Variable Data & Digital printing

Transition from analog-to-digital with HP

Multimillion-dollar upgrade expected to reduce waste and improve operational flexibility at Jeppesen who have selected five HP Indigo digital presses Jeppesen, the Boeing Commercial Airplanes subsidiary that delivers aviation charts, data and operational tools essential to the global transportation industry, is converting its remaining analog offset chart-printing operations to digital production following a multimillion-dollar purchase of five HP Indigo W7200 digital presses. The five-press deal is one the largest installations ever completed for continuous-feed Indigo presses.

Three of the presses are being installed at Jeppesen’s headquarters facility in Englewood, Colo, where they will operate alongside another HP Indigo W7200 the company purchased and installed earlier this year. Currently, the Englewood facility produces half of its aviation chart work using digital printing, with the remainder printed on analog offset devices. Jeppesen intends to shift all of its standard-size aviation chart work from offset presses to digital. The other two HP Indigo W7200 presses in the purchase are being installed at Jeppesen’s facility in Neu-Isenburg, Germany, near Frankfurt – an all-digital facility that will use the press at faster speeds and improved ease of use to improve productivity.

Designed to meet offset-quality, application-focused production needs, the HP Indigo W7200 press prints up to 7.5 million pages per month. It can produce up to 240 four-colour or up to 960 monochrome letter-size pages per minute at resolutions up to 2,400 x 2,400 dots per inch. Since its release in September 2009, the HP Indigo W7200 has been installed at customer sites worldwide for publishing, photo specialty, transactional / transpromotional and direct marketing print production.

New offering from Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes Inc recently announced the launch of the new Print+ Messenger colour inkjet system enabling the high-resolution colour printing of customized marketing messages on envelopes during high-speed mail insertion. The new system, the result of a collaboration between mail finishing leader Pitney Bowes and inkjet printing technology leader HP, can operate at speeds up to 20,000 mailpieces per hour, making this technology suitable for even the highest-volume mailers.

The new technology can help mailers improve their operational efficiency by eliminating preprinted envelopes, reducing envelope storage needs, streamlining application changeover, and commingling mail. An integral part of a White Paper Factory solution, it eliminates the need for mailers to use anything other than plain white envelopes for their customer communications. All necessary information, including customized marketing offers, company logos, mailing and return addresses, and postal barcodes can be printed directly onto the envelope as it travels along the inserter.

“We talk a lot about innovation at Pitney Bowes, and the Print+ Messenger colour inkjet system is further evidence that we back up this talk with action that directly benefits our customers,” said Ramesh Ratan, president of Pitney Bowes Document Messaging Technologies, adding, “By bringing our proprietary intelligent variable transport and integrity tracking and software together with HP’s world-renowned printing expertise, we have created something unique in the marketplace. That’s exciting.”

Xerox unveils ‘Color 1000’ hitting new roads

Digital printing has been undergoing a swift development ever since its widespread popularity achieved in the Indian market. Xerox India subsequently endeavours to set this progress at right acceleration with the introduction of its Color 1000 press in a three-day event organised recently in Mumbai. Vipin Tuteja, executive director, Marketing and International Business, Xerox India talked at length about every minute significance of this digital press recommended for producing more than 125,000 pages per month with a resolution of 2,400 dpi in an exclusive interview with Sonal Khurana of Print & Publishing. Xerox Color 1000 press stands out in many ways than one. Positioned between the company’s hugely successful DocuColor 8002 and iGen4 digital presses, Color 1000 is an answer to commercial printers, photo finishers, direct-mail houses, digital service providers etc who are looking for high-quality outputs. “But the choice of Xerox presses largely depends upon the overall workload requirement and production capacity. For instance, Color 8000 is ideal for job producing more than 300,000 copies a month; for 125,000 copies per month, one can opt for Color 1000 machine,” said Vipin adding that Xerox India has plans to introduce Color 800 in the subcontinent in near future.

Concerning the current market demands in India, Vipin mentioned that if given a chance between Xerox Color 800 and Color 1000, the latter would be more preferable by end-users in the country. With the Color 1000’s fine print quality of 2,400 dpi resolution, Xerox India eyes to tap the photo lab segment. “Of course, photo album is one of the biggest applications which are growing vigorously in the Indian market. That’s why we are targeting photo labs as well as those who wish to make an entry into this segment with Color 1000,” asserted Vipin. A landmark in digital printing, Color 1000 was introduced worldwide at IPEX 2010 in Birmingham.

