COE: Reliable, more convenient printing plate archiving thanks to the new ‘coe cam’

Stuttgart/Bremen, 09/08/2017. Carl Ostermann Erben GmbH (COE), one of the few high-end suppliers of printing plates in Germany, has developed a camera-based flexo plate recognition system that will enable customers to automatically archive their printing plates in future. The ‘coe cam’ assists customers in archiving flexo plates, as well as finding them again. The entire process will be more reliable, as well as saving time and money.

“The prerequisite for automated printing plate archiving is a unique plate identifier that is independent of the type of plate or inks. Customers are able to quickly and easily find the respective plate again in a database,” explains managing director Holger Ostermann.

For some years now, this family business has seen great potential for cost savings for its clients, and has now developed the technological framework in form of the ‘coe cam’. A special camera reads an integrated 2D code on the printing plate, which contains the plate’s ID number. This makes recognition of the printing plate by staff more convenient. COE sees this process optimization as an important advancement in automation with respect to plate handling.

“The fields of application that such a system offers are manifold: clear recognition and examination of language versions, recording printing plates’ operational performance, and assignment of plates that are interchangeable, i.e. for language versions, or which remain constant, i.e. fixed image content,” concludes Holger Ostermann. “From 25th to 29th September, we will be showing our customers what is possible with automatic plate recognition on Stand 11A51 at the Labelexpo in Brussels. We would be pleased to discuss special applications.” COE considers efficient and secure processes to be one of its most important developments for providing its customers with a greater competitive advantage.

About Carl Ostermann Erben GmbH
COE is one of the leading German companies for providing a pre-press full service which manufactures high quality plates, sleeves and screens. At the locations in Bremen and Stuttgart, 60 employees produce printing plates just-in-time, mainly for flexographic and letterpress printing. National and international customers are quality-conscious label printing shops, packaging printers and producers of branded articles. Other main customers of COE are producers of flexible packaging, pharmaceutical and tissue products. Carl Ostermann Erben GmbH celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2016. The managing directors are Andreas Segelken and Holger Ostermann.


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