We're researching our options to print artwork with dynamic (i.e. data driven) elements inline with our production process. We have a packaging machine that has an integrated inline printer and we want to send print jobs that contain dynamic data such as part number, lot number, expiration date, description, etc. In the past we have used barcoding and marking software for this as it's designed to be either autoamted by a third party application or to pull data from a database itself. On this new project we're looking to deliver or more graphically rich result. We thought InDesign with it's XML backed frames may be an interesting option to explore.
Keep in mind that workflow is based on reading the product specs and a few blog posts about InDesign, we are NOT InDesign users (yet). There are a couple areas I see problems and I wanted to ask the community if you happen to know if they are real issues or not.
I hope that these questions aren't too vague and that you understand what we're hoping to accomplish.