Stork’s intermittent rotary screen module for variable print-lengths

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A special feature of the unit is Stork’s patented intermittent-contact squeegee system. This eliminates the problem of mesh-stretching, by only applying downward pressure against the screen, while the mesh makes contact with the substrate. When the screen assumes the off-contact position, the squeegee pressure is immediately disengaged.

Intermittent printing systems enable substantial savings in tooling costs and changeover time. Between impressions, the web realigns itself, by making an intermittent web movement, which is adjustable according to the repeat length. In this way, a single screen or cylinder size can be used for many different print jobs.

The unit features Stork’s patented squeegee system, which eliminates the problem of screen wear-and-tear. Bert Grootjen, program manager graphics at Stork Prints, comments: “The unit has proved so popular because it gives label converters the chance to compete successfully in short-run, high-end markets, while enjoying low consumable costs at the same time.”

Rotary screen printing is seen as a highly productive means of applying thick ink and varnish deposits. As a result, the process is ideal for high-end features that offer extra shelf impact, like high-lustre varnishes, tactile and raised image effects, brilliant opaques, the no-label look, thermo-chromic inks, and a range of brand-protecting security solutions, such as iridescent inks.

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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