About: Michael Malz - Product & Marketing Director
Mike Malz is the Product & Marketing Director at GlobalVision where he oversees the product direction and brand vision for the company.
1. What kind of Quality-Inspection software does GlobalVision provide? Please explain how these software platforms help to detect quality issues.
GlobalVision provides software and systems that help automate proofreading and transition from manual quality-check processes. With on-premise and web-based solutions to review graphics, text, spelling, barcodes, and Braille on digital files and packaging, GlobalVision detects unintended differences at any step of the file-creation/ printing process. This ensures content is 100% accurate before production, avoiding the risk of human error and providing confidence everything is as it should be. The drastic improvement of inspection times from minutes or even hours to seconds means a faster overall process and a direct impact on efficiency.
2. Can you please share the major advantages of using Graphics Inspection? How does it help to inspect graphics in an artwork file, pixel by pixel for errors?
When Graphics Inspection Mode compares two files, it’s essentially placing the file or scanned Sample on top of the approved Master. The system then compares the files pixel by pixel, detecting even the slightest differences. This applies to artwork in general, but artwork includes individual text characters or Braille dots that can easily be missing or misprinted.
As a result, Graphics Inspection is used to compare single and multi-page files, revisions, proofs from printers, and more, whenever the Sample is intended to be 100% like the Master. If it isn’t, GlobalVision will let you know.
3. Kindly explain the procedure involved in offering off-line inspection to check files before going to print and protect against errors?
The printing and pre-press processes can be messy. Deviations happen all the time in these complex environments, as they often involve many steps. Proofing is recommended at each one to ensure an error-free print. Once the printer gets a file from a client, they’ll usually rework it, adjusting type so it prints better, for example. The problem is that every time the file gets opened by an operator, errors can be introduced. The resulting proof gets sent back to the client for approval. So, it needs to be checked. Off-line inspection is a great solution because, unless you’re checking with software, chances are an error could still be missed.
Once it’s approved, there’s still some time before the actual printing begins. The imposition files and color separations are compared back to the proof as errors can be introduced at each of these points too. Barcodes are also inspected to prevent issues at the point of sale. Artwork errors can negatively impact your brand, but barcode errors literally prevent a product from being sold.
By checking these elements before going to print (and also during the run itself), the printer helps guarantee the overall success of what they aspire will be an error-free job. That leads to the satisfaction of their customer and ultimately the satisfaction of the end user.
4. GlobalVision Quality-Inspection softwares are used for Pharmaceutical, Consumer Goods, Medical Devices, and Print & Packaging. How can the technology assist these industries?
For starters, each industry has its own focus. No company wants errors to slip through, but, in pharma, for example, text accuracy takes priority over an element like the color as typos can have serious repercussions. In consumer goods, colors must stand out and branding is everything.
In the printing industry, the key is giving them the tools to give their customers what they want. Using Graphics, Barcode, and Print Inspection modules, printers catch typesetting, pre-press, production, and print errors as early as possible to avoid back and forth with the customer on proofs, which in turn makes for quicker product releases for their customers.
Medical device companies require directions for use (DFU) and instructions for use (IFU) proofed for typos, often in many different languages. GlobalVision can digitally inspect those different languages all at once, not to mention booklets and labels, each in a matter of seconds. As copy-heavy documents, those printing materials can often take hours if not days to inspect manually, with no assurance mistakes will get caught.
Pharmaceutical companies typically use many different modes. That’s from the beginning of the process when Text ensures the accuracy of copy sent to the FDA for approval to the end when Print is used to scan in and check packaging components from the printer. The ultimate goal is for a pharma company to sign off on the packaging and send it to production with confidence there aren’t any errors that will find their way into customers’ hands. That’s really true of any industry.
5. What are the applications of GlobalVision's Inspection System Scanners?
There’s a GlobalVision scanner for every application. We have flatbed scanners for either small (labels and cartons) or large-format print inspections. GlobalVision roll scanners easily capture press sheets and posters. Our booklet scanner captures multi-page files to inspect, regardless of the order. Finally, the innovative C8 scans in cylindrical packaging on a bottle or can and digitally unwraps them, again for the purposes of comparing them to a digital file (or separate scan).
Whichever scanner helps make up a customer’s GlobalVision-powered inspection system, the idea is the same: Catch the differences as early as possible in the file-creation and printing process. It leads to fewer headaches later on in the process and even after, once everything is finalized and error-free.
6. Tell us something about your future endeavors, new applications & products that GlobalVision is coming up with?
Of note, we just partnered with Pantone to release our first new inspection mode in the platform in almost 10 years: Color Inspection. Companies can now inspect color on packaging according to Pantone specifications and confirm them digitally instead of manually for greater accuracy.
Right now, we’re working on several projects to continue to push the industry forward and better serve our customers. There’s a complete redesign of our core application in the pipeline that will merge our desktop and web solutions. We’re also aiming to better serve development teams looking to integrate their workflows in GlobalVision software with easier access to our APIs and development tools.
Our goal is to further automate the platform and simplify internal quality control processes. By maintaining our high level of proofing efficiency all the while, our customers’ time to market improves to a greater extent and we can speed up communication and approvals throughout the whole process.
7. Do you provide inspection softwares based on industry standards or based on customer requirements?
One customer in a copy-heavy industry working at a legal firm may have a use for Text and Spelling Inspection to check contract revisions for unintended changes. Another, like a company in the pharmaceutical industry, where Braille dots and dots in general have a huge impact on how the dosage on their packaging is read, would require other modes—and compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 11, which GlobalVision also delivers.
So, in that respect GlobalVision offers solutions based on customer and industry requirements. GlobalVision’s success is almost entirely defined by the success of our customers, who span many sectors. We’re bound more by their requirements to adapt to their respective industries, which helps us stay on top of our own.