GSE dispensing, which produces a range of ink logistics solutions for labelling and packaging converters, has announced new Windows 10-based automation controls on its Colorsat dispensing systems and made improvements to its Ink manager software package with new reporting, scheduling, and machine connectivity features.
Maarten Hummelen, marketing director, GSE, explained: “The introduction of Windows 10-based controls in combination with the new software version mean GSE Colorsat dispensing systems can connect more easily with other machines and software packages, reducing human input and the risk of error.”
He added: “The enhanced controls feature a more compact design and fewer parts, meaning easier and more efficient maintenance, and come with at least 10 years of security updates. We have also designed a Windows 10 upgrade package so our current Colorsat equipment users can benefit from state-of-the-art controls technology.”
GSE has improved the robustness of the pneumatics in the controls, with the same pneumatic valves being common to all dispensers in the Colorsat programme. This design enables improved responsiveness for more accurate dispensing and thus greater colour accuracy.
GSE has also added integration and reporting features to its GSE Ink manager software, which is designed to help reduce ink-related wastage and for improved business planning. The latest version 5.1 offers new reports that provide more information about performance of the ink management system. The new version can create data about ink stocks when they are booked in after purchasing or returned from the press, containing easily retrievable information such as expiry date, supplier, batch code, amounts used per job, providing greater traceability of inks at every step in the process and more accurate job costings. There are options for controlling automatic conveyors, blenders and agitators and scheduling ink blending times per formula. It also comes with new grid features like filter rows, search boxes and sum lines.
GSE has also added more options, such as integrated data export, ink returns, order management, traceability and supply chain management, which makes for a more modular system that users can configure according to their needs.
Hummelen concludes: “The supply chain demands for shorter production runs, traceability and shorter lead times mean that packaging and label converters must not only drive out waste from workflows, but accelerate processes, with manual intervention limited to higher-value activities wherever possible. GSE’s software developments are focused on solving these challenges, simplifying processes and providing converters with smarter ways of achieving repeatable quality, with more flexibility.”
GSE will be demonstrating this new software at the upcoming Labelexpo Europe 2019 in September. You can find further details at www.gsedispensing.com.