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L – R: Manoj Wadiyar, C Naresh – director and Manoj Kumar of Suba Solutions at their stand in Corrtech Expo Udaipur. Photo PSA

Exchanging technological know-how at the India Expo CentrePreview – Printpack India 11 to 15 February 2015The 12th Printpack India 2015 to be held from 11 to 15 February at the India Expo Centre at Greater Noida in Delhi NCR is a platform for the buyers and sellers of prepress, inpress, postpress, finishing, converting, digital and signage and packaging machines and consumables. It will provide a forum for exploring joint ventures and exchanging technological know-how with leading manufacturers from across the globe. The focus will be on traditional color printing, packaging, postpress and finishing while digital and signage printing are expected to be crowd pullers. In addition to the global leaders who are participating, Printpack India 2015 is the showcase for indigenously designed and produced equipment, machinery and software.Canon imagePress C800

Printpack 2015 with sheetfed presses being demonstrated live at the Ryobi and Komori stands has entered a new level amongst international exhibitions. Although digital presses are ubiquitous at print exhibitions nowadays and there will be a considerable number at Printpack, to show multicolor sheetfed presses running at a show has become a rarity. In this sense Printpack demonstrates both the strength of the Indian market and the success of the organizers in providing a stable exhibition environment with active visitor promotion.

Several road shows, press conferences and seminars have been organized by the Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) for promoting Printpack India 2015 at Dhaka, Raipur, Kochi, Coimbatore, Faridabad, Lucknow, Satara, Sholapur, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad and Latur. Moreover, road shows and press conferences will be held during January 2015 at Orissa, Hyderabad, Indore, Mumbai and in Nepal. Our preview of Printpack India 2015 covers some of the companies which will be displaying a wide range of printing machinery along with prepress and postpress equipment. The preview and coverage will continue on our website, in our weekly newsletters and in our January, February and March issues of both Indian Printer and Publisher and Packaging South Asia.

APL Machinery’s Dripp Off UV machine Hall 1 Stand A20 and A 30
APL Machinery will showcase the Dripp Off UV machine, which can do full coating on sheets. The machine which has a UV dryer with a conveyor and a delivery table for collecting sheets is ideal for UV coating and curing (hardening of coating by ultraviolet radiation) on digital prints. This fully automatic coating and curing machine is capable of UV and aqueous coating up to 1,500 sheets an hour. Moreover, on display will be the LED-UV system, fully auto UV coating and curing machines, screen printing machine with auto take off, UV dryer, auto stacker and the Digi UV machine for generating digital output.

Colorjet, Roland DG products at Apson Infotex Hall 7 Stand D2
Apson Infotex will display the Polo XE, SoftJet Grand and Verve printers from Colorjet India whereas Roland DG will be showing its RF-640 and LEF-20 printers. The Polo XE with over 100 installations is a high-speed solvent printer, built on a heavy duty structure with printheads from Konica Minolta. The Colorjet R&D combines performance with economy. The SoftJet Grand is a 3.2 metre high-speed direct-to-fabric printer, which can be configured with various ink options – disperse, pigment, reactive and acid for the user to meet diverse fabric print needs. The Softjet Grand can print soft signage, boutique designs, custom prints and industrial coatings with ease. Verve is a flatbed UV printer, which can print on a rigid surface. It supports a white ink option, enabling print on clear or dark surfaces. The Verve offers diverse opportunities in multiple industry segments to printers.

The VersaExpress RF-640A is Roland’s adaptable 1,625 mm (64-inch) wide printer using eco-solvent inks to meet market demand for both outdoor and indoor graphics. Engineered for long, unattended production runs, the RF-640A features Roland’s latest printhead technology which reproduces the finest details with vibrant, high-density color. The LEF-20 can print directly on materials such as acrylic, wood, board, paper, card, PET, ABS, PVC, polycarbonate and other plastics as well as soft materials like leather and fabric. Easy-to-use and compact, this flatbed UV inkjet printer produces high quality text, photos, logos or other designs on objects up to 100 mm deep.

Fujifilm’s UV inkjet press Hall 5 Stand C17
Fujifilm will be launching its new products in India – the wide-format UV inkjet flatbed and Acuity LED hybrid UV inkjet press, the Jet Press 540W (digital inkjet web press), Pressmax pressroom chemicals, water washable flexo plate Flexnex FW series, low-chem technologies, and processless thermal digital plates.

