The Industry’s Most Powerful Enterprise Labeling Solution

FPO-web-graphicThe only all-in-one labeling solution to be delivered completely via browser-based interface, Loftware Spectrum® redefines how enterprises create, manage and print labels, enabling organizations of all sizes to seamlessly implement, deploy, maintain and scale their labeling operations across their entire global network. Available in the cloud or on-premise deployment, Spectrum is configured for your specific needs and provides a comprehensive digital platform offers unrivaled performance that ensures accuracy and consistency, while maximizing flexibility and delivering unmatched expertise, service and support.

Fast and Efficient Label Design

Spectrum offers new levels of collaboration and unprecedented control and consistency over label design. You can empower business users with the flexibility to easily create and update labels with easy to use, browser-based WYSIWYG design capabilities. This allows you to free up scarce and costly IT resources.

Advanced Workflow to Streamline Review and Approval

Automate and streamline processes throughout your organization, enabling stakeholders to gain access and manage labeling smarter, faster and more efficiently. Spectrum’s configurable workflow framework and eSignature capabilities offer new levels of visibility and control for managing labels  so you can define and manage approvals and workflow processes to eliminate bottlenecks, improve time to market and ensure compliance.

Certified Integration to Leading Enterprise Applications

Leverage existing business processes and vital data sources to drive labeling using Spectrum’s powerful integration capabilities. You can connect with any of your existing business applications to automate and streamline labeling processes. This includes pre-built certified SAP and Oracle integrations, as well as flexible web services to communicate with any data source and/or application.

Dynamic, Data Driven Labeling to Meet Evolving Demands

Streamline efforts to manage limitless label variations by dynamically changing labels based on what needs to be displayed so that you can meet evolving customer and regulatory requirements. Configurable business logic eliminates costs, associated with creating and updating label to deal with constant changes to label requirements.

Streamlined Content Management for Improved Consistency

Spectrum simplifies the label design and approval processes by providing access to robust content and digital asset management functionality. Spectrum creates time and cost efficiencies while increasing label consistency by letting you build a library of pre-approved content available for use across a global enterprise.

Empower Users to Create Custom Applications

Create browser-based applications within the Spectrum environment to manage both labeling and non-labeling related business processes. Rather than creating offline or custom applications, Spectrum enables you to design applications with drag and drop ease to make the development and maintenance of applications (often used for on demand printing) dramatically faster and easier. Applications can drive decisions based on input from users and provide a “wizard” to guide users down the appropriate path to remove any guesswork and reduce the occurrence of mislabeling.

Printing with Unrivaled Performance

Print labels in high volumes quickly and efficiently, independent of printer make and model with Spectrum. Native drivers in Spectrum enable you to print to vast amounts of labels faster than ever before, whether printing on your network, over the internet or via the cloud. Print to all leading printer models while maximizing print speed, optimizing network traffic and leveraging built-in printer capabilities. With Spectrum, there is no need to install and manage countless Windows drivers across your printer landscape.

Advanced Insight into Labeling Activities

Gain unparalleled insight with Spectrum’s Business Intelligence which offers immediate access to your data from your labeling processes and activities in a convenient, interactive and customizable format. Empower administrators with pre-defined reports presenting real time data on the status and health of labeling activities across your global enterprise.

Manage Security and Access Across Global Deployments

Ensure you have control over which users have appropriate access including privileges to all partners, vendors and suppliers that are part of your labeling processes. Spectrum’s role-based access capabilities ensure your administrators can easily manage user roles and access labeling capabilities and content. Also, audit and session management capabilities enable visibility to user access and system changes to facilitate compliance in validated environments.

Enterprise-Class Architecture for Today’s Enterprise

With the flexibility to deploy in the cloud or on-premise, Spectrum meets the needs of any organization and scales easily as your business grows. By centralizing control over global labeling, Spectrum empowers global locations, as well as external suppliers, vendors and partners to access and use standard and approved labels and data.

Flexible Deployment Options  

Transform your digital supply chain with Loftware Spectrum.  Available in the cloud or on-premise, Spectrum offers multiple configuration options to meet your unique business and budgetary needs. With a Spectrum deployment either in the cloud or on-premise, you can quickly scale your labeling operations and improve consistency and availability throughout your organization and to supply chain partners. 

Fast and Efficient Label Design

Loftware Spectrum simplifies your label design process. With powerful drag-and-drop label design capabilities accessible from any seat in the organization, users can create or modify labels quickly, reducing the time to production. Spectrum’s WYSIWYG interface and ability to include live data guarantee that your labels print as they appear on your screen. Role–based access controls provide additional security and control, helping you determine which users have access to which labels—and can even help you define who can view, edit or print down to the granularity of a level in the label.  Spectrum’s workflow management routes and tracks labels from design to approval, with full version tracking.

