Loftware Print Server &
Loftware Label Manager 12.0

New Release Now Available

Loftware’s product team is excited to announce the release of Loftware Print Server (LPS) 12.0 and Loftware Label Manager (LLM) 12.0. Version 12.0 offers improved label design options, expanded printer support, enhanced printer management capabilities, and new integration and deployment options.

What are the major new features introduced in version 12.0?
  • Horizontal and Vertical Positioning for Variable Images, Barcodes and Human Readables represent new label design properties that offer more control and flexibility for horizontal and vertical placement. These new design properties increase design flexibility and facilitate regulatory compliance.
  • Field Name View in Design offers users a new way to view a label while designing.  This new view displays the field names and the data source for each variable object on a label. This capability facilitates data integration and data mapping by showing where data will be displayed on the label, thus improving design functionality.
  • Cross Model Printing for ZPLII, IPL, SBPL reduces the need for label configuration changes as printer inventories change. Now customers can enable labels that are designed for a named model to print to a family driver that supports the same printer language, or vice versa, print a label designed for a family driver to a named printer model that supports the same printer language. LPS 12.0 offers this for ZPLII, IPL and SBPL. This new capability provides increased flexibility and significant time savings.
  • Support for the SATO SBPL Family Driver with Cross Model Printing introduces a new, native family driver. The SBPL family driver expands the native driver options available in LPS/LLM for high speed label printing. In addition, the cross model printing functionality is offered with the family driver, as described above.
  • 64-Bit .NET Controls expand LPS’s integration capabilities by enabling customers to integrate their 64-Bit .NET applications to LPS using .NET Controls. LPS 12.0 can now seamlessly and directly integrate with these .NET applications to drive label printing.
  • Support for Microsoft Hyper-V enables the deployment of LPS in the Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Environment, expanding options for virtual environments.
  • Improved Performance for Label Scripts is achieved with a new scripting engine that offers significant performance improvements in processing scripts and printing labels. The new scripting engine supports existing scripts on labels.

Looking for more information?

If you have any questions, please contact your account executive at sales@loftware.com or call 603-766-3630 x 405 for more information.

The Digital Transformation of
Artwork Management Has Arrived

From Chaos to Calm

Managing Packaging Artwork

Packaging artwork delays have a huge impact on your time to market and your bottom line.

Many organizations are still using spreadsheets to manage an increasingly complex and collaborative process in order to get packaging artwork reviewed and approved. These unstructured manual processes can cause a host of challenges.

Some of the most common challenges include:

  • Excessive artwork revisions and versions
  • Difficulty managing unstructured data and versions
  • Lack of effective collaboration between departments and vendors
  • Insufficient control and management for regulatory compliance

To combat these challenges, many companies are turning to advanced Artwork Management Solutions as part of their overall digital transformation. 

Download the report to learn more.

 

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Packaging Artwork News

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Loftware's Blog offers subscribers all the latest and greatest industry news. Get updates on evolving packaging artwork, barcode labeling, supply chain regulations, label standards, and overall best practices all in one place. Here are just a sample of the latest posts you can find on our blog:

How Do Product and Shipping Labels Affect Brand Visibility?  
Author: Max Manikian

Retail sales models change constantly, with customers' preferences and access to online shopping methods empowering companies that sell directly to shoppers. Keeping up with these trends means more than just selling goods through a website. Companies have to routinely reassess their operations to make sure they're not missing out on opportunities to improve their competitiveness. Read the full blog.

3 Ways to Automate Your Warehouse from Top to Bottom
Author:
Allison Frank-George

Logistics optimization today is all about removing potential operational bottlenecks. A single department's failings can offset speed and efficiency improvements elsewhere in the supply chain. Warehouse management is one such potential logistical roadblock: When it's difficult to locate and retrieve goods from a warehouse, all subsequent shipping and transportation processes suffer. Read the full blog.

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Hear from our Customers

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How Swedish Match Streamlined their Artwork Management Process

Every marketer knows the packaging surrounding your product is just as important as the product itself. In the webinar Swedish Match, a leading global manufacturer and seller of tobacco products, will discuss how they are using Smartflow to streamline processes and efficiencies throughout their product lifecycle – saving them time and money.

Download this Webinar to learn more.

How Savencia Optimized Labeling in SAP to Boost Supply Chain Efficiency and Traceability

Savencia Cheese USA, the US subsidiary of Savencia Fromage & Dairy — a $5.2B global market leader in specialty cheeses — relies on a powerful web-based labeling solution that is integrated with its SAP system. The labeling solution ensures data accuracy, meets evolving customer and regulatory requirements, and quickens the time to market across its supply chain. Key stakeholders are now able to make label changes easily without IT assistance, while human error is eliminated by the automation of the data elements that are sent to printers.

Download this Webinar to learn more.

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Mastering Supply Chain Labeling: How Lindt Delivers for Millions of Chocolate Lovers with Enterprise Labeling

How does the “master Swiss Chocolatier” keep up with growing demand? By automating processes at every turn—including labeling. In this webinar, Rick Taylor, ERP Systems Analyst with Lindt USA, will share how a powerful Enterprise Labeling Solution integrated with JD Edwards drives fast, accurate, high-volume output to the tune of 40M labels a year!

Download this Webinar to learn more.

 

 

Best Practices & Tips & Tricks

Best Practices for Enterprise Labeling: Improving Printer Performance

Print performance is a critical area in many operations. Whether you are printing low volume or extremely high volume, if your system is not optimized, you are not as efficient as you should be.

