Packaging and Print Specifications
Manage your specifications to save money, time and materials
Does your packaging function consist of many different packaging formats supplied by many different suppliers? This results in low order volumes, high purchasing costs, low levels of automation and high stock levels which in turn lead to obsolete stock being destroyed to varying degrees.
ManageArtworks Specifications module streamlines the creation, management and consolidation of packaging specifications. The objective is to restrict packaging diversity which has grown up historically, where packaging has often been developed as stand-alone for individual products. ManageArtworks helps in optimizing the entire packaging range rather than individual products.
What can you do with Packaging Specification Manager?
Create, revise, share, analyze and audit packaging and print specifications
Create Specifications online
Instead of recreating new specs for each product, a quick search of the online spec database can reveal specs that closely match your requirement. Reusing specs can improve cost efficiencies and reduce wastage.
Send spec sheets for review and approval through a workflow. Department users receive alerts and can request changes to the spec. Audit log shows where the approval is pending. The status moves from Draft, Approved, Effective to Obsolete. Setting an effective date as part of the workflow is a good practice.
Manage Versions and Revisions
Link and share specs to Artworks
Attach specs to the artwork process so that they can be shared with the vendors and suppliers. The artwork process includes options for vendors to download the spec when required.
Specifications which are linked to the artwork process can be queries to see where a particular spec has been used and see the impact of changing a spec. Without a central database its hard to do a ‘where-used’ search across all specifications. The same database can also identify specs which have not been used and can be trimmed from the database if required.
The database can be searched using a combination of specification parameters (supplier, dimensions, component types, etc.) to narrow down to the required spec. Similarities between specs can be seen from the search results. This can help in consolidating the specs to save cost.
With reduced number of specifications, packaging validation trials are minimized
Reduces the number of packaging machine changeovers for different types of pack, thus shortening the lead time
Fewer Component drawings will be required and it’s easier to manage