Variable Data & Digital printing

Ricoh Pro 8100s Series: a much sophisticated system offered as easy to operate!

Anjana Saha, national business and marketing manager, Ricoh India LtdStart production right away by installing user friendly monochrome model RICOH Pro 8100s series, which features an easy-to-use control panel and an intuitive paper library for broad media support. These mono production printers offer exceptional reliability along with outstanding image quality and paper handling. It results in greater productivity and opens up new opportunities for revenue - just what you need in this highly competitive environment. There are three models within the RICOH Pro 8100s Series (8100s/8110s and 8120s), with output speeds of up to 95, 110 and 135 ppm, and come standard with scanning, printing, and copying functionality. All three models have a duty cycle specification of up to 3 millionper- month, which provides reliability and assurance to handle the occasional spike in a customer’s monthly volume requirement.

An extremely fast single pass duplex scanning document feeder is standard on the Pro 8100s Series, providing up to 220 impressions per minute scanning speed for the most demanding work flow in monochrome and colour.

To render fine type, image detail, and generate smooth tonal gradations, the Pro 8100s Series use Ricoh’s VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) technology to deliver an industryleading 1200 x 4800 dpi.

Ricoh’s VCSEL laser technology works in tandem with the engine’s mechanical registration system to provide precise front to back registration alignment by compensating for any media expansion and contraction during the duplexing process. This is critical for business cards, post cards, glossy brochures, or any other two-sided document where registration is critical.

To increase the range of supported substrates, the RICOH Pro 8100s Series features an intermediate-belt transfer system that can handle paper weights between 40 to 300 g/sq m, up to 13 x 19 inches. This flexibility, along with its speed and power, make the RICOH Pro 8100s Series ideal for transactional printing of bills, invoices, statements, transpromotional materials, personalised marketing and other variable data printing applications. To manage the range of papers and their specific printing parameters to optimize the print quality, the Pro 8100s Series has Ricoh’s Paper Library, which allows users to programme multiple parameters to ensure the best printing results. After programming a specific paper into the Paper Library, users can recall them with a single selection, eliminating guesswork and waste.

Scodix bags gold at 17th Annual VMA Showcase Awards

Visual Media Alliance (VMA) presented digital enhancement solutions leader Scodix with the coveted Gold Award for outstanding achievement. The Showcase Awards is an annual visual media competition covering Northern California and Northern Nevada hosted by VMA in San Francisco. Competing against nearly 200 entries from printing, design, ad agencies and graphic art firms, Scodix received the Gold Award in the category of Book Covers.

The winning submission was a digitally enhanced cover of the VMA Members Guide, an annual publication of the non-profit trade associations.

“Our team did a great job identifying key design elements that showcased the impact of Scodix digital enhancement to produce a VMA cover that not only stands out, but captures the attention of multiple senses. Members couldn’t help but take notice,” notes Dennis Kercher, North American sales manager, western region, Scodix.

Dan Nelson, president of Visual Media Alliance agrees, “This was a great competition with a very impressive standard of entries. Scodix should be very proud of their company’s achievement and the excellent work done by their employees.”

“It’s the appropriate time to embrace new technologies”

says Puneet Dutta, director of Professional Printing Products Group, Canon India, in conversation with Varsha Verma from Print & Publishing.

It is important for the printers to rediscover themselves as change is important in any industry. Competition is not amongst themselves; but people are competing with oneself. They have to look forward to innovations and embrace the new technologies, said Puneet Dutta, director of Professional Printing Products Group, Canon India.

Puneet DuttaFrom offset to digital – partners in transition… “Canon would like to play a significant role in this change. We would like to be with the industry and make them comfortable in the change. We want to partner with them in the challenges they face,” shared Puneet, who is also upbeat about the success stories of organisations like Replika and Sanat Printers – wherein Canon partnered with them through the journey of implementation.

“We were with them in every step of implementation and helped them overcome the challenges,” he said. “It’s not just about changing printing set-up, but pre-press also goes through a transition. They also need to invest in different skilled manpower, people with know-how of a digital printing machine.” “Infact, as long as printers can find partners for change and ready to go through the pain of migration, success is inevitable. It might look a slow tedious process but it works,” told Puneet enthusiastically.

Photo printing in India – huge market!

Talking about the photo printing market, Puneet said that it is entirely different in India than most of the countries. Though in Europe and US, this segment is going down, but in India, it has a huge scope. “As long as population is increasing in India, with 50 percent of the population being below 25 years of age, the market is huge. With sheer number of mass population and unique marriage functions, this market is bound to grow,” he added.

On asking about the market size, Puneet replied that though it is difficult to estimate numbers but Canon believes that it is around Rs 3000 cr industry, including photo labs, albums, silver halide pictures and of course digital. And that’s not all. With the new government in place in India and with lot of emphasis on tourism, he feels that both domestic as well as international tourism would add to the photo market and people like to print their memories for future recall and with digital giving them an option to add anecdotes and notations, the memories become priceless. That’s a value-addition to the customer.

