Are you compliant? That’s a question that keeps regulatory affairs executives up at night, particularly in light of increased responsibilities and prosecutions. Where this question becomes even more difficult to answer is with Labelling, since this is an area that traverses so many parts of the enterprise.

Among the factors regulatory affairs must contend with are that very few organizations have complete oversight and most struggle with highly disconnected processes. For example, during the approval process for any Labelling asset, information will likely be sent around the organization in emails or in email attachments. This might consist of a phrase on a label or package, a piece of artwork or a translation required to meet local market regulations. And it’s not easy to trace that information and demonstrate where it originated when it’s managed in such a haphazard way.

Another issue with maintaining oversight is that the vast majority of Labelling activity is driven by required changes. In fact, companies we speak with say changes account for between 75 and 90 percent of their Labelling activities, and most of these changes are regulatory related — because of new legislation or localized symbols or label changes to gain approval for entering a new market. So while the product itself has few or no changes, the Labelling content is constantly being updated and changed.

With so many changes to manage and information coming from multiple stakeholders, it’s difficult to know whether you’re working on the latest approved version, or even if everyone is working from the same version. Changes made locally are often not reflected back upstream, increasing the chances of having multiple uncontrolled versions of the same artwork. It’s a classic problem — how do you know whether you have the latest version? What is the version control process? And who has signed off on the document?

Ensuring Traceability
Compounding this lack of visibility is the demand for greater traceability in light of a heightened focus on patient safety, as well as growing concerns over counterfeiting. If problems arise with products leading to product recalls, such as the breast implant crisis in France a few years ago, being able to trace a product through accurate Labelling is crucial.

If it turns out that you are working on the wrong version and the label that gets onto the market doesn’t have the latest regulatory information or you don’t have proper oversight of that label, you face serious ramifications. For example, your product might be at risk of recall, delayed entry into new markets because of noncompliance with local legislation, wasted time and resources from having to scrap incorrect labels, brand damage, fines, and of course loss of time and loss of revenue.

While you may very well be compliant and your label may meet the various regulatory requirements, the real issue is lack of insight into your Labelling processes. In other words, “you don’t know what you don’t know.”

In my next blog, I’ll explore how you can address these challenges to ensure consistency, oversight and transparency.

Learn more about Labelling by downloading our white paper, “Connecting the Dots Across the Labelling Life Cycle.”

– Labelling content management leader Kallik has produced a new guide on how to plug the gap between ERP and PLM when it comes to packaging, artwork and labelling management workflow

Tamworth, UK March 23, 2015 – Labelling content and artwork management leader Kallik has announced a new whitepaper to help businesses, from consumer goods to closely-regulated industries, become more integrated in their packaging, artwork and labelling management processes.

The paper’s insights, based on dialogues over the course of many years with the Kallik customer base, as well as its network of integration partners, highlights how in some parts of the packaged goods sector, there is a ‘crack’ in the system – a gap left between core ERP and PLM systems when it comes to packaging, artwork, and labelling management workflow.

This is a growing problem, as businesses need to connect the data in the ERP system and the data in the PLM to the artwork management side of the system so as to have a properly unified, single source of truth for all their product information.

And as labelling content  and brand identity become a greater priority – due to a combination of rising customer choice and tightening international compliance strictures – this breach in integrating key processes is becoming less and less tolerable.

One Kallik AMS packaging, artwork and labelling customer, for example, has realised a 40% improvement in turnaround due to saved time and errors by using the Kallik system to bridge that crucial ERP-PLM gap.

The document goes on to explain that a new generation of business software systems offer better performing alternatives to the large monolithic ERP systems of old, with a major breakthrough being more use of Open Source and Agile development techniques, which offer superior connectivity.

The paper also offers practical advice on how to manage an integration project internally, as well as case study-based ROI analysis on how to maximise benefits.

Neil Gleghorn, Chief Executive Officer of Kallik comments, “This resource is good news for business leaders in the regulated and packaged goods industries, who will find it a useful reference tool for making integration go a lot smoother.”

