Seiko’s integrators to show versatile RC 1536, 3D & automation

InPrint in Munich – 15 to 17 March 2022

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Seiko, P&T, Bactrack
People & Technology will show its newly develop Backtrack at the Seiko Instruments stand at InPrint in Munich Image P&T

Seiko Instruments says it is very much looking forward to finally appearing live again at InPrint after such a long time and has again brought exciting integration examples on board. Once again, ideeGO, a machine manufacturer and integrator for inkjet systems, will be there. This time with a prototype that prints vertically with a print gap between the print head and the substrate of more than 10 mm.

Whether vertical, horizontal or even from below – digital inkjet printing from all conceivable print directions – these are not a problem for the recirculating RC1536. With its machine ‘Backtrack’ – People & Technology from Spain impressively demonstrates how easy it is to code and mark from bottom using the RC1536.

People & Technology is diversifying into new sectors and markets with Backtrack which is one of the latest products it has developed. The company says Bactrack challenges the laws of digital printing written so far, with the new system it has developed making it possible to print on the reverse of current systems, which enables high-resolution printing in areas that were previously inaccessible.

The integrated advanced printing software allows production traceability, printing dynamic designs in which the image changes as the units go through, bar codes, QR, the date, time and personalized labels. The versatility of working with different ink formulations has sparked interest and is being warmly welcomed in other industrial sectors. Its small size helps integrate it into any part of the production system.

C-marx, a system integrator from Chemnitz that specialises in the field of additive manufacturing, will show a teaser of what will be unveiled at Seiko’s second OpenWeek in June. A robot arm created in cooperation with the Fraunhofer ENAS Printed Functionalities department that can apply coatings to almost any two and three-dimensional substrates.

Seiko Instruments will be at stand 2764 in Hall A4 at InPrint. The company is looking forward to welcoming show visitors after a long time.

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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