Package Inspection using Global Vision Tools

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.

All that pressure and resulting stress doesn’t do anyone any good. Knowing that we have the power to not only help clients improve the efficiency of their businesses but also to focus on more important things inspires us to push forward.

Each day we think to ourselves, “How can we improve, how can we do better so our customers can as well?”

That type of thinking is what caused us to recently get inspired, look inward, seek client feedback and revolutionize our existing products.

Introducing the New and Unified GlobalVision

GV inspection tools desktop version

For decades, GlobalVision has helped companies detect errors sooner and more consistently. We’ve preserved the integrity of brand images day in and day out, but knew that what we were doing could be better.

After countless late nights and weekends of diligent work, we’ve combined the entire suite of GlobalVision technologies into a single, unified platform for desktop deployments. Now, our clients can protect the quality and legitimacy of their businesses right from a desktop computer. Why does any of this matter to you?

Let’s take a closer look.

Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency

Some of our existing and prospective clients may be thinking, “Our process of proofing files with GlobalVision software worked seamlessly before. Why change it?” Well, there was a time we also thought it was efficient to use multiple applications to find inconsistencies.

With the unification of our software into one application, we’re trimming away unnecessary steps needed to ensure best-in-class quality inspection. Simply by reducing time spent switching between separate applications, employees can rapidly increase their productivity and as a result, revenue and profit for their companies.

As they say, time is money.

Here Are Some Other Ways We Have Made The New GlobalVision Platform Better:

Package Inspection using Global Vision Tools
    • Added the ability to view and analyze Process Colors.
  • Enabled batch and booklet inspection of graphics, allowing pages with different orders or ganged sheets to be inspected in a single pass.
  • Improved support for color separations.
  • Included the ability to create profiles for all inspection modes for more flexibility.
  • Allowed operations to run inspection sets and generate a single report.
  • Added the option to operate multiple modules simultaneously with the new multi-inspect mode.
  • Provided side by side viewing for graphics inspection.

As you can see, the GlobalVision team has been hard at work. Each of these updates was painstakingly thought through with the productivity of our clients in mind. And while the software is new, the same intuitive user interface hasn’t gone anywhere. At its core, it’s still the same quality control platform you know and love. We hope you’re as excited as we are about this monumental product launch!

GlobalVision is the leading developer of proofreading technologies for retail and consumer packaged goods. Learn how GlobalVision has helped Consumer Goods companies of all sizes in quality control.

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undergoing inspection work on a laptop

Forget 7. 16 is the next big thing.

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. 16 marks the arrival of GlobalVision’s built-in technologies in Automation Engine. So what does it mean when two leading prepress software providers team up? The industry’s first fully automated quality control prepress workflow solution. Why is this a game changer? Just like Siri became a game changer with a smart personal assistant for your iPhone, GlobalVision is your smart QC assistant for Automation Engine. Don’t worry anymore about having to do manual comparisons on files, printing out files and checking barcodes or proofreading for spelling and text errors. Pass one or two files through GlobalVision and our QC assistant will tell you any problems related to your files.

Quality control workflow using GlobalVision tools

Ask, “GlobalVision what’s wrong with my files?” and GlobalVision lets you know:

“You don’t have enough quiet zone in your barcode.” – Barproof | Barcode inspection

“You’ve spelled allergans wrong.”- Spellproof | Spelling inspection

“The text from your approved document was not found in your artwork.”- Docuproof | Text inspection

“The colors are different in your file.”- Artproof | Graphics inspection

“You’ve printed something that doesn’t match the PDF.”- Scanproof | Print inspection

“This is exactly what I hoped it would do”

Suddenly, QC becomes easy, and you can view GlobalVision’s inspection reports and decide if you want to pass the artwork onto production or have it reworked in prepress. Checking for text, color, barcode, even Braille errors has never been easier.

Used to seeing it in your Esko Viewer? Not a problem, GlobalVision results show up directly in Esko Viewer and even in Illustrator through Esko’s DeskPack plugins and even in WebCenter, for your customer portal.

Brand companies can benefit too with pre-defined checks for regulatory text approvals and text comparisons for nutrition facts. The most powerful piece of this puzzle is the ability for you to build custom workflows and design these automated checks in your Automation Engine workflow to the way your company works.

You can have your customers run an automated spellcheck before sending over their jobs to you or automatically find differences in your pre-press files vs. the customer’s artwork.

You can now build in rules when errors are found within Automation Engine but If everything is fine, just continue to the next step in the Automation Engine workflow and save your reports to view later.

With the ability to run inspection in parallel and in batches, you’ve just multiplied your QC and pre-press teams.

The feedback in talking with Pre-release customers for Automation Engine 16 over the last few months has just been fantastic with comments like “this is exactly what I hoped it would do” to “this is a game changer for the pre-press industry.”

Making our customers’ lives easier, more efficient and error free is what we strive to do here at GlobalVision, and I am proud to say the teaming up of Esko and GlobalVision does just that, making the last three years of joint development well worth it. That’s why I think 16 is the next big thing.

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Pharmaceutical Companies Manufacturing

Date: July, 2016 | CategoryCompliance Author: Reuben Malz

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).

The principal reason behind this evolution in the landscape is simple, to cut costs, increase capacity and reduce time-to-market. Beyond these obvious criteria, there are numerous other reasons why pharmaceutical companies are relying heavily on the growing CMO market.

Whereas CMOs once produced primary packaging they now offer a multitude of services from design and discovery to final packaging.

