Assam Jatiya Bidyalay installs new Heidelberg Speedmaster CS 92

Heidelberg hardware, software and consumables complete workflow

L to R – Dr Narayan Sharma and Mr. Dilip Kumar Dutta Choudhary with the Speedmaster CS 92 4-colour press at Assam Jaitya Bidyalay Photo Heidelberg India
L to R – Dr Narayan Sharma and Mr. Dilip Kumar Dutta Choudhary with the Speedmaster CS 92 4-colour press at Assam Jaitya Bidyalay Photo Heidelberg India

Guwahati based educational and socio-economic trust Assam Jatiya Bidyalay has invested in a Heidelberg Speedmaster CS 92 sheetfed offset 4-color press along with Suprasetter A 106 CtP, and Stahlfolder CH 66 folding equipment. The complete setup from Heidelberg will further enhance the publishing and print production capacity for Assam Jatiya Bidyalay and also provide a comprehensive modern plant for vocational training.

Founded in 1994, the educational institution has approximately 2,000 schools that follow its syllabus for textbooks. Education through a vernacular medium is the essence of this institution based on scientific conviction. Considered one of the most important educational institutions in Eastern India, Assam Jatiya Bidyalay provides quality education in the region’s mother tongue to improve the individual growth of each student at the school level. The institution’s website states, Assamese is a rich language to express thoughts and ideas. The medium is capable of enriching the students to keep pace with the outer world. An open and broader outlook guides the planning and management of the school.”

On the educational institution’s new investment in its publishing and print production, Dr Narayan Sharma, Secretary at Assam Jatiya Bidyalay, said, “We were quite impressed with the Heidelberg Speedmaster CS 92 for its quality and reputation which empowers our high production capacity. While we were in the process of finalization, we had a word with multiple printshop owners – the feedback from the industry contacts and market has been excellent on Heidelberg.”

Apart from the 4-color offset press, Heidelberg’s Prinect Production Manager integrates the pre-press and post-press workflow in the institution’s printing plant, drastically reducing make-ready time and wastage. For its pre-press, Assam Jatiya selected the Suprasetter A 106 CtP, for producing offset plates. This together with the CS92 automation features result in high production with excellent color quality management. AJB also uses Heidelberg Saphira consumables.

“From the Suprasetter A 106, Heidelberg Speedmaster CS 92 to the Stahlfolder folding equipment along with Saphira consumables gives us the best combination required to achieve our desired print output on time. Hence, we opted for complete Heidelberg solutions from pre to post-press, and we are now very much satisfied with our decision,” adds Dr Sharma.

Dr. Narayan Sharma said, “We have plans to expand our activities towards the development of vocational skills within the schools. The unique quality of our brand is that we have proved that academic excellence can be achieved by learning in one’s own mother tongue.”

Comprehensive hardware and workflow for print production

The CS 92 prints on substrates with thickness from 0.0079 inches to 0.012 inches with a max sheet size of 25.59 x 37.01 inches. This maximum sheet size makes the CS 92 50% more productive, thanks to three repeats instead of two for printing six A4 pages. And it is 12.5% more productive as it can print nine A4 repeats instead of eight with its 1 cm larger print format. Moreover, Heidelberg says that the CS 92 has 20% lower plate costs compared to other presses in this format.

L to R – Dr Narayan Sharma and Mr Dilip Kumar Dutta Choudhary with the Stahlfolder CH 66 folding equipment at Assam Jatiya Bidyalay Photo Heidelberg India
L to R – Mr Dilip Kumar Dutta Choudhary and Dr Narayan Sharma with the Stahlfolder CH 66 folding equipment at Assam Jatiya Bidyalay Photo Heidelberg India

For any publishing house, post-press operations are very decisive, and automation of post-press saves time and cost. The Heidelberg Stahl folder CH 66 takes care of the folding process on books and booklets with utmost savings.

Stahlfolder CH folding machines have high reliability and productivity with constant folding quality. Thanks to special PU folding rollers with mark-free folds, Stahlfolder CH folding machines cover a broad range of folding jobs, from standardized signatures to special applications with a gatefold buckle plate or gluing device. The Heidelberg Stahlfolder with flat pile feeder is expected to fold 7,000 to 9,000 16-page A4 signatures an hour.

On the post-press side, the trust also installed a used Polar 137 high-speed cutter which helps in a faster cutting process. Paper formats up to a diagonal of 1,370 mm can be conveniently turned on with this equipment. The all-rounder Polar cutting machine comes with an 18.5-inch color display and touch screen operation suitable for all standard cutting and trimming needs.

On Heidelberg’s sales and service support, Dr Narayan Sharma, adds, “Team Heidelberg has been supportive from day one. Due to Covid-19, there were many challenges and we had to delay the installation. The wait was worth it as Heidelberg is known for its quality and it was well delivered and now, we have started our production in full swing.”

Indukalpa Saikia, Sales Manager- Eastern Region at Heidelberg India, said, “We are very happy to be associated with Assam Jatiya Bidyalay, one of the most prominent educational institution in the eastern region. The smart print shop concept along with Heidelberg Speedmaster CS 92, Suprasetter 106 with Proman, Saphira consumables, and Stahl folder CH 66 is completely fulfilling their in-house printing demand.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

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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.

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