Loftware Smartflow Release 25.3 Now Available

Loftware Smartflow 25.3 offers a new Text Compare Module and enhancements to the Digital Asset Library overview. Smartflow’s new Text Compare Module can dramatically shorten the time required to identify and approve changes to text used in packaging artwork. The module interprets text from a variety of file types, identifies differences in text, formatting, font style or size, and provides spell check capabilities. It also evaluates human readable barcode values and provides downloadable reports.

To update to this release or learn about licensing the new Text Compare Module please contact Loftware’s Engineering Technical Support team: smartflowsupport@loftware.com.

 

Loftware Label Manager 12.1 and Loftware Print Server 12.1 Releases Coming Soon

Loftware Print Server and Loftware Label Manager (LPS/LLM) 12.1 is scheduled for Q1 2020 release. This release adds an “Application Health” port, which be used by an external proxy such as a third-party load balancer, to access the status (available or unavailable) of an LPS server in order to re-direct print jobs from an unavailable LPS server to a designated back-up server.

Stay tuned for more information about these releases. If you have any questions about Loftware Print Server or Loftware Label Manager, please contact your account representative.


 

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Drop Your Email and Spreadsheets and Get Automated

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From using spreadsheets for project management and emails for collaboration, these manual processes can wreak havoc on your time to market. Not only do these approaches limit visibility and accountability, they can be a major time drain. Download the following report and learn how best to overcome those challenges with an automated Artwork Management Solution.

Download the Report to learn more.

How to Ensure the Right Data on the Right Label at the Right

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To stay ahead of the challenges caused by labeling errors, companies must be proactive and implement a solution that minimizes manual processes while improving label consistency across the supply chain. Get your copy of our latest white paper to learn more about the full impact of labeling errors across your supply chain.

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How Are Medical Device Companies Addressing EU MDR?

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With the next major milestone for EU MDR fast approaching, many medical device companies are finding they need to make some quick decisions to address the range of issues presented by this looming deadline. Part of the challenge involves reassessing their label and packaging artwork processes to ensure compliance. Read more

 

 

EUDAMED and Labeling Requirements for MDR

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For many medical device manufacturers, there is still some uncertainty about what data needs to be submitted to the European Database on Medical Devices (EUDAMED) in order to comply with the European Union's Medical Device Regulation (MDR). There are also new label requirements, which means most manufacturers will need to make changes to account for additional label elements.

Watch the following webinar, featuring Jay Crowley of USDM, to get a better understanding of what you need to do prior to May 26, 2020.

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Making the Move from Microsoft Windows Server 2008?

January 14, 2020 marks the end of Microsoft support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008R. That means the end of Microsoft’s regular security updates, which can leave your infrastructure and applications unprotected. Loftware has resources available to help you migrate to current versions of Microsoft Server for greater security, performance and innovation.

Loftware’s Professional Services Group can perform the operating system migration for you. We understand mission-critical operations and can guide you to a successful migration. We can work shoulder-to-shoulder with you to supplement your in-house team with our expertise and train you on new functionality. And, if you are interested in migrating to Loftware Spectrum, we can help you map out a plan to make that happen.

Feel free to contact your Loftware Account representative or email support@loftware.com to learn more.

Label Designer Tips and Tricks – How to Manage “Off-Label” Fields 

Use case – “Off-Label” fields occur when a field on the label requires data modification during printing or multiple data fields need to be combined into a single field on the label. Examples of off-label fields include complex barcodes requiring multiple data elements that are not printed in other label fields. Loftware Print Server (LPS) and Loftware Label Manager (LLM) users use off-label fields when they need to reformat the data or add label logic using the Script Data source. Loftware Spectrum users can use variable content fields and business rules for data modification at print time.

In LLM\LPS, some designers handle this by adding the variable fields or scripts on the label and setting the “Printing Field” property to “No,” or by placing the field “off the label” in the design view. This non-printing field method adds unnecessary fields to the label, which can clutter the “design view.” The second option - placing fields “off the label” - can cause issues with some printer models.

Recommended Approach in LPS/LLM

Design32 in LPS/LLM offers two views: the design/label view and the print form view with a light switch icon in the toolbar that allows the designer to switch between these views. By placing the fixed or variable field on the form, users can pass the field data to the label without adding nonprinting fields on the label or placing fields off the label. Fields used for field level scripting can also be placed on the form. This provides a cleaner presentation of the label in the design view. Removing nonprinting fields from the label simplifies the label proofing and approval process because the reviewer does not have to check if a field not seen on the printed label is set to “non-printing” in design.

Recommended Approach in Loftware Spectrum 

The advances made to Label Design in Loftware Spectrum make this process much simpler for the designer with Spectrum’s more robust capabilities:

  • There is no need to toggle between the label design view and form view as both views can be displayed at the same time.
  • Spectrum offers more field options, including variable text and prompt fields that can be used in the form to input data.
  • Spectrum’s advanced business rule logic replaces the need for label field-level scripting in most cases (although field-scripting is provided in Spectrum as well). The advances in Spectrum allow logic to be used with all print request methods, unlike LPS, which requires a Loftware Connector for business logic, and only supports integrated labeling from a front end. Business rules in Spectrum can be used on-demand print, in Spectrum print applications, and all Spectrum integration methods.
  • Spectrum’s configurable business rules can replace label scripts. These rules can apply to multiple labels and are maintained in Spectrum. In contrast, in LPS/LLM, the script is stored in the label format. To reuse a script in LPS/LLM, the designer must add it to the label and all script changes must be made to each label individually.

Upcoming Conferences: Meet with Loftware Executives

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Loftware will be very active in the upcoming months sponsoring and exhibiting at a number of important events in the US and abroad. These events are great opportunities to meet with Loftware executives and team members, if you are attending please stop by our booth.

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