New Products & Installations

Inca Digital and FUJIFILM launch Inca Onset S20i

Inca Digital Printers and FUJIFILM announce the launch of Inca Onset S20i wide-format UV flatbed inkjet printer featured with a range of new productivity and convenience features. Launch of this new printer is followed after recent introduction of Onset S40i in May this year. Inca Onset line of printers address the needs of PSPs looking for high-quality, high-speed throughputs on a variety of both flexible and rigid support materials up to 3.14x1.6 m and 50 mm thick.

Onset S20i retains the characteristic full-width printhead array with 26 individual FUJIFILM Dimatix printheads per colour, offering users production speeds up to 310 sq m/hr, equivalent to 62 full beds per hour.

Kalaikathir Achagam strengthens its production

- with Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74 and a POLAR 115 XT cutter
- aims a growth of thirty percent every year


With Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74 press, Coimbatore-based Kalaikathir Achagam has increased their productivity, enabling to deliver 15,000 sph with a maximum print size of 510 mm x 740 mm. The print-shop recently installed a Speedmaster SM 74 four-colour press and a POLAR 115 XT programmable cutting machine.

Dr Padmanabhan with the recently installed brand new POLAR 115 XT cutter.“The press can handle paper thickness from 0.03 mm to 6 mm, which helps in printing diverse jobs. The press is very reliable and easy to use and is one of the best equipments we now have in our press division helping us churn loads of print jobs with a peace of mind,” conveys Dr Padmanabhan, director of Kalaikathir Achagam and managing trustee & correspondent of GRD Institutions, adding, “Heidelberg’s technology is proven and superior. It’s a lifelong machine. Unlike other machines which need replacement after about ten years, we can expect the German technology to deliver high quality lifelong. Everyone knows that German technology has met the expectations of the printing fraternity across the globe for many years.”

Established in Coimbatore in 1954 by Dr GR Damodaran, a doyen of various educational institutions of the PSG group in Coimbatore, Kalaikathir Achagam started its operation as a print-shop for printing an educational magazine named Kalaikathir, and has now emerged as a commercial print-shop. In 1987, Dr Padmanabhan took over the operations and set it on a growth path, with support of his wife Geetha Padmanabhan who takes care of purchase, bank operations and credit management.

Having the entire infrastructure for prepress, press and postpress, Kalaikathir Achagam aims a growth of thirty percent year on year. The prepress, press and postpress processes are integrated with streamlined workflow. “In the postpress section, we have three programmable POLAR cutting machines. We are also equipped with a folding machine, lamination machines, die-cutting and embossing machines, semi-automatic stitching machine, six clamp perfect binding machines, three knife trimmers, spot UV printing machine, label die-cutting and punching machines,” mentioned Dr Padmanabhan. The company will soon have a modern building equipped with the latest equipments, becoming one of the best in providing complete print-solutions under one roof. Expanding their current calendar printing, they plan to print exclusive calendars for corporates next year. About fifty percent of its printed products are directly or indirectly exported.

“Forty years back, Kalaikathir Achagam was the only all-in-one-place print-house enjoying a monopolistic position.” remembers Balaji of the company. Even at that time, they were serving all the segments of commercial printing of more than 100 corporates. “Today, we print a variety of jobs like brochures, leaflets, newsletters, stickers, catalogues, posters, wedding invitations, greeting cards and have also recently begun printing notebooks and books. We also print seasonal products like calendars and diaries,” adds Balaji.

Pramod Engineering demonstrates G-30 Glory side gathering machine

-also set to launch 670 mm saddle stitcher targeting notebook application

During an open house held recently at their manufacturing facility near Delhi, Pramod Engineering demonstrated highlighted features of the new G-30 Glory side gathering machine, designed, devised and built for Italy-based Edis Publishing and Packaging House. The company presented the demonstration of G-30 just a day before its shipment to Bengaluru where the Italian publishing and packaging house is setting up their production facility for binding and finishing cricket related literature, tickets etc. Apart from the august attendees including existing clients of Pramod and the prospects, president of Delhi Printers’ Association (DPA) alongwith other office bearers were also present to closely examine the performance of this state-of-the-art machine in working mode.

Enumerating key features of the machine, Divesh Nath and Rohit Nath, directors of Pramod Engineering pointed out, “This kind of machine has been built with indigenous R&D first time in India, rather we should say in entire south East Asia. With 15 meter length, this machine will prove most economical, productive and time–saver in production with high-efficiency side gathering solution for multiple-signature publications/products. The machine is designed to pick-up folded bible-paper forms besides 60 gsm to 130 gsm substrates.”