Advantageous features

So far so good, customers’ feedbacks to this press were extremely encouraging and some of them even booked orders on the spot, which included a couple of customers from photo printing segment and others engaging in colour printing jobs during the launch event. Apart from photo albums, jobs that this press can do with its optional fifth dry ink station for ‘clear dry ink’ amplifying full-colour outputs suitable for ‘on demand printing’ and various other applications including booklets (signature, square-fold and lay flat options), brochures, postcards, business cards, manuals, calendars, invitations and newsletters etc in fine-tuned image quality.

Compatible with sheet sizes ranging from 7.2 x 7.2 inch up to 13 x19.2 inch weighing between coated and uncoated 55-350 gsm, flexible finishing options of Color 1000 allows fulfilling custom built application needs. This press offers two 2,000-sheet trays positioned below the print engine, providing a smaller footprint compared to other systems. An optional oversized high capacity feeder with two additional trays in the machine can increase capacity up to 8,000 sheets for longer unattended run time. Z-card and tri-fold fliers are some of the unique applications of Color 1000.

“The new 1000 press is an impressive equipment with its amazing finishing options and free flow print server. The equipment is capable of producing large amounts in very little time with high resolution imaging and digital quality. We feel that the applications that it can cater to including manuals and photo books will be of help for our unit,” said Shiva Kumar (Futura Digital Press, Bangalore). “The 1000 press can run several applications with highest speed and precision possible. The flexible finishing options allowing systems to be customized will certainly help in growing our business,” commented Thahir Batcha (Penguin Xerox, Chennai).

“Color 1000 is the machine that can bridge the gap between iGen4 and DocuColor 8002 in terms of cost effectiveness and its idyllic photo album printing. Even the size of the machine is compact to save a good space which form a major investment and its power consumption is as low as 10 KV with less carbon footprint,” remarked Vipin. He added that the fifth toner (fifth colour) bringing value to the outputs is an added feature of the machine making it as a preferred choice to posses.

New revolution

Market dominance of Color 1000 will conceivably help the traditional concept of photo labs find a new standard. “Now in many Tier II and Tier III towns, one can find many going for photographs being digitally printed. So, it may take two to three years down the line to catch up with the presses like Color 1000 in this kind of business,” stated Vipin. It’s typically a repeat of what happened in the printing industry when the digital printing was first introduced in India. People had a preconceived mindset that digital technology is not comparable with offset prints—colours looking different, midtone shade missing and so on. Now people finally realise that the outputs delivered to the end users don’t make any difference if it is coming out of commercial offset or digital.

“Our end users don’t even know much about the difference between offset and digital printing. What they really concern about is something which is quick; if they want it in one hour, it should be printed or done in time. These are the requirements we would provide through Color 1000 to the end customers,” explained Vipin. Though he agreed that offset printing will always remain in the industry. And offset printers eventually realising that room for digital printing is equally important as many customers have understood the value of digital press, how quickly and consistently it works. Thus digital printing is not all about replacing something but just fulfilling the additional requirements, complementing the traditional printing.

New applications

Digital presses have requisite roles in book publishing sector too. “I would say that the second most growing sector occupied by digital press is the book publishing industry,” mentioned Vipin. According to him, there is a clear fact that many publishers in these days recognise huge market demand and potential for short-run production of 200-300 books. Earlier publishers would never agree to such short-run production. However, with the advent of digital presses, they found opportunities and advantages in short-run book publishing turning out to be easier than expected.

“Today, many publication houses accept orders to produce archive titles and works of new authors knocking on their doors requiring short-runs,” asserted Vipin adding that Xerox India aims to capture the publication sector in bigger aspect. And another potential domain the company is now eyeing to march into is luxury-packaging segment, which is still untapped properly and there is still value proposition in it. Clutching on to the increasingly expanded digital printing market, came alongside Xerox are other digital press majors like Ricoh, Canon and Konika Minolta. Rather than competition, Vipin is very optimistic about helping each counterpart to further prosper within the sector, which is really big enough to co-exist.

