ATE: helping the print and packaging industry to excel

The print and packaging industry is one of the fastest growing and highly innovative industries in India. What makes the Indian print and packaging industry tick? Is it the print quality, productivity, reduction of waste, cost competitiveness, or all these? All of these is the easy answer to this question. That’s where ATE comes in too, with a range of novel products and integrated solutions designed to improve quality, improve productivity, reduce waste, and hence enhance competitiveness. In fact, ATE has been partnering the print and packaging industry covering gravure, flexo, and offset printing for over 35 years.

Anuj Bhagwati, managing director, ATE Enterprises says, “Print and packaging in India has started to mature, and needs more thoughtful and sophisticated engineering. ATE continues to hone its products and services as we work towards providing our customers with innovative and cost-effective solutions. The advancements we have made in the print control and vision systems group are part of this drive.”

Register control systems

Anuj Bhagwati, MD, ATE EnterprisesResponding to the challenges of delivering exacting print quality, ATE had developed the highly successful ALYGN register control system. More than 170 ALYGN systems are now working satisfactorily in India, Europe, and China, supplied either through the leading OEMs or to the end users directly. Encouraged by this success and discerning the evolving market expectations of quality, ATE has now developed the next generation ALYGN register control system. The AlygnAXIS is set to create new benchmarks not just for reliability, but also for having one of the fastest correction outputs among the register control systems available in the world. ATE now manufactures a range of AXIS products that include StrobAXIS (range of stroboscopes), ViewAXIS (web video systems), and DetectAXIS (100% print inspection system) for various specialized applications, each in a class of its own, packed with unique features.

Application-specific solutions

ATE’s business unit, Valence, provides a range of application-specific solutions in print and packaging. They cover static management solutions, ink handling and conditioning systems, heat recovery systems, waste solvent reclaimers, chamber doctor blades and holders, etc, which are designed to improve quality, reduce costs, and improve safety.

Improving productivity…

It’s now well proven that fresh-clean-cool air positively impacts the bottom line of the manufacturing units due to improved productivity, reduced wastages, and the improved morale of employees. It is particularly true that the fresh-clean-cool air enormously benefits the print and packaging units. ATE brings to the print and packaging industry the HMX-Ambiator, the next-generation cooling solution based on evaporative cooling technology, from its business unit HMX. The HMX-Ambiator helps to maintain positive pressure and dust-free environments by supplying 100% fresh, clean, cool air for process cooling and people comfort. It also helps to reduce solvent losses and even static charges. The HMX-Ambiator is an excellent upgrade over air-washers and ventilation systems. HMX has already supplied 3.2 million CFM of indirect evaporative cooling solutions (HMX-Ambiator) in the print and packaging sector, which includes some of the leading names such as Uflex, ITC, Parikh Packaging, Balaji Multiflex, Uma Converters, M.M. Polytech, Renewsys, Creative Group– a clear testimony to the growing success of this innovative technology in this sector.

Industrial IoT solutions & services

Digitalisation of the manufacturing shop floor is the need of the hour for reaping the benefits of the digital technology, and the print and packaging industry cannot be an exception. Taking the benefits of digital technology to this industry, ATE’s business unit, EcoAxis, has developed customised industrial IoT solutions and services for rotogravure printing, lamination and slitting machines. EcoAxis provides integrated system bringing together data from ERP systems, production planning systems, machines, auxiliary equipment and manufacturing facilities at one single platform to give dashboards, reports and practical, actionable insights. The real-time insights for print and packaging industry include drill-down production reports, operator performance, quality reports, ink, solvent and adhesive consumption per print and energy consumption reports. The system also keeps track of deviations between recommended machine parameters versus actual machine parameters during production.

Towards safe & eco-friendly environment

ATE also represents some of the world’s most renowned manufacturers in the safety and environment fields to offer high technology solutions to the Indian printing industry. They include residual solvent analysers and LEL monitoring and heat recirculation systems from NIRA, distillation systems for solvent recovery from waste ink from IRAC, solvent recovery systems from DEC Impianti, regenerative thermal oxidation from DURR, electrostatic print assist from Eltex, and hazardous waste incinerators from McClelland, among others.

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