Inter-State Studio installs Contiweb digital fluid applicator

First US customer to have purchased the DFA-560

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Inter-State Studio is the first Canon customer in the USA with a Contiweb Digital Fluid Applicator (DFA-560).
Inter-State Studio is the first Canon customer in the USA with a Contiweb Digital Fluid Applicator (DFA-560).

Contiweb, a manufacturer of drying and web-handling equipment and a provider of integrated technical solutions for web offset printing, packaging, and digital printing, has announced that Inter-State Studio, a print specialist, has installed a Contiweb DFA-560.

In cooperation with Canon Solutions America, Inter-State Studio is the first US customer to have purchased the DFA-560 in alignment with the Canon ProStream 1800 inkjet web press.

The family-owned Inter-State Studio has been servicing its customers nationwide since 1933. The Canon ProStream 1800 inkjet web press is the company’s first web inkjet press and is predominantly used for the printing of yearbooks. The company services around 3,500 schools in all 50 states across the US, with order sizes of up to one million yearbooks for a year, often coming during short-time frames during the holiday seasons.

“We are often under intense time pressures to produce yearbooks on such a large scale. This means we need every advantage we can get and that’s where Contiweb’s DFA solutions will really help,” Brian Dieckman, manager, Engineering & QA, says. “Canon led us in the direction of Contiweb and the DFA will aid us in chartering somewhat unknown waters as this is a relatively new application for inkjet printing.”

The Contiweb DFA-560 is a standalone fluid applicator that uses tap water and a surfactant for intelligent remoisturizing of paper that is processed through an inkjet web press. It offers a water-only or water + silicone substrate mixing and application system.

Precise remoisturizing is obtained by individually controlling the remoisturizing process for each side of the paper. This process helps enable increased runnability of lightweight paper applications, which require post-process finishing. Optionally, the DFA-560 can also apply silicone, which helps stabilize the paper after printing, especially for heavy substrates that have heavy ink loads. This maximizes output quality prior to finishing while improving the overall user experience.

“Following the success of this product in Europe, we’re delighted to replicate this achievement in the US, and we are confident Inter-state Studio is the first of many customers, especially following our agreement with Canon Solutions America,” says Robert Bosman, Sales director at Contiweb. “Contiweb has a long heritage with fluid application in web offset and has successfully applied this knowledge to web-fed inkjet over the last few years. We are delighted with this announcement, and it is great to hear that Inter-state Studio had a smooth installation process, something we pride ourselves on.”

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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