Variable Data & Digital printing

Canon’s revolutionary DreamLabo 5000 takes a strong footing in Karnataka

Digital imaging company Canon India Pvt Ltd is taking a strong foothold in the professional albums printing segment. More recently, the company announced the second installation of its revolutionary DreamLabo 5000 in Karnataka, third in South India. The printer was installed at the premise of ARD FOTO, a leading player in HD albums and prints in Karnataka.

Anil, Devraj, Puneet Datta, PPP head, Canon India; Kazutada Kobayashi, CEO Canon India; Hirobumi Tsuga, GM, Commercial Inkjet Product Group, Canon Inc Tokyo; Rahul Goel and Raju Malji at the inauguration of DreamLabo 5000 at the premise of ARD Foto office in Bangalore.DreamLabo 5000 has ignited the photo printing industry by providing a high quality alternative to the traditional silver halide technology. In addition, the premium quality printing offers both the production photo and the small batch print-on-demand (POD) markets substantial new revenue streams. Canon has further accentuated the productivity of the printer by launching, FlatSpread FS-500 the new film hinge processor. This innovation will not only help in eliminating the need for exclusive, pre hinged sheets but will also reduce material costs while providing more affordable lay flat options.

Kazutada Kobayashi, president and CEO, Canon India Pvt Ltd, said, “We are very excited by the response that we are receiving from our customers for DreamLabo. It goes on to prove that photographs play an important role in people’s lives and they are keen to preserve their memories. With DreamLabo 5000 we aim to expand our reach in new markets in India and help more customers by offering our quality printing services to keep their memories vibrant and fresh for years to come. We are aiming to capture 15 percent of professional print album volume within next three years and we are confident to achieve this target. We also plan to reach out to other regions in India to further expand our commercial photo printing business by end of this year.”

While, Puneet Datta, director of Professional Printing Products Group, Canon India, said, “DreamLabo 5000 is a revolutionary machine in the commercial photo printing segment in India. The demand for high-quality professional printing is on a tremendous rise. Our customers have experienced joy with this unique technology that beautifully combines high resolution and high printing speed to deliver superlative quality and exceptional productivity levels. We are happy with our association with ARD FOTO and look forward to expanding our reach in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with their support.”

Leveraging and extending Canon’s existing inkjet technology, which it has successfully deployed through its PIXMA desktop printers range, the DreamLabo 5000 features a newly developed highdensity 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 Double-sided printing function, the DreamLabo 5000 is capable of printing approximately 1,000 pages of A4 size content and 2,300 pages of 4x6’ size content per hour. The system also attains high productivity by enabling paper and ink tank replacement during printing, supporting the extended operation time required for production printers.

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 which comprehensively surpasses that of conventional silver halide.

The retail price of DreamLabo 5000 in India is approximately INR 4.5 crore. Canon India, in association with its channel partners will work towards realising the full potential of this advanced technology.

End users of Konica Minolta get an insight into colour printing

Konica Minolta recently conducted a Colour Management Seminar for its customers in their Bangalore office. It was an informative way of sharing the details with its customers on how the customers can maintain the consistency and reproduce right colour. The end customers generally have lot of queries ranging from the file generations, file format to the printed output. The seminar helped customers to learn the best ways to achieve the consistency from the monitors, creating profiles for the monitors to file creation and setting colour parameters in the files.

The seminar focuses on training for profiling the printers and to use common profile to have consistent output from the device as we see on the monitor. It was a practical seminar with a proof of concept. Konica Minolta arranged for a complete setup right from the input to the output. It was a live session with a production printing machine. “It is a series of seminars which Konica Minolta has been doing for last two years with industry experts. They intend to carry on this activity at more and more places to share the knowledge and remove the misconceptions in the process of reproducing colour documents,” told V Balakrishnan, EGM (Marketing) Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd.

Highcon Euclid II debuts at Print China

For the Asian market, Highcon launched the Highcon Euclid II series of digital cutting and creasing machines. This second generation of machines incorporates several new features, the result of valuable production input garnered from Euclid customers around the world.

