Isra Vision’s 100% inspection system available for digital printing

CartonStar can be used in both postpress and prepress

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Isra Vision’s 100% inspection system available for digital printing
CartonStar detecting nozzle streaks in the print image during an inspection

Corrugated board packaging is becoming increasingly popular and has been the proven shipping medium for a long time, even in demanding applications. When combined with the opportunities offered by digital printing, the recyclable material offers a variety of design options ranging from custom-made products to series production.

This printing process is also expected to be of high quality. The enhanced version of Isra Vision’s CartonStar 100% inspection system for checking the print image on a corrugated board can now also be used for digital printing.

A corrugated board is traditionally printed using the flexographic procedure. This printing method can be expensive to set up and is traditionally chosen for longer production runs. Due to the growing demand for individualized packaging and quicker changeover, digital printing is becoming increasingly popular. The advantage is obvious, as digital printing has minimal make-ready, smaller print quantities are possible – right down to a batch size of one repeat. This gives digital printing a cost advantage for small and medium-sized print runs, in particular, while also ensuring very high print quality.

A flexible partner in digital printing

The CartonStar 100% inspection system for continuous quality and process monitoring can be used in both postpress and prepress and is the ideal companion for digital printing thanks to its flexibility. The system is easy to integrate into the digital printing workflow and covers all requirements placed on an inspection solution as an intuitive and finely configurable solution.

Alongside classic print defects such as register accuracy, missing motifs, or color deviations, CartonStar also identifies defects typically found in digital printing, such as mottling, banding, streaks, or smears.

A compelling and reliable feature is the adjustable detection and classification of defects through the integrated compensation of the material surface. Known as the defect classifier, this differentiates between quality-relevant defects and irregularities caused by the inhomogeneous surface structure of the corrugated board quickly and precisely, thereby preventing unnecessary waste.

Instant defect-recognition enables defective products to be rejected early, preventing defective sheets from being processed further, thus conserving resources and saving costs in the production process.

Isra components are rugged and reliable

CartonStar itself is highly compact and is therefore easy to integrate into most presses. All Isra components are highly robust and protected against heat, dust, and high levels of humidity. Moreover, the system can run for years without any maintenance thanks to its highly efficient and durable Isra LED lighting. The condition monitoring feature observes all important system functions continuously, thereby preventing any unpleasant surprises.

Summary

Thanks to highly efficient, automatic 100% inspection with CartonStar, companies can rest assured that only perfectly printed goods will leave their facility. Quality reports make every single job traceable and give customers peace of mind while also helping prevent defects in the long term and assisting in achieving the ideal configuration for the entire process. Moreover, the solution reduces the amount of waste produced and facilitates the efficient use of resources, which lowers production costs by consistently rising prices of raw materials.

 

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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