Variable Data & Digital printing

Kohli Printographics: where digital printing is key to success

Being a torch bearer of digital printing in India, Kohli Printographics has become a one-stop shop situated at the heart of Delhi - Connaught Place. Established in 1978 they embarked the concept of colour printing, electronic typewriting, and the application of DTP amidst the printing industries fraternity. “Kohli Printographics has made tremendous efforts in making people aware of the essence of colour printing by bridging gap between black-and-white and colour printing,” he said. The firm has managed to maintain a consistent ‘adaptive business’ mindset. “We diversified in 1980 by introducing ‘Dry Printing Process’ the very first time. In the following years, we have installed some of the latest machineries equipped with state-of-the-art technology, meeting specified requisites of our clients. In 1991, we imported first colour photo copier form Germany to India as well as started ‘On demand’ digital printing service,” shared Paramjit.

On asking about their installation base, Paramjit replied that the firm has a complete assortment of machineries, quite capable in delivering complete solution to their esteemed clients including corporate biggies, government bodies and walk-in-customers. “We offer solution, right from designing to printing to finishing under a single roof. We have a capacity of printing 50,000-60,000 A3 prints per day,” he shared.

Kohli Printographics offers a variety of print jobs like business cards, brochures, banners, T-shirts printing, mug printing and other in-trend printing jobs prevailing in the market.

Talking about their future plans, Paramjit expressed his desire to get into Value Addition, which is still a growing field and holds tremendous potential. “Also, we would like to add a new segment of photo albums in our facility,” concluded Paramjit.

Made in India VDP and security solutions from Monotech at Labelexpo India

Powered with latest technology, innovation and knowledge, after successful showcase of digital inkjet monochrome and security solutions capabilities in Labelexpo India and Labelexpo Europe, Monotech Systems is set to strike again with fully loaded unique solutions under its own brand “JETSCI” for variable data and security printing at Labelexpo India.

The company is coming up in a big way with brand new complete and prototype solutions for label printing industry with ‘made in India’ full colour printing solution, track and trace, ultra-high speed and high resolution variable data printing, high security applications, plastic cards personalization solutions and many others are under development alongside digital foil, MICR, digital inkjet web press. All solutions are designed according to the requirements of domestic and international markets to fit in their budget, quality and operational expectations.

The new solutions which are further customized, are going to become a benchmark and will offer more business opportunity and revenue generation to the end user.

Monotech Systems specializes in providing end-to-end solutions to its customers through its own manufactured and integrated systems under brand name “JETSCI”. This is the first and only integrator in India with 70+ successful installations across the globe. The JETSCI solutions cater to wide range of applications like - business forms, scratch cards, holograms, security printing, packaging, pharma labels and many more. JETSCI has completed several turnkey projects and have a vast experience of executing bespoke solutions to labels, packaging, and security and to several other printing jobs whether the requirement is just to print variable data or to implement complete workflow solution.

Agfa Graphics’ design and assembly software for high-security printing

At the recently concluded Security Printers conference in Seville (October 5-7, 2016), Agfa Graphics demonstrated the new Fortuna 10 design software for high-end security printing. It includes a smart collection of updated tools and new security modules. These aim at reducing complex manual calculations, as well as achieving more productivity and ease-of-use for designers of high-security printing graphics for passports, ID documents, high-security cards, breeder documents, tax stamps, security documents, lottery tickets and more.

Fortuna 10 introduces the brand new Trafo pattern generator, a unique solution for the very latest challenges faced by passport and other security document designers. It creates very complex, yet precise transformation patterns that replace labor- and calculation-intensive manual steps.

Fortuna 10 will be available for Windows 10 environments at the end of 2016.

Digital is the way to go!

-HS Laxmi Graphic Innovation, Kolkata streamlines its operations with bizhub PRESS C1085

With demands for high volume as well as diverse printing requirements at an all time high, printing businesses are eagerly hunting for new digital printing solutions to sustain themselves in this highly competitive segment. Barun Maiti, owner of Kolkata based printing firm ‘HS Laxmi Graphic Innovation,’ shares, “I felt that shorter run jobs and variable jobs was increasing day by day and with cut throat competition and fixed deadlines, digital was the best way to move forward and set up base in this domain. Following which I deployed Konica Minolta’s engine Bizhub 1085, owing to its unprecedented printing quality, high productivity and ability to perform high volume printing operations of diverse formats,’’ says Maiti.

Today his firm is witnessing a rapid growth in the space of digital printing, owing to reduced dependency on outsourcing operations. He is also highly impressed with Konica Minolta’s strong local service support network which convinced him to pick the company’s solution after evaluating a host of offerings from other vendors to cater to his company’s end to end printing requirements.