There are several key areas that impact print performance:

  • System resources and server specifications: If your system does not meet Loftware’s recommended server (system) specification, the system resources could be impacted. Remember: the Loftware Print Server (LPS) and Spectrum solutions are server-based systems. Running them under specification (or) on a “workstation” machine (like: Windows 10) could have a severe impact on performance, in addition to not being tested and supported by Loftware.
  • Native Driver/fonts usage: A key distinction between Loftware and other printing solutions is our native driver development. Loftware develops our own native language drivers. This means when a print job is sent through Loftware to a printer, using a native driver, the printer’s language is used for communication. This is a critical piece in print performance, as the print steams generated natively are much smaller than using a Windows driver and speak the same language as the printer. Efficiency gained!

  • Using Printer Groups: In Loftware’s Print Server (LPS) version 11.0 the concept of print groups was developed. This allows the user to group printers for ease of use, but more importantly, system performance. Without getting too technical…the system separates the groups into individual system processes. Please refer to the LPS installation guide in 11.0 and higher for server specifications.

To learn more about improving print performance and other labeling best practices, please contact our Professional Services Group at psg@loftware.com.

 

Tech Support Tips & Tricks: Bulk Device Export/Import of Printer Devices

Loftware has added the capability to perform a bulk import of devices and device information into LPS and LLM using the Loftware Reporter Utility (LWReporter). This allows you to easily manage a large number of devices without having to individually configure each device in the LLM Device Configuration Grid. Let’s take look at how this can be accomplished.

To import information for multiple devices into LLM, you must first create a file (in XML format) that contains the ID fields and associated values for your devices. This file is created by adding devices to the LLM Device Configuration Grid and exporting the settings from LLM.

  1. Run the Command Prompt from the Loftware Labeling folder
  2. Run the following command to Export all device information: lwreporter –printers
    Note: By default, exported data is created in the Loftware Labeling\LPSReports folder. To change this location, enter -output =<location> at the end of the command.
  3. Navigate to the folder you exported the file to Loftware Labeling\LPSReports and open the printr32.xml file in a text editor
  4. To modify an existing device, change the values in the fields as needed
  5. When you have finished adding your devices and modifying fields as needed, save the printr32.xml file to the Loftware Labeling\PrinterImports folder
  6. Run the following command to validate the device information to be imported: lwreporter -importprinters
  7. If accurate, run the following command to import all device information: lwreporter -importprinters -commit
  8. The new devices are added to LPS and LLM

For other product related questions, please contact our Engineering Technical Services Team.

 

Quarterly Newsletter
September 28, 2018

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Additional Offices
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Case Study: How One Pharmaceutical Company Optimizes Labeling in SAP

Pharmaceutical Labeling Case Study

Barcode labeling is a critical component of today’s global supply chain, especially in the pharmaceutical industry. Enabling organizations to track and manage goods and ensure that the supply chain operates without disruption is imperative. Download the case study to learn how one pharmaceutical company was able to streamline labeling processes to improve efficiency and ensure label accuracy.

Download the Case Study here.

Gartner Peer Review:
Share Your Thoughts on Loftware with Your Peers

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At Loftware we value your unbiased feedback about our Enterprise Labeling Solutions. Therefore, if you haven't already, we would appreciate your participation in a brief survey through Gartner Peer Insights. In recognition of your time, the first 50 approved responses will receive a $25 US Amazon gift card (if permitted by your company).

Complete the Survey today. 

Optimize Traceability:
6 Best Practices in Packaging and Labeling to Improve Supply Chain Integrity

Back to Basics: GS1 Standards

Can you be sure your materials are sourced from a trusted supplier? If an incident occurs, how quickly and effectively can you implement a recall and identify the root issue?

As companies expand their supply chain to include new partners and new regions, they need better visibility to ensure quality and react faster to events—from fake or falsified goods to accidental incidents that impact customer safety. That’s where Enterprise Labeling and traceability come into play to essentially be that risk management solution.

Download the Report.

Loftware Smartflow: The Industry’s Most Powerful Artwork Management Solution

Loftware Smartflow

Visit the new Smartflow pages to learn how Loftware's comprehensive Artwork Management Solution streamlines packaging design and workflow by bringing accountability and structure to the process. Learn how implementing a configurable, automated solution to control complex packaging artwork throughout the product lifecycle enables real-time collaboration and optimizes workflow processes.

Learn More Today

Avoiding Total Recalls: Regulatory Labeling for the Food and Beverage Industry

Food Safety Tech 

In recent memory, no time has more effectively demonstrated the challenges facing the food and beverage industry than spring 2018. In addition to a widely publicized recall of romaine lettuce, several other companies have instituted noteworthy product recalls. Despite their necessity, food labeling and packaging regulations represent a huge challenge for food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers—and these challenges don’t exist in a vacuum.

Learn more and read the full article.

 

Media: Efficient Production - Workflow Evolves

Barcode News

Several aspects of a printed application’s production lifecycle benefit from software and automation. In digital print environments, “workflow” has a number of meanings. 

Paul Goldberg, VP of product strategy, Loftware, agrees and offers, “ultimately, a production workflow for a digital print environment has a lot of upstream flow and activities that need to be tracked and managed throughout the product lifecycle.” 

Visit DPS Magazine for more information.

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.

LabelExpo - America

The ASUG Experience for Supply Chain & Procurement

Pharma and Device Packaging and Labeling West Coast 

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