Variable Data & Digital printing

Konica Minolta unpacks bizhub PRESS C1100/ C1085 mid-production machines

Boosting image quality, reliability and productivity to a new high Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd in association with its distribution partner HCL Infosystems Ltd recently released bizhub PRESS C1100/C1085, a new series designed for 100 percent productivity and maximised profitability, at a grand launch in New Delhi. A host of printing firms across the city poured in to witness the unpacking of the much-awaited digital presses. In his welcome note to the eager crowd waiting to perceive the formal introduction of Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1100/C1085, V Balakrishnan, executive general manager–marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd cheered up everyone for a new impulsion which the machines have brought about in terms of productivity and profitability. Elated to unpack the latest in the bizhub series, Yuji Nakata, MD, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd remarked, “Ever since the sales subsidiary of Konica Minolta opened in India four years back, we keep introducing machines in accordance to the vital needs of our Indian customers. Today, bizhub PRESS C1100/C1085 are presented here for sustainable business and productivity to a new level.”

Game changer

“Our philosophy is to look closer after our customers. Now, we expand to 56 percent market share of colour MS and this year we are happy to see our customer base is expanding to newer domains, such as book publishers,” said Kuldeep Malhotra, executive general manager (sales), sales & marketing division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd. He added, “Today, inkjet and electrophotography applications have been growing extensively ever since we marked this trend with the maiden introduction of bizhub PRESS C8000 in 2010 in India.”

Co-existence with offset Revealing the technical advancements of bizhub PRESS C1100/C1085, Manish Gupta, PP product & marketing manager, sales & marketing division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd mentioned that this second generation of midproduction machine is based on the ‘Harmonic Concept’ – a new way to create more orders and co-exist in harmony with offset business. “This series helps in fulfilling the market demands for prints on advanced paper media, wider small-lot orders with quick turn-around as well as personalised printing to support one-to-one marketing, contrary to the mass offset printing” he explained.

“Advanced fusing system and innovative low-melt Simitri HD E toner in bizhub PRESS C1100/ C1085 make this series capable to produce optimal productivity with rated print speeds up to 100 ppm (paper per minute) and 85 ppm, regardless of any print media type,” described Manish adding, “This new series also supports continuous high-speed printing up to 350 gsm cardstock with auto duplex printing.” Enhanced Simitri HD E toner, S.E.A.D. IV screen processing in this new bizhub PRESS series continuously maintains image stability over long press run, air suction (vacuum) paper feeding for spot-on registration and reliable paper handling and hybrid decurling (zig zag plus moisture). “In-line colour density control (CDC) of the machine ensures optimal image quality and consistency even on the long-run production,” explained Manish. In this context, Atul Goyal, sr director, IDC Engineering, EFI referred the machine’s competency with Fiery Dashboard for perfect colour consistency and web-to-print options.

Finishing options

Comprehensive array of finishing options are featured in bizhub PRESS C1100/C1085. Manish asserted, “All-in-one finisher (FS-532) with staple cutter for up to 100 sheets for stunning finishes can be done.” Further, saddle stitcher (SD-506) is designed to stitch up manuals and catalogues in small lots. Multi-folding unit (FD-503) is yet another advantage which is featured in this new bizhub PRESS C1100/C1085 series to provide variety of folding options. “Perfect binding capacity of bizhub PRESS C1100/C1085 is robust in its class. PB-503 can perfectly bind up to 300 sheets (600 pages) or up to 30 mm thick,” asserted Manish.

Special offer

Distribution partner HCL Infosystems has set a reason of rejoice for those early buyers of bizhub PRESS C1100/C1085. “We are happy to announce that the first four buyers of this new bizhub series will win 20 gm gold coin as a token of relationship. This is valid only for those customers who order the machine before December 31, 2014 and install before January 31, 2015,” announced Kishore Krishnan, associate vice president, HCL Infosystems Ltd as the launch session came to a closure.