Canon DreamLabo 5000 In 2012, Canon launched the first professional photo printer – DeamLabo 5000 with a highest resolution of 2400 × 1200 dpi. “Our customers call it high-definition (HD) print,” laughed Puneet. Delivering a new standard of combined photo and text quality together with high productivity, the DreamLabo offers the production photo printing market a viable alternative to silver halide technology, which is set to revitalize the photo printing market in the country. In addition, through opportunities possible from premium quality, it offers both the production photo and the small batch premium print-on-demand (POD) markets with substantial new revenue opportunities. The first DreamLabo 500 in South Asia has been installed at GK Vale, a 100 year old photo lab in Bangalore.

The DreamLabo 5000 features a newly developed high-density print head, enabling over 300 mm wide printing output. Incorporating Canon's FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology, the print head enables the printing of high-quality photos and detailed text to support a variety of high-value-added output, from premium photo albums, photo books, photo calendars, photo collages and other merchandise to high-quality POD items, such as bespoke brochures.

The wide print head delivers high-speed One-Pass Printing, requiring only a single pass of the printing paper while the print head remains in a fixed position. When used in combination with the automatic Doublesided Printing function, the DreamLabo 5000 is capable of printing A4 size print approx.1,000 page and 4x6 single print approx. 2,300 page per hour.

“DreamLabo 5000 uses a sevencolour dye-based ink system that delivers smooth gradation. Employing image processing technology that makes use of the full range of Canon's unique inkjet printing colour gamut, the new printer enables the output of photo images with a level of colour representation comprehensively surpasses that of conventional silver halide,” added Puneet.

On asking about the price range, Puneet revealed that it is a high-end machine, costing Rs 3.5-4 cr. “It is a production workhorse, wherein you can combine volumes and print in one go. Moreover, it is environment-friendly,” he added as a matter of fact. “There have been a lot of inquiries from various customers, especially from south India.”

On software support…

“Canon offers various levels of software support and it depends upon how customer wants to use it. Customers can use their existing software of colour correction and file generation. Canon offers various software development kits which have an open platform for various functionalities, giving the customer an option to integrate how much they want to,” he told.

On media…

As the quality of printing depends upon the quality of media used, Canon also supplies high-quality inkjet media which gives premium print quality.

Marketing strategy…

So, how is Canon reaching out to its prospective customers? “We have a two-pronged strategy wherein we are targeting crème de la crème of photolabs as well as we are reaching out to the photographers. We participate in exhibitions and conduct workshops to display HD print quality,” replied Puneet.

‘The Perfect Match’ – Heidelberg and ‘Cock’ brand fireworks

– Sivakasi’s Kaliswari Group invests in Heidelberg Pro C 751 Digital Press and Polar N 115 Plus Cutter

AP Selvarajan, director of Kaliswari Group with Heidelberg Pro C 751 digital press.Sivakasi’s Kaliswari Group, a leading manufacturer and global exporter of fireworks, added sparkle to its in-house printing division, by recently investing in Heidelberg solutions.

Although Pyrotechnics is the primary business, the Kaliswari umbrella brings together other diverse business verticals, including educational institutions, transport and hotels. An in-house printing division caters to the labeling and packaging needs of the Group’s own fireworks business.

From humble beginnings as a ‘Match factory’ founded by Shanmuga Nadar in 1923, the 90-year old company exploded into prominence and growth after expanding into fireworks. The Kaliswari group manufactures and sells fireworks under the well-established and reputed “Cock” brand. Today, the group of companies has 30 plus factories, employing nearly 9,000 staff.

New Heidelberg installations...

In a latest move, the Kaliswari Group has installed the Heidelberg Pro C 751 digital press for its internal applications. Ideal for cost-effective production on very short runs, the digital press can print up to 75 A4 pages/minute with paper density or grammages of up to 300 GSM. The oil-free PxP toner ensures optimum image quality of up to 4800 dpi resolution, which is close to results achieved with offset printers. The digital press can handle paper sizes between 3.94 × 5.51 inches and 13.00 × 19.20 inches.

AP Selvarajan, the director of Kaliswari Group, is an ardent admirer of Heidelberg equipments. “We still have the original Heidelberg cylinder presses that were used during early days of operation. The equipments are in perfect working condition even today,” he beams. “The Heidelberg Pro C 751 is the latest jewel in our crown. Easy to use, it offers an exceptional range of functions and outstanding print quality”.

Manoharan, senior manager of the Group nods in affirmation, before adding, “We use the Heidelberg Pro C 751 mostly for test-printing and sampling specialty paper and boards for packaging purposes. The print matches offset quality. Also, it helps save considerable time and money that we would otherwise spend on outsourcing.”

