Polar-Mohr, the Hofheim (Germany) based machine building and technology company, has developed an innovation for postpress finishing. The Polar AirGo Jog is claimed to process entire layers fully automatically. An integrated blower unit is crucial for the systems’ success.
The innovation is driven by the vision of autonomous end-to-end print finishing. The product innovation had its world premiere during the HD Innovation Week.
AirGo Jog automates the loading and jogging process. First, a transomat loading unit takes an entire layer from a pallet and transports it into an automatic jogger. There the usual jogging process begins – with a decisive new component – a blower system. While jogging, two blower units blow air into the cutting layer to ensure a first-class jogging result. The jogged cutting layer is immediately ready for cutting.
With a cycle time of around 60 – 90 seconds for the autonomous processing of a complete cutting layer, the innovation from Hofheim is highly efficient. It can support every postpress department because retrofitting is possible on any cutting system. The AirGo Jog has an intuitive operation via an all-new designed user interface. The product is said to be available at an attractive market price.
The name of the AirGo Jog is derived from the system’s essential elements: air and jogging. Not to be neglected is the significant improvement in ergonomics, as the heavy lifting of paper layers is no longer necessary. Therefore, AirGo is a wordplay, integrating er·go- into the product name.
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.