At the 450 and 850 setters, exposure speed can be configured individually on the basis of high-performance diode modules, enabling plate throughput rates to be more than doubled. Modular design enables basic models to be upgraded to 4- or 8-page format, for example with Single Cassette Automation (SCA, upto 100 plates) or fully automatic Multi-Cassette Automation (MCA, upto 500 plates). The UV-Setters expose UV sensitive plates for all types of printing presses, and are fitted with an integrated punch. Alternatively, it is possible to work with 3-point plate alignment.

The exposure units of the 450 and 850 are based on basysPrint’s DSI³ technology with high-performance diode modules. Unlike other CtP systems, it uses modules which combine the light output of several diodes installed separately from the exposure head. A compensator bundles the energy and delivers it via fiber optics to the DMD. It is normally not necessary to replace DSI³ modules over the whole service life of the platesetter. A constant light output level is maintained within the modules by way of their APC (Automatic Power Control) circuitry. The DSI³ systems are characterised by a high degree of stability, even without further calibration. Upon request, UV setters can be supplied in traditional lamp versions, above all as an option for companies with a very low plate consumption or for newcomers to the world of CtP.

“The basysPrint systems combine the benefits of CtP with the unique process and economic advantages of the conventional UV plate technology.” said Punch Graphix CEO Wim Deblauwe, “Thanks to their modular concept, the new UV-Setters 450 and 850 can be tailored precisely to individual requirements. Hence, they are also the ideal digital exposure system for high-end users. The systems implement the manifold strengths of both newspaper automation solutions and basysPrint’s proven DSI³ exposure technology, ensuring unrivalled stability and cost efficiency in production.”

Being designed with a flatbed, all versions of the UV-Setters 450 and 850 are able to expose plates of different formats simultaneously. Thanks to the 1-bit TIFF interface, users can freely choose whether to integrate a UV-Setter into an existing workflow system, or to install a dedicated overall solution tailored specifically to individual production requirements. The systems presented at drupa are available with immediate effect through the worldwide network of Punch Graphix dealers.

The company’s large format UV-Setter Series 11, 15 and 16, capable of handling plates up to 1,560 x 3,170 mm, have been enhanced with MCA automation modules as well, allowing for unattended and uninterrupted plate handling. The modules comprise four separate cassettes to facilitate fast loading and unloading of different plate formats. The system can store up to 320 single plates (format up to 1,560 x 3,170 mm, thickness 0.4 mm) or up to 800 dual-loaded plates (two plates in 8-page format, thickness 0.3 mm) as the basis for continuous unattended operation. MCA selects the appropriate plate format for the job in hand, removes the slip paper and transports the plates to the exposure unit. The operator can specify the use of 3-point alignment and/or an integrated punch, which provides for fast, reliable and register-accurate customer-specific punching before exposure. The automation modules MCA or SCA can be retrofitted on site to permit upgrading of existing systems.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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