Kallik has a proven track record of working in regulated industries, offering integration solutions that use a data-centric approach to labelling creation and management.

The paper, ‘The Integrated Enterprise,’ is available to download at:

https://www.kallik.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Kallik-Integrated-Enterprise-Whitpaper.pdf

About Kallik

Kallik is a global provider of software solutions that simplify complex artwork management, generation and approval challenges for regulated industries. Kallik’s systems help these organisations to reduce the risk of product recall, guarantee product and brand consistency, mitigate risk and reduce costs. Based on technologies using a structured data-centric approach, Kallik’s solutions leverage and repurpose content to automatically generate artwork, which enables businesses to remove duplication, track content and rapidly change messaging to respond to new market and regulatory challenges.

Formed in 2001, Kallik’s founders and senior management team have a rich heritage in the packaging and labelling industry. The flagship AMS360™ Automated Artwork Management solution was devised based on this insider knowledge of the sector and today underpins the businesses of companies including Sealed Air, Estee Lauder, Coloplast, Integra, Mary Kay and Unilever.

More at www.kallik.com or follow us on Twitter @KallikAMS

 

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HS061214_SM_2553By Neil Gleghorn, CEO, Kallik

As you will now know we have launched our very exciting new solution, developed with our technology partner Zebra, that’s all about delivering enterprises the ability to print and share product data in ways that historically they simply haven’t been able to: AMS 360Print.

That’s mainly through the power of the cloud. But right now, I don’t want to talk about cloud as the reason to get excited about AMS 360Print.

Instead, I want to talk about another reason to get interested about AMS 360Print: UDI (see also ‘UDI’S FIRST DAYS ARE CONFIRMING THE CENTRAL ROLE OF DATA’) – because AMS 360Print enables us to see UDI in completely new ways, to see what is really important about it.

Let’s go back to first principles here to understand what I mean. What is the task at hand? To make sure that what needs to appear on your product’s label does indeed appear.

With UDI you are considering a specific set of data, however, it’s data that’s always related to all the other content on the final label. And that’s data that you always have to get right. There’s not much point printing UDI data for a 100g European product on a 100g American pack. So, you need to start considering all of the content as important. And with our new cloud-based printing solution, AMS 360Print, all the data you need is held centrally, in one place, not just the UDI bits but all other text, codes and imagery too.

Think of it as 100 items of data which need to be printed for every item. About 86 are the product elements you want the consumer to see, while the remainder is the UDI content. With AMS360Print, the data is never broken up; it’s always a connected unit, which travels every which way up and down the supply chain, no matter how extended you need that supply chain to be. The data is always where it should be, in the right place.

Data is always going to be where it should be

A lot of manufacturers have implemented a disconnected method of label creation, with UDI data in one store and the remaining content in labelling system or worse in a document somewhere, which introduces a break in the chain, or at the very least the potential for one. In effect, you might have the UDI and label data, but are they joined up in the right way?

With the AMS360Print connected approach, however, you have the complete supply chain working with the correct data. As the product owner, the responsibility is with you. Only focusing on your own methods and tools to ensure compliance is not enough. What is needed is a framework that delivers content seamlessly down the supply chain.

With AMS360Print any approved third party manufactures can register their printers and that’s it – no software needed. They are immediately connected to the conduit of accurate and complete data, and the audit trail for proof of what has been printed is all in one place, regardless of manufacturing site.

So AMS 360Print is not just the best way of doing multi-country, large scale, complex-supply-chain printing of millions of labels – it’s also a fantastic way of handling the regulatory side of this area too.

Tracey Edwards Quality Assurance Kallik– Seasoned compliance manager Tracey Edwards comes on board to ensure Kallik meets exacting quality assurance metrics –

Tamworth, UK: March 16, 2015 – Labelling content management leader Kallik is delighted to announce the appointment of Tracey Edwards as its new dedicated quality assurance manager.

