Solutions at Tax Stamp and Traceability Forum 2022

Baldwin to showcase solution for security print

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Baldwin Technology, one of the world’s innovators of advanced color-management solutions and inspection technologies for the printing industry, will present its complete solution for printing and inspection at the Tax Stamp and Traceability Forum, to be held from 16 – 18 May in Malta.

Baldwin’s complete solution can be any combination of feeders (roll or sheet), vacuum tables, inspection systems, inkjet printers, UV ink-curing systems, reject gates and bins, sheet stackers, and real-time monitoring and reporting tools. Alongside Baldwin’s technologies, optional solution components can be joined together through partnerships with industry suppliers to create a world-class solution.

“Our complete solution provides security printers with the ability to improve quality, manage defects and add value to their product,” said Gerry Stanford, Baldwin’s Global sales leader. “Printers can also prevent future waste by monitoring and improving their processes with valuable performance data in hand.”

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For advanced defect detection, Baldwin’s Guardian PQV 100% Print Inspection state-of-the-art camera systems can be mounted on one or both sides of the product to perform 100% print-quality inspection, verify variable data and inspect the most challenging security print features. The system offers lighting options for all materials and substrates, as well as for special applications, including holograms, covert serialization, covert security features, and more. The Guardian PQV can also be retrofitted to existing presses, machines, and transports.  

As part of a data-connected defect-management workflow, the Guardian PQV is a feature-rich inline defect-detection system that enables printers to find and remove defects quickly—and monitor their processes to prevent defects from occurring again or repeatedly. This technology provides complete print-quality verification from prepress through production, reporting, and archiving for perfect runs.

“What makes our complete solution unique in the industry is that customers can work with Baldwin as a single source for components from the best technology manufacturers in our industry,” said Erwin Wagner, Baldwin’s Global sales manager. “With the modular and highly configurable nature of the complete solution, printers can start with an arrangement that meets today’s business needs and budget, and easily upgrade and expand to accommodate future requirements.”

Baldwin recently realigned its sales teams to optimize service and simplify access to its process-improvement and consumables technologies for printing and packaging customers in more than 100 countries. Two new sales professionals have since joined the team, covering smaller regional geographies and providing customers with a single point of contact for all of Baldwin’s product lines.

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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