Variable Data & Digital printing

RICOH seals a deal with Kapoor Imaging for dealership

Of the latest progressions at RICOH India is the company’s strategic move towards gradual expansion of regional dealership of its digital production printing machines designed perfectly for standout applications and outputs. In this front, RICOH India has recently signed a dealership agreement with Chennaiheadquartered Kapoor Imaging Pvt Ltd for distributorship of a range of highly-demanded RICOH machines in newer regional domains. Assigned to be its direct sale partner, RICOH India has tied up with Kapoor Imaging Pvt Ltd for the dealership of its production printing machines designed for compact solutions, mid-colour productions, wide-format multifunctionality and others in the digital arena for dexterous applications, covering on-demand jobs, book printing, etc. Nodding in this new prospect, Manoj Kumar, executive vice president & chief executive officer, RICOH India Limited asserted that the company’s constant expansion in dealership through partners at regional levels is an approach to draw the attention of printing market to the competence of digital prints. He added that the expansion in dealership will help them find new momentum to dominant the current digital market, which is now so competitive.

Avijit Mukherjee, Sunil Kapoor, Manoj Kumar and Anjana Saha at the signing of dealership agreement“We are happy to be partnered with RICOH, a big brand name in the digital printing domain, for distributorship of their versatile range of machines engineered for myriad of applications,” said Sunil Kapoor, managing director, partnership RICOH seals a deal with Kapoor Imaging for dealership Of the latest progressions at RICOH India is the company’s strategic move towards gradual expansion of regional dealership of its digital production printing machines designed perfectly for standout applications and outputs. In this front, RICOH India has recently signed a dealership agreement with Chennaiheadquartered Kapoor Imaging Pvt Ltd for distributorship of a range of highly-demanded RICOH machines in newer regional domains.

Kapoor Imaging Pvt Ltd. He mentioned that they have already marked their complete presence in almost every corner of the south Indian market and their next-level focus for the dealership of RICOH machines will also be on the eastern Indian market, which Kapoor Imaging has navigated little so far. Headquartered in Chennai, Kapoor Imaging has branch offices in major cities including Bengaluru, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Kerala, Sivakasi, Cuttack, Kolkata, Noida and Hosur, employing more than 150 employees and dealing in a wide range of ecofriendly consumables and others catering to different domains of the printing industry. Now the company’s strategic tie-up with RICOH gives them a new image and impetus of being a complete vendor of machines and materials. “With the versatile portfolio of RICOH machines, we are targeting those in the graphic art segment. We will take up initiatives to educate our customers about the onset of the era of digital prints and advantages of these machines in all spheres of printing, be it ondemand jobs, book printing, so on,” mentioned Sunil.

The line of RICOH production printing machines which Kapoor Imaging will be distributing through their nationwide network include the entire rage that can meet the needs of graphic art customers, print for pay professionals and CRD in corporate and educational institutes. The range includes IP5000 VP/IP 5000 GP/IP5000 MP (colour/ monochrome) and IP 4100 (monochrome) – continuousfeed inkjet machines for book printing; Pro C901/C901s Graphic Arts – high-volume full colour powerhouses; Pro C651EX/C751 for midcolour productions; Pro C5100s/C5110s and Pro 8100s/8110s/8120s for printing and publishing environment; Aficio MP W2401/MPW3601 wide-format multi-functionality; and MPCW2200SP wide-format colour digital imaging system.

EFI broadens media capabilities

EFI has acquired Berlin-based DirectSmile GmbH, an award-winning provider of software solutions for cross media marketing automation. DirectSmile makes media personalisation and automation software that streamlines sophisticated marketing and production tasks for corporations, agencies and printing companies. DirectSmile’s technologies extend EFI’s offerings and will give customers expanded, fully integrated capabilities with data-driven digital print, web, e-mail, social media and mobile marketing workflows.

DirectSmile employees, including co-founders and former principals Christoph Schacht and Christoph Clermont, have joined EFI’s Productivity Software Web2Print Solutions Group.

EFI will continue to develop, sell and support DirectSmile products as standalone software for the agency, enterprise and print industry markets. DirectSmile’s technology also will be integrated into EFI’s web to print and e-commerce offerings, EFI Digital StoreFront. EFI is currently incorporating DirectSmile technology into a new VDP product that will make its debut at the Graph Expo in Chicago, (Sep 28 – Oct 01, 2014).

Kodak releases Nexpress VII front end configurable solution

Built on open standards to offer a highly scalable and configurable architecture, Kodak Nexpress VII Front End with System 15.1 software allow an operation to expand in processing power as production needs in image and data intensity grow in parallel.

The announcement is paired with the introduction of the Long Sheet Delivery Unit, a new accessory that, when used with a Kodak Nexpress digital production colour press, empowers printers with the flexibility of delivering larger sheet sizes to support a wider variety of applications. The technologies continue to expand the Kodak Nexpress platform-enabled applications that empower commercial print providers to continually differentiate themselves with growing and innovative print solutions.

