Variable Data & Digital printing

MOS at the threshold of book world

Book printing holds a little share of the big activities at Mail Order Solutions (MOS) India Pvt Ltd. But the recent adoption of RICOH IP 5000 has triggered this Mumbai-based commercial printing conglomerate to make their book production more at ease. Mehul A Desai, founder & chairman of MOS updates Print & Publishing what they foresee ahead. In the current roster of clients whom Rs 120 crore MOS has been serving are just a few but renowned book publishers from India and overseas. “Since our client base has extensively been covering the domestic, European and North American markets, we have been associated with some of the reputed international book publishers,” mentions Mehul. “A renowned French publisher of non-fiction books has been in contact with us since a long time. We still express desire to continue relationship with them as a printer of their internationally acclaimed books at our facility.” On an average, MOS prints a couple of book titles every month with print run ranging from 7,500 to 15,000 copies.

Mehul A Desai (R) with Anjana Saha, national business & marketing manager, Ricoh IndiaOn selection of RICOH IP 5000, Mehul states that MOS has very stringent turnaround times, “Right from the hour we get the art/ digital files from our clients it is required to make sure that final outputs are ready on the stipulated times. So, our first consideration was the need of a machine that could reduce turnaround times. Secondly, we were in search for a machine with a perfect combination of speed and volume that we impeccably found both the features in RICOH IP 5000,” remarks Mehul. Volume that RICOH IP 5000 could cater is a major concern for MOS while dealing hundreds of thousands of direct marketing personalised communications. “In each case, there are jobs of bar coding and others to be incorporated and RICOH IP 5000 is the right machine for that,” he mentions.

RICOH IP 5000“We always prefer to use RICOH IP 5000 for our book printing task. However, depending on the schedules or how much works have been loaded on the IP machine, a little help from offset machines always make a good sense when we concern turnaround times and cumbersome volume of work for a particular job,” says Mehul. With recommendations from RICOH on selection of post-press equipments, MOS has equipped with Hunkeler winder and slitter, which is capable to slit at a very high speed and make stacks (book blocks) in pre-arranged sequences.

‘Pricing’ plays a pivotal role in the current book printing market of India. Agreeing to this fact, Mehul observes that paperback books at prices as low as Rs 75 to Rs 95, which were of Rs 200 to Rs 250 earlier, are now floating up to lend new boost to the market. Behind such aggressive progression in the book printing market is the rapid advent of sophisticated machines like RICOH IP 5000. “India is one of the largest printers of educational books, I believe that the industry is doing well now and it will sustain for a long time and we are looking ahead in grabbing this opportunity in bigger dimensions,” he asserts.

MOS also finds RICOH IP 5000 perfect for variable data printing as this inkjet machine delivers faster turnaround times and multiple features are being integrated on it. “Earlier what we did with offset machines for variable data printing was setting the process separately. Today RICOH IP 5000 has bridged all such lengthy process and this machine can integrate both colour and variable parts on one platform,” explains Mehul. He further mentions that in order to support the RICOH IP 5000, they have set up a complete production line, so that the released rolls can be loaded on the slitter for slitting and stacking, which in turn are stacked as sheets and loaded into CMC machines for folding and ready packaging. Though future expansion plan for branches in other parts of country is not in the schedule, MOS is always in continuous pursuit for new machines and technologies to magnify their production volume and versatility.

“Xerox provides best-in-class products and services and newly launched Versant 2100 is a step in that direction”

tells Balaji Rajagopalan, executive director, Technology & Channels and International Distributor Operations, Xerox India, in conversation with Varsha Verma.

Xerox recently organised a road show in Delhi, where customers could take a peek at the newly launched Xerox Versant 2100. According to Balaji Rajagopalan, executive director, Technology & Channels and International Distributor Operations, Xerox Versant is going to make a change in the market. Balaji has been with Xerox for last 32 years, working in various capacities in engineering and launching products. He has also been a Six Sigma specialist in India and has been instrumental in developing overseas market of Middle East, Africa and Israel. For the last six years, he had been associated with customer service, logistics and supply chain and very recently, has been promoted to take care of the Technology & Channels and International Distributor Operations. Balaji segregates market into two major segments – technology and channel and global distribution. “Technology and channel is an indirect channel wherein we work through channel partners in India which accounts for 70 percent of our business,” he shared, adding, “We have a wide range of machines which cut across all requirements, from low-end machines to highend production machines. It is really a matter of pride to state that 60 percent of our business comes from repeat customers and this is because we provide end-to-end support.”

