Looking at cutting equipment for various applications it is almost distressing how much waste these systems still produce. However, developers are aware of this and working out how to use software to improve substrate yields.
A software-hardware partnership
Esko is best known as the industry’s top developer of software for packaging brand management, design and prepress. This is what we mostly focus on in our coverage of the company. However, Esko also sells cutting tables and bits, a market it shares in many geographies with Zünd. Both companies talk about how cutting tables can be used to manage waste more efficiently and this is an interesting take on cost control. But it takes software as well as hardware to maximise layouts so that minimal amounts of raw materials are wasted.