It’s true that, these days, people can go entire days without reading something that’s been printed out thanks to the internet. However, not only has “digital” actually come to define an entire sub-sector within the printing industry, but, without the press, which promoted widespread literacy, who knows where we would be right now?
by Ryan Szporer – March 22, 2019
PACKAGING & LABELING
While the legalization of cannabis in Canada and parts of the United States is seen as incredibly forward-thinking, the movement has a long way forward still to go… at the very least in terms of packaging.
by Ryan Szporer
There are several reasons why parents tend to keep their medicine stored away in a cabinet that’s too high for their children to reach. The main reason for this is simple: some pills are dangerous for children to ingest and can cause serious harm.
by Ryan Szporer
Many within the quality-control community should be excited about the latest GlobalVision 5.4 release for desktop. None more so than system administrators, whose lives get a lot easier with a brand new access level to assign to users.
by Ryan Szporer
In spite of the term Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), there aren’t concrete steps to follow when coding. Each case is somewhat different, even if there is one universal truth across the board: Certain standards apply; data integrity is one such standard.
Regulatory affairs responsibilities take the primary form of oversight of a product’s life cycle. Through each of the product’s development stages, there are strict rules and guidelines to follow to ensure compliance.
The idea of transparent, acetate overlays probably takes you back to college. The clear plastic sheets, on which notes could be scribbled and then displayed at the front of the class using an overhead projector, were godsends to professors thanks to their time-saving simplicity.
It’s a bit of a conundrum in our technologically advanced day and age, but, without barcodes to scan, the retail world would effectively grind to a halt. The dependency is understandable though, as barcodes are just that much more effective relative to labels.
For the uninitiated, trails are the lists of transactions or events kept track of to help auditors and, in many ways, those being audited too.
While some experienced graphic designers might be very familiar with print-ready work, this concept still represents a terrifying and intimidating aspect of graphic design for many newcomers.
Pristine, error-free packaging and labeling undeniably looks good, but it’s more than that. It’s a necessity… regardless of the industry in question.
A name on a dotted line may technically hold just as much legal weight as ever, but in the era of electronic signatures, a contract can be enforced without a pen ever touching paper.
Most people have their own proofing process and will continuously stick with one tool, but does that mean all tools are created equal and are just as effective as the others?
One of the highest items on producers’ priority lists will undeniably be ensuring compliance with the “Cannabis Act.” That involves toeing the line regarding packaging regulations, which haven’t impressed companies in the emerging industry.
Many brands understand consumers do not want to waste their money buying products that are too much to consume for one person alone. That’s why there’s a new trend towards single-serve packaged products.
Every minute, 1 million plastic bottles are being bought all over the planet. It’s fair to say each one won’t end up being recycled either. In fact, 91% won’t be, leading to a lot of unneeded plastic clogging up the eco-system.
For most people, the commercial printer is no different than the office photocopier. You press print to make 100 copies, and out comes 100 perfect, identical copies.
The just-released GlobalVision Desktop 5.3 and GlobalVision Web 3.3 each bring exciting, new features to the forefront. The end result, for both deployment options, is greater overall ease of use, though.
A quality management system (QMS) is a term that refers to a system in charge of documenting all processes, responsibilities, and procedures for achieving quality objectives and policies.
Every product in every store all over the world has a barcode on it. As consumers, we cannot read barcodes, and really don’t care much about them.
Despite political hurdles and an economic recession, Brazil is forecasted to move up in the pharmaceutical world. The Latin American behemoth was ranked as the world’s 10th largest pharmaceutical market in 2011 and is predicted to take the fifth spot by 2021.
Technical writing is certainly not a new concept. This term refers to any type of communication written for business or industry that focuses on services and products. Most employees within a company had written some form of technical writing
While the branding of a label on a package is of high importance for any industry manufacturer, overdoing it with branding design and not taking care of the crucial info can cause small to huge errors which can ruin a great package design.
Quality management systems come in many shapes and sizes. Each is largely dependent on the industry to which a given application caters. There are nevertheless basic standards that must be met across the board.
According to the ISO 2859 standard – which is derived from MIL-STD 105 E – quality inspection involves activities such as testing, gauging, examining, or measuring one or more product characteristics.
The term product quality can be interpreted in different ways depending on the country or region you live in, but perhaps the most crucial variable that determines what quality represents is the unique set of quality objectives integrated by a company.
There’s little denying the benefits of sustainable packaging. There are financial benefits in store for any corporation moving in that direction. That’s not just due to the increased back-end efficiency and economies of scale that result from such a move.
Packaging plays a crucial role in influencing the customer buying behavior, yet unsustainable packaging can damage the reputation of the firm, causing customers to switch to other brands that employ environment-friendly material and processes.
For years the idea of environmentalism and the move towards sustainability have caused a commotion in the packaging industry. In order to keep up, businesses have to please a more educated and savvy consumer.
When it comes to packaging quality control, it’s not necessarily about catching every difference. It’s about catching every difference you want to.
Soft proofing is a mechanism that allows you to temporarily simulate the way your image will appear when printed on your display screen. Given that it replicates how your print will look when it is on paper, soft proofing is definitely one of the most useful features of color management.
