GSE Ink manager is a software solution that enables label and packaging converters to minimise inkrelated waste, improving ink yields, reporting and business planning, while reducing set-up times and traceability.
Now standard with GSE Dispensing's complete range of Colorsat dispensing systems for flexo, gravure and screen inks, GSE Ink manager offers numerous functionalities.
The software maximises reusing inks that are returned from the press by allowing them to be 'clustered' together into one component that's connected to the dispenser and processed automatically. Alternatively, buckets with return inks may be reserved or prepared for specific, scheduled jobs.
New colours created with colour formulation software can be stored, and existing colours can be adjusted and recalled easily. These can be dispensed in microvolumes for table-top proofing.
GSE Ink manager provides real-time stock level and consumption information. It calculates total volumes of all base colours connected to the dispenser along with the warehouse contents, making adjustments with every dispensing cycle. Purchase advice for base colours is generated automatically when stocks fall below specified volumes. Regular stock management and per-job ink cost reports can be generated to help improve processes and forecasting. The software also tracks ingredients through the supply chain by storing ink-batch data about every job, including reused return inks.
Other benefits include search functionalities; a job list that separates work preparation and ink production; integration with ink formulation and management software; Wi-Fi connection to the dispenser for remote data entry; and cloud connectivity.
GSE Ink manager features the new optional software module, GSE Article management, which improves how job procedures and costs are controlled. Its ink-calculator function automatically determines the exact colour amounts needed for printing each print design or 'article'. The module also allows operators to define or describe specific procedures and equipment used for printing an article. Changes are recorded, providing a traceable history of design changes by the revision stage.