New Products & Installations

Paper Bindmarks thirteenth installations of PUR System 444 series

Innovative design and use of polyurethane drive wide acceptance amongst customers

Paper Bind’s range of PUR (Polyurethane Reactive) semi and fully automatic binders –the PB PUR System 444 series – has seen great success since its launch at IPEX South Asia in
September 2011,with thirteen installations of the machine. Providing a unique solution for all on-demand short-to-medium-run binding for digital and offset printed book blocks, the machine represents previously unheard of levels of productivity and sophistication in the super-compact perfect binder category.
Speaking on the occasion of the thirteenth installation of the machine, Anuj A Mehta, CEO of Paper Bind said, “The PB PUR System 444Series was designed keeping in mind the requirements of photo books or albums, medium to large digital printers and offset printers. This range of machines use PUR, which is the strongest and most flexible binding adhesive currently known in the marketplace.With inks, coatings and digital print toners present in the spines of books, there always exists the possibility of compromising the strength of typical hot melt (EVA)binding. PUR, on the other hand, is resistant to this and will form a super-strong bond with all weights and finishes of paper stocks. Combined with other advantages like compatibility with recycled stock, non-toxic system of operation and our exclusive three year Smile Pack optional warranty, the PUR 444 series has enjoyed wide acceptance across all our customers.”
According to KolorKode, a Bengaluru-based customer, “We installed the PB PUR System 444 eight months ago and as a result, our business has experienced a number of benefits. Most significant is the quality of binding which we can now offer customers who come in with thick books and manuals for print finishing.” Glo Digital Press, Coimbatore who installed the PB PUR 444 approximately three months ago, has also made a significant difference to their business. “Most importantly it has enabled us to take up jobs, which we earlier couldn’t because our previous equipment didn’t offer the required capabilities,” said Ramanan, managing director, Glo Digital.

Mimaki broadening horizon in India

Getting on to the surging potential of the digital large-format market in India, Mimaki has set its wings to fully spread across the country with new product launches and magnification of distribution network. Hirofumi Kitaguchi, general manager - marketing & sales, Mimaki in interaction with Print & Publishing editor, SK Khurana reveals the company’s continuing marketing strategies to engulf the Indian subcontinent.

Mimaki’s recent launch of SWJ-320 S2/S4 inkjet printers in India gave many in the country’s digital large-format market a surprise about the distinguished characteristics of the machines. Of course, every Mimaki product always comes out as unique arrival in the market, so are newly introduced SWJ-320 S2/S4 printers. Defined to be the best partners to win in a competitive market,Hirofumi Kitaguchi admitted that the Rs 20-22 lakh grand-format Mimaki SWJ-320 S2/S4 inkjet printers are designed for both indoor and outdoor applications.
Market competence “SWJ-320 S2 (standard model) and SWJ-320 S4 (high-speed model) are featured as variable dot print with minimum dot size of 7 pico litre and can produce maximum resolution of 1,080 x 1,200 dpi, ensuring vivid prints without any grainy appearance,” explained Hirofumi adding that their target is to deliver 10 printers every month, for which they would maintain two months inventory of 20-25 printers in their stock. These new Mimaki inkjet printers use eco-solvent inks available in two-litre bottles, which are not only affordable than the conventional in cartridges but also have exceptional stability and low propensity to clog nozzles. The CS100 inks also bring the same high Mimaki standards for colour accuracy.
Mimaki latex Mimaki spectacularly introduced its six-colour latex printer at drupa 2012 Dusseldorf. But available now in the Indian market is four-colour latex printer, which according to Hirofumi will be followed by the six-colour machines soon. Printable on non-coated medias such as paper and textile, four-colour Mimaki JV 400 available currently, also offers the world’s first ‘white’ latex ink added to four colours (CMYK) printer, which meets multi-use applications with endless versatility. “Our water-based LX 100 inks have very little VOCs (volatile organic compounds),” informed Hirofumi. He added that latex inks fix pigments to media because resin contains in the ink dissolves with the heater, forming membrane which thus output exceptionally on PVC films, backlit bluebacked materials, etc.
Broader network Hirofumi revealed that Mimaki in India is now progressing towards new verticals as the company has planned to expand its distribution channels across the country. “We are planning to introduce our new setup of dealers across the country by year-end with the scaling up of our staffs as well,” he mentioned. Further, he disclosed that Mimaki demo centers will be opened in two new cities,Mumbai and Chennai, in addition to the company’s existing center in Gurgaon. He also mentioned that Mimaki will give the new-format dealers all sort of supports, including technical, commercial and whatever they require to upgrade themselves to new standards.
Independent entity Undergoing a robust expansion progression in all aspects, Mimaki is looking forward to its stability in the Indian market first and planning to spread its wings to cover the subcontinent in a wholesome manner. “We would cover the countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh,” asserted Hirofumi. One big thing about Mimaki in India would be the company’s plan to stand out as an independent entity soon.

