Variable Data & Digital printing

Canon iR ADVANCE C2000 brings advanced functionalities

A panel of Canon technical experts explicated the printing architecture of Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C2000 at a briefing session held recently at Canon Business Solution Lounge, Gurgaon (Haryana). Announcing the launch of the compact machine, Puneet Datta, assistant director (marketing), BIS Division, Canon India said, “With the colour market growing exponentially, this new series will give an extra edge to small and medium enterprises at an affordable cost.”

The launch of Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C2000 has evident a radical advancement to help users scale up their business as well as imaging needs since this machine is built upon Canon’s MEAP (Multi-functional Embedded Application Platform). Attributively defined by ‘5Cs’ signifying cost, convenience, customisation, consistency and cuteness of the machine with which users can experience colour prints and essential document functionalities in a compact standalone device delivering outstanding productivity through print, copy, scan and fax.

“This new imageRUNNER ADVANCE range is a true multi-role device that recognises the importance of coloured documents in business and at the same time helps control costs associated. It delivers the benefits of digital copy, network print, colour scanning and optional fax features, along with flexible paper handling and finishing options that help save time, space and most of all, document production costs,” mentioned Puneet. This series is an answer to the swift increase in page volumes shifted from monochrome-only-device to colour-capable-device taking place over the last five years.

Unique and simplified workflows

Canon iR ADVANCE C2000 series offers print resolution of 1200x1200 dpi and consistently delivers high image quality for texts at the speeds up to 30 pages per minute. This machine can also be connected directly to a workstation using a standard USB 2.0 high speed port or leveraged as a shared network resource through a highly efficient 1000/100BaseTX/10 Base-T Ethernet interface.

Since Canon is committed to ‘green’ technology through every phase of its product lifecycle, iR ADVANCE C2000 is made of bio-plastic materials. More than 30 percent of CO2 emission of the machine has been controlled in each stage of manufacturing, energy use and logistics. It consumes maximum 1.5KW while running and only 1KW in sleep mode.

More offerings from Pitney Bowes India

Continuing to increase their offerings in Indian market, Pitney Bowes India has now launched the much awaited solution DocWell, specially created for the stock broking community to provide an end-to-end in-house document management solution that manages various customer communications needs like dispatch of contract notes, quarterly statements, Demat statements, etc. The company has introduced three variations in DocWell including: DocWell basic, DocWell Zoom and DocWell Zoom Plus that can handle document volumes ranging from 1,00,000 documents to 5,00,000 per month, with processing speeds ranging from 3,600 to 5,400 mail pieces per hour.

Meanwhile, the company also introduced digital franking solutions with enhanced capabilities to its customers across India, enabling them to streamline the mailing process and control their postal expenses to a considerable extent. KM Nanaiah, managing director, Pitney Bowes India said, “The new age digital franking machines are a great value add to any organization – while the marketing community can use it to send customized messages with each outgoing mail piece.” The new digital franking technology has been launched under the proven DM platform which has been very successful across the globe. The technology has recently been approved by Department of Post in India.

Coalescing concepts!

Presently, the whole world is moving with strong strengths of merging traditional and modern concepts in every arena and then how can print industry lag behind. Analog-to-digital print transition is an obvious phenomenon across the world witnessing many going ahead with the state-of-the-art technologies keeping winning ideas in mind. Some printers prefer to go totally digital, but several ones, who are handling huge quantity jobs, cannot so far afford converting their offset printing facilities into digital ones altogether. Albeit, as we mentioned in the previous issue, the confidence of offset printers, who would shy away in opting to digital, is increasing remarkably seeing business potentials in digital printing apart from its operational flexibility owing to viable features.

In this scenario, avoiding any of the two printing concepts would significantly affect overall business, and adopting ‘midway option’ may be constructive for all. While in production with offset, ‘per thousand copies’ is the figure to count, digital marks it ‘per copy’; and diversified demand from print buyers makes both relevant to co-exist, providing printers a consolidated ground to continue attracting jobs from bottom to top in volume.

Those who are willing to go with this ‘option’ operating offset and digital under one roof can be benefitted in a guaranteed. Along with other applications, offset printed products can also be digitally personalised, keeping flavour of offset intact. With this, while making benefits from low per copy cost by offset stream can be maintained, one can churn out much money per piece involving little efforts out of digital process.

So, it is a perfect time to jump on the bandwagon and take advantage of merging printing concepts in rather innovative way that shall tend you reaching to the dream financial mark.



India’s first Kodak NexPress SE3000 lands up in Pune


Pune, the city of youngsters, the city known as India’s educational hub, the city with creativity becomes the first proud city of India to have Kodak NexPress SE3000. Well known pre-press company Kadam Digital Transprints Pvt Ltd takes a fast forward step and installs this unique digital production press in the heart of the city.

Moving to more specious 4500 sq ft office area, Kadam Digital Transprints has recently accomplished milestone by inauguration of Kodak NexPress SE3000 15”x20” digital production colour press, along with second CtP unit, digital colour photo lab, and post press division.