When it comes to packaging, the pharmaceutical industry is a tad distinct. Even relative to the food industry, in which consumer safety is paramount, pharma has it much more severe in terms of printing standards.
Sustainable packaging continues to generate headlines all over the world: the latest food waste prevention, biobased packaging materials, and the recent adoption of eco-friendly labels to encourage consumers to recycle packaging.
Electronic signatures deliver enhanced transparency, all the while complementing upgraded versions of GlobalVision’s digital proofing platform’s returning inspection modes: Graphics, Barcode, and Braille. The highly anticipated additions of Text and Spelling round out the all-in-one offering.
You don’t need to cut corners to save drastic amounts of time proofing. Once you’re organized and set up, all you really need to do is start automating your quality-control process.
Most consumers hear the word “quality” when associated with packaging and immediately think of the final product on the shelves in stores. However, its meaning is much different in the packaging and labeling industry.
Stop to think about it and the various goods we consume for a second: How much of your grocery list is made up of bottles, cans, tins, and tubes? That’s just for starters. It might not be obvious, but cylinders are all around us, especially when it comes to packaging.
High standards are a necessity in the printing industry. Standardization is meanwhile a whole different animal… one that’s arguably just as critical to the survival of the fittest. If there’s a delicate ecosystem at play here, it’s attempts at balancing multiple suppliers.
Virtually all specialized surveys find that print-documentation properties such as portability, readability (legibility), and quickness, with which one can absorb large portions of information, make print manuals a preferred choice for most readers.
Every company needs change, but in the midst of implementing it, only a few of them think about ISO 9000. It is mostly perceived as a purely technical standard that only specific industries have to deal with.
In a world where consumers have become more discerning of the products they buy, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of labels in marketing. Shopping is a process that every business owner needs to understand and the discovery of a product or service starts with an effective marketing strategy.
The Coca-Cola Company seemed to take part in the ever-growing #NewYearNewMe movement by rebranding Diet Coke, a classic favorite. But not to worry; the original taste of Diet Coke is here to stay and will continue to be available worldwide.
For the uninitiated, the “Q” stays the same with regard to each of the above acronyms. They stand for Installation, Operational, and Performance Qualification and each impacts the product development process and quality control in its own way.
It’s no secret that cannabis-or marijuana as some prefer-has become a hot topic of conversation. With the legalization of cannabis in Canada only months away, there has been some talk about how the substance will be packaged.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming to the European Union and it’s not to be trifled with. Hypothetical fines of up to 20 million euros to companies who neglect to do their part to help the people of the EU gain back control over their data spell out how important compliance is.
Have you ever felt that your product wasn’t getting enough attention? That clients are choosing a similar product over yours? Often this choice comes down to the smallest of details. Some of these details are as simple as the shade of blue you are using.
For business, it’s not simply about making a product for monetary gain. Planning, time, and strategy all go along with providing customers with something that will benefit them in their everyday lives.
A brand company goes through many revision cycles until a final PDF is approved. Management gives the go ahead to print 500,000 labels. Purchasing fires off a purchase order.
With the advent of stricter regulations and demanding customers, it is the moment to think about new quality strategies and start implementing a digitalized, integrated quality management solution.
When you are working on your text file , you are confident that as you make changes, every page before, doesn’t change.
At GlobalVision’s first-ever seminar on Packaging Compliance in the Emerging Cannabis Industry, panelists spoke about the Cannabis Act that will come into effect this summer and how those in packaging will be affected.
Errors in packaging components arise all the time and are part of the game. They are unavoidable. But what is a surprise to most people, is that spelling mistakes are the most common.
The Nutrition Facts label, introduced 20 years ago, was designed to help consumers make informed food choices and maintain healthy dietary practices.
Printing leaders aren’t just at the top of their industry. In many ways, they also need to be experts of the domains in which they do business. Printers take different approaches to cater to specific clients, like in the food industry, for example.
Every product in every store all over the world has a barcode on it. As consumers, we cannot read barcodes, and really don’t care much about them. We identify products by their name, by their color, by the brand name and logos.
There are different kinds of printing proofs that serve different functions. For anyone in the pharmaceutical, food & beverage, and cosmetic industries, it’s important to understand how and when the different types of printer’s proofs are used.
Our Artwork Creation Guide contains insights and easy-to-follow steps to improving the efficiency of your proofreading process.
Poised to match the success of our quality control platform for desktop, GlobalVision Web takes cues from both it and Proofware, which serves as its immediate predecessor for use on the cloud.
For print professionals, the complexities of labeling and packaging can present numerous challenges. Ask any member of a prepress department and they will tell you that artwork must be right the first time and every time.
How Your Business Can Benefit from the Sustainable Working Methods that are Changing the Packaging Industry Landscape
For packaging suppliers all over the world, including ourselves, looking at the way UPM Raflatac works is key to developing the industry in the right way so that we have a sustainable future.
Label content pertaining to non-prescription healthcare products is of great concern to the government of Canada. Not only what appears on the label but also the wording, but how it appears.
