Avantika Printers installs Canon imagePress C8000VP

Canon’s first installation of the C8000 series in India

Himanshu Pandey of Avantika Printers with the newly installed Canon imagePRESS C8000VP. Photo IPP

Delhi-based digital printer Avantika Printers has invested in a Canon imagePress C8000VP. This is Canon’s first installation of the C8000VP series in India. According to Canon, the imagePRESS C8000VP takes digital color printing to the next level, combining exceptional quality, productivity and versatility at 80 ppm across a vast variety of applications. 

“The C8000VP comes fully loaded with the EFI B4000 Fiery server, where we have opted for the Fiery Graphics Arts Package – Premium Edition. The package includes automatic preflight, GA filters for hot folders/virtual printers, and ImageViewer,” says Himanshu Pandey of Avantika Printers. Avantika replaced its existing Canon imagePRESS C7010VP with the more sophisticated C8000VP on 24 May 2017.

The new digital press has helped Avantika improve color quality significantly as well as print deep textured images. The digital press is capable of printing across an extensive range of media up to 350 gsm. “Currently, we are not looking at adding volume as we are targeting just 5 to 10% increase in productivity. This means we have enough room for capacity utilization but we will focus more on quality rather than quantity,” Pandey points out, stating this as a reason for not investing in a Canon imagePress C10000VP. “We can anyway upgrade the speed of the imagePress C8000VP to 100 ppm whenever the need arises.”

Being highly quality conscious, Pandey is also looking forward to the G7 Expert / Professional Training and Certification Program organized by IPPStar in India. The G7 Training includes a blend of lab instruction and lecture where a trainee can learn how to apply the G7 method to achieve the highest quality color output on both offset and digital presses. The G7 Training is a theory based program that can be applied to any print process.

In addition to the new Canon imagePress C8000VP, the press room of the Avantika Printers’ new plant in Okhla houses a Canon imagePress C800, Oce VP6000, Ricoh Pro 8120 and Konica Minolta bizHub Pro 6500. There are also a host of screen printing machines, PUR binders, diecutters, three-knife cutters, laminators, etc. 

Presently, Avantika is looking at launching stationery products like diary, notebooks and wedding cards under its brand name. Pandey says, “The time period between May and July every year is a lean one in our industry. During this period, we want to keep our production going at a standard pace and what best can be to utilize our capacity in bringing out our own range of stationery products.”

Avantika Printers relocated to Okhla Phase-II about a year ago while production started just seven months ago. “The new setup is highly organized and under a single roof. Now, all departments are allocated separate floors unlike what we used to have in our old plant,” shares Pandey.

Speaking on the occasion, Puneet Datta, director, Canon India said, “The imagePRESS C10000VP has proven itself to grow the print volumes of our customers by up to three times upon upgradation. This has been possible due to the new technologies that have been incorporated in the system that help deliver exceptional quality, high productivity and great color consistency. However, there are PSPs who don’t necessarily need the 100-page-per-minute speed, but are looking for a press that will still provide the same high quality, reliability, consistency and media handling of the C10000VP; for those PSPs, the C8000VP is the answer.”

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