Tracey will be responsible for extending the British tech SME’s ISO9001:2008 internal quality management system (QMS) and TickIT plus compliance.  As well as leading on-going drivers for compliance with national and international standards and legislation.The new role is also expected to involve close interfacing with external auditors plus ensuring the execution of corrective/preventative action and compliance with service level agreements.

Tracey brings a CV steeped in compliance professionalism to the newly-created position, having extensive experience on both sides of the auditing fence.

Her 25-year plus exposure to pharmaceutical regulations GLP, GCLP, GMP is a major asset for Kallik, including as it does over two decades at AstraZeneca encompassing 12 years of MHRA & FDA audit inspections, as well as a number of years as  a  global quality & compliance manager at with Johnson Controls (JCI)  Integrated Lifescience.

Tracey sees her mission as applying her extensive industry knowledge to take Kallik’s entire quality management approach to a global leadership level.

“Kallik takes compliance very seriously, putting quality solutions and services at the heart of the business,” she said.

“Kallik’s passion for both its solution and customer service is infectious, so I’m looking forward to working closely with the team and will enjoy the challenge of working on all aspects of compliance.

Tracey adds that her ‘mantra’ is Ruskins’ statement that, ‘Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort’ – and that in her new role, “I know no-one at Kallik will disagree.”

Neil Gleghorn, Chief Executive Officer of Kallik added,  “Tracey’s hugely impressive compliance and auditing experience and solid track record in regulatory campaigns at international manufacturing organisations, combined with our own commitment to quality, will meet our customers’ needs and without question help our business overall.”

About Kallik

Kallik is a global provider of software solutions that simplify complex artwork management, generation and approval challenges for regulated industries. Kallik’s systems help these organisations to reduce the risk of product recall, guarantee product and brand consistency, mitigate risk and reduce costs.

Based on technologies using a structured data-centric approach, Kallik’s solutions leverage and repurpose content to automatically generate artwork.  This enables businesses to remove duplication, track content and rapidly change messaging to respond to new market and regulatory challenges.

Formed in 2001, Kallik’s founders and senior management team have a rich heritage in the packaging and labelling industry. The flagship AMS360™ Automated Artwork Management solution was devised based on this insider knowledge of the sector and today underpins the businesses of companies including Sealed Air, Estee Lauder, Coloplast, Integra, Mary Kay and Unilever.

More at www.kallik.com or follow us on Twitter @KallikAMS

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By Neil Gleghorn, CEO, Kallik

nail-gleghornIt’s time to start telling you more about the most important deal that Kallik has made in our 14 year history – our fantastic new cloud-based service AMS 360Print that we’re rolling out in close collaboration with our partner, print management services leader Zebra Technologies, the global leader in barcode printing and real-time location system technology including printers, RFID, software and supplies.

We’re putting together a wide range of materials to start helping customers and partners, as well as the rest of the artwork and labelling community, understand what this means for the market. And I can’t think of a better place to start than this video [see here: http://www.mediabank.co.uk/Videos/Zebra/19422%20-%20Kallik%20-%20No%20GFX.mp4] that sets out some of the business drivers very well.

I’ve summarised the audio here – and I hope you have a couple of minutes to check it out!

Connectivity at the heart of what we both do

“The Kallik solution is a web-based cloud solution, managing content all to do with labelling. The most important thing about what Kallik does, in fact, is the creation and protection of the data, as well as ensuring that the data is actually used correctly.

“What we were looking for at Kallik was a way of connecting our cloud solution to multiple devices – regardless of geographic location around the world. And we came across the Zatar project within Zebra. And so Zatar, for us, is really a wide area network, in fact, a global network that allows us to connect things through it into the Kallik data.

“One of the key benefits here is making sure that that information is correct; if you get a product wrong, labelled wrong, it’s typically millions of pounds worth of cost. The other thing this Zatar is going to offer us as a vendor is helping customers with traceability – everything is in just one system. So joining those two things up will not only reduce risk for brands, it will also give enterprises a much better system so that they can be much more efficient and have a full, global audit trail.