Apart from collating printed forms, G-30 Glory machine can collect single sheets of 60 gsm+ substrates. It is suitable for 35 gsm to 100 gsm folded signatures, and 8 pages to 32 pages signatures (maximum size of the signature is: 310 mm X 280 mm. The machine can run up to 5,000 collected books, magazines, catalogues, annual reports, etc per hour. It also features an option of online wire stitching of up to one inch, with wire from 21 to 26 gauge. The book blocks can then be put up for prefect binding or needle thread sewing.

“To maintain international standard and quality of our machines, we have concentrated in the manufacturing of 95 percent components of G-30 Glory side gathering machine in-house at our state-of-the-art facility which is equipped with latest CNC machines,” conveyed Divesh.

“We are also on the threshold of launching 670 mm Saddle Stitcher in next couple of weeks’ time, targeted to the notebook industries. It will be coupled with on line 3-knife trimmer which can have even 5-knife option. The commercial trial of the new in-line 3-knife trimmer has succeeded. The introduction of this machine will substantially cut down on the cost of manufacturing and conserve time,” divulged Rohit.

Maximizing production and efficiency

Switzerland-based Buchbinderei Scherrer invests in Muller Martini’s Alegro perfect binder and FrankDruck installs the first Tempo E220 in Germany

This summer, Switzerland-based Buchbinderei Scherrer puts into operation the new Alegro perfect binder, first unveiled at the drupa in May, alongside a newly developed Solit three-knife trimmer.

The successful Zurich family business already installed a Bolero machine from Muller Martini two years ago. Together with the new Alegro machine, whose trademark is the innovative Motion Control technology featuring a separate drive for every station, the two make a strong perfect binding duo. “With two lines, not only do we have a backup but also a high level of flexibility, enabling us to provide our customers with faster delivery times,” says Peter Scherrer. On top of this, the managing director points out some of the striking technical advantages of the new Alegro: “Due to Motion Control, we now have shorter setup times and lower maintenance costs. In addition, we are also able to bind even thinner (down to 1 mm) and smaller sizes (down to 70 x 82 mm).” In addition to thinner and smaller products, the Buchbinderei Scherrer will also use its new Alegro to bind digitally printed books, brochures and magazines with small print runs starting from ten copies.

Meanwhile, Frank Druck in the town of Preetz is the first graphic arts business in Germany to invest in a Tempo E220 from Muller Martini. By replacing two Prima S machines, the new high-performance saddle stitcher with a cover feeder, four flat pile feeders and a card gluer, ensures high productivity, lower unit costs and improved energy efficiency. Since the 1960s, Frank Druck has relied on saddle stitching systems from Muller Martini. It currently has a Tempo 22 in addition to two PrimaPlus and three Prima S machines in operation.

Historic installation of Oce Arizona at SV Color Graphics, Bengaluru

Growth in the signage market of India is not just a verbal talk! Bengaluru-based SV Color Graphics has walked the talk by marking a landmark adoption of an Oce Arizona 360 GT UV flatbed, first ever printer-of-its-kind in the country. Official inauguration of the Oce printer by Dr Alok Bharadwaj, senior vice president, Canon India was swarmed with eminent guests comprising industry leaders, well wishers, prospective clients and lots more among others. Dropping in at the grand opening of the new printer at the state-of-the-art production division of SV Color Graphics included Print & Publishing editor, SK Khurana who discovers the company’s fresh synergies through the new Oce Arizona 360 GT UV Flatbed printer.

Doubtless to declare SV Color Graphics as one of the most acclaimed one-stop complete printing solution providers in Bengaluru. Having had a background in cable manufacturing business, the company’s activities in digital printing, print-on-demand, variable data, lamination, graphic designing and other pre and post-press jobs have been a hierarchical path paved by a team of joint family members since 14 years. And now their overall tasks of large-format/signage prints have taken a big turn following the adoption of the Oce Arizona 360 GT UV flatbed printer from Canon India. “We have invested around Rs 3 crore in the new production setup where installed the Oce printer,” said Tilak Raj of SV Color Graphics.

SV Color Graphics’ main production facility located at MG Road is equipped with a complete portfolio of machineries and activities which include B/W and colour Xerox presses, variable data printing, negative and transparency scanning, flex printing and sun board mounting, etc. The facility also caters all kinds of binding, different types of laminations and others like polymer, pre-inked, self inking seals and company common seal.