Reducing costs and driving profitability

-with Heidelberg Prinect press reporting solutions

In today’s competitive print environment, knowing what your costs are and how to optimize the use of your equipment has become essential in establishing sustainable business practices and ensuring the long term success of the company. With Heidelberg’s press reporting technology, print managers can now decipher exactly what each print job costs to produce, in materials and in time. Being able to access this kind of detailed information enables companies to streamline productivity, maximize profits, reduce waste and deliver an enhanced service to customers.

Under their Prinect brand, Heidelberg has developed a range of reporting options that utilizes existing operational data to deliver a complete picture on productivity and performance of existing equipment. There are three primary reporting options available to customers who operate Heidelberg Prinect-enabled press models: Prinect Performance Benchmarking (mid-2010 onwards), Prinect Press Reporting (2007 onwards), and Prinect Analyze Point (2007 onwards).

Prinect Performance Benchmarking

Heidelberg’s Prinect Performance Benchmarking has been awarded the prestigious 2012 InterTech Technology Award presented by Printing Industries of America. This global benchmarking service is complimentary (Prinect Performance Benchmarking – access to the full range of functions is available free for the first year – thereafter reports are limited to your presses) and enables customers to compare their Speedmaster presses online against other companies who are using the same or similar presses. Access is via a VPN (using a certified banking-level security protocol) to the Prinect Online Portal where all customer data remain anonymous, the only identification being the country in which the press is operating.

Prinect Performance Benchmarking enables customers to assess their press against others to ascertain whether their presses are optimally utilized by using the worldwide manufacturing standard key performance indicator OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness). All reports offer the monthly average data for the press as well as benchmarking with the best in class and the peer-group average. “Through Prinect Performance Benchmarking customers can gain a global view and compare how their press is performing against their peers,” says Jochen Bender (Prinect process consultant). “With this online service customers can look at comparative presses to gauge their performance in a commercial context. These are real figures from operating print companies. Being able to access this kind of information is invaluable particularly in today’s highly competitive trading environment. With this service customers can also look at other types of presses, such as perfector presses, to determine if this technology is more productive than what they are currently using.”

“This is international benchmarking and I believe it is a fantastic service that we can offer, in part, free to our customers. All you need is an internet connection and you can access information that could make a significant difference to our operation and productivity levels,” Bender continues.

Prinect Press Reporting

This second reporting function forms part of the Heidelberg press option, Prinect Instant Gate, and enables production managers to generate a monthly report on each press that details the productivity and quality of up to 100 individual jobs. “In competitive mature print markets like Australia around 95 percent of our customers are using Prinect Press Reporting which is seen as an essential part of doing business,” says Bender, adding, “These reports allow management to look at each press and determine how productive each operator is, what the quality control is like and where improvements can be made.”

Prinect Analyze Point

An option of the Prinect Pressroom Manager software package, Prinect Analyze Point enables the print company manager to conduct deep analysis of the entire print workflow including historical comparisons and job-by-job analysis. Prinect Analyze Point evaluates all machine messages and manual shop floor data (including postpress equipment) and presents them in easy-to-read diagrams. “With Prinect Analyze Point you can access a wide range of data and conduct more detailed comparisons on each of the presses and postpress devices to see where the gaps are and determine a course of action,” conveys Bender.

“The technology that drives our equipment enables operators to gain a very clear picture on how productive and how profitable each job can be. These Prinect reporting tools draw on existing production data that has already been entered as part of the production workflow, making analysis accurate and easy and removing the need for anyone to spend time re-entering information – it’s already there,” he continues, adding that with today’s tight margins there is no room for guesswork. “I recently heard a printer telling a story about how productive his shop was. Before he had done any analysis he believed they were producing at a rate that turned out to be five times faster than what they were actually achieving. This is where anecdotal evidence can be very dangerous and why knowledge is power.”

“Smart operators understand the value of data analysis. In today’s marketplace where runs are getting shorter, costs are increasing and competing media continues to drive down the price of print, it is even more essential to know exactly what your operational costs are. And with the smart technology behind our equipment the data is offered ready to collect and analyze literally at the touch of a button.” While many companies employ video surveillance to monitor productivity, Bender says that this is only a part measure. “This kind of observational management will tell you if an operator looks busy, but it won’t give you any detail on how productive the operator has been or how efficiently the press is running,” he adds further.

