Variable Data & Digital printing

Konica Minolta launches Bizhub Pro 1100

Konica Minolta launched monochrom e printer Bizhub Pro 1100 in the 9th edition of N Printech & N Packtech 2016 (Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai, April 22-24, 2016). The Bizhub PRO 1100 delivers real value to your print production environment: highspeed 100 ppm B&W output, high paper and toner capacity, standard built-in print controller and a compact footprint to save space on your production floor. With a maximum paper capacity of 9,000 sheets in five cassettes and the new bypass tray MB-507, the monochrome printer is well equipped for any high-volume job, and even extensive mixed-media jobs can be handled easily.

The company also showcased its flagship models Bizhub Press C1060 and C1085. The Bizhub Press C1060 is a multi-Role Digital Presses designed to accomplish a wider range of printing missions at higher standards for the next level of success for print providers; while the Bizhub Press C1085 has a high level of paper compatibility, making it possible to reduce damage to paper.

Size matters to keep Tasveer ahead of the game

Tasveer Digital Press, Surat, has chosen to expand is portfolio of creative services by adding the ‘extraordinary’ size, performance and versatility of the Xeikon 8500 Digital Press. The company is known for its heritage of innovation and its exceptional customer service. The Xeikon 8500 Digital Press carries that heritage forward by adding even more versatility to its offerings.

Timir Naik, owner of Tasveer Digital Press, states, “We have been operating in the digital CMYK segment for the past six years and we have always thought out of the box in terms of expanding our business. The Xeikon 8500 press is a great addition to our production portfolio with its width of 20 inches and unlimited print length. Its extraordinary size in digital CMYK will allow us to cater to various market segments including commercial printing, graphics, weddings, oversized photo albums, photobooks and corporate marketing materials, including posters, catalogues and magazines. By offering different sizes, that are not available from our competitors, we will continue to set ourselves – and our customers – apart.”

Tasveer Kendra, a name that has been synonymous with photography for a long time, was founded by Kanti Naik in 1948. His sons, Krushan and Kavin Naik, joined the business in 1979 handling numerous videography and photography orders across Western India. In 2000, anticipating the changes being wrought by digital technology, a second location in Adajan, Surat, was launched.

Its latest acquisition is the Xeikon 8500 Digital Press that enables the company to produce 20-inch-wide printing of any length, once again setting itself apart in the marketplace. The 39 ft/minute, 1200x3600 dpi with 4 bit variable dot density press has an imaging width of 504 mm (19.8 inches) and can handle monthly duty cycles of up to 5 million pages. It can produce a range of applications such as brochures, posters, leaflets, catalogs, packaging and direct mail on a variety of substrates from 40gsm to 350gsm.

It delivers a combination of productivity and quality benefits that include high productivity in One-Pass-Duplex web fed printing, professional image and data integrity, refined screening library, perfect color consistency and professional color management. Also the QA-P Dry toner allows the use of substrates without specific pre-treatment, there are no VOC emissions and a wider color gamut is possible. “Over the years, Tasveer Digital Press has continued to invest in state-of-the-art technology to enhance and further develop the business,” says Naik. “Today, we are proud to be a complete printing solution provider and the Xeikon 8500 Digital Press is an important part of that evolution, significantly expanding the range of quality applications we can produce.”

Naik concludes, “We service customers from around the world with varying imaging needs. Because of our small beginnings, we have been able to incorporate our attention to detail and premium customer service to all of our customers. Our commitment to our clients is to continue offering the best quality available with the best customer service possible. Our partnership with Xeikon and the Xeikon 8500 Digital Press take us another giant step down that path.”

Power of inkjet!

Inkjet technology has gained a prominent place in printing industry. Inkjet have grown rapidly in recent years, complementing all conventional technologies (flexo, offset, gravure) and covering the portfolio of printing jobs in commercial, labels, packaging, security and many more.

Inkjet printing trends in improvements in productivity and reliability are making variable data printing more costeffective over higher runs. In last few years, huge development has been done in single pass printing where inkjet can be utilised to add value to the product through personalisation, by printing complete short run jobs, adding various security features like track & trace, serialisation & tax stamps applications. Demand for personalisation/ short run job is increasing and also the breakeven for the long run jobs are being achieved easily through inkjet printing technology.

From quality point of view, inkjet is now surpassing all conventional processes with quick setup, short turnaround, no usage of chemical & plates, less footprint, variable data value add and zero set-up time. Last stage customisation becomes a real need for unique identification of every product.

Advantages of inkjet

  • Easy workflow
  • Cost effective solution
  • Less set-up time
  • Short turnaround time
  • Last stage customization
  • High quality
  • Higher throughput
  • Increase in return on investment

Jetsci from Monotech

Understanding these requirements, Monotech Systems Limited offers JETSCI, which caters to most of the industry applications like business forms, labels, tax stamps, scratch cards, utility bills, cheque, holograms, coupons, security printing and many more. In the era of personalisation, JETSCI provides tailor-made/bespoke solutions and ultimately, increase in ROI.

Ricoh Pro 7100 installed at new set-up in Chennai

Omkar Prints, a new digital printing setup in Chennai, has installed a Ricoh Pro 7100 just one month back. A Ricoh Pro 7100 can print upto 13 x 27inches at a resolution of 1200 x 4800 dpi and it can support maximum 360 gsm. “We are doing variable-date printing jobs on this machine and are planning to introduce more special media into digital segment. We have taken 1,01,000 prints with this machine in our first month of installation. We are planning to reach a target of 1.5 lakh prints per month,” said Yogesh of Omkar Prints.

On being asked about the support they received from Ricoh, he shared, “Ricoh sales team and service support team guided me a lot in terms of pro partnership programme and business promotion activities.” Talking about how to achieve early ROI on this machine, he added, “I am just planning to expand the possibilities in digital printing, for example, by promoting Tyvek & Metpet media, which can be printed through this machine, and attract more customers through personalised prints and innovative printing solution with better print coat.”

PLS confirmed as Konica Minolta’s first European KM-1 beta site customer

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH has named PLS Print Logistic Services Germany GmbH in Markkleeberg, Germany, as the first European beta site customer for its KM-1 UV digital sheet-fed press. PLS is a subsidiary of the American online printing service OvernightPrints that employs 400 people worldwide, of whom 70 are based in Europe. The company provides a fast overnight, reliable all-round printing service for a wide range of products, servicing clients through its online European web stores.

Konica Minolta’s KM-1 was delivered in January 2016 to PLS, which is already a user of inkjet as well as toner and liquid toner digital technology. According to PLS, the three main benefits of the KM-1 press for their business are: enhanced paper handling and workflow technologies; using UV inks enables the company to move work quickly and easily to finishing with offset quality on standard offset stock; and superior production capabilities compared to competitor models because of the Konica Minolta expertise in inkjet head design and inline controls that monitor quality. The full commercial launch of KM-1 will be at drupa in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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