Sona Printers enhances productivity with Heidelberg Eurobind 4000

Nikhil Mittal with the Heidelberg Eurobind 4000 equipment.  New Delhi-based Sona Printers, a well known name in the Indian printing and paper stationery industry, is one of the select companies which fully understand the importance of finishing and make it work to their advantage. It is no wonder that in 2009, Sona Printers installed the first Heidelberg Eurobind 4000, the predecessor of the actual product, the Eurobind Pro, in Asia. Sona Printers’ Eurobind adhesive binding line is equipped with an 18 clamp adhesive binder, a 16 station Eurogather and a Eurotrim three-knife-trimmer. “Today, the printing industry is growing at a fast pace; we have to compete in aspects of performance and quality. And our recent installation, the Heidelberg Eurobind 4000 is the best in its class and means value for money,” commented Nikhil Mittal, son of Kishore Mittal who gained a BA Honors in Print Media Management from London School of Printing and joined the family business in 2005.

The Heidelberg Eurobind has a modular design delivering exceptional flexibility and ease of use. With its fully encapsulated large, wide-opening windows, users can visually monitor production processes on the fly and processing stations can be accessed quickly during setup. The Eurobind 4000 adhesive binding line is equipped with a book block feeder for handling more than 16 signatures, a lining station to accommodate special brochures and is JDF-compatible for workflow integration. Operators can use the local touch screen concept to control the entire configuration during the binding process.

Various settings are identified via intuitive symbols that are used consistently in all Heidelberg machines, a feature which adds to the user-friendly credentials of the machine. The Eurobind 4000 adhesive binding line yields professional adhesive binding in the output class up to 4,000 cycles per hour with an average run of 10,000 copies. It reliably offers high productivity and consistently high quality especially with inline-finished products. As per Nikhil Mittal “The Eurobind 4000 is a fully integrated machine. There are no offline operations and it is inline performance at its best. One of the most impressive factors is the quick job change from one job to the other at best quality. We have adopted such technology to take a major leap forward in enhancing productivity. With other equipment, job setting is the biggest hassle in binding. We have been able to have make readies and job changes done in about three minutes with the Eurobind, and are able to deliver varied sizes from A6 to A3 sized books.”

Additionally, Sona Printers has installed two other state-of-the-art equipments - the POLAR 115 XT cutting system and the Heidelberg Stahlfolder KH 78 folding machine. The new POLAR 115 XT label cutting system with Compucut is the second installation of its kind in India. POLAR’s best-selling cutting system prepares the material to be cut with great precision. Their Heidelberg Stahlfolder KH 78 has a unique configuration with a folding unit, gluer, pressing unit, stacker and bundling unit.

Established in 1977 by Kishore Mittal together with his brothers, Ajay Mittal and Vijay Mittal, Sona Printers entered commercial printing in 1983, and after experiencing steady growth over a decade, they ventured into the paper stationery business in 1998. Today, Sona Printers operates from a 50,000 sq ft printing facility at Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi.

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