Balaji Rajagopalan with Versant 2100Talking about the various applications on Xerox machines, Balaji informed that their mono-colour machines are used for variable transactional printing, book publishing, etc. “In book publishing segment, the trend has changed from print and distribute to distribute and print. This is because the product life cycle has changed,” he added further.

As far as the colour machines are concerned, these machines are used for variable print applications like school ID cards, personalised calendars, photo panorama, etc. “This has been possible due to the capability of the machines to print on a variety of media of different grammages,” he told.

Xerox Versant 2100 The newly launched Xerox Versant 2100 created a lot of interest among visitors to road show. “Xerox Versant 2100 Press Production Accurate Registration, or PAR, delivers more performance by making precise image registration easier than ever—from page to page and from run to run. It can handle a wide range (52 to 350 gsm) of media—coated and uncoated papers, bright papers, etc. The machine can print labels, business cards, glossy brochures, window decals, durable/synthetic papers, greeting cards, tabs, embossed, and custom solutions as well,” told Balaji.

“Xerox is an organisation known to provide best in class products and service and Versant is a stepping stone in this direction to enable more production, efficiency and effectiveness. It is an ideal machine for print shops, photolabs, GC (graphic communications) customers and offset printers diversifying into digital printing,” concluded Balaji.

Go digital for small and mid-runs!

There is an obvious trend of digital printing towards diverse and growing requirements for the light- and mid-production printing areas. With shrinking print runs, digital printing has made inroads into the publishing segment. Here’s more on why digital printing is beneficial for publishing industry.

Why Print-on-demand in publishing?

Printing-on-demand reduces waste and costs for warehouse and manpower, as well as improves turnaround times by using the advantages of digital printing, such as inline finishing with mixed media functions. Customers require their printed products within a short period of time. Deadlines are becoming tighter for print applications. The trend towards personalised books is growing. And, customizing print products with names or individual messages can be easily done with digital printing.

Increased document complexity…
no issues with Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS 1250

Customers are looking for products that will make their lives easier and increase their profit. Shrinking margins and rising expectations for print products are no problem with the bizhub PRESS 1250 series, which offers professional print products at an affordable price. The cost of colour prints is decreasing, which increases the demand for colour printed pages in documents. Utilizing the post-inserter option as well as the Konica Minolta application means this is no longer a challenge for customers.



Superb media handling capability…

When investigating a highvolume printing solution, media handling becomes a critical factor in the decision-making process. A fast, capable print engine needs to be matched by complementary considerations such as flexible media support, accurate paper feeding and limited operator intervention. The bizhub PRESS 1250 series offers impressive solutions for all the business requirements a high volume user could ask for, starting with a huge paper capacity of 18,000 sheets, ability to use flexible paper formats including coated media from up to eleven trays, media weights up to 350 gsm – all managed by a powerful intelligent media catalogue.

In many high-volume applications like book printing, each printed sheet is unique and critical, so if, for example, there is a feed or multi-feed this can create many problems. The bizhub PRESS 1250 series provides many cutting-edge technologies that are designed to find solutions to potential production issues, and ultrasonic sensors are used in the paper feed unit to detect any possible multi-feed errors from all trays. If a misfeed or blank is detected, printing is automatically suspended.

Enhanced print quality...

What’s more? bizhub PRESS 1250 series uses Simitri HD toner which has been developed to not only give excellent image quality results, but ensures that one can take the printed sheet and create the finished product. The bizhub PRESS 1250 series uses the next generation of proven imaging technology giving razor-sharp text reproduction right down to the smallest font sizes. Thus even the small print on books can now be read conveniently.

Books...ready to dispatch

The press comes with all-in-one finisher, which includes stapling, booklet making, punching, folding and inserting. Largecapacity stacking units can be added, giving a 15,000-sheet output capacity. The automatic perfect binder uses hot melt glue for up to 30 mm spine width while the automatic inline ring binder can bind up to 102 sheets in one book with only one size of binding element.

The Multi-GBC punching unit can be used for 75 - 216 gsm punching with more than 10 die sets. While, the professional booklet making unit can saddle stitch up to 50 sheets with fore-edge trimming. It also has six different folding options and two- and four-hole punching system.

Automatic in-line trimming of covers to the exact size ensures sophisticated print products. For more details contact, Konica Minolta’s premier distributor Monotech Systems Ltd at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Digital strength for photography segment by Monotech on show!

