Recommended procedures before restarting Suprasetter

Points to be remembered

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Procedures to be followed before restarting CtP equipment

  • Leave the UPS on for 3 – 4 hours for the battery to recharge
  • Check UPS for errors or abnormal sounds. If any, please notify UPS vendor
  • Ensure that the pneumatic compressor and air drier are both ON. Check the air pressure in the pneumatic gauge
  • Maintain room temperature at 22 degrees Celcius. Wait for 30 minutes before switching on the CtP, Processor, and server, giving time for the equipment to adjust to room temperature
  • Most electronic components fail, because of thermal runaway and condensation. So, it is strongly recommended to switch on any electronic device, after it adjusts to room temperature
  • Clean the CtP room and check for any sign of rodent attack. If possible, remove CtP cover and inspect and call Heidelberg prepress support, in case of any issue
  • Check server, workstation, a network switch, and network cables. Switch on server and workstation (cockpit, shooter, server). Check for network connectivity
  • Wait for 15 minutes, until all background processes stabilize in the server
  • Open the CtP GUI application for CtP models after 2012
  • For CtP models before 2012 – Switch on the CtP, server/shooter & workstation
  • Switch on the CtP, check for any error message and fix it. In case, the error persists, do call Heidelberg’s prepress experts for assistance
  • When CtP is ready, start the Prinect cockpit/meta
  • Start with one job, output one plate, and visually inspect the plate. Check with dot-meter for any dots

Processor

  • Drain water completely from the developer and wash sections
  • Clean all rollers in developer and wash sections
  • Clean developer filter and water filter
  • Check developer and water drain pipes thoroughly
  • If any error occurs, call Heidelberg prepress support
  • Reset plate counter, filter counter, etc via statistic menu
  • Check developer and replace it, also, replace Gum
  • Process one plate and check for any abnormal sound or error
  • Proceed with normal production

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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