“What this does for customers is offer major change in the way that they currently work, reducing complexity, reducing cost – and reducing the opportunity of getting it wrong. These are all excellent good reasons for us linking with Zatar.

In fact, working with the Zebra platform is really ultimately about extending the concept we have had for years here at Kallik about connectivity. Zebra thinks the same in many ways as we have since 2001 – about speed, about web services, cloud, rapid development, they think about Agile development In very similar ways to us, too.

“So to come across a platform that’s all about connecting things and being better together really is totally aligned with what we do in our business.”

 

By Neil Gleghorn, CEO, Kallik

nail-gleghornWe have a lot on our to-do list for 2015. Be assured, it’s genuinely exciting stuff. Both for us as a company, commercially, but also for our customers and for our long-term trusted partners.

What’s really gratifying is that a lot of what you’ll see happening for Kallik in 2015 builds on conversations that we’ve had with our customers going back quite some time. 2015 will be the year that crystallises the efforts that the team has been putting into this market for years, so it really is an important year for us.

And a dominant theme that will sum up a lot of what’s taking shape: Kallik’s extended cloud. In fact, from a technology viewpoint, the growing acceptance by the market that cloud is the best platform to both deliver and for connectivity is also crystallising, and is a huge part of our plans and ambitions for the next 12 months.

Kallik has always been a cloud innovator; in fact, we had one of the first ever such offerings out there, in 2003 (although it wasn’t called cloud then!). I think it’s safe to say, we are ahead of the game here.

The emergence of AMS 360Print

Our programme name for all that is AMS 360Print, which you will hear a lot about this year. At a high level, the story is this: since day one, the Kallik proposition was that you should have one system that you can access via any device you like, mobile, PC, Mac or whatever.

That proposition has evolved as we talked to clients who said, ‘Well, we have got all these printers that we need to hook up – can you help us link to those?’

We’re not talking desktop laser printers here. We mean the large industrial printers on the factory floor; the minsters that churn out hundreds of thousands of product labels.

These machines are connected up, but only to a limited degree. Our challenge to customers was that the bar needed to be raised – rather than manage every single printer individually, with no central way of managing anything other than printer server type technology, a new, more integrated and global way of working, should be the aspiration. A new way that removes the need for old school labelling software solutions in the manufacturing site and delivers real-time optimisation of manufacturing production, true smart manufacturing.

Hence our collaboration with Zebra Technologies – the largest supplier in the world of printers in the manufacturing and labelling space.

Working with Zebra we have built AMS 360Print – a global cloud platform solution – which means even if you have 20 factories all over the world, those printers now link seamlessly to your Kallik artwork and content labelling management solution.

In other words, those networked printers don’t just see the LAN and some central print server, but one Kallik cloud – which in practical terms means you can print on any print device anywhere in the world, directly from your Kallik application. No more distributed label databases and labelling templates and a huge leap in terms of efficiency, quality and traceability.

That means one piece of data all the way through every part of your labelling process for all your packaging and labelling needs, whether its factory label, patient leaflets or pre-printed packaging.

That’s a fantastic breakthrough for anyone working with labelling content in a regulated industry – in fact in any industry!

The other interesting aspect to this news is that this solution can be easily made a fully-integrated part of your supplier chain (and you don’t need install any software!) – which means, regardless of manufacturing location and ownership, data can flow and labels can be printed to one standard, ensuring quality right across the supply chain.

To sum up for this preview, 2015 for Kallik is going to be the year when all our messages about a single source of truth, the fact that artwork management is all about content, cloud is the best delivery method, plus the smart way to work is in the shape of a community of people extending that data value right across multiple other touch points – are all coming together.