Large format colour multi-functional system from Monotech

Monotech Systems Ltd, a Chennai based leading solution provider in narrow/wide format printing segment, has recently introduced a state-of-theart large format print – copy- scan colour multi-functional system which would address the plotting, scanning and copying needs of architects, AECs, EPC and engineering design organisations, copy shops, GIS, land records etc.

Available in three variants 24” (A1), 36” (A0) and 44”, it covers a wide range of customer applications – all in colour. It has a build-in computer processor and hence no need of additional PC with facility of USB scanning, etc. Monotech MFS is an ideal investment option even for a beginner enterprise with its excellent ROI and faster payback period. The scanner is of Contex A/s, Denmark and plotter is from Canon and is preferred for its small footprint which saves space.

The rapid evolution of high-speed inkjet printing technology

High speed inkjet printing technology in the world is the highest point of new printing technology and is in the stage of rapid development. This technology represents the mainstream of an international development direction, promoted the development of digital printing to advanced stages. Higher speed, better quality and reliability all make ROI much more attractive. The VDP market...

The global variable data printing (VDP) market opportunity reached 6,56,756 million sheets in 2012 and is forecasted to be 8,53,097 million sheets in 2017, according to Smithers Pira report. Full digital output is forecast to almost double from 8.2 percent market share to 14.2 percent as per Pira’s report.

High speed inkjet printing applications market has shown rapid growth trend, but in the global high speed operation of the monochrome and colour inkjet printers. High speed inkjet printing applications market is still in its early stages of development, pending further breakthroughs or stimulate to the market.

The largest VDP output volumes are coming from mature markets such as North America and Western Europe, where digital print overall is showing strong growth especially inkjet and the trends in VDP is direct mail and other marketing documents are setting those for the rest of the world. There is also high growth in digital output coming from emerging markets such as Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. In these regions overall digital production volumes (sheets) are much lower, but the growth within those markets is much rapid with as much as 20 percent annual growth in these regions.

Without a doubt, the growth in the digital printing segment has come as a result of new technologies. Whether it is the ability to customise products or do short runs, digital printing has moved into new markets with each technology improvement, and as speeds and quality improve and decreased per unit cost, inkjet will find new opportunities.

Vinsak inkjet offering...

There are so many advances taking place in inkjet printing that it is hard to keep track of them all.

VINSAK LVPI is one such solution, suited to printing personalised security labels with fully variable information or frequently changing print. The ability to print high image quality on a wide variety of substrates is also a key technological breakthrough. The unique design of this label printing and inspection system includes a quick makeready rotary scissor slitting unit with knife separation and lateral adjustment.

With VIS1200, UV drying/ IR unit and inspection system installed on the VINSAK web transport system, it is possible to print personalised data digitally onto various offset papers, coated papers, gloss papers, PET, BOPP, etc. A colour touch screen HMI enables quick and easy job set-ups, control of the various counting facilities, automatic web advance, taper tension control and of roll features. It offers reliability, flexibility and high performance low cost of operation vs print quality with a variety of options in the inkjet printing systems, UV curing systems and inspection systems.

The high speed inkjet market is thirsty for sustainable yet compatible ink solutions. On addition of LED UV curing capability for UV inkjet is a significant technological advance that customers are taking advantage thereof. “The improvement in head technology has pushed the demand for new chemistries and components upstream in the supply chain so we are seeing advances in materials. The main improvement we overlook in inkjet printing technology is the reduced cost and better performance of the computing systems needed to drive digital equipment,” told Ranesh Bajaj of Creed Engineers.

“We have installed more than 25 Print Modules in the Middle- East and India and some more installations in the pipeline and tax stamp being the main application at the moment though new segments are opening up and we have some early technology adapters of this product,” he added.

Looking ahead...

Adopting new technology does require a lot of investment but with this comes the print enhancement, personalisation as well as newer applications and solution that one can offer. With new solutions and enhancement to offer, convertors are in a better position to add more business as well as revenue to achieve faster ROIs; brands gets more secure with anticounterfeit features. Since most of these applications are based on variable data printing, inkjet scores here which seems to be the future. In India most of these applications are getting addressed by hi-speed, high native resolution, grey scale heads. Most of the suppliers of this inkjet equipment are of western origin or companies integrating these systems use European designed assemblies.

