Tecnau launches new automatic cut-sheet finishing for book production

BookReady changes applications without any manual intervention

Tecnau launches new automatic cut-sheet finishing for book production
The BookReady automated system is designed to optimize production and facilitate finishing operations.

Building on its expertise in online cutting and stacking for sheet-fed print, Tecnau has introduced BookReady, a completely automated system for short-run and book-on-demand production inline with sheetfed digital printers.

BookReady changes applications without any manual intervention at full printing speed, enabling book printers to manage short runs and books on demand with exact page separation and no guillotine processing.

It converts SRA3+ (~13” x 19”) sheet sizes printed in 2up and 4up into final size book blocks such as A4 and A5 (letter and 5.5” x 8.5”), ready for nearline perfect binding.

The new cut-sheet finishing solution may be equipped with an automatic 90-degree turning station to rotate 2-up imposed sheets from long-edge leading to short-edge leading so that printer speed is maximized and book of one is made possible.

Book blocks are neatly cut, stacked, offset separated, and delivered to a belt conveyor ready for the next finishing process. In addition, BookReady incorporates a space-efficient design ideal for book printers.

“BookReady is designed to optimize production and facilitate finishing operations, building on the success of Tecnau’s Stack 1010 sheet-fed cutting/stacking system. The solution guarantees high efficiency while eliminating possible errors for customers who want to actively compete in the digital book sector for short runs and book on demand,” said Stefano De Marco, Tecnau’s managing director.

Tecnau offers a complete product portfolio dedicated to paper handling, monitoring, processing, and finishing for the digital printing industry.

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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