Special offer on Saphira consumables at Printpack

Heidelberg-Masterwork finishing solutions – Hall 9, Stand H11

Easymatrix 106 foiling machine

Heidelberg is participating in Printpack for the first time, and is showing its postpress finishing solutions. Together with its postpress partner, MK Masterwork Machinery, it will be demonstrating two MK Easymatrix diecutting machines at the show. The 220 square meter stand will present and highlight the company’s complete offerings right from its Prinect Prepress Solutions to its presses and finishing and converting equipment. In addition, Heidelber will bring special discounted offers on consumables, spares and services to Printpack India.

The star products at the show will be the Easymatrix 106 FC foiling machine and the Easymatrix 106 diecutting machine with stripping – both the machines were launched in 2015, and showcased at the Heidelberg stand at drupa 2016. On all the days of the exhibition both the machines will demonstrate carton packaging work and related workflow.

The Easymatrix 106 FC foiling equipment is targeted at packaging printers and converters for producing high quality, fine register foiling and embossing cartons with precise registration in one pass. Twenty heating zones ensure best results, even with complicated jobs. The longitudinal foil unwind system is equipped with 3 advance shafts in the standard configuration which can be expanded to 6 shafts for smooth, accurate feeding of the foil with excellent tension.

The software for the foiling system was developed by Masterwork and can handle even complex foil advance calculations – increasing efficiencies in foil usage. The foil tension is controlled with servo drives and a foil rewinder is available as an option. A hologram registration system can be added as well.

According to Heidelberg, the Easymatrix is a value for money equipment for packaging printers. Its automated workflow is much more effective because it largely eliminates errors resulting from manual intervention. With an output of 7,700 sheets an hour and short set-up times, the Easymatrix 106 C/CS is productive and hence cost-effective up to the 106 format. It processes materials from 90 to 2,000 grams per square meter. Even corrugated board up to 4 mm thickness can be processed. So far there are 14 Easymatrix equipment installed in India. Customers include Galaxy offset, Parksons Packaging, TCPL and Replika.

Customers will have an opportunity to feel the real power of Heidelberg’s Prinect solutions at the prepress area with a complete demo and learn about the company’s subscription models and prepress software solutions. The Saphira knowledge team will be there to support customers for their needs for the right pressroom chemistry and ink combinations. Customers can also enter in appropriate discussions with Heidelberg’s unique subscription models for acquiring a printing press in their plant without having to buy the machine for which it will be useful to be ready with production data and project plans. The company will be running a Special Printpack India offer at the show for its Saphira consumables and services.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

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As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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