“Konica Minolta was the number one brand in our list with its dedicated team in the east and good print quality of KM engine Bizhub 1085 press. It was also easier to trust a brand where communication levels were open and supportive,” added Maiti.

While, Yuji Nakata, MD, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Pvt Ltd, said “Enabling business expansion to our esteemed customers is our utmost priority. We are extremely happy over the deployment of our industry leading bizhub PRESS C1085, which enables high volume and varied printing outputs by HS Laxmi Graphic Innovation. Our highly skilled workforce will continue to strengthen the company’s product portfolio in the digital domain in years to come.’’

Bizhub PRESS C1085 also boasts of ‘Exact Colour,’ a high precision colour management software and 3D collaboration to ensure minimal colour differences in environments where colour fluctuations are very easy to manage.

“Digitally printed sheet are growing and will continue to grow and no one can stop that. Most of the jobs these days are shifting from long runs to short runs with customer opting for variable data printing. However the need has also risen for large size digital presses going forward,’’ concludes Maiti.

Konica Minolta pays attention to value additions and web-to-print service

Till date 2500 KM units have installed countrywide

What has been observed by Konica Minolta in the current commercial printing market of India is the increasing print volume. Also, commercial printers are now looking at value additions to print jobs. Kuldeep Malhotra, vice president, sales division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd, talks about the company’s new move in an exclusive chat with Sonal Khurana, managing editor, Print & Publishing.

So far, Konica Minolta has delivered around 2500 units across the country, either through direct channels or indirectly. “Of the approximate total of 2500 machines, 2000 have been delivered directly,” says Kuldeep Malhotra, vice president, sales division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd.

On commercial printing…

Kuldeep MalhotraNow that the disposition of commercial printing community in India has been changing from being merely jobbers to ones fully conscious about value additions to print finishes, things are moving on a right track of development. In this backdrop, Kuldeep says that the industry people are now looking beyond printing; they are mindful of post-press activities, such as jet varnishing solutions, cutting, binding and others.

“Commercial printers in Tier II & III cities across the country are now rather giving deeper focus on print finishing, such as jet varnish, particularly those engaged in photoalbum production are plunging into innovative finish prints,” says Kuldeep, adding that one of their customers in south India recently invested in the company’s MGI jet varnishing technology. He further mentions that their customer has been doing good job in print enhancement, producing photo albums, invitation cards, among others.

Despite all new developments, there is certain deterrence in the Indian commercial market about the adoption of new technologies. In this respect, Kuldeep shares that the full swing in mass adoption of in-line finishing applications may take another decade or so in the country. The reason, according to him, could be readily available labour forces at affordable rates.

Web-to-print service

Inculcating their customers into e-commerce activities, Konica Minolta is now gearing up to introduce a web-to-print site, to be driven by the company’s customers. “Introduction of such online platform will help us to bring an easier business network, which is transparent and easy to interact with our customers in connection to product info, purchase, postsale consultation and service,” explains Kuldeeep, adding that this online initiative would be ideally advantageous for customers based in far off geographies.

In publishing domain

Konica Minolta has its stronghold position in the publishing arena too—particularly books. “Over the last few months, let’s say in the last one quarter, we have been growing in the book publishing sector with gradual increase in selling of our monochrome systems to a number of leading book publishers,” mentions Kuldeep, adding that the installation base of the number of the company’s monochrome printers has been growing at 30-40 percent over the last four months.

“It was really tough for us to sell monochrome machines last year; but the market has now opened up for us with demands for our newly introduced bizhub PRO 1100 digital press increasing and some leading publishing houses have already adopted the system,” narrates Kuldeep. This black & white production press is designed with high-speed print/copy output of 100 ppm in 1200 x 1200 dpi, produced with LED technology for smoother halftones.

Arrival of KM-1

Talk of the town is certainly the company’s KM-1, a 29.5-inch sheet-fed UV inkjet press that was Konica Minolta’s show stopper during drupa 2016. “There is a lot happening in the inkjet parameter; we are now fully geared up for the installation of our muchawaited KM-1 press in India. For this, we keep talking to a number of customers who have shown interest in the press,” says Kuldeep, adding that the point is to find the right user of the machine who can run it to the utmost productivity level. He says that they don’t want to present KM-1 as just another volume generating press. KM-1 can handle paper of different thicknesses, ranging from thin to packaging papers, churning without pre-coating, which conventional machines often fail to do. “KM-1 is a B2 plus size press, which requires no pre-coated media—these are two major advantages of this press,” points out Kuldeep.

On a concluding note…

“Giving Shape to Ideas, Konica Minolta always remains committed to helping their customers enhance value in prints, in response to the ever-diversifying commercial print market,” concludes Kuldeep.

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