 

Streamlined, traceable printing solutions – including Zatar IoT platform – help remove cost, complexity and regulatory risk

TAMWORTH, UK & LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. 17 February, 2015 Kallik, the Label and Artwork Management company, today announced a strategic technology partnership with Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in products and services that provide real-time visibility into organisations’ assets, people and transactions. The resulting solutions extend the reach and benefits of Kallik’s flagship Label and Artwork Management (LAM) system to the factory-floor printer.

Manufacturers commonly have multiple standalone PCs, databases and printers for packaging and labelling output, leading to inefficiency and duplication. Once label artwork is approved, it is often received by the manufacturing facility as a PDF, only to be recreated in another software system.

With the combined solutions introduced in January 2015, Kallik harnesses Zebra’s Zatar Internet of Things (IoT) enablement platform, allowing remote printer applications to be integrated with other software systems. Kallik uses this to extend the controls and transparency of its AMS360 LAM solution down to the label printer level – helping remove cost, complexity and regulatory risk for producers of medical devices and other life sciences manufacturers.

KEY FACTS

  • Kallik AMS360 is a powerful, cloud-based label and artwork management system which allows all of the constituent visual parts of a product’s packaging, labelling and user literature to be managed intelligently and with high levels of automation from a single, central place.
  • The AMS360 system improves a manufacturer’s efficiency, speed to market and compliance. It has particular appeal in heavily regulated industries in which ensuring the use of correct, up-to-date wording, logos and symbols in each target country is paramount.
  • Zatar is an IoT application enablement platform that helps manage entire device networks and simplifies the creation of applications. Zatar is the ideal software platform to build IoT and Machine to Machine (M2M) applications.
  • Recently named a leading player in Gartner’s Market Guide for LAM Software Vendors, Kallik integrates the Zatar platform with its AMS360 LAM software to drive print commands and extend the traceability of content-handling through to the final output.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Neil Gleghorn, founder and CEO, Kallik

“Thanks to our partnership with Zebra, our customers can reduce the costs of maintaining multiple printers by connecting to any single printer across their organizations.  From one system, everything can be controlled so there is a single version of the truth, and an end-to-end audit trail of who did what, when, and where. Once a master label has been approved, it can be printed directly from our system. This capability is completely unique to Kallik.”

Philip Gerskovich, senior vice president, New Growth Platforms, Zebra Technologies

“We are excited that Kallik, a long-time Zebra partner, has selected the Zatar enterprise IoT platform to enhance the experience for its customers and create a new solution that addresses tasks that are historically time consuming and expensive.”

SUPPORTING RESOURCES

Website:  www.kallik.com

Twitter: @KallikAMS

Facebook:  Zebra Technologies

Twitter: @ZebraTechnologies

Website:   www.zatar.com

About Kallik

With nearly 30 years’ experience in artwork generation and software development, Kallik is a world-leader in providing intuitive Labelling and Artwork Management (LAM) solutions to organisations worldwide. Our contribution to this field is recognised by respected global analysts such as Gartner*.

Our LAM solutions are used by some of the world’s largest organisations, in heavily-regulated sectors such as medical device manufacture, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Our people are steeped in internal knowledge of our industry and we measure our success against the highest standards for service and support.

For further information visit www.kallik.com

About Zebra Technologies Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) makes businesses as smart and connected as the world we live in. Zebra tracking and visibility solutions transform the physical to digital, creating the data streams enterprises need  to simplify operations, know more about their businesses, and empower their mobile workforces. For more information, visit www.zebra.com/possibilities.

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Zebra Technologies                                            PR for Kallik

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Labelling content & Artwork management leader Kallik’s founder and CEO Neil Gleghorn has been selected as one of the 100 most influential people in the pharmaceutical sector worldwide –

Tamworth, UK August 4, 2014 –Labelling Content & Artwork Management leader Kallik is delighted to announcethat its founder and CEO Neil Gleghorn has just been recognised as one of the 100 most influential people on the global pharmaceutical stage.

The honour is confirmed by Neil being named to the landmark PharmaVOICE 100 List published by the sector’s leading independent editorial publication, PharmaVOICE.