Neopost strategically launches seven new ways of franking

Mail is a major factor in business growth and also an essential component in customer relationships. In context of creating value in mailing process, automated mail processing is an effective way to cut costs and enhance profits. Neopost India strategic presence in local market to better understand the needs and engage with local mailing industry introduced innovative solutions and positive contribution working closely with India Post bringing value added services to mail customers. A brief report. To enhance customer satisfaction and optimize once budget by improving the handling and traceability of information, orders and statements, Neopost India recently launched seven new models of digital franking machines (a full range of inkjet modular systems), certified and recommended by Department of Posts, India. The machines are simple, useful, cost efficient and 7x24 convenient CRM tool to improve customer retention. It can facilitate mailing of twenty articles to two thousand plus articles a day and more. With inkjet printing technology in collaboration with HP along with the comfort of remote resetting of machines through Neopost remote resetting centres the machines meet once all mailing needs such as transporting important documents –bills, statements, contracts and more. During the launch event in New Delhi, people from mail service organization, post offices and other related areas gathered in number over 75.

“Neopost has been achieving a good growth during one of the worst economic crisis recently keeping a good momentum in terms of revenue generation. Neopost worldwide share is 25 percent with 2.6 million meters (90 percent of their total) operational in Neopost’s top five markets including Canada, France, Germany, UK and USA,” said Sanjay Sharma, managing director, Neopost India, adding, “Currently over 8,000 electronic franking machines are operational in India. The advantage of using franking machine in the sub-continent is that India has a very good environment of market growth since India Post provides incentive of three percent on franked mail making it a priority mail and a widest range of digital franking machines has been approved by the Department of Posts, India for all segments of mailing.”

The range of franking solution launched include Neopost

IJ-25, an entry level small sized franking machine; IJ-40, an easy to use mailing solution for growing business needs;

IJ-50, delivering the next level of mailing performance offering packet and parcel versatility; IJ-70, an advanced, automatic mail processing system for expanding needs; IJ-80, the high productivity mailing system for medium sized mailrooms;

IJ-90, a heavy duty mailing system and IJ-110, a high performance intelligent machine outperforming ultimate speed of 350 envelopes per minute, automatically adjusting the postal rate with touch screen technology makes operation easy with its mail management options.

Neopost Group is a major player in the market of mailroom equipment and logistic solutions for the last 75 years. Present in more than 90 countries, Neopost is the world’s second largest mailroom solution provider with 14 operating companies in Europe, North America and Asia. With around 600 patents Neopost is the first supplier to bring the benefits of digital technology in mailroom industry, changing the way people look at metered mail and to bring the convenience of folding and inserting technology to the office environment. With Kores (India) Ltd, an ISO 9001 : 2000 certified company as key partner in India, Neopost has established strategic agreements with cutting-edge technology suppliers to provide: encryption, tracking, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), state-of-the-art connectivity, remote servicing to their customer base.

Neopost’s strong relationships with postal organizations throughout the world guarantee the quality of products and the security of transactions.

Xerox India expands solutions in Kolkata

-organises roadshow and seminar showcasing expanded portfolio for digital ‘on demand printing and publishing’ for graphic arts market while presenting how digital printers can increase business productivity and explore new revenue opportunities Xerox India, a part of Xerox Corporation showcased its ‘on-demand printing and publishing’ offerings for the graphic arts community at a roadshow in Kolkata. To strengthen its foothold in the digital graphic arts market, the company showed its latest Mono Production Machine 4127 along with expanded portfolio of offerings. Through live demonstrations of its portfolio of colour products from office to production range, the event created awareness about the benefits of digital printing and educated partners on Xerox products and solutions. Highlighting a range of

‘on-demand printing’ and various other applications on its latest Mono Production 4127 equipment, the company presented how digital printers can increase business productivity and explore new revenue opportunities in the graphic arts segment with Xerox DC 700 and DC 252 models.

Xerox also hosted a seminar to highlight how organizations are exploiting the profit potential from digital printing and trends in the areas of variable information printing, digital proofing and short-run digital colour output. Xerox DocuColor range of digital presses is one of Xerox’s leading and highest selling digital colour production presses in India. The presses are a part of their extensive product portfolio and are engineered to produce more jobs with high image quality at affordable prices. DocuColor range includes Xerox DC242/252/260, DCP700, DC 5000 and the Xerox DC 8000 amongst others.

“On-demand printing and publishing is a dramatic trend impacting the printing industry. This trend has been primarily fuelled by a desire to market to a specific audience by printing in short runs and at the same time leveraging the impact of colour. Yet, designers, printers and discerning customers have always been asked to compromise when it comes to short run printing. Xerox ‘on-demand printing & publishing’ is done just-in-time, 1:1 and over the internet,” said Kuldeep Malhotra, associate director (North & East), Production System Group (PSG), Xerox India, commenting on the road show.

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