Monotech Systems, a Rs 200+ crore leading Indian manufacturer and supplier of products and solution for printing, packaging and publishing industry displayed its wide range of products for photography printing segment at India International Photo and Video Trade Fair (IIPVTF) 2014, Ahmedabad.

With a bigger presence at the expo, the company displayed the live demonstration of Konica Minolta C70hc and Canon iPF 6300S. For spectacular colour images, Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRO C70hc raises the bar in digital production printing. Its High Chroma toner makes your RGB workflow fast and efficient, for corporate and marketing materials with colour that pop, text that grabs your attention and vivid images that practically leap off the page.

The 24” imagePROGRAF iPF6300S printer is a versatile large format solution for those who need a small footprint device for quality output and production. Ideal for the photography, proofing and production markets, the iPF6300S delivers high quality imaging while increasing overall productivity. Equipped with an 8-colour LUCIA EX ink set, 160GB hard drive, built-in calibration and borderless printing, the iPF6300S is an excellent solution for portraits, advertisements, retail signage and contract proofs.

The company also highlighted its most popular product in India – Scodix digital enhancement press that adds value to the photography printing. Scodix presence was shown with a bigger sample gallery that was an attraction for the visitors. Monotech systems’ customers Klick Digital Press, Surat and GEE7 Printek, Ludhiana also displayed their creative albums, enhanced by Scodix Digital Enhancement Press. The samples displayed by the company and its customers were a point of attraction and buzz among the visitors.

Besides, the company also displayed the samples printed on Pixeljet UV flatbed printers and Oce Arizona for photography segment. UV flatbed printers offer the printing option on any hard surface like wood, acrylic, glass, etc which can be used in the photography printing. According to Akash Kumar, manager, brand and communications, “We already have a wide reach in western India market and hope to strengthen this reach with this expo.”

Canon India organises national PP Customers Meet

-Launches ImagePRESS C800/C700, honours customers for their excellence It was almost a jamboree where 120 users of production printers spent two days in Gurgaon in an informal atmosphere. They listened to speakers who not only discussed and empowered them on professional front but also provided personal motivation. A brief. Canon’s PP Customers Meet witnessed two days of enthusiastic delegates from all over India and equal acceptance to the new launches of ImagePRESS C800/C700 with attractive introductory pricing and other benefits. Kicking off the event, Puneet Datta, director, Professional Printing Products Division, Canon India, acted as perfect host and categorically conveyed ‘marketing’ as a big tool for everyone in the industry.

Alex Kato, Kazutada Kobayashi, Dr Alok Bharadwaj, executive vice president and Puneet Dutta, director, professional printing division, Canon India at the launch of ImagePRESS C800/C700.Presenting the key note address, Kazutada Kobayashi, president & CEO, Canon India remarked that India as an emerging nation and the prime minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Japan is bound to open new avenues between both the countries in respect of taking the trade relations to the next level.

Speaking further on the journey of Canon India, he enumerated the sales activities making equal focus on B2B and B2C segments. In addition to having best of product portfolio, he emphasised the importance Canon India has been offering on support/services. Alex Kato, GM planning & marketing, Division of IOP Production System Group, Canon Inc talked about drupa 2012 as ‘See The Bigger Picture’ where 15,000+ visitors were seen from India, to whom the portfolio of Canon and Oce equipment attracted largely. He made an exhaustive presentation of the newly launched ImagePRESS C800/C700, talking about the technology behind print, fusion of toner and transportation of sheets in an innovative manner. He has strong belief for the growth of business of digital printers in India with five different reasons for his belief: digital printing is growing fast in India; the country possess vital energy with economic power, ample young population having power to change, resource with IT literacy and a lot more; Canon India’s Professional Print Partners Programme, as one of the most successful consortium; Canon’s new production colour availability and Canon’s commitment to the production printing industry.

Left: Kazutada Kobayashi, president & CEO, Canon India, Right: Alex Kato, general manager, planning & marketing division 0IP Production System Group, Canon‘How to fulfil customers’ expectation?’ was the message to the audience from Dr Alok Bharadwaj, executive vicepresident, Canon India, who categorically conveyed that ‘Turning Point’ is always a combination of collective efforts. Dr Bharadwaj also talked about new ImagePRESS C800/C700, while Puneet Datta made a comparative presentation wherein he conveyed the exclusiveness of this press including overall print quality, very small font size readability apart from possibility of printing of envelopes or tabs.

