Pressline, Monotech and Welbound Worldwide show digital book press at Printpack

Digital book press with inline finishing and binding solutions

(second from left) SATISH BAJWA , Managing Director - Pressline India

Make in India has revealed a new dimension at Printpack with the running demonstrations and launch of a digital book press with inline finishing and binding. The Jetsci X1/X2 Series, described as an industrial inkjet system, at the show is actually a complete digital inkjet press in which you put a reel of paper and can get a complete bound book block at the other end.

There are several options that are being shown at Stand B13 in Hall 3, such as a sheeter which is apparently and remarkably a variable print length sheeter. There is a feeder for printed covers also that can be attached to the book block. Overall, it was an impressive breakthrough demonstration and one of the HOT PICKS for the best of Printpack of which we have made a video for our YouTube channel.

The digital book press shown at the Pressline, Welbound Worldwide and Monotech stand is a collaboration amongst the three companies with Pressline’s web paper movement, processing and integration, Monotech’s JetSci inkjet array and Welbound Worldwide’s folding and binding solutions.

The Jetsci X1/X2 series press being shown is a monochrome press with a native resolution of 1200 dpi, which is needed to properly print books on uncoated papers. It prints on both sides of the web without the use of a turner bar and can be configured to run at a speed of up to 300 meters a minute.

Definitely one of the highlights of the Printpack India 2019 show.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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