Heidelberg conference highlights Artificial Intelligence in Print for Indore Printers

Connecting with printers via trade shows and seminars

From Left : Mr. Anit Kumar Saha (Heidelberg India), Mr. Konark Badjatiya (Orient Pack N Print), Mr. Umesh Nema (President – IMPA), Mr. Prabaharan (Heidelberg India), Mr. Viraj Damle (Heidelberg India) and Mr. Ravi Tanwani (Hon. Secretary – IMPA) Photo Heidelberg

Heidelberg India organized an exclusive technical conference for Indore Master Printers Association (IMPA) in Indore on 26 August 2022. The conference had a theme titled ‘Unfold your Potential with Heidelberg’ and focused on artificial intelligence in print with Heidelberg, prinect press solutions, and post-press portfolio in packaging and pharma solutions. The seminar was attended by 75 printers from the commercial, packaging, and pharma segments.

Viraj Damle, Cluster Sales Head (West), explaining Heidelberg ‘s Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Analysis. Photo Heidelberg

Viraj Damle, Cluster Sales Head, West, at Heidelberg, spoke about ‘Artificial intelligence in Print 4.0’ and elucidated the latest offering from Heidelberg. Damle said, “The key features are how to increase the overall equipment efficiency (OEE), significant reduction of process-dependent and operator-dependent downtimes through Heidelberg’s “push to stop technology’, focusing on yellow bar, intelligent navigation system, and Heidelberg UX – user experience, multi-color technology and more.”

Viraj Damle added, “The packaging segment is growing, and printers are clear on their requirement and are investing wisely in the latest technology, and we are helping them to grow.”

Prabaharan, DGM – Post press at Heidelberg explained the technical benefits of finishing solutions. Photo Heidelberg

Annamalaichami Prabaharan, DGM, Sales and Product Management (Post press) at Heidelberg, explained, the technical benefits of Easymatrix die-cutting and folding gluing solutions and how it helps for faster production, material cost saving, and significant waste reduction. He highlighted the advantages of Heidelberg Stahlfolder TI-36 folding equipment, which is mainly used for pharma insert folding. He also explained the features of polar cutting equipment.

Anit Kumar Saha, Senior Product Manager, Prinect at Heidelberg, focused on the impending need to increase the efficiency of a print shop with a workflow solution that is not limited to prepress but encompasses the entire lifecycle of the print job from prepress to planning and managing shop-floor operations.

Anit Kumar Saha, Senior Product Manager at Heidelberg spoke about the advantages of having Prinect Analyze Point. Photo Heidelberg

Saha stressed, “Prinect Production Manager or simply Proman remains at the core of Heidelberg’s business strategy and is poised to grow steadily in the near future to serve as a one-stop solution for commercial, digital, packaging, and label printing applications.”

Saha laid emphasis on the Analyze Point feature’ in particular and the need for print shop owners to leverage shopfloor data analytics to enhance the overall performance of the business. “Reports such as real-time machine status, machine performance, job status, shift reports, operator performance, overall production statistics, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of shopfloor equipment, print quality reports can be accessed at the click of a button and provide the much-needed data points to course the future of the business,” Anit said.

Umesh Nema, president of the Indore Master Printer Association, said, “All members had wonderful insight about the sessions and the smart printshop technology, which is the need of the hour. The artificial intelligence in print was an eye-opener for us to visualize the future of print. Overall, it’s a knowledgeable session for all our association members. Thanks to the Heidelberg Team”

Heidelberg India is connecting with printers via trade shows and seminars to create awareness among the printing fraternity on the latest trends and technical updates from prepress, press, post-press, and Gallus solutions. More seminars and interactive sessions are under preparation by Team Heidelberg India in the near future.

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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