Full-fledged printing set-up

Although it was started as an offshoot of the Fireworks division, the in-house printing unit at Kaliswari is well endowed with state-of-the-art equipments. Prepress facilities include CtP, multi-colour offset presses and flexo printing presses, while the Postpress portfolio features Polar cutters, die-cutters and folder gluers.

The cutting edge... literally!

In addition to the Pro C 751, the Kaliswari Group has also invested in a Heidelberg Polar N 115 plus cutting equipment. This programmable, high-speed cutter, which is used for cutting paper, cardstock, paper board, and plastic foils, comes with an 18.5 inches colour display and touch screen operations to avoid errors in programming. The Polar N 115 plus offers shortest make-ready times, thanks to intuitive cutting programmes.

The patented Direct Positioning System (DPS) of the Polar N 115 plus ensures mechanical positioning accuracy of 1/100 mm, thereby offering the greatest cutting accuracy. An added advantage is the nickelrefined, wider machine table that facilitates easy handling of sheets. The standard model has extensive features to boost productivity by up to 20 percent. Higher productivity can be achieved by additional, programmable functions. “Life is a lot easier with the Polar N 115 plus”, quips Manoharan. “The Polar cutter reduces the time usually spent on labeling and small-sized packaging jobs”.

On a concluding note...

Manoharan expects the Heidelberg equipments to play a crucial role during Diwali season. “Fireworks production usually peaks before Diwali, when its boom time for business. The printing unit operates in all shifts to match packaging with production. The print jobs involve specialized hot and cold-foil embossing, and die-cut designs to make the packaging of these Pyro products more attractive. Both the press and cutter will come in handy, especially at time,” he said.

The Kaliswari Group is a happy and plans to shop again at Heidelberg. “Heidelberg is a trusted brand worldwide and our experience with Heidelberg has been spectacular. With these equipment’s, the ROI is significant,” Selvarajan concludes on an excited note.

‘Print Factory’ in Tiruchi moves forward with Xerox iGen 4 Diamond

Tiruchirapalli (Tiruchi/ Trichy for short), basically a temple city famous for ageless Rock Fort Temple, grew simultaneously as an education centre, and gradually has fit seamlessly into the digital renaissance. This is a pointer to Tier-2 cities growing up into printing hubs like Tiruchi (Agriculture), Madurai (temple and jasmine flowers), Erode (textiles), Salem (mangoes), Tirupur (readymade garments), Coimbatore (textile machinery & industrial products), Sivakasi (crackers/match boxes), Tuticorin (pearls), to name a few.

D Ramalingam has seen the Andar Street in Tiruchy developing into a business hub from being a lawyers’ street (during freedom struggle and post independence days). Here, he briefs about one such digital service provider – Print Factory. KP Balaji’s tryst with digital printing happened by chance. The interim vacation after Higher Secondary examination drew him to DTP. After finishing commerce graduation and MBA, he decided to be an entrepreneur in digital printing. He partnered with a longstanding Xeroxoriented printer by name 'Prince and Company'. Prince is in business since 22 years with two branches in Tiruchi, engaged in digital copying, printing and scanning. The company started with Xerox DC12, grew with DC5252, DC 5000 and now (six months back) acquired iGen 4 Diamond with Free Flow Server. For iGen operations, the company has started a new division - Print Factory – jointly held by Rajarajan (Prince and Company), Arun (Annai Arts) and Balaji (AB Colours). On asking about this unique name, Balaji replied, “We want to grow into a factory of printing jobs.” More recently, they did promotional jobs for Apollo Hospitals and Samsung with personalised VDP. “Such kind of jobs would multiply as we have the wherewithal. With specially imaging software for doing Micro Text, security applications and Xmpie’s uDirect Studio software for variable data and image personalisation applications, we shall carve a niche market in Southern India,” said the confident Balaji.

Their applications include high quality, short run digital prints, brochures, ID cards, photo books, certificates, collaterals, etc. “We have excellent infrastructure to give committed delivery of prints up to 14” X 26”, 350 GSM and wide range of specialty and synthetic media and regular boards and finished products anywhere in South India,” told Balaji.

According to G Ravishankar of UR Marketing Company, Xerox Production Partner, “Print Factory is one company which has acquired iGen Diamond Edition with purpose. They make use of the full potential of machine capabilities.”

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Neeraj Dargan to lead
Manroland Sheetfed subsidiary in India

-With offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai

Manroland Sheetfed GmbH has established an own subsidiary in India. Manroland Sheetfed India Pvt Ltd will be based in New Delhi with local offices in Mumbai and Chennai. Neeraj Dargan heads up the new Manroland Sheetfed operations as managing director. Dargan brings a wealth of experience, having spent more than 30 years in the fields of sales & marketing, technical, operations and commercial, in capital goods and consumables for the print and graphic arts sector.

“I am delighted to be heading the new Manroland Sheetfed subsidiary to expand the company’s APAC operations. My local-market experience will enable to better serve the group's existing client base and with year-on-year growth in India’s printing industry, I am looking forward to the challenges," said Neeraj.

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