Variable Data & Digital printing

HP launches new DesignJet Z-series printers in India

–Chromatic red ink and extended color gamut makes an impact for graphics and technical applications

HP Inc has expanded its proven HP DesignJet Z-series portfolio of high-impact graphics printers in India with HP DesignJet Z5600 and Z2600 PostScript Printers. HP DesignJet Z5600 is a 44-inch multi-roll printer while HP Z2600 PostScript Printers is the company’s most affordable 24-inch high-impact graphics printer.

HP DesignJet Z5600 and Z2600 PostScript Printers come with a six-ink printing system, which helps users cut costs by reducing ink consumption up to 20 percent, while still ensuring crisp colours. These devices, designed for copy shops, retailers and corporations, specifically GIS departments, newly offer HP chromatic red ink which enhances the color gamut, ideal for high-impact point of purchase (POP) signs and posters.

“Our customers are today demanding an enhanced colour gamut with higher affordability and productivity.” said Devang Karia, country manager, large format design, GSB, HP Inc. India.” Our High impact graphic printers address the need of printing high-impact indoor graphics & GIS applications enabling users to differentiate from the competition. Chromatic red in our printers provides enhanced color gamut in areas of color space that favor applications such as retail PO/POS and poster applications for customers such as copy shops & in-store retail printing,” he added.

The HP DesignJet Z5600 and Z2600 PostScript Printers produce diverse applications efficiently and with the highest quality standards, from eye-catching signs and posters to durable maps and technical drawings. Smooth color tones are achieved thanks to HP Multi-Dimensional Smart Drop Placement Technology, which provides increased levels of color accuracy and reliable operation of the printer.

Both new HP DesignJet Z-series printers include new HP DesignJet Click printing software to optimize time and simplify printing by enabling radically simple, one-click printing for all PDF, JPEG, TIFF, and HP-GL/2 files from a PC or Mac to the HP DesignJet Z-series printers.

Recent installations of Ricoh in UP West

Digital printer manufacturer Ricoh India is spreading its footprints across the country. Here, we bring information on four Ricoh installations made in UP West in past one year. Uttar Pradesh is not just the most populous state in the country (accounting for 16.4 per cent of the country’s population), but it is also one of the leading economies in India. The state has witnessed rapid industrialization in the recent past, particularly after the launch of policies of economic liberalization in the country. It is home to many industries and printing is no exception. The digital wave has also caught up with the state and there are many service providers offering top class digitalprinting services.

Here, we met four digital printing set-ups in four different cities in West UP to know more about the services they offer. Interestingly, these service providers are using Ricoh printers to successfully meet the demands of their customers.

Hi Poly Prints, Gorakhpur

The company installed Ricoh C7100X colour production printer in December 2015 and since then, they are churning out good quality digital prints at low costs. According to Shirish Agarwal of Hi Poly Prints, their clients are extremely satisfied with printing solutions, offered at affordable prices and consistent quality.

Ricoh C7100X is a five-colour printing machine, which can produce up to 90 colour pages per minute with faster transitions between jobs. The 5th colour station can be used to offer more types of output at a lower price point. “It can create images with up to 1200 x 4800 dpi resolution and can print on a variety of media, including traditional paper products, synthetics, envelopes, textures and more,” added Shirish.

The printing set-up is backed by six adept professionals, who know the nitty-gritty of the requisites of their end consumers. Talking about the kind of customers they get, Shirish added that they get jobs from printers who do not have this facility, besides getting some walk-in customers.

Plaza Digital Colour Lab, Firozabad

As the name suggest, Plaza Digital Color Lab caters to the photographic market. “In the marriage season, we have to increase the working hours to meet the variegated orders of the clients on time. During such times, the number of photo albums orders reach up to 10-12 per day, accounting to more than 250 albums in a month,” shared Mukesh Singh of Plaza Digital Colour Lab.

Their facility is equipped with Ricoh Pro C5100, which was installed a year back. “Since then, the machine has been delivering best in class album and photo prints, making us one of the best photo and album service provider in Firozabad,” added Mukesh. Ricoh Pro C5100 can run up to 65 pages per minute in B/W and colour to deliver high productivity in low volume runs, helping meet tight delivery schedules. “It supports accurate registration on heavy and coated media and up to SRA3 paper size - enabling increase in productivity,” he added.

In this competitive market, Mukesh is happy to have lot of walk-in customers, who have different requirements. Backed by a team of 8 people, Plaza Digital Colour Lab is efficiently catering to the local market.

