India’s first RMGT 764E press at Amar Offset

Indian hinterland buying new multicolor presses

Rajesh Morani of Amar Offset with the newly installed 4-color RMGT 760E press. Photo PSA

Amar Offset Printers recently became the first company in India to install the brand new 4-color RMGT 760E press. On 14 November 2016, Amar Offset organized an open house and inauguration ceremony of the new press at its plant in Amrawati, some 160 km from Nagpur. The company, which produces monocartons and boxes for varied markets, has replaced its used Sakurai Oliver 20 x 28 inch press that was installed in 2007, with the new press. “We have invested in the 4-color RMGT 760E mainly because of the paper handling size of the press. The handling size of 765 x 600 mm gives us a wide range of flexibility to cater to different markets,” says Rajesh Morani of Amar Offset. The company also prints commercial jobs.

The new RMGT 760E can handle maximum paper size of 765 x 600 mm (30.12 x 23.62 in) with a maximum printing area of 765 x 545 mm (30.12 x 21.46 in) for the S type and 765 x 580 mm (30.12 x 22.83 in) for the XL type. In addition, the press can handle a wide range of paper thickness, from 0.04 mm (0.002 in) thin paper to 0.6 mm (0.024 in) thick paper without requiring to adjust the height of the gripper bases.

RMGT PCS-K Printing Control System is built into the press as a space-saving feature. The installation space of the RMGT 760E is reduced to about 26% compared to the other machines of similar size with stand-alone IPC unit. The main operation and settings such as ink control, water volume control, printing parameter setting, registration adjustment, impression pressure preset, maintenance information, and more is centrally controlled by the RMGT PCS-K. Thus, the operator has little need to move around so that production efficiency for short-run color printing is enhanced. In addition to these, RMGT 760 E series comes bundled with state-of-the-art features like automatic nip check mode and maintenance mode for unmatched quality and productivity.

Tier-3 and -4 cities are the new destination for press manufacturers now a days, and the installation at Amar Offset reaffirms this claim once again. However, it is noteworthy that most of these printers are not adding more presses to fulfill the required capacity but are replacing their existing machines with better presses.

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The new offset plate register punch machine supplied by Noidabased Rado Packaging Machines at Amar Offset. Photo PSA

According to Vinay Kaushal of Provin Technos, tier-3 and -4 cities have been undergoing a major shift, with smaller printers opting for press upgradation since they realize the significance of having the right infrastructure in place to stay competitive. “There are quite a few changes taking place in the printing scenario. Job runs are becoming smaller, especially in the hinterland, where you have to cater to the local and neighboring markets, which are composed of short-run jobs. Although the volumes are low, the number of jobs are more in these areas. And to run the jobs in older, used machines, it does not work out economically any more.”

Kaushal emphasizes the need for better machines for faster turnaround and better efficiency. He feels that the automation features in the new machines help improve productivity as well as quality, thereby generating more revenue for the printer. The new press was supplied to Amar Offset by Provin Technos, which is the sole representative of RMGT in India.

Resister punch machine

Amar Offset has also invested in an offset plate resister punch machine supplied by Noida-based Rado Packaging Machines. With the new punch system, Amar Offset aims at achieving plate-to-plate register control before mounting the plates on the press, thus achieving high print register in less time. Fitted with CCD camera and display units, the punch machine comes with a pneumatic punching system. “Quality, productivity, efficiency and wastage control are our main priority and the resister punch machine supplied by Rado Packaging does just that,” says Morani.

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