The installation includes K Walter and Daetwyler Graphics cylinder preparation and finishing equipment and an Ohio Spectrum engraver with the extremely flexible and high quality hybrid technology for simultaneous engraving of high depth, fine text, continuous tone and line work. The entire plant is built with an eye to optimizing both value addition and throughput using automation and precision. “All plating lines, engravers, cylinder finishing machines and polishing machines for gravure cylinders at the Kolkata plant have been sourced from K Walter, Daetwyler Graphics and Ohio—all part of Heliographic Holdings,” says Arun Pandey, vice president, Afflatus Gravures. Afflatus produces flexible packaging cylinders, leather embossing cylinders, decorative cylinders, embossing cylinders and coating rollers, and offers a complete line of solutions from base shell preparation to polishing, housed in their state-of-the-art electronic engraving facility in a centrally air-conditioned, dust-free atmosphere.
Afflatus has been growing rapidly in past years and is a pioneer in bringing new innovations for its customers on a regular basis. Speaking about investing in systems from Heliographic Holdings, Pandey says, “Behind every investment that we make, there is a reason. In order to maintain consistency in whatever we produce, it is of paramount importance that our equipment supplier is within our reach at all times so we can interact with them and convey our requirements as per the industry demands. Our machine suppliers understand our requirements very well. We have been using a variety of machines from trusted and renowned vendors for the last 20 years and we are quite comfortable with them. What’s important is that they are able to understand us just as well.”