.

Mexican accounting integration
The Mexican Government Tax Authority or SAT, issued extensive, detailed, and complex requirements, for electronic accounting records known as Anexo 24. Label Traxx has modified its management information system software to be fully compliant with all government requirements Including:

• Electronic government certified invoices
• All required monthly reports electronically filed
• Electronic audit reports required upon government requested
• All supporting data ready to be filed upon government request

The new Dashboard module in Label Traxx version 8 enables managers to connect to key business metrics on their mobile device [images are attached]

About Label Traxx
Label Traxx is an end-to-end management software system designed and built specifically for the label and packaging industry. The company continues to release cutting-edge software to help label converters streamline their operations and increase profitability.

Label Traxx is headquartered in Milwaukee,Wisconsin and has an office in the UK and an agent in Australia. The company can be reached at +1-414-774-9997 or www.labeltraxx.com

Randy Duhaime, Dion Label Printing

Entering the digital label market: webinar with Dion Labels

Webinar: “Don’t go digital without us”

 

Label Traxx is hosting an open webinar on Wednesday August, 10th, with customer Randy Duhaime of Dion Label, MA. Duhaime will share some of his experience and insight of building a successful digital label business. The webinar will address the common workflow challenges seen when installing a digital press. Find out what to expect and the tools you will need to meet those challenges.

When: Wednesday August 10th

What time:

USA 11:00 Eastern, 10:00 Central, 09:00 Mountain, 08:00 Pacific

Europe 16:00 London, 17:00 Berlin

Register here

Innovating with a Homegrown Label Print MIS – A Short Film by Label Traxx

Label Traxx announces the world premiere of its first short film titled: “Innovating with a Homegrown Label Print MIS”. This approximately three minute film documents the creative – and somewhat astonishing level employees will go to in managing the label converter manufacturing process with unconnected tools including but not limited to post-it notes and Excel spreadsheets.

As the entire print industry now competes in a more connected and data-driven world, the print production process has to become less reliant on instincts and more reliant on data. Your business deserves a trusted system of record that everyone – from your pressman to your sales people – relies on to make better business decisions.

In this short film, Innovating with a Homegrown Label Print MIS, we document how homegrown systems can grow into complicated, manual, and labor intensive processes that only survive due to the brute force of the people you have working for you. “We wanted to tell a story that both educated and entertained, as most label converters on homegrown or legacy/unsupported systems know they have a data management challenge. Our film slightly exaggerates the lengths people might invent in order to manage a dynamic label printing plant using the manual tools at hand.” explains Label Traxx president Ken Meinhardt.

As label converters know, the label carries their customer’s most precious cargo – their brand. Customers are taking advantage of a greater set of tools to manage their end-to-end supply chain and everywhere their brand travels. Label printers who want to compete in this everconnected ecosystem will need to invest in a platform that enables them to control and manage their data internally and share that data to their customer’s supply chain when requested.