Based on proprietary intellectual property and Kodak’s expertise in image science, materials, software and hardware, Kodak NexPress SE3000 is designed to deliver unique effect like raised printing and matte or glass coating for commercial jobs. To meet the rising demands for short run digital prints and the new segment of photo industry, the press features outstanding photo quality output with exceptional productivity for the production of printed photo products, including hard and soft cover photo books, calendars.

“Technological sea changes are taking place in the photography and print segment. Kodak’s NexPress has revolutionised photo printing with photo-realistic digital colour prints that are practically indiscernible from photo paper, at a cost that is affordable to everyone,” conveyed Sanjay Kadam, director, Kadam Digital Transprints, feeling proud on this installation.

“With the use of NexPress, our clients like Kadam Digital will be able to fulfill diverse printing requirements of people in the Pune city. The demand for high-quality photo products, especially high-end wedding albums, are certainly on the rise and the business opportunity for photo service providers and photographers are exciting. With the advanced features of the NexPress photo platform, the Pune customers will be able to experience international quality printing at a fraction of time,” commented Bhalchandra Nikumb, head-sales and channel management, graphic communications group, Kodak India Pvt Ltd, showing happiness on this kind of progress.

Gulabraoji Shelke, chairman, Mahanagar Co-operative Bank Ltd and PS Vengurlekar, general manager, Bank of Maharashtra, Pune region and Namdeo R Bhagat, director, CIDCO, Mumbai also graced the occasion.


Ricoh India opens new chapter in operations

With rapid expansion plan, Ricoh India Ltd has made strategic foray into digital colour production printing solutions, while announcing the launch of two printing innovation centres and providing comprehensive office solutions as well as enhanced customer satisfaction. Senior staff coming from Japan and Singapore reassured the seriousness of Ricoh’s plans for business expansion in India, with 3-4 times increase in revenues, adopting customer-focused approach improving pre- and post-sale services. “Since inception, Ricoh has been driven by a single-minded objective of providing customer-focused products and solutions that are true value for money. Our mission is to enhance customer place efficiency with all products, services and solutions that will supplement human resources and make Ricoh a one-stop-solution company for all our customers,” stated N Maitra, managing director, Ricoh India Ltd at a press conference recently in New Delhi. As one of the new initiatives in India, the announcement to foray into the fast-emerging digital colour production printing segment came in the wake of Ricoh’s robust growth plans envisaged for India within the next three years. “Digital printing is leading the way because of its efficiency and short turnaround time. More and more production printers are opting for digital technologies over conventional offset for commercial jobs as well. In choosing an engine, they often have to decide between a low priced light production machine of which the performance does not live up to their requirements or a heavy production machine with a high total cost of ownership (TCO) that significantly affects their profits. The Ricoh Pro C900 series meets customer requirements by combining professional quality and heavy duty performance at a cost–effective price, specifically aimed at print for pay, graphic arts, commercial printers and publishing applications,” stated Tadashi Furushima, associate director, production printing business group, Ricoh Company Ltd, detailing the launch of digital colour production printer solutions.

“The new range of Pro C900, Pro C720 and Pro 907/1107/1357Ex will be backed by Ricoh’s first-of-its-kind ‘Pro-Partnership Programme’ that will offer a huge value proposition for customers. This programme will entail forging a close partnership with Ricoh’s production printing customers with respect to technology knowledge, training of people and after sales service to enhance the satisfaction of our customer’s customer,” elaborated Maitra further and announced plans to immediately establish, ‘Live Experience Centre (LEX), one each at Delhi and Mumbai with an investment of fifty million rupees. Two more LEX will be established at Chennai & Bengaluru, soon. LEX will offer live experience to potential customers to try out the various products – both hardware and software. Through this significant investment, Ricoh India will help customers realize the creation in value that would result from workflow re-engineering and increased customer support to secure the leadership position in the production printing segment.

Outlining the larger game plan for India, Sujit Sanyal, senior vice president (business operations) said, “India offers huge potential for our product mix. Environment today is highly competitive and collaborative, where convergence and convenience are the buzzword. Ricoh India will enter the field of office consulting and IT services for which separate business divisions have been set up. Our ultimate aim is to provide all the services that our customers require in the area of document and information technology.”

Long recognised as one of the leaders of office equipment with the top market share in America, Europe and Asia Pacific region, Ricoh has taken bold moves to strengthen their position in the printing sector. Since 2004, it has made strategic acquisitions of industry giants including Hitachi Printing Solutions and IBM’s Printing System Division. Today, the company is widely recognized as the emerging leader in the print production industry, leveraging its strong research and development as well as strategic investments to stay in the forefront of the business.

Ricoh India Ltd, a 73.6 percent owned subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd, Japan, is one of the leading players in the area of imaging solutions. All Ricoh products come with a hallmark of quality, technological excellence and after-sales service. Ricoh operates through a wide network of 18 branches and over 240 dealers and have well-trained sales and after sales service force. With a workforce of around 700 in India, Ricoh is planning to be a major player in the areas of document solutions, IT services, transaction printing, facility management/managed print services and of-course production printing.

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