Spectrum’s dynamic data driven labeling enables you to create labels and manage mass label changes by allowing you to access content, symbologies and language to meet extensive levels of variability. With Spectrum’s universal label templates, you can create a single template that can drive any printer make and model. For additional control and consistency, Spectrum enables different groups or departments within an organization to own and control a portion of the real estate, by using a layer on a label, allowing relevant stakeholders to review and approve labels. Additionally, multi-label layouts offer Spectrum customers flexibility when printing by allowing labels with different content and sizes to be put together in a single layout that can be printed all at once.

 

Automate Configurable Workflow to Streamline Labeling

Spectrum provides a powerful and highly configurable workflow engine to track and manage labels through their lifecycle from initial creation to approval to publish. Extensive workflow capabilities enable you to have workflow and approval processes that adhere to your business processes. You can create multiple workflows and include users in the process as your business dictates. In addition, workflows can be configured to support an unlimited number of tasks and approvers, while allowing for eSignatures for validated environments.

Spectrum’s workflow capabilities offer the advantage of replacing outdated and time consuming manual processes with automated ones. This results in increased efficiency in label creation and approval, while also enabling consistency across processes. Spectrum allows reviewers and approvers to be notified when they need to take action, enabling them to easily approve or annotate labels with comments. You can see the status of labels as they transition between pre-defined workflow states as workflow metadata is captured for future reporting purposes.

Also, implementing compliant processes for labeling is critical in regulated industries. Spectrum’s workflow capabilities seamlessly enable users to adhere to existing processes and reduce the risk of non-compliance. Auditing at each step of the workflow provides the traceability that you need to track who does what and when. Additionally, eSignature capabilities help enable 21 CFR Part 11 label compliance by providing a formal and verifiable approval or rejection of a label.

Certified Integration to Leading Enterprise Applications

Spectrum is designed to integrate with any type of enterprise application(s) including ERP, WMS, SCM and/or PLM system while providing pre-built integration with leading players such as SAP, Oracle, JDE, Infor and many others, including custom-built applications. Whether you deploy on premise, in the cloud or both, Spectrum is designed to integrate with your enterprise applications to ensure that your label data is sourced from your sources of truth. By integrating labeling with your business applications, you leverage existing business processes and vital data sources to achieve label accuracy and consistency—while eliminating data duplication.

Loftware's flexible, certified SAP labeling solutions are specifically designed to integrate with SAP S/4HANA , SAP Business Suite on HANA, and SAP ECC. Spectrum integrates directly to SAP’s output management and provides certified integration via Adobe Interactive Forms, Smart Forms, Remote Function Call (RFC) and RDI. As the only Enterprise Labeling solution on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, Spectrum offers seamless integration with Oracle Cloud applications while providing OVI certified integration to Oracle E-Business Suite including Oracle WMS and MSCA.

Spectrum’s REST and SOAP Web Services allow you to integrate with any application(s) used for your organization’s label data and printing. Using Spectrum’s event-based integration further extends your labeling processes by leveraging Java Message Service (JMS) allowing Spectrum to both publish and subscribe to events from external applications.

Dynamic, Data-Driven Labeling to Meet Evolving Demands

Spectrum enables you to automate your labeling processes and support increasingly complex requirements by using flexible business logic that is designed to manage variability in labeling. Spectrum’s configurable business rules allow business users to address changes and new requirements without having to build custom logic in the enterprise applications that often provide required label data. With Loftware Spectrum, you can leverage the data from your systems of record and configure rules that dynamically change label content based on that data. This streamlines label formatting and printing so you can easily manage regional, language, regulatory and customer specific requirements. And, changes and updates can be made by business users in hours or days rather than months so that requirements can be met in a timely fashion.

Business rules can execute logic such as gathering data for a label, selecting a device for a label, or determining the information that needs to be printed on a label. You decide what rules and decisions need to be made based on your data and your processes. Sample business rule components are available as a starting point and previously created business rules can be reused, enabling business users to quickly build and adapt business logic as necessary for their labeling applications and processes. Configurable business logic also reduces the number of labels you need to manage since dynamic changes can be made to fewer templates rather than making new templates for every variation of a label.

Spectrum offers a Business Rules Configurator to provide a user friendly, drag and drop interface that empowers non-technical business users to implement business logic to greatly streamline the process of creating, updating, and reusing Spectrum’s powerful business rules. Additionally, Spectrum offers powerful workflow and versioning capabilities that streamline the approval and application of business rules.

