Monotech launches Pixeljet Torpedo eco-solvent inkjet

3.2-meter wide printer with KM 1024i SHE print heads

The new Monotech Systems Pixeljet Torpedo Photo Monotech
The new Monotech Systems Pixeljet Torpedo Photo Monotech

On 17 September 2020, Monotech Systems launched its Pixeljet Torpedo 10 feet wide eco-solvent printer in New Delhi. The press release says the Torpedo is designed for premium quality at high output speeds while being environmentally friendly. The new printer uses the Konica Minolta KM 1024i SHE industrial-grade print heads.

Describing the newly launched inkjet wide-format printer, Monotech’s general manager for Wide-format Graphics, Garg, said, “The Pixeljet Torpedo is designed for seamless printing of indoor and outdoor applications. The printer is equipped with industrial-grade print heads, which can print up to a maximum speed of 120 square meters an hour (1291.67 square feet an hour).

It is capable of printing on a wide range of substrates for indoor and outdoor applications such as fabric, SAV, PVC banner, backlit, and window film. It also has the capability to print on dual rolls that offer more flexibility to the user.”

The 3.2-meter wide printing width is accomplished at 1,440 dpi resolution. Key features include the dual media rollers with a gripper to smoothly support and release flexible media and fabric. Multiple rolls can be loaded at one time with an adjustable lock. Apart from this, the machine has three conductive heaters and one high-efficiency IR dryer with a fan available for post-heating curing, and an anti-crash sensor for soft media and fabric.

The company claims that the machine’s high level of precision components ensures a long life for the machine with fewer service intervals. Monotech’s Pixeljet is claimed to be India’s leading brand in wide format digital printing. Introduced in 2005, the brand has established itself due to its reliability, quality, commitment, and continuous technological advancements with a robust R&D center and the company’s customer-centric approach.

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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