Puneet Datta also offered new click charge policies for their customers to compete successfully in the majority front, which was appreciated by the audience. To update their customers about the Canon’s service engineers set up, Rahul Goel, director-market engineering, Canon India, introduced the field service structure.

‘Analogue to Digital’ remains a one liner mission for EFI, said Atul Goyal, senior director – engineering, EFI India. He talked about various business challenges like ROI; multi-site environment; lack of reports on utilisation, efficiency; and lack of automation. He very intelligently briefed about their entire product portfolio which included MIS, Web2Print, StoreFront, Fiery, DirectSmile and Radius.

The new launches...

Canon’s new colour production cutsheet press series are part of their continued efforts to empower print service providers (PSPs) to cater to the print industry's ever-evolving needs. With technology derived from the award-winning Canon series, the 80ppm C800 and 70ppm C700 deliver excellent print quality, enhance productivity and enable versatility in both commercial and in-house print environments.

Speaking on the launch, Dr Alok Bharadwaj said, "We are delighted to launch the new C800 series in India. The digital commercial printing market is rapidly developing in India with an annual growth of over 12 percent. Canon entered in the commercial printing domain in 2007 and has come a long way in creating a trustworthy relationship with it's over 360 customers."

"Canon professional printing product division is registering over 25 percent annual growth and is the fastest growing business of Canon in India. It is doubling every three years and is expected to be a 200 crore business by 2016 .The new C800 series will be the major driver for expansion as we aim to achieve 30 percent market share in the category of cut sheet commercial production printing by 2016," he further added While, Puneet Datta, added, “The new imagePRESS series features powerful and innovative technologies that offer the highest quality, productivity and reliability, to meet the requirements of commercial print environments. We're confident that the combination of the imagePRESS brand name and the outstanding capabilities of the new series will make it a very attractive proposition for the market. With this revolutionary product we are set to increase our direct sales and service readily in a phase wise manner to the top 50 digital printing cities in India."

The imagePRESS C800 is capable of handling a wide variety of media, such as heavyweight coated stock and envelopes. This is attributed to the Elastic Intermediate Transfer Belt, which allows it to produce extensive applications on uneven media. Additionally, imagePRESS C800 operates effortlessly be it short runs or even complex variable data printing for personalised print communications. An extensive choice of automated in-line finishing capabilities for series ensures end-to-end productivity and opens up a wide range of business opportunities.

To help customers exceed the requirements of print jobs in the industry today, the C800 series utilizes a 32 beam Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) unit with multi-exposure technology to deliver vivid detail and resolution of up to 2,400 x 2,400 dpi. Beyond excellent print resolution, the new Auto Correct Colour Tone (ACCT) allows for multi-dimensional mixed colour calibration, while an upgraded and user-friendly colour calibration tool, the Auto Gradation Adjustment (AGA) helps PSPs deliver on uncompromised quality with the most vibrant images and text.

The newly developed Consistently Vivid (CV) technology allows for improved transfer efficiency for enhanced colour consistency and accuracy across various mediums of irregular surface media. The C800 series is capable of achieving high production speeds of up to 80 impressions per minute (ipm) and achieve the fastest possible speed on heavy stock up to 220 gsm without compromising print quality. Finally, the in-built innovative induction heating and cooling technology enables the device to intelligently moderate its internal temperature to optimise productivity with mixed media jobs.

The C800 series features three innovative workflows to accommodate the different needs of in-house print and graphic arts environments. The Canon Printer Kit B1 allows for easy production of high-quality print jobs and Server F200 and Server G100, two new digital front ends (DFEs) offer faster processing, unsurpassed image quality and easy-to-use, and automated workflows.

The imagePRESS C800 multifunction printer has a MRP of INR 47.5 lakh while the imagePRESS C700 multifunction printer is priced at INR 44.5 lakh.

Success = setting SMART goals

Deepa Malik, paraplised below the chest, the first paraplegic woman who reached the highest motorable road and the proud recipient of three Limca Book of Records was also present during the PP Customers meet. She inspired the audience with her experiences of achievement and how she overcame the challenges before her. She said, “What I have achieved today is due to hard work. I believe every day is like a festival and I celebrate it with happiness.” She defined the SMART goals as Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Bound. She also guided that one should not confuse goals with dreams; it should be quality not quantity.

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