The Acuity WFIJ printers, which will be showcased, are getting good reviews from customers. Acuity printers have the ability to print with inks that can be cured by low power LED for improved quality and move one step ahead in terms of resource conservation. The standard four process colors supported by Light cyan, Light magenta and white and clear inks offer a wide range of applications from window film, wallpaper, to printing on rigid surfaces and lenticular lenses.

Hunkeler Systems and much more at AS Print Aids Hall 1 Stand A4
AS Print Aids will be showcasing Hunkeler’s pre and post digital finishing systems for all types of continuous feed printers for books-on-demand and print-on-demand, web-finishing and direct mail applications; lamination equipment and silkscreen machines from Ecosystem; a full range of diecutting products from CITO; Martin Miller’s steel rules; rule bending machines from Richly Top; printing ancillaries from the Tresu Group; DRD’s samplemaker, waterjet systems and pertinax; Cutlite Penta’s laser cutting systems; and, Kirk-Rudy’s innovation in inkjet printing and paper handling solutions.

Moreover, on display will be Drohmann’s flexible and solid dies; wrapping systems and packaging solutions from BUHRS; inserting systems from Winkler+Dünnebier; Nor-Graphic’s nick-grinder and rotary waste stripper; cutting plates and stripping pins from Perivo BV and anti-marking jackets and orange hide sheets from Print Guard.

Insight’s Komori LA 37 Hall 3 Stand B16
Insight Communication & Print Solutions will display the Komori LA 37 multicolor press which is a product designed for India and emerging markets. Already a proven success in the Indian market, the Lithrone A37 achieves short makeready time that is demanded by the quick turnaround, short-run market of today. This new machine delivers high print quality with a wide range of paper sizes. With its tool-free plate clamping system, Komori’s benderless semi-APC (semi-automatic plate changer) improves plate register accuracy and reduces makeready time. The automatic blanket washing and impression cylinder cleaning systems employ a pre-soaked cloth with quick push-button cleaning. The sheet thickness preset function enables sheet thickness adjustment by inputting a numeric value and job changeover time is shortened as transfer cylinder gripper pad adjustment is not necessary. In addition, the high-speed print start-up function shortens test printing time, reduces paper waste and increases productivity.

LineOMatic’s notebook making machines Hall 3 Stand B1
LineOMatic Graphic Industries will showcase its range of exercise notebook making machines with the latest technology and high-speed online automation solutions. The range of exercise notebook making machines will enable customers to produce high quality exercise notebooks with a good price performance ratio. The live demonstration of the exercise notebook making machines will help existing customers to upgrade their setup and guide new entrants who are looking for diversification and want to explore new business opportunities.

Manroland’s Cromoman 4 x 1 press Hall 12 Stand H36
At Printpack 2015 Manroland India will showcase the Cromoman 4 x 1, a press which has especially been designed for Indian conditions and has been running at the Times of India in Pune and Kolkata. Also, the company would be highlighting its digital finishing solution along with Printservice and press consumables.

The main features of Cromoman are – a printing unit speed of 70,000 copies an hour, no need for air-conditioning, variable web width, power fluctuation tolerance, and no web severance on power failure. Other benefits of the press are proven Manroland components, well qualified and extensive local print service from Manroland India. The Cromoman project costs imply competitively lower investment, short installation time, production start-up after six to eight weeks, reduced building expenses and a non air-conditioned press room. The press has been installed by Indian engineers with internet-based support from Germany.

Manugraph’s Ecoline press Hall 9F-10 Stand 174
Manugraph India will display the Ecoline press which is a single-width, single circumference press for newspaper printing and offers 4-color printing on one operating level. Its compact footprint of 8.5 feet height and single level operation allows installation in pressrooms with minimum floor space and ceiling heights. Shorter web leads between printing provide better print quality, improved color registration and less waste. Introduced to the market in 2014, the press is available with a speed of 25,000 copies an hour.