The Euclid II series of machines includes the following new optional add-ons, all of which are included in the top of the line machine, the Euclid II+: Highcon integrated digital stripping unit, optical, fine cutting accelerator and web-to-pack software. Other new features of the Euclid II series include a new substrate handling system, enhanced creasing quality, cutting and user-friendly Interface: The latest version of the Euclid software offers user-friendly make-ready, new cutting and registration algorithms, efficient use of consumables, all of which contribute to provide improved productivity as well as enabling remote service. Highcon machines are available in India through their distributors Monotech Systems.

Ricoh pro C5100s: perfect for small and mid-run jobs

–Shares Himmat Singh, Line Graphics, Jaipur, a proud customer of the machine

Line Graphics was established in 2005 to serve as a creative agency to printing & publishing industry. Its clientele were mostly from mediators & job works. “We are currently known for our exceptional graphic designing, hard-to-believe effects and valuefor- money printing. We provide our customers, a hi-profile kind of graphic designing including concept making and content development and realising ideas/ dreams to put them on paper, of course,” shares Himmat Singh of Line Graphics, Jaipur. Four months back, the company has installed Ricoh Pro C5100s and Himmat is upbeat about the new installation. “Through digital printing solutions we are now able to deliver time bound projects & match critical deadlines in printing field,” he shares.

So what were the main features of machine which attracted them? “Ricoh Pro C5100s seemed fit to me due to the size it was serving i.e. 13”x49.6”. It was quite a good size for this segment of machine. The service quality and cost range they assured was also a point to consider this machine. We were introduced to this machine in a seminar, well organised by Ricoh. Additionally they helped us in availing finances for the machine,” he shares.

“With this installation, we are serving the job worker's segment for small & mid run jobs. Being also a well set establishment in offset printing, the machine helps in switching projects between digital to offset and vice versa according the budget and quantity of the client.”

The machine was installed in mid October, 2014. “Since then we have taken around 15,000 colour & 3,000 black & white prints on it. We are continuously marketing and striving to increase the volume. Currently, we are far behind than our target which is around 25,000 copies per month. We are planning to increase volume of copies in an aggressive way and finding new segments in digital & VDP,” he concludes optimistically.

Digital specialist Sapphire to represent Xeikon in India

Vikram Saxena, CEO Sapphire Graphic Solutions; Bent Serritslev, managing director Xeikon Asia Pacific and Neeraj Chaudhry, founder Sapphire Graphic Solutions.Xeikon, an innovator in digital colour printing technology has signed an agreement with Sapphire, the leading Indian supplier of digital print solutions to support its expansion in the Indian document printing market. The agreement, signed at the brand new Xeikon Asia Technology Center, will focus on the commercial printing and publishing sectors as well as the photo, wall décor and creative markets.

The portfolio Sapphire represents includes Xeikon’s 8000 Series digital colour presses. They feature high precision LED-array imaging technology, which combines true 1200 dpi resolution and 4-bit per spot colour depth, to deliver the finest commercial print quality available on the market today. In addition, the Xeikon 8000 Series presses offer unmatched format flexibility, with a media width of 512 mm (20.2 inches) and unlimited print length. The presses print on both sides of the substrate simultaneously and can handle monthly duty cycles of up to 10 million pages.

Sapphire will also offer Xeikon’s Wall Decoration Suite. It allows cost-efficient production of high-quality wall decorations for commercial, retail and residential purposes. This short-run friendly ‘all-in-one’ solution addresses the increasing demand for more customised and personalised print jobs and enables the production of a small roll of finished wallpaper from a large roll of paper. It integrates four major components - a Xeikon digital press printing on the widest media range available, with dedicated workflows and software, application-specific toners and process optimisation tools plus pre and post press equipment.

“We pride ourselves on our customer centric approach, whether it is providing a trained operator with the machine or supporting the initial installation for the first couple of weeks,” stated Vikram Saxena, chief operating officer at Sapphire Graphic Solutions. “It is this approach to customer support that has resulted in the success of our business from its inception. We are delighted to be able to work with Xeikon and share with our customers how the large portfolio of Xeikon’s digital printing solutions can help them grow their business and stay ahead of the competition.”

Bent Serritslev, who was recently appointed managing director Xeikon Asia Pacific (ASPAC) to help support its fast-paced growth in this dynamic region commented, “Sapphire has earned an unrivalled reputation for its service, support and sales of digital printing solutions and we are delighted to be working together in such an exciting and vibrant region. We are looking forward to presenting solutions that can help Indian print production operations improve their production capabilities and enhance their service offering.”

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