Zünd at Fespa 2022

Smart solutions help optimize production

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Zund at Fespa. Photo Zund

The Zünd exhibit at booth C20 in hall 1.2 illustrates how smart production automation offers great savings potential even for smaller graphics manufacturers by eliminating the potential for errors. Attendees will be introduced to PrimeCenter, the control center for generating print and cut files. In live demos, Zünd will be showing how the pick&place interface option controls robotic devices and fully automates the removal of cut parts and their placement at pre-defined locations.

An automated, digital print&cut workflow is essential for standardized manufacturing processes and economical production. At Fespa 2022 in Berlin, Zünd exhibits solutions that help effectively automate graphics production.

There are many ways to optimize production and make it more efficient and profitable. Zünd offers automation solutions for many different scenarios. They are designed to automate and standardize the preparation of print and cut files. They support PSPs by providing tools for production monitoring and analysis and facilitating the removal and logistics of cut parts.

To create additional efficiencies in parts removal, job tracking, and even logistics, Zünd is also showing the visualizing option, another component of the Zünd cut center user interface and workflow software. Besides assisting the user during parts removal through projection, this option offers capabilities for labeling cut parts. Printed and affixed QR-codes help streamline and facilitate logistics.

For anyone looking to determine what aspects of their production workflow may have potential for optimization, Zünd offers the web-based monitoring and analytics software Zünd connect. Zünd connect uncovers productivity losses and provides key performance indicators that help users further optimize their digital cutting operations. It captures performance and availability KPIs from cutters integrated into the Zünd production workflow and uses this data to calculate Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE).

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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