The Kodak Nexpress VII Front End drives all the presses within the Kodak Nexpress digital production colour platform and is the first digital press front end in the industry to have achieved Adobe PDF Print Engine 3.2 certification. Beyond offering robust job management, imposition, colour management, screening, raster image processing, engine/accessory control and maintenance services, the DFE VII Front End comes in two configurations to serve printers’ different needs with: Ultra Performance for new capabilities like SmartRGB as well as photo-rich and high variable data content applications like direct mail and transactional printing; and High Performance suited to support standard commercial digital print applications.

In fact, electronics, specifically Digital Front Ends (DFEs), has traditionally been an area where digital presses have not had the same benefits as an offset press design. While an older offset press can sustain production for decades, digital devices have often become obsolete as advances in electronics are incorporated in new designs and offerings from manufacturers. With Nexpress Presses, Kodak has made a concerted effort to change that approach with the continuous improvement and availability of robust, proprietary front end electronics for the press. To support that endeavour, Kodak is introducing the Kodak Nexpress VII Front End high performance and ultra performance configurations, the newest DFEs for the Kodak Nexpess platform.

Mail Order Solutions installs Ricoh IP5000

Mumbai-based Mail Order Solutions India Pvt Ltd (MOS), a part of The Regency Group, is a print management company, providing end-to-end integrated solutions, offering world-class print production and international postal and distribution services. More recently, the company has installed Ricoh IP5000 at their premises. Here, Devendra Bandwadkar, head production, Mail Order Solutions India Pvt Ltd shares about their new workhorse.

P&P: You have a full-fledged digital printing set-up and how does Ricoh IP5000 fit into it?

Devendra Bandwadkar in front of newly installed Ricoh IP5000Devendra: Customers are becoming more demanding and turnaround times, more stringent. In the past, we have been printing colour on offset shells on which variable data is printed using monochrome lasering machines. With the induction of the InfoPrint 5000 GP, we are now able to print colour and variable in one go, resulting in faster turnaround of jobs. With the addition of this equipment, we can now offer our clients one of the most cost-effective print technologies.

P&P: What features of Ricoh IP 5000 machine attracted you?

Devendra: The robustness of the machine and the proven track record of RICOH worldwide gave us confidence in the purchase. The RPD workflow, an IBM-Ricoh product, has a precise ink estimation tool, which helped us to go ahead with our decision.

P&P: What kind of applications are you doing/wish to do on this machine?

Devendra: We would be using this machine to print colour variable jobs, i.e., Transpromo, Direct Mail, Mail Order Catalogues, etc.

P&P: When was this machine got installed and how many prints have been taken on this machine till now? What are your targets from this web digital machine?

Devendra: The machine has been commissioned in the month of June and commercial production commenced by July end. We have crossed more than one crore A4 impressions till date. Going forward, we plan to produce one crore plus impressions every month.

P&P: What additional support did you get from Ricoh India while you decided to go for this machine?

Devendra: The Ricoh India team has been very supportive through the entire process of conception to implementation. They did a rigorous exercise of understanding our requirements and giving the right solutions including the post printing equipment. In the post installation, the service levels are great and their technical support is always available.

P&P: How do you plan to achieve early ROI after having invested in this high-end Ricoh machine?

Devendra: Simple mantra: print more, sooner than later.

P&P: Can you also tell us something about post printing equipment (finishing) installed with the printer along with its capabilities?

Devendra: We have commissioned a Hunkeler slitting line which is capable of slitting a roll into sheets at a speed of 100 meters per minute and delivering stacks of sheets. This machine is equipped with barcode readers to create dynamic stacks as per requirement.

These stacks are then loaded on the CMC automatic inserting machine which collates letters, inserts them into an envelope, and seals the envelopes.

Copiadora Nacional wins Brazil’s most prestigious award by applying Scodix Magic

Copiadora Nacional, a 2013 Scodix Award winner, has been named the 2014 Fernando Pini Award recipient (the most important prize for graphic arts in Brazil) in the Menu category. The digital service company, known for differentiating itself through innovation, only installed its first Scodix system in April 2013. Since then the company has experienced an immediate impact in their business and the expectations of their clients.

“We originally acquired the Scodix system as a means of adding value to our clients’ projects. The overall innovation and the expectation of further impressing my clients with this new technology was too great to pass up,” notes owner Geraldo Trigueiro. “Scodix immediately not only became well accepted in our marketplace, it evolved the standard to which others needed to match. For example, by applying polymer print to restaurants menus we created a stir. The final results pushed restaurant owners throughout our region to rework their menus. We won with one of our menus.”

Monotech Systems Ltd is authorised distributor of Scodix solutions in India.

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