Streamlined Content Management for Improved Efficiencies

Spectrum’s powerful content management capabilities support your labeling processes and activities, offering you with a consolidated source of label content to complement integrated label data. By providing robust content and digital asset management, Spectrum allows you to store and manage data and images used for labeling that may currently reside in external spreadsheets or custom-built databases. Spectrum is designed to optimize your printing for labels that include real-time data from integrated applications alongside data and images you store within its content management repository.

Examples of content that can be stored, accessed and managed in Spectrum includes images, phrases, translations, artwork, or standard text/copy. You can route your content through workflows, manage versions/changes, or store them with configurable metadata. You can guarantee that you have the latest content and can easily reference it based on parameters that you define. Spectrum’s content management lets you know whether an item has been formally approved, by whom and when, as well as where it is used. For example, if a company logo needs to be replaced, Spectrum can help you identify which labels use that logo and need to be updated.

Spectrum’s content management allows you to store PDFs or images of printed labels that can serve as a digital twin of the labels that are printed. These PDFs and images can be used as a digital record you can use for traceability, audits or first article inspection purposes.

Empower Users to Create Custom Applications

When business users own the label design process, they can easily support last minute changes to labeling requirements without requiring service from IT and with Spectrum you can extend design capabilities to anyone. This enables you to reduce time and cost in the labeling process. Spectrum also has configurable workflows built in to automate and streamline existing processes which can be configured right in Spectrum for easy task management.

In many cases, Spectrum’s Application Architect replaces manual, paper-based processes by automating your labeling processes and thus reducing the risk of mislabeling while creating time savings opportunities and ensuring consistency. Spectrum enables you to design applications with drag and drop ease to make the development and maintenance of applications (often used for on demand printing) dramatically faster and easier. Application Architect’s flexible nature enables applications to be designed to meet the unique needs of each customer without requiring custom development. This means that you don’t need to worry about applications “breaking” after upgrading to new versions of Spectrum.

Spectrum’s Application Architect also can drive decisions based on input from users and providing a “wizard-type user interface that leverages Spectrum’s business rules and guides users down the appropriate path to remove any guesswork and reduce the occurrence of labeling errors. Applications are designed to look-up and display data needed for processing that resides within the Spectrum database or an external application/repository like SAP or Oracle. Also, forms and applications can be branded for the customer, or for a customer’s vendor or partner.

Additionally, applications created in Application Architect can be used for on demand print requests enabling users to scan, enter or lookup data that are needed to drive the label creation process. Paired with Spectrum’s role based security, administrators can ensure that only the right individuals have access to the correct set of labels or devices and are able to submit on demand print requests, from any location.

Printing with Unrivaled Performance

Loftware Spectrum offers unrivaled performance and scale, enabling you to optimize barcode label printing across your global network of printers and locations. If you are operating in the cloud or on-premise, Spectrum empowers many of the world’s largest companies to print millions of labels a day across hundreds of global sites with a single instance of Loftware Spectrum.

If you're looking for a labeling solution with unmatched capabilities, Spectrum includes native printer drivers which support thousands of printer makes and models across your diverse global universe of printers. These native drivers minimize print streams and reduce network traffic to maximize print speeds, do not need to be installed or maintained locally like Windows printer drivers. Additionally, native print drivers improve label printing performance throughout organizations, guaranteeing the highest levels of performance for cloud-based operations and remote locations. By optimizing print performance and reducing maintenance efforts, native drivers help you save substantial time and money.

Spectrum also gives you visibility into the status of your print devices providing the ability to control them at both the global or local level. Spectrum’s remote printing capabilities mean you can print over the internet without relying on network connectivity to printers. This allows you to extend printing to remote sites and supply chain partners while maintaining the same level of performance and quality as when printing to networked devices. And, Spectrum’s sophisticated print queue management allows total control over label printing, including the ability to pause, restart, move and delete print jobs. For example, you can pause jobs until you are ready for them to print or move them from a printer that is in an error state to one that is operational.

Additionally, Spectrum supports color printing with the same efficiency, high performance and quality standards as Spectrum’s thermal print capabilities. Spectrum’s color support can eliminate the need to purchase and manage pre-printed stock, resulting in significant time and cost savings. Spectrum also supports the native printing of PDF documents with the ability to print, manage and store PDF versions of printed labels.

Advanced Insight into Labeling Activities

Loftware Spectrum brings a new level of insight into Enterprise Labeling enabling you to be better informed and drive improvements to labeling processes. With configurable dashboards and 25 pre-defined reports, Spectrum’s Business Intelligence (BI) offers you advanced analytics and real-time reporting on vital information including labels, printers, print jobs, users and audit data. It offers you a wide range of capabilities including the ability to drill down for more details or easily remove/add variables on a report, expand or reduce timeframes on a report.

