Efficiency improvements, web-store for parts and digital finishing

Manroland web systems at drupa 2016

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Sudeep Bhattacharya, MD Manroland India showing the new PressMonitor – a comprehensive production monitoring and analysis system through which users can find out the current production process status as well as what is happening in the pressroom at any time. Photo IPP

Manroland web systems showed a wide range of solutions, systems and innovations for its traditional high volume web offset segment and as a growing supplier of in-line folding and finishing systems to high volume digital printers. Many of the automation developments at the show were aimed at improving the efficiency of its existing systems in some of the larger newspaper printing plants around the world. These included its improved human interface on its control consoles and the development of a portable wireless controller using an iPad that can be carried around the presses and to various levels of the superstructure.

Other improvements and add-ons for existing users included a more viable blanket cleaning system and a print quality monitoring system. The approach to spare parts supply has also been made similar to a web consumer application that recognizes the users equipment and helps to create an expert engineering environment with the buyer’s history and other details. 

A number of customers at the fair opted for the 24-hour-B2B-virtual store, “Fast, flexible and convenient parts supply: that’s a real benefit for our customers,” said Alexander Wassermann, managing director of manroland web systems. The entire engineering and service thrust of the company was recognizable at drupa and several service contracts were signed at the show, including the refurbishment of a third-party machine in India. 

In newspaper printing, the new Geoman e:line was introduced to the market and several upgrade sales were made. Customers, from all around the world, chose to make retrofits and refurbishments, and also purchased used machines. 

A Kodak Prosper 6000S digital printing workflow unit with Manroland’s FoldLine variable in-line finishing system was demonstrated running throughout the show. The FoldLine variable in-line system has made significant inroads in the high volume digital printing arena in the past two years in conjunction with HP and Kodak inkjet printing systems.

A Foldline in-line finishing system was sold to a customer in Guam at the show while several projects were initiated at drupa. In the commercial printing sector, two more 96-page systems of the Lithoman series and two 16-page Rotoman systems were sold.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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Naresh Khanna
Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.

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