Sudharshan Machinery unveils a new semi-automatic screen printer

The NexPrint 2228 will be on display at Knit Show at Tirupur

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NexPrint 2228 semi-automatic screen printing machine by Sudharshan Machinery. Photo Sudharshan Machinery

Sudharshan Machinery has unveiled a new semi-automatic screen printing machine, NexPrint 2228, for the Indian market. The NexPrint has a maximum print area of 22X28 inches.

The NexPrint boasts of a horizontal-angular frame lifting system. Sudharshan Machinery will display the NexPrint 2228 machine at the Knit Show which will be held from 12-14 August at Tirupur. The company will also display the NexPrint 1218.

“Innovation has always been a forte of our company. So, the NexPrint 2228 is a next generation screen printing machine with Horizontal and Angular Frame Lifting System, a novel concept introduced for the first time,” Sundar Raman, managing director of Sudharshan Machinery, said. “Our extensive R&D led to the creation of the machine, which was designed in accordance with market demands.” 

The machine can print wedding cards, bags, decals, stickers, and labels, as well as heat transfer stickers, posters, among others. “Because there is no spillage, the horizontal and angular frame lifting system makes it simple to print with a variety of high fluid inks and UV varnishes,” Sundar Raman said. 

The NexPrint is a single phase, plug and play machine. It does not require a compressor (non-pneumatic type). The machine can be run by using a foot pedal or a push button. It can be run with auto-mode/semi auto mode/pre-set mode option. It can handle substrates of 3 mm to 40 gsm.

NexPrint has a double guided print head linear movement system. It has multi stroke squeegee movement. The machine comes with a 50/9 standard squeegee mounting option. It has dry mode and wet mode for coating position; peel-off system for screen off-contact; sensor guided print area setting up; individual squeegee pressure for left and right position; individual coating leveler for left and right position; ionizer mounting in print head.

Lastly, the NexPrint has a cycle counter with resettable and permanent setting options; it has imported worm gear-box for print head drive and for screen lifting system. The machine has a dial mounting option for bed movement.

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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