Heidelberg seminars present its UV curing and converting partners‘Print, Pack, Fold’ – Automation, precision and value additionPrint is often described as stagnant – a sunset industry on the digital horizon. Hyper-competition and overcapacity loom and it is said that short-run printing is the visible meteor in a cooling solar system. Diversification, migration and specialization are the order of the day but for print equipment manufacturers and suppliers, it is a critical phase as the market situation demands consolidation and sustainability as well as new strategies to meet the evolving needs of customers who have to differentiate themselves.
Mark Christian Hogan, director, Heidelberg Graphic Equipment, spoke about the new restructured postpress division of the company. Photo PSAOn the evening of 20 July 2015, Heidelberg India organized a knowledge seminar, titled ‘Print, Pack, Fold’ in Delhi, to offer a glimpse of the evolving Heidelberg solutions for adding value, differentiation and efficiency to print. A similar event was organized in Mumbai on 22 July 2015 whereas in Bengaluru it will be held on 24 July 2015.
Ashokan Krishnamoorthy, deputy general manager – prepress solutions, Heidelberg India, and Udo Fiebiger, regional business manager, sheetfed solutions, Heidelberg Asia Pacific, started the proceedings by delving into the updated software solutions that the new generation of Heidelbergs’ come equipped with. “Prinect covers everything from print shop management, online customer connection, prepress and digital print workflow, make-ready optimization, color, quality, machine operation and a full range of services,” Krishnamoorthy said. Features such as the Prinect Press Centre, Printet Axis Control, and Intellistart, which is process-oriented and facilitates automated job changes were described in detail to a large gathering of Heidelberg users.
Thomas Gohl, Asia Pacific sales manager for IST Metz, the UV supplier to Heidelberg presses, was at hand to dispel the confusion regarding the various UV technologies that are being offered by different sheetfed press manufacturers. In his presentation, Gohl discussed the new developments that have been done by IST in the field of UV apart from elaborating on the energy-saving benefits and other pros and cons of the three different types of UV technology which are UV LED, low energy UV, and full UV. Gohl essentially explained which type of UV is most appropriate for which application and gave an indication of the possible advantages and cost implications.
Heidelberg has been restructuring its postpress business worldwide for quite some time now with its decision that it will not manufacture converting products but that its organization is ideally positioned to market these to its customers. Mark Christian Hogan, director, Heidelberg Graphic Equipment, spoke about the new restructured postpress division of the company. “Heidelberg has tied up with Masterwork Machinery of China for the R&D and production of diecutters and folder gluers such as the Promatrix 106 CS and the Diana. Heidelberg will provide the sales, service and spare parts logistics for these machines worldwide. These sort of decisions have not been easy to take and has had considerable impact on the strength of our work force. However, we believe in the capabilities of Masterwork and we believe our customers should have no reasons of concern whatsoever.” Hogan also added that the agreement made last year and being executed from the beginning of 2015, means that Heidelberg will share its own Dimatrix diecutter and Diana folder gluers knowhow with Masterwork.