Imaging Solutions hosts Open House in Zurich

Meet Imaging Solutions at Hunkeler Innovationdays

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Automation equipment for layflat books by Imaging Solutions based in Zurich

Imaging Solutions, the Zurich based manufacturer of automation equipment for building layflat books and personalized canvas prints, will be hosting an open house at their headquarters from 25 February 1 March 2019. The event is open to commercial printers, book manufacturers, photographic labs and personalized gift fulfilment companies who are interested in automation and improvements in production workflows for book and wall decor manufacturing.

The open house is scheduled concurrently with the Hunkeler Innovation Days which is being held in Lucerne Switzerland, about an hour by train from Zurich. Imaging Solutions is near the Zurich airport and on the way to Lucerne, which makes it easy for visitors to Hunkeler Innovations Days to visit before or after the Hunkeler event.

Imaging Solutions will also have a booth at the Hunkeler Innovation Days to show samples of the layflat books and canvas prints and discuss the equipment that will be on display at the open house.

Imaging Solutions is best known for the fastBlock machines that it supplies for building premium layflat books and are used in photo labs like Cewe, Shutterfly, Allcop, Fujifilm, Mpix and most of the high-volume photo book fulfilment companies. The layflat books open into seamless panoramic spreads which are perfect for consumer photo books, wedding albums, real estate sales collateral or any content that requires a high visual impact.

The open house will feature the fastBlock 05 in a roll fed configuration with a Hunkeler Unwinder for high volume personalized book production and a fastBook Professional which can produce layflat books and flush mount albums up to 18×18 inches. This will also be the debut of a new sheetfed fastBlock configured specifically for commercial book production.

The open house will include demonstrations of the fastFrame machines which stretch and staple canvas prints around wood frames. These machines are used in many of the high-volume photo labs listed above as well as personalized wall decor companies.

The fastFrame models that will be demonstrated include the fastFrame 1200+ which can stretch prints up to 48×48 inches and the fastFrame 300 for sizes down to 4×4 inches. This will be one of the first opportunities for many printers to see the new fastFrame 600 SA which can stretch 180 frames per hour and can handle sizes from 8×8 to 24×24 without requiring format plates or setup changes.

Imaging Solutions is the world’s only supplier of high-volume silver halide printers and the open house will include a demonstration of the widePrint 12nG printer and VSP 25-12 processor. Together, these can print and process prints and photo book pages up to 12×40 inches at a speed over 6000 8×10 prints per hour.

In addition to the equipment demonstrations, technical automation experts and representatives from several paper companies will be available to discuss the best processes and materials to optimize image quality and manufacturing processes.

To find more information about the Imaging Solutions open house on our website. To register for the event, please register through an email to info@imagingsolutions.ch and tell us when you would like to visit us. Also please inform us about the amount of people that would like to come.

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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