Performance appraisals

So far so good, a team led by P Sudarshan Kumar along with his two sons, Tilak Raj and Gyan Raj M is the vigour behind the success of SV Color Graphics. Tilak who is an MBA in marketing would handle this new production division for Oce Arizona 360 GT UV flatbed printer. “We have full confident of robust ROI with our new Oce printer,” he said signifying the printer’s versatility in printing on any given substrates or rigid materials. He further added that the Oce Arizona series can do magic in anything on all range of indoor and outdoor applications.

Oce Arizona 360 GT is equipped with a standard sized table, designed for mid-volume productions. It is capable to handle rigid media size of 1.25x2.50 m with 48 mm thickness. Also, the printer is supported by Oce VariaDot printing technology with two printheads/colour, single row design, 6-42 picolitre droplets, 318 nozzles and roll media and white ink options. “Oce Arizona 360 GT can run at the speed of 377 sq ft/hr in express mode and 71 sq ft/hr in high definition mode,” remarked Tilak. He further added that the printer can print on irregularly-shaped objects or non-square media, heavy substrates like glass and uneven surfaces.

Fresh headways

A bunch of prospective customers like GAAP Communication Pvt Ltd were among the guests who were impressed with the competence of Oce Arizona 360 GT UV printer. Everyone at the inaugural session of the Oce printer dropped their jaws in surprise to see the spectrum of stunning jobs printed on the UV flatbed machine. “Oce Arizona printers can deliver near photographic image quality,” said Dr Alok Bharadwaj adding that the roll media option of the printer is for printing onto flexible materials.

Oce Arizona series caters unparalleled versatilities in printing for those who would like to play with the most innovative jobs and higher margin printing applications. In his words of appreciation to SV Color Graphics’ efficiency in professionalism and progress, Dr Alok Bharadwaj congratulated the company for being a forerunner in infrastructure update and quality outputs. He further provoked SV Color Graphics to give profound focus on marketing to aggressively grab unexplored clusters with the help of the Oce Arizona 360 GT flatbed printer.

Jayant Printery marks a fourfold increase in productivity with Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102

-accomplishes seven million impressions in just over a month of installation and runs seventeen sets of four-colour jobs in a single day shift

Started in 1968 with a treadle press, in an area of 220 sq ft, Mumbai-based Jayant Printery has come a long way in four decades and is now operating in a 45,000 sq ft plant with 360 degree print solutions, from pre-press to post-press. The company recently expanded its production facility with a brand new Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 four-colour offset press, enabling to print 15,000 sheets per hour and handle a variety of printing stocks – from light-weight paper (0.03 mm) to thick card-board (1.00 mm). In the 70 x 100 cm format, the Speedmaster CD 102 straight printing press is compact for industrial printing, packaging and commercial printing. It is also equipped with ‘Prinect press center’ and has added features like preset-plus feeder, preset delivery, program-controlled inking unit wash-up device.

At Jayant Printery, normally in an eight hour shift, four jobs are expected to be produced. Now with the Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102, they are able to run seventeen sets of four-colour jobs in a single day shift. What’s more, with thorough training from Heidelberg service team, the operators run the press at a full speed of 15,000 sheets per hour every day. The print-shop handles an array of commercial jobs, books, magazines, diaries, journals, as well as packaging jobs. Jayant Printery has two production units: one in Thakurdwar in Mumbai and the other one in Palghar near Mumbai. Both units have prepress, press and postpress divisions in-house and the Speedmaster CD 102 is installed in their Palghar plant.

In 1989, Jayant Printery installed its first Heidelberg SORM press, followed by a Heidelberg SM 72–M press. Having experienced Heidelberg technology, they installed a Speedmaster SM 102 four-colour press and Heidelberg Printmaster PM 74 press as well. Today, Jayant Printery is a house of Heidelberg presses, which accommodates three four-colour, two five-colour, one two-colour and a single-colour presses. “Quality and on-time delivery is the mantra behind our success. That is why all our customers keep coming back to us. We constantly upgrade to the latest technology like that of Heidelberg, resulting in optimum production and high returns,” stated Chhotubhai Shah, managing director of Jayant Printery, commenting on their successful forty three years in the print industry.

“We have been using Heidelberg presses for a long time and we are 100 percent satisfied with Heidelberg’s performance and quality. If I have to rate the machine’s production ability, I will give seven stars to Heidelberg,” conveyed Chhotubhai. “When we thought of purchasing a new press for Palghar plant, we were clear that it should be a Heidelberg. The Speedmaster CD 102 fulfills our requirement perfectly; make-ready times are shorter and job changeover is so simple with this machine. Within one and half months of its installation, the CD 102 has crossed seven million impressions already,” added Shashank, son of Chhotubhai, who takes care of marketing and business development.

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