Established nine years ago, The PharmaVOICE 100 is an annual list of individuals determined by their peers as having made the most consistent, outstanding contribution to the life sciences industry, an industry whose UK representatives generate over £50bn in sales every year according to government statistics.

According to the publishers, winners of PharmaVOICE 100 places illustrate what it means to think bigger, do more, and lead with passion and integrity, with all nominations decided by members of the sector.

“I am extremely honoured to receive this industry recognition,” said Neil.

“It is one of the most important peer awards in the pharmaceutical industry, and is testament to the work of everyone here at Kallik – not just me, but everyone from the most junior team member all the way up to the board, our partners and everyone who’s been part of the journey – and most important of all, our customers.”

A long-lasting dialogue

Neil’s extensive knowledge and understanding of the pharma industry’s specific challenges was key to his winning a PharmaVOICE 100 place. That is a knowledge base that he has used to develop forward-thinking solutions that help achieve efficiency and compliance as well as form the basis for on-going dialogues with customers about the long-term challenges they face. “What a third party like a Kallik can do is see the gaps that siloed teams in procurement, regulatory or marketing in a pharmaceutical company just can’t,” he said. “We use that perspective to develop the kind of systems that the pharmaceutical companies of today are increasingly recognising as vital in maximising their opportunity in the market.”

About Kallik

Kallik is a global provider of software solutions that simplify complex artwork management, generation and approval challenges for regulated industries. Its systems help such organisations to reduce the risk of product recall, guarantee product and brand consistency, mitigate risk and reduce costs.

Based on technologies using a structured data-centric approach, Kallik’s solutions leverage and repurpose content to automatically generate artwork.  This enables businesses to remove duplication, track content and rapidly change messaging to respond to new market and regulatory challenges. Formed in 2001, Kallik’s founders and senior management team have a rich heritage in the packaging and labelling industry. The flagship AMS360™ Automated Artwork Management solution was devised based on this insider knowledge of the sector and today underpins the businesses of companies including Sealed Air, Estee Lauder, Coloplast, Integra, Mary Kay and Unilever.

More at www.kallik.com or follow us on Twitter @KallikAMS

About PharmaVOICE PharmaVOICE is expressly written and designed to deliver the views, opinions, and insights of executives who are shaping the direction of the dynamic life-sciences industry. PharmaVOICE, with the largest distribution in its market sector, is delivered to more than 34,000 BPA-qualified subscribers, which include executives from pharmaceutical manufacturing, biotechnology, drug discovery, research & development, contract research, drug delivery, and device/diagnostic companies. The publication also targets decision makers at healthcare advertising, marketing, medical education, public relations, information technology, contract sales, traditional and nontraditional media, and other service support companies and organizations. The publication also reaches more than 100,000 users with its digital edition, which contains original exclusive bonus content. PharmaVOICE’s unique horizontal editorial approach cuts across industry silos, providing a holistic overview of the life-sciences industry, addressing a range of topics from molecule through market. By engaging compelling personalities from diverse industry sectors, PharmaVOICE provides multiple perspectives on business challenges, trends, and topics.

More at www.pharmavoice.com

 

By Ashley Goldie, Sales & Marketing Director, Kallik ‎

I don’t know if you’ve noticed it yet, but there’s a quiet revolution going on. I think it’s about a fundamental shift in the way organisations deal with change and make innovation happen. I’m calling it ‘the roadmap to automation’ – and I hope you will agree with me once I explain a bit more.

Let’s start with the public sector. We’ve seen enough big project disasters there in the past – often IT-related ones.

But we’ve not been reading about anything like that for a while now. If you ask people in the sector why that is, they’ll probably point to the insistence by the Government on the use of the ‘Agile’ project management and system creation approach.

What’s Agile about? It’s about stepping away from the Big Bang/‘let’s change everything even if it takes three years’ approach that’s been the hallmark of failure in the past.