Spectrum’s BI lets you identify underutilized printers or longer than expected print times allowing you to make the proper adjustments. You can also monitor label output across facilities to identify anomalies in label production to effectively identify and respond to areas of concern.

In addition to Spectrum’s pre-defined reports, you can create your own custom reports and configure dashboards to suit your needs and make better decisions. Reports and dashboards can include information from external data sources to present a critical view across disparate data sources into a single view. Reports created in Spectrum BI can be formatted as either single or multi-page reports, which can also be exported in up to 11 different formats including PDF, CSV, RTF, and Excel.

Additionally, you can have real-time visibility to audit data with the flexibility to create custom audit reports, set up audit dashboards and run ad hoc reports. This is essential for validated environments, where administrators require real time access to a detailed and complete view of all user activity (labels that were printed, content on a label that was changed, device configurations that were updated, etc.). If you need to track user activity (i.e. 21 CFR part 11 requirements) Spectrum’s audit capabilities can capture and report on all user actions including who made what change and when. You also have the flexibility and control to decide what audit detail level setting you need for your organization.

Manage Security and Access Across Global Deployments

Loftware Spectrum brings maximum security and control to all your labeling activities. With Spectrum you can provide simple and immediate browser-based access to users while maintaining complete control over their access to capabilities and data. Spectrum’s role-based access control ensures administrators can easily manage users and groups as business conditions demand. This also enables seamless collaboration for extending labeling activities to suppliers, partners, vendors, and other third parties involved in the labeling processes.

Spectrum gives you the control to manage users access, so you can determine who can have access to system capabilities such as design, printing, business intelligence and security. At the same time, you can optimize the user experience by configuring who can view/access/edit objects including labels, printers and applications. Additionally, Spectrum provides global oversight, enabling centralized control and oversight while allowing local administration of users, printers and labels to offer you the best of both worlds.

With Spectrum you don’t have to worry about yet another username/password to be managed by users or other groups such as security or IT. Spectrum supports single sign-on (SSO), streamlining access to Spectrum via standard, third-party authentication. In addition, Spectrum’s session management capability adds the ability to view and control user sessions for ad hoc or planned system maintenance. This allows you to broadcast important system notices or planned downtime to inform users, so they may plan accordingly.

When deployed in the cloud, Spectrum provides additional advanced security capabilities and leverages Amazon Web Services (AWS) to protect your data and maintain availability.

Enterprise-Class Architecture for Today’s Enterprise

Loftware Spectrum was architected from the ground up as an enterprise-class application to support the growing needs of any organization so you can manage and scale your global labeling with ease. With centralized control over labeling, Spectrum offers flexibility to be deployed in the cloud or on-premise and is built to effectively manage, scale and support enterprise-wide labeling operations.

You can reap the benefits of both centralized and decentralized deployment models with Spectrum’s Multi-Site capabilities, which offer unprecedented flexibility to standardize labeling across a global supply chain. This functionality allows you to leverage a single deployment across multiple geographies and remote facilities while synchronizing labeling and data with a central location. Business users at facilities including manufacturing plants, contract manufacturer sites, warehouses, and distribution centers can manage labeling independently when required, while accessing standard and approved label templates and integrations from a company’s central location. This ensures continuous uptime by empowering facilities to run without depending on a full-time connection to headquarters, while also ensuring that they comply and stay current with corporate labeling standards. 

Spectrum lets you manage and control user access, enabling you to support labeling across your global facilities or third-parties such as suppliers and distributors. This enables collaboration across your extended supply chain. To support regional operations, Spectrum’s user interface provides support for multiple languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. Also, Spectrum’s Disaster Recovery capabilities ensure that your labeling will not be interrupted in the event of a catastrophe while high availability allows your environment to balance the load and optimize performance during peak operational times.

Flexible Deployment Options

Loftware Spectrum provides the ultimate flexibility for customers to choose to deploy either on-premise operations or in the cloud as a service. As the market leader in Enterprise Labeling Solutions, Loftware allows you to choose the Spectrum configuration that aligns with your infrastructure strategy. If your business preference is to control and manage your infrastructure on-site, Spectrum on-premise offers complete control of your Windows or Linux environments.

Deploying Loftware Spectrum Cloud as a service removes the need to purchase, install and maintain hardware and software environments required for on-premise deployment. This reduces infrastructure and management costs while ensuring that labeling services scale to meet global business demands. Deploying Spectrum Cloud enables you to implement new labeling processes faster, with less dependence on IT and more control from business lines.

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