China has established it’s footprint in the Global signage printers market but is yet to enter the label and packaging domain of the inkjet printing. New opportunities are being opened up by some of the printer manufacturers who have more open business models and this will allow customers to identify and then create new solutions that allow them to capitalise on those opportunities. The more printers will invest in inkjet technologies, the more opportunity everyone will see. (With inputs from Creed Engineers)

Tinsukia-based printer installs Ricoh C751 and Pro 8100s

Rajeev Group, Tinsukia, has recently installed Ricoh Pro C751 & Ricoh Pro 8100s digital machines. According to Rajeev Sharma of Rajeev Group, all the features of the machines attracted him.

RICOH Pro C751EX delivers superior 4800 dpi image quality, enhanced media handling, and incredible value for the most challenging and unique print jobs. This powerful and versatile production printer is ideal for commercial and in-house print centers that need one system to do it all. It has a speed of 75 pages per minute and can accommodate large-size, thick stock up to 300 gsm, making the system ideal for direct mailers, transpromotional and variable data printing.

While, the RICOH Pro 8100 Series black-andwhite production MFP offers a combination of power and versatility to deliver high-quality output. It can produce up to 135 black-andwhite pages per minute and create compelling images with up to 1200 x 4800 dpi resolution. It can handle a wide range of media up to 13" x 19.2".

“We wish to do all sorts of digital applications like visiting cards, letterheads, book marks, flyers, envelops, tags, presentation folders, post cards, table tents, note pads, books, brochures, booklets, annual reports, magazine & souvenir, product catalogues, menus, telephone directories, calendars, posters, real estate plans, invitation & greeting cards etc,” he said.

Rajeev Group also specialises in innovation in designing management, conversion and digitisation, CAD & GIS printing, HD & 3D digital printing, pop signage, eco solvent printing, solvent printing, 3D laser engraving, italian framing, etc.

The first inkjet conference gets tremendous success

-Bringing first-class expertise from academic world and corporate technical experts into one location

An excellent collection point for today’s experts in the world of digital printing. That is how Stefano Corradini, Sidel SpA, described ESMA’s inaugural The Inkjet Conference (www. theijc.com) held recently, sponsored by enabling partner drupa, in Neuss (Düsseldorf). Rick Hulme (Sun Chemical) said, “It was a new and exciting conference which has brought the industry together to discuss inkjet, its capabilities and opportunities both now and in the future,” while Ian Clark (Intrinsiq Materials) described it as “A varied and wide-ranging conference highlighting applications and the future.” According to Friedrich Goldner (Marabu), the event had, “Excellent presentations covering a wide span of inkjet printing applications and a good number of potential industrial users. The tabletops gave excellent networking opportunities to further exchange on ideas and trends. It was a very worthwhile event to attend.”

The two-day, multi-subject educational conference brought together industry and academic leaders in their fields who spoke about the latest advances and future developments driving digital print. It included a focus on inkjet engineering, a review on fluid and ink components such as nano particles, conductive, aqueous and UV inks and an academic track open to all universities and non-commercial research institutes to present their work.

There were over 30 different presentations with topics as varied as UV-LED systems, piezo inkjet for precision dispensing of functional materials, system integration: an ink point of view, improving inkjet industry by implementing intelligent sensors, and industrial inkjet for packaging. Steve Knight, founder of Digital Direct, who runs The Inkjet Conference, was overwhelmed by industry interest with more than 300 attendees eger to learn about inkjet for industrial applications from 38 exhibitors and 41 speakers.

Founded in 1990 ESMA (European Specialist Printing Manufacturer’s Association) is a non-profit organisation. Based in Belgium, it represents manufacturers, printers and consultants from screen, digital or pad printing technology and includes machinery, software, inks, consumables, chemicals and substrates.

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