Agile – with its insistence on breaking big problems down into small, tractable ones and on working with customers to deliver quick, easy wins on a regular basis, that get everyone on board to achieve transformation together – says, ‘Let’s get to the future in achievable increments, not by a huge, dangerous leap.’

You see the same thing in the private sector. After all, Agile itself is a spin-off of a management technique called Lean Manufacturing, which you may well have come across. You may also have seen a sharp, recent increase in interest in Six Sigma, a fantastic quality-improvement technique, which is also akin to Agile.

Let’s stop biting off more than we can chew!

The trend that Agile in the public sector and Six Sigma in the private one support is the same thing.

That’s a commitment to stop trying to ‘boil the ocean’ in one go – or, as it’s also sometimes pithily put, ‘eating the elephant.’

All these approaches can be summed up in the useful Japanese phrase kaizen or ‘continuous improvement’. Kaizen’s all about small steps – but steps that all go in the right direction.

We’ve seen this really take off among our customers – this kind of pause in the Big Project mindset. People are fed up of three year ‘change’ projects that either never finish – or finish by delivering something that is no longer very useful, as times have moved on.

This is a very positive trend and one that all businesses should look at. It’s also very much what we encourage at Kallik, by the way.

We are very comfortable helping customers start small with the Kallik AMS360 (Artwork Management System). There simply is no need to leap forward dramatically if you don’t want to – although we will also support you if that’s your intention.

We call this a roadmap to full automation – and hope you agree this incremental approach to business change could be right for you, too.

Labelling content management leader Kallik has listened to customers and delivered the changes they want, with version 5.2 of its AMS360™ Artwork Management Solution

Tamworth, UK, June 16, 2014 – Labelling content and artwork management leader Kallik has announced a major upgrade of its market-leading AMS360™ Kallik Artwork Management solution, based on extensive user consultation and feedback.

The firm invests significant time speaking with its user base in order to offer customers precisely the improvements they need most.

The upgrade offers various additional elements requested in scheduled focus groups and feedback sessions, centred on changes to the overall look and feel of the solution, as well as functionality changes set to deliver extra control for greater efficiency and customer peace of mind.

“We have engaged with our customers and developed the AMS360™ product in response to what they’ve told us and made things simpler to use, as well as giving organisations even greater control of their artwork processes.” confirmed Kallik CEO Neil Gleghorn.

“Our customers are highly involved in the evolution of the AMS360™ product,” Gleghorn added.

“They are the sounding board for our developers’ ideas – a process that ends up pushing our understanding of what is possible as well as ensuring the solution is always going to drive value into their business.”

The new version 5.2 of AMS360™ will flag up ‘stale’ artwork assets, namely content that needs updating, so that all artwork remains in sync and fully up-to-date.

The upgrade also features a ‘brief review process,’ enabling artwork creators to route all proposed content around for internal approval prior to it going to the artwork stage.

There is also a new ‘what’s changed’ report – a feature that will show what, if anything, has been updated in a current project.

Kallik AMS360™ 5.2 will be available in the second quarter, initially on a non-production server environment before entering full production.

Kallik has also committed to provide comprehensive user guides, how-to videos and webinars to help customers hit the ground running as they transition from earlier versions of AMS360™.

About Kallik

Kallik is a global provider of software solutions that simplify complex artwork management, generation and approval challenges for regulated industries.

Kallik’s systems help these organisations to reduce the risk of product recall, guarantee product and brand consistency, mitigate risk and reduce costs.

Based on technologies using a structured data-centric approach, Kallik’s solutions leverage and repurpose content to automatically generate artwork. This enables businesses to remove duplication, track content and rapidly change messaging to respond to new market and regulatory challenges.

Formed in 2001, Kallik’s founders and senior management team have a rich heritage in the packaging and labelling industry. The flagship AMS360™ Automated Artwork Management solution was devised based on this insider knowledge of the sector and today underpins the businesses of companies including Sealed Air, Estee Lauder, Coloplast, Integra, Mary Kay and Unilever.

More at www.kallik.com or follow us on Twitter @KallikAMS