Microgluer from Valco Melton Hall 11 Stand G49
Valco Melton India (VMI) will be displaying its microgluer family of small format folding and gluing machines designed to simplify and streamline the folding and gluing operation for mailing applications. It is available in formats starting from basic half and letter fold, with or without glue, to more complex mailers that include re-moistenable glue, Z fold, and micro perforation. Moreover, VMI will showcase the micromailer, which is a high speed vacuum assisted plow folding table with in-line perforating and scoring. Standard items would include a 20-inch friction feeder, 36-inch register section, in-line perforation and scoring unit, microglue two channel, two gun hot glue system, 1.5 metre vacuum section with left and right plow folds, and a hang-on style delivery stacker.

Provin Technos’ Ryobi LED-UV Hall 1 Stand A19
At Printpack India 2015, Provin Technos, the Indian distributor of Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology, Japan, will unveil the new version of Ryobi’s highest selling 36-inch press in India. Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology is upbeat about the Indian market and this is evident from the fact that for the first time the world premiere of a product will be done outside Japan.

The new version of the Ryobi press with the LED UV curing system will be shown running at Printpack 2015. The 920 series – 36-inch format of Ryobi is the most popular press in the 36-inch segment in India with more than 30 installations so far and is available with all possible configurations such as in-line coating, perfecting and automation. Ryobi was the first press manufacturer to introduce LED-UV curing on a sheetfed offset press in 2008. This technology has been received well in Japan and has an installation base of more than 100 machines with LED curing systems. With persistent development efforts by Panasonic and Ryobi-MHI, the LED UV system for the sheetfed offset press has been refined – the next generation LED system will be on display at Printpack 2015.

With a very small footprint for the control panel, the Ryobi LED-UV has press advantages like instant curing, no warm-up or cooling time, latest-generation automation, broad substrate capabilities without heat generation or emission of ozone and very low power consumption – 15% compared to the conventional UV system. The LED-UV lamps quickly adjust to paper size and are claimed to yield more than 15 times the lifespan of conventional UV lamps.

Ronald 4Hi tower Hall 9 Stand E35
Ronald Web Offset will be displaying the new design Ronald 4-Hi tower which is capable of high quality multicolor printing on various kinds of papers of different thickness, used in the newspaper and book printing industry. The tower can help a newspaper printer to save around 2.5% paper wastage while keeping the printing area more or less the same as before. The machine will occupy less space length wise since the 4Hi tower will be integrated with an auto reel paster. A heavy duty special folder which accepts up to eight webs for folding up to A3 size will be displayed.

Vinsak at Creed Engineers Hall 9 Stand E-10A
At Printpack India 2015, Vinsak, the solution provider for the printing and packaging industry will be giving live demonstration of Vinsak LVPI (Variable Data Printing and Inspection System) and Vinsak Brand Protection Solutions. When it comes to personalizing security labels with variable information or frequently changing data Vinsak LVPI is the right solution. The machine offers reliability, flexibility and high performance with low cost of operation versus print quality with a variety of options in the inkjet printing systems, UV curing or IR dryer and inspection systems. The  design of this label printing and inspection system includes a quick makeready scissor slitting unit with knife separation and lateral adjustment. Presently, the system is available as a single color or monochrome unit but will be launched soon as a Color Press with online spot colors or coating options.

The Vinsak Brand Protection Solution consists of security inks, security software, security substrates and track-and-trace solution to address applications such as rail tickets, ID cards, passbooks, driving licenses, certificates, road permits, cheques, tax revenue stamps with various features like anti-copy, void pattern, micro-text, hidden images and more. Moreover, the substrates include security threads and fibres for the supply chain.

Wide-format printing zones from Canon Hall 7 Stand D14
Canon will display commercial and wide-format printing zones along with its Dreamlabo Gallery, Oce Arizona Gallery, Production Printing Zone and Solution Zone at Printpack 2015. The equipment showcased at the commercial printing zone includes the imagePress C600, imagePress C800, imagePress C7011VP and imageRunner Advance 8295. Wide-format printing equipment are Oce Plot Wave 500/360, imagePrograf 605 and imagePrograf 8410SE.

The January issue of Packaging South Asia and the February issue of Indian Printer and Publisher will continue our Printpack 2015 preview as will the weekly newsletters of both the magazines. The Printpack 2015 review will appear in the February issue of Packaging South Asia and in the March issue of Indian Printer and Publisher.