Outsourcing to a CMO allows the pharmaceutical company to add technical resources without increasing its overhead costs. The result of this is that the pharmaceutical company does not need to invest in expanding its staff and manufacturing facilities, to add new varieties of medicines into its product lines.

Pharmaceutical companies can now concentrate on core products regarding R&D and production and leave their secondary and tertiary products to the CMO.

CMOs of Increasing Importance to Pharmaceutical Companies 

What is a CMO?

The term CMO can refer to a multitude of different companies including Contract Packaging Organizations, and Contract Pharmaceutical Manufacturers. However, in recent years CMOs have been more or less classified into two types of organizations:

API Contract Manufacturer (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient)

These are companies that manufacture a substance(s) that are used as a component of a finished drug.

FDF Contract Manufacturer (Finished Dosage Form)

These are companies that provide a drug product for administration to a patient without the need for substantial further manufacturing and often in its final packaged form. The CMO market is currently divided almost equally between API manufacturers and FDF manufacturers.

Within FDF contract manufacturing, solid dose compounds currently dominate the market. However, future growth is likely to be driven by injectables dose manufacturing primarily due to an increased focus on complex disease areas and the growing trend of self-administration.

A Growing CMO Market

Regarding market growth and potential future growth, the CMO channel is a force to reckon with.  

For North America, Europe, and Japan in the last years, the CMO market grew at close to three times the rate of the pharmaceutical market: 8% versus 3%.

(It is important to note that the 3% growth is for the pharmaceutical market as a whole, top Pharmaceutical companies have grown significantly faster at a rate average of over 11%. It is also important to note that most large pharmaceutical companies have divisions operating as CMO)

Over the next decade years, the CMO market is expected to continue to grow at an annual rate of 6% to 9%, with annual revenues currently valued at between 25-30 billion dollars. This growth will be further fueled by new opportunities within the generic drug market.

Challenges for the CMO

Although the CMO seems to be poised to become a major player in the pharmaceutical marketplace several challenges await.


The trend is already apparent as 2015 saw a glut of companies and manufacturing facilities being bought and sold.

Current Clients

Smaller pharmaceutical companies use the services of CMOs significantly more than large pharmaceutical companies.  The challenge lies in that the growth opportunities are a lot smaller.

Low Capital Costs

With lower capital costs many pharmaceutical companies are rethinking the CMO route for moving back to traditional centralized production.

The Future of CMOs

As with any part of the pharmaceutical landscape, the role of the CMO will follow a predictable route. Larger ones will absorb the smaller CMOs, and the large CMOs will come forward to be the only players to be able to support the large Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical companies.

New channels will open within the generic pharmaceutical marketplace fostering further growth for the large CMO.

GlobalVision is the leading developer of proofreading technologies for the FDF Contract Manufacturer market. All our quality control solutions meet FDA 21 CFR Part 11 / EMA Annex 11 requirements.

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Monitor screen filled with all kinds of inspection work

Date: April, 2016 | CategoryCompany Author: Reuben Malz


Ghent (Belgium), March 16, 2016 – Esko has wholly updated its software solutions and relaunched them under the umbrella brand name “Esko Software Platform”. It’s the next version of the well-known portfolio of integrated software solutions for design, prepress, workflow automation, color management, and supply chain collaboration for packaging, labels, displays, and signs.

The Esko Software Platform is enhanced with new capabilities and delivers a unique user experience. The full range of innovations and integrations of the Esko Software Platform will be demonstrated for the first time at the upcoming Drupa 2016, scheduled for May 31 through June 10 in Düsseldorf.

Highlights of the Drupa release of the Esko Software Platform include:

  • More software modules made available as Software as a Service (SaaS) and subscriptions
  • Improved 3D support, especially when viewing objects in WebCenter and on mobile devices
  • A new Content Management module for WebCenter
  • ArtPro+, a totally new platform-independent native PDF prepress editor
  • New tools and libraries for multi-part POP design in ArtiosCAD 16
  • Planogram interface for Store Visualizer 16
  • New set of automated quality assurance tools in Automation Engine
  • Esko hardware integration in the workflow (Automation Engine Device View)
  • Improved user experience across all applications

A Platform for Quality Control

GlobalVision quality control solution tools are embedded in Automation Engine 16. Features now available from the automated workflow include a spell checker and automatic checking of barcodes and Braille against an approved profile. The quality check runs as a background process and results in an annotated and viewable design file for Automation Engine, WebCenter and in ArtPro+. This enables fast, systematic revision of all detected errors.

“Esko has embedded technologies from our partner GlobalVision and from our subsidiary Enfocus to eliminate time-consuming manual checks,” Zwaenepoel states. “Automated quality checking tools allow our customers to process more jobs with the same people and with fewer errors”. This innovation offers peace of mind and addresses the lack of skilled operators many companies are facing.”

Learn More about Esko Software and GlobalVision 

For more information on what’s new within Esko, please visit the Esko Software Platform.

If you want to learn more about GlobalVision’s market-leading proofreading software, request a free trial today.


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What does GlobalVision do?

GlobalVision’s mission is to build software that standardizes quality approvals for product packaging and critical content. Our goal is to eliminate errors and automate inspections so companies can release products with confidence. Helping Businesses Bring Confidence to Quality Control. Learn more about GlobalVision.

What is GlobalVision Quality Control?

Automate Quality Inspections for Fast and Consistent Results. Speed up the proofreading process while improving the accuracy of your work by running digital checks with GlobalVision’s automated quality control tools. Learn more about Automated Quality Control.