Apna Photo Sales, Jhansi

Being a photographer for 30 years, it was a natural progression for Rajesh Nigam to offer digital photo albums because only a good photographer can comprehend the essence of images. For this, he has installed a Ricoh Pro C5100s colour production system in April this year. “On an average, we produce 10-15 photo albums per day during the marriage season,” he shared.

Ricoh PRO C5110S is a light production printer that offers high colour production values at affordable cost. It employs innovative technologies, which are used in Ricoh’s high-end printers, to help reduce operation costs and boost performance. “High image quality ensures professional results that are best in class and it also offers impressive broad paper handling including heavy and coated media,” he added.

On asking about their USP, Rajesh replied that he makes sure to use a consistent quality of paper, to ensure optimum quality. Currently, he has a staff of eight people, who are diligently working to meet the orders on time.

Amit Colour Lab, Kanpur

Another colour lab in UP West using Ricoh Pro C5110S is Amit Colour Lab in Kanpur. According to Amit Rajput of Amit Colour Lab, they are satisfied with the performance of the machine as it lets them cater to variegated demands of the customers, without compromising with the quality of the images. Besides, the printer is very energy-effective, he adds. With its smaller footprint, the PRO C5110S needs limited installation space, making it easier to fit into a workspace whilst offering the versatility and performance of larger and more expensive printers.

HP Inc completes installation of 300+ Indigo Presses purchased at drupa 2016 worldwide

HP is fulfilling its robust order pipeline from drupa 2016, delivering more than 300 of its industry-leading HP Indigo digital presses to customer sites worldwide. The new presses are now in full production, reinforcing HP’s robust manufacturing capabilities to deliver proven technology on schedule to meet the quality specifications of the most demanding production environments. Of note, customers across the globe, including Shutterfly, Cimpress, MonAlbumPhoto, Pureprint, Precision Printing, Rotolito Lombarda, Truyol and Pageworks, are now taking full advantage of the quality and productivity breakthroughs enabled by the flagship HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press to address holiday peak season demand.

The installed HP Indigo digital presses include series 2, series 3 and series 4 and specifically, 100 of these installations are of series 4 HP Indigo digital presses, including HP Indigo 10000, 12000, 20000 and 30000 digital presses.

HP Indigo 7900 and 5900 Digital Press customers, including Millet the Printer and Duggal Visual Solutions, respectively, are capitalizing on the presses’ step-function enhancements in quality, productivity and application versatility. These benefits enable customers to gain competitive advantage and wow end customers with faster turnaround times and impeccable, one-of-a-kind general commercial printing applications.

drupa success wave flows for Scodix

Scodix, the leader in digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, is riding a wave of phenomenal success coming out of drupa 2016. The company recently reported drupa sales have resulted in over 150 digital enhancement presses sold to printing and packaging service providers from just about every industrial country. Since pioneering the digital enhancement category in 2009, Scodix has been on the fast track upward. The company can now tout global installations of close to 250 systems in major printing markets worldwide.

“As the established leader in the digital enhancement category, Scodix strives to not only innovate evolutionary new tools, but to continue to push the industry, as a whole, forward,” notes Roy Porat, CEO of Scodix. “Though we’re very proud of our unique and impacting technology, it’s about the success of our customers. The augmented service capabilities, broadened market reach, and new revenue streams created by Scodix digital enhancement systems simply enhance our users’ business attributes and pave a path of success. Drupa is proof the market values and appreciates the need for enhancement.”

Riding high on its success at drupa, at Graph Expo in Orlando, Scodix featured Scodix Foil digital foiling station inline with the Scodix Ultra Pro. This popular configuration was recently awarded a Must See Em’ in the Postpress and In-line Finishing category, marking the third straight year (2014 thru 2016).

Konica Minolta ties up with Design’N’Buy for web-to-print solution

It has been announced that Konica Minolta Business Solutions India has partnered with Design’N’Buy to provide web-to-print service. Through the partnership, Design’N’Buy is developing and hosting web-to-print applications online for Konica Minolta, and end users can now personalise the existing products through web-to-print solution and place order online. This web-to-print service initiative by Konica Minolta Business Solutions India was featured in the last issue of Print & Publishing (Aug-Sept 2016).

The partnership is a win-win situation for both the parties as it will help Design’N’Buy mark strong presence in Indian printing market. Nidhi Agarwal, CEO, Design’N’Buy says Konica Minolta has an impressive installed base across India, and they will work with its customers to help them setup their online printing store with exciting user experience, ease of ordering print online and efficient back-end workflows to enhance their team’s productivity and boost online sales. In the meanwhile, Yoshinori Koide, executive general manager–PP & IP Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd terms the partnership extremely valuable as it strengthens their business technologies.

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