The FDA is responsible for protecting and ensuring public health in relation to drug and food products. In other words, they monitor the labeling and advertising of products that are sold in the United States.
The Pharma industry, is by far, the most demanding industry when it comes to quality control of packaging. The processes, rules, and regulations are complex and must be adhered to.
One of the common questions sales people get when they’re out in the field is: “How come we have never heard about this before?”
Esko has completely updated its software solutions and relaunched them under the umbrella brand name “Esko Software Platform”.
Pre-press and Reprographics are vital elements in any quality control process, and, like the packaging industry itself, they’re constantly changing and redefining the way we do our jobs.
In the packaging and printing industry, the term ‘dieline’ is used to refer to a template needed to ensure the correct layout of a final physical package. This template serves as a diagram that marks all the folds and cut lines of a package in a flattened form.
Sometimes as a printer, a fresh set of eyes isn’t enough… Many acknowledge proofing fatigue to be a legitimate threat to jobs getting done properly and on time.
Our world is growing at a rapid pace and so is the consumer market. The space between the market and the consumer’s home has drastically shrunk in the recent times, with online marketplaces as the next big thing.
Why use smartphones and tablets to scan? Because they are relatively inexpensive, scan barcodes very quickly and are well understood by app users. Perhaps most important, a lot of companies have already deployed iOS and Android OS devices to their employees.
With the mainstream accessibility of broadband Internet and 4G these days, web-based applications and mobile apps make it convenient for users to access their favorite applications, wherever and whenever they want.
The pharmaceutical marketplace has changed dramatically over the last few years as pharmaceutical companies are moving from centralized, internal production to single-source providers or Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMO).
At GlobalVision, we understand the importance of aiming for perfection. With so much competition across endless industries, one slip up could mean the difference between the success or failure of a business’s quarter for the business.
Packaging serves as the face that products show to the world. That’s why colorful and well-thought-out designs are meant to grab customers’ attention. Packaging is also supposed to convey a message that is associated with each brand.
The statistics on opioid abuse in the United States is grim. In 2014, Opioids were responsible for 28,648 deaths according to the CDC. In fact, more people died of drug abuse that year than did of motor vehicle accidents.
Pharmaceutical companies waited until the last possible moment to move to the cloud. Now sufficiently satisfied that their security concerns have been addressed, they’re finally poised to reap the benefits.
Creating content for public consumption can be a stressful job. Think about the person that has to write the copy for the back of a Cheerios box. Millions of people will read the back of that cereal box every morning and any typos would be terrible for the brand and the consumers’ confidence in the product.
Pharmaceutical packaging companies are experiencing big market growth. Reaching a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5% per year worldwide, the market is witnessing quick development in the BRIC countries and throughout Asia.
A huge technological trend that cannot be ignored, digital twins are becoming more and more crucial to the manufacturing process.
Barcodes have changed very little over the last 60 years. For pharmaceutical companies, the barcode has taken on a vital role throughout the product’s lifecycle from original packaging to in hospital unit dose identification.
With autocorrect and spell-check as commonplace as it is today, typos should be nearing extinction. However, even with today’s helpful technology and auto-correct-capable word-processing software, errors still slip through the cracks.
No matter what industry you are in there are always new regulations which impact the way you create artwork. Staying in compliance with regulatory labeling obligations is a complex undertaking that if done wrong may result in undesired errors or reworking.
Creating error-free packaging is a daunting task. With so many parties involved from brands, marketing agencies, pre-press, and print suppliers, ensuring no errors go by can be challenging.
The process of preparing artwork is essential for box packaging. There is a considerable amount of detail that goes into preparation, but it doesn’t have to be a frustrating ordeal.
Packaging and labelling are driven by a number of factors. First, you have the ergonomics of the package, ensuring that the object is packaged properly ensuring protection, convenience, and the proper message is communicated.
At GlobalVision, we recently went through a substantial branding change to better reflect who we are and the solutions we deliver in the marketplace.
What’s at stake with a product misspelling? For any other type of business, it would mean a complete recall – costly, but maybe otherwise harmless– but, when it comes to the pharma industry, a whole other set of issues could present themselves.
This week marks the iPhone 7 launch but for us prepress folks, we’ve got something to be more excited about with the launch of Esko Software Platform 16.
When flipping through a brochure or any sort of packaging, you probably think that to get a design printed all you have to do is press the print button. The truth is there are plenty of steps in between before that design becomes ink on paper.
Data integrity has become a serious issue over the past few years and therefore is a core focus of many enterprises. The FDA published a Data Integrity Guidance Document outlining compliance with CGMP that addresses the role of data integrity for industry.
The use of barcodes dates back to the early 1960’s, initially deployed within the automotive and railroad industry. In the early 1970’s they were implemented within the retail industry, mainly in grocery stores.
Business owners and manufacturers know that flawed packages carry a negative message for their brands. An imperfect package is an imperfect business, especially living in a world with customers that have lofty expectations.
The pharmaceutical and defense sectors may be at opposite extremes. There is still something to be said in the former for the built-in fail-safes and redundancies that go hand in hand with any product that even hopes to meet military standards.