Royal Coat – Prati, IST Metz and Rotometal

Royal Coat at LabelExpo India – Stand Q20

Sunil Tolpade of Royal Coat and Joachim Hildebrand, head of sales for narrow web IST with the new IST LED curing system for label presses at the Royal Coat stand at Labelexpo India 2018
Sunil Tolpade of Royal Coat and Joachim Hildebrand, head of sales for narrow web IST with the new IST LED curing system for label presses at the Royal Coat stand at Labelexpo India 2018

In addition to representing Italy-based Prati for slitter-rewinder inspection machines and finishing systems, Mumbai-based Royal Coat led by Sunil Talpade also represents among other companies, IST Metz, Germany for UV systems and Rotometal, Poland for rotary tooling. At LabelExpo India in Greater Noida from 22 to 25 November 2018, apart from the principals of the various companies represented by Royal Coat, Chiara Prati will be present to meet label converters at its stand Q20. A model of the new IST LED curing system will also be shown at the Royal Coat stand at the show.

Pragati Pack to install Prati’s DIGIFASTone

Pragati Pack is a part of the Pragati group headquartered in Hyderabad known as being the most globally recognized and awarded Indian printer. Its packaging division provides leading brand owners in several segments with monocartons, labels and special hard boxes that are widely used in the alcobev, luxury packaging and cellphone segments. In the past two years it has expanded with two new plants for hard box packaging including the interior fittings that are required in this type of packaging – one is near Hyderabad’s new airport and the other is near the North Indian cell phone manufacturing hub in Noida.

The company recently purchased its fourth Prati machine, a DIGIFASTone, which is a digital finishing machine for short run and digital labels. Pragati Pack’s other Prati machines that are already installed are all slitter rewinders with inspection systems. The DIGIFASTone is expected to be installed in the coming 100 days and should be up and running at Pragati’s packaging and label plant in Hyderabad well before the end of the financial year that ends on 31 March 2019.

Hemanth Paruchuri director of Pragati Pack, says, “We chose the Prati DIGIFASTone to finish the labels that are digitally printed on our HP Indigo digital label and packaging press. We particularly appreciate the quick makeready with reduced wastage on the machine and are also impressed with the speed of the machine. In addition, the prompt response to queries and the professional handling of the enquiry by Sunil Talpade of Royal Coat, the official representative of Prati, were a great plus in favor of choosing Prati. In fact, this will be our fourth machine from Prati.”

Prati is a leading player in the label finishing industry. Centered on innovation, quality and lifelong reliability, the company seeks to provide cost-efficient solutions enabling a strong competitive advantage. A company with deep domain knowledge of the fast changing label markets and the advanced technologies used in modern label production it delivers tailored solutions for post-print finishing, inspection, die-cutting, matrix stripping, rewinding, cutting and overprinting. With over 2,500 machines installed worldwide, Prati provides expert technical assistance remotely and on site worldwide.

Efficiency, accuracy and versatility are what converters are looking for in competitive solutions for fast, high-quality digital finishing for short run and digital label production. It is easy to say that DIGIFASTone fits this purpose with its design incorporating auto-learning software and controls making it the fastest machine for setting-up the finishing process with high accuracy. Moreover, its full compliance to Industry 4.0 standards and the availability to connect it to the converters’ MIS allows the DIGIFASTone to both generate and exploit data and analytical tools that improve production efficiency.

Chiara Prati, sales and marketing director of Prati says, “We have witnessed a huge interest in the DIGIFASTone. Expert-eye digital printers were quick to appreciate the technological solutions Prati’s engineers have implemented. We are happy to announce that an entire new range of finishing processes are ready to be launched!”

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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.

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