Reaching out to the pressroom for maximizing productivity

Heidelberg seminars in Kochi, Sivakasi and Madurai

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Venkataraman, regional sales manager at Heidelberg India, addressing the one day seminar in Kochi
Venkataraman, regional sales manager at Heidelberg India, addressing the one day seminar in Kochi

Partnering with the Kerala Master Printer Association (KMPA), Heidelberg India recently conducted a one day seminar in Kochi on how printers should use their printing machines to the optimum capacity with minimal down-time.

The seminar titled, ‘Key Maintenance and Advanced Trouble Shooting Techniques in Sheetfed Offset Printing’ focused on how to get the most out of your printing equipment to reach the highest levels of productivity. The seminar witnessed strong attendance from printers across Kerala.

Over all, more than 100 participants learned how the primary objective of every print-shop is to boost profit margins, while keeping production costs down in a hyper-competitive and fragmented printing environment.

“Kerala has always been an important market for us. Such technical sessions help us share our expertise with our customers, to equip them to face today’s print buyers who are more conscious about quality printing at nominal rates,” said Venkataraman, regional sales manager who handles the Kerala region for Heidelberg.

In the session – ‘Benefits of Maintenance,’ Haribabu, head of customer service, addressed the audience on regular maintenance activities required for a print-shop, and how such efforts promote best results in print production.

Commenting on current print industry trends, Haribabu said, “Today, the market demands a combo of high quality, low price and faster delivery. Present-day equipment is automated and supported by high-end electronics that we need to be trained to utilize the equipment fully and more efficiently

” He also emphasized the necessity of periodic maintenance that would lead to cost savings, better productivity and high quality, citing various maintenance activities for real-time issues. Joseph Muttathottil, president of Kerala Master Printer Association, said, “It is indeed a great opportunity for KMPA members to learn about maintenance benefits from the experts at Heidelberg.

We look forward to more such sessions.” The seminar held at Sivakasi was organized in conjunction with the Sivakasi Master Printer Association. The morning session of this one-day seminar was dedicated to press operators and supervisors. The technical crew of Heidelberg focused on key topics including press maintenance, quality control, ink-water balance, prepress know-how and solutions.

The highlight of the show was the overwhelming response to ‘Problem Matrix Solutions,’ the troubleshooting poster printed and distributed by Heidelberg India for addressing technical issues in printing. More than 80 operators from printing companies in and around Sivakasi attended and participation was enthusiastic and interactive.

A press operator from Standard Press said he found the topics discussed to be very useful in an operator’s day-to-day work. On the heels of the successful Sivakasi event, Heidelberg conducted a technical seminar at Madurai, partnering with the Madurai District Offset Printers Association.

Madurai is one of the fast-growing markets for Heidelberg with booming potential. The half-day seminar witnessed strong participation from nearly 70 printers in the city. Commenting on the seminars, Ganesh Kumar of Heidelberg India said, “We view these seminars as perfect tools to increase awareness among press operators, who spend more time with the machines. Such knowledge transfer sessions benefit the operators, and the companies that employ them, which in turn help the print industry thrive 

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