In conclusion, Bender conveys, “The Prinect reporting solutions provide independent and unbiased reports and are easily accessible – all you need is a computer and an internet connection. And because they incorporate a high level of graphics they are very easy to read. Heidelberg is happy to help our customers interpret their reports and make recommendations, but our experience shows the reports are easy to use and make life easier, not more complicated. Once customers realize the value of these reports, they do wonder as why they didn’t make the decision earlier.”

Bhavana Offset powers expansion with ROLAND 700 HiPrint

With the installation of their first four colour ROLAND 700 HiPrint press, Vijayawada based Bhavana Offset Printers has expanded their operations. This medium size press is the latest addition in the company’s plant located in the second largest printing hub in Andhra Pradesh. With this installation, Bhavana has enhanced its print products portfolio such as commercial brochures, invitations and packaging jobs catering to the neighboring towns in the state too.

Founded by Guttikonda Ramesh Babu in the year 1978 with a treadle letter press unit at the young age of 24 years, Bhavana Offset Printers has grown to the level of supplying printed material to the neighboring cities of Nellore, Guntur, Prakasam and Rayalaseema, apart from catering to the commercial print market in Vijayawada. They are fully equipped with several lines of multi-colour presses and complete in house facilities for pre-press and post-press equipment. The company boasts of an impressive clientele in the commercial and packaging printing sectors.

manroland India and Bhavana Offset teamBhavana purchased the pre-owned ROLAND 700 HiPrint press directly through manroland India’s pre-owned equipment division. Post the installation, manroland has also conducted a detailed technical training for the print operators at Bhavana. “We are very impressed with the ROLAND 700 HiPrint’s superior technology and decided in favour of the pre-owned equipment purchased directly from manroland India’s pre-owned press division, wherein we received complete support from the company right from choosing the correct equipment to the installation of the press,” commented Ramesh Babu.

The GATF award winning ROLAND 700 HiPrint chosen by Bhavana Printers is a high performance four colour press in the medium format (28 x 40 inch). The high capacity press is designed with double diameter sized impression cylinders and mark free transferters. The complete 7 O’Clock cylinder position ensures the flattest sheet travel and mark free printing highly recommended for cardboard printing. The four colour press is equipped with several features that enable faster make ready and significantly reduce changeover time: APL (Automatic plate loading) - the 100 percent automatic plate changing system doesn’t require bending of plates; QuickChange Surface – a special polymer coated ink fountain with no replacement of consumables or foils and faster cleaning with upto 30 percent less consumption of cleaning solvent; Automatic washing devices (rollers, blankets and impression cylinders) – for complete automatic and effective cleaning of the printing unit, between jobs; Enhanced stock thickness - the press is capable of printing on substrate thickness ranging from 0.04 upto 1.00 mm thus making it ideally suited for packaging jobs as well.

Grafica unveils Nano-PrinTex

- a direct-to-garment automatic textile screen printing machine

Well known leading manufacturer and exporter of screen printing machines and allied equipment, Grafica Flextronica recently unveiled Grafica’s Nano-PrinTex, a direct-to-garment automatic textile screen printing machine at its manufacturing facility in Vasai, about 50 km from Mumbai. The formal launch / live demo was witnessed by about 140 invitees, mainly from textile industry comprising printers, suppliers, media persons besides few other eminent personalities from printing industry.

The machine will be offered in 6, 8, 10 and 12 colours along with necessary Nano-irTex (IR dryer) and Nano-flashTex (a flash curing system). Nano-PrinTex, irTex, Nano-flashTex and Nano-Screen Maker 5-in-1 will also be offered as Nano-Premier League Tex (NPL-Tex) as complete garment screen printing solution. The salient features of Grafica’s Nano-PrinTex include: easy-to-print; no pneumatics and no hydraulics; power saver; maintenance free; micro processor with touch screen control; aluminum pressure die cast tables; easy to fix screen registration system; and mechanical indexing: hardened cams, guaranteed repetition accuracy. As per Grafica’s managing director Bhargav Mistry, “It is one more revolutionary product of Grafica, an ideal substitute for garment printers who are having manual set up with limited space.”

On the occasion, Bhargav also made a pictorial presentation on Grafica’s immediate past accomplishments, highlighting some of the landmark achievements of Grafica targeted to the overall progress of screen printing industry. Their recent offering included various machines, viz Nano Print, Nano Print plus, Nano UV, Nano Screen Maker 5-in-1, Nano Sharpener, and Nano-PrinTex, apart from opening of DMI institute in 2006. “With Grafica’s in-house training centre DMI Institute, garment printers can be assured of receiving regular technical support,” he said, announcing that DMI will conduct regular workshops on creative T-shirt screen printing in collaboration with international experts.

Komri Lithrone A37 debuts worldwide

• The new press joins the Lithrone lineup
• Launch of shipments to world markets to begin

With the development of the Lithrone A37 sheetfed offset press for the A1 market, Komori Corporation has renewed the Lithrone series lineup. This newly developed offset press is aimed at markets in Asia, beginning with India, China and Japan, where needs for A1 machines with a 36-37 inch sheet width are particularly high.

The new press’ highlighted features include: maximum sheet size of 640 x 940 mm meeting a wide range of printing needs, compact design resulting in lower initial and life-cycle costs, and extensive upgrading possibilities with options (such as H-UV).

Ever since its launch in 1981, the Lithrone Series has earned a superlative reputation around the world as sheetfed offset presses meeting the highest standard. The development and worldwide launch of the A1 Lithrone A37 marks a new addition to the Lithrone Series lineup. The Lithrone A37 making its debut is the heir to the technologies of the Lithrone Series, Komori’s base machines.

Tokyo-based Komori Corporation, a premier manufacturer of sheetfed, web offset printing and banknote/security presses, provides world-class technology especially suited for today’s highly competitive printing marketplace. Delivering the highest level in print quality coupled with impressively fast makeready and JDF connectivity through open systems architecture, Komori presses help printers achieve higher productivity levels essential for increased margins and business growth.

Shree Printwell installs the first brand new Speedmaster CD 102 press in Gujarat

Always remaining at the forefront of adopting latest technologies in Gujarat marking a lot of firsts to its credit, Ahmedabad based Shree Printwell Offset Pvt Ltd has now become first owner in the state of the brand new Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 four-colour press with inline coater.

The first generation company, Printwell was started as a design studio in the year 1992 at Gandhinagar by Pravin Patel and his brothers Bhavesh, Harshad and Alpesh - the present managing director of the company. Later, the operation was shifted to Ahmedabad city in 1994 where it installed a single colour 19 x 25 format press and thus stepped into offset printing. Two years later, they added another bigger size single-colour press then two old 72 F + L format presses followed by a brand new press as well. The latest addition in their print production facility is a brand new Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 four-colour press with inline coater.

Pravin Patel (second from left) and his family members with the recently installed Heidelberg CD 102 press in background.While predominantly catering to the commercial printing and the pharma packaging segment (since Ahmedabad is a hub for pharmaceutical companies), Printwell also caters to the commercial applications of the textile industry. “With the installation of the Heidelberg CD 102 which is highly versatile and can print on many substrates with thickness ranging from 0.03 mm to 1.0 mm (0.0012 to 0.039 inch) thickness along with the maximum print format size (710 x 1020 mm); we will get into the packaging segment in a bigger way. We also cater to the short run applications confortably with this machine,” conveys Pravin. He expects to recover the CD 102 investment in four years, which according to him takes into account the strong competition as well.

“We did consider other competitive models also, but the factors that made us decide on the CD 102 are brand reliability of Heidelberg, direct involvement of Heidelberg in the Indian market, and most importantly the pull demand from our customers for printed products from a Heidelberg press. When their job is done on a Heidelberg press they can afford to relax and not worry about timely delivery, print quality, etc. When they relax, we can also relax,” quips Pravin with a smile. Also, speed and automation of CD 102 remains the major influencing factor. “This press is very user friendly and reduces the turnaround time considerably and doubled our production,” says Pravin, who thinks the objectives of installing Heidelberg CD 102 have all been duly met. Pravin is particularly appreciative about the support and training they received from Heidelberg India, “We are very happy with the Heidelberg support. They have been very supportive and trained our technicians at our place.”

Pravin is ably assisted by his family, a natural strength. “Our family is our strength. All my brothers Bhavesh, Harshad and Alpesh, my father and my son Dwipal are part of this business.” he says. They also have a well equipped design studio, a CtF as well as a CtP. The postpress section is also strong with a host of machines like UV, thermal lamination, folding and perfect binding machine with PUR technology (first in Gujarat). “Quality print jobs, customer service and trust in our commitments are our strong points,” says Pravin, who adds that the disadvantage of space constraint has now been resolved with the new facility. With the completion of their new facility, spreading over 20,000 sq ft area, the dream of becoming a ‘one-stop printing solutions provider’ will be well achieved. “All our existing operations including, design department, prepress unit, etc will be shifted to this new facility. We have already installed the Heidelberg SM 72V and the brand new Heidelberg CD 102 press in this premise,” informs Pravin.

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