Tecnau BookReady receives EDP Award 2022/2023

Innovation in automated finishing in publishing

BookReady is a completely automated system for short-run and book-on-demand production inline to sheetfed digital printers.

The Tecnau BookReady solution has been honored with the EDP Award for the year 2022/2023. The European Digital Press Association (EDP) recognized the system for its innovation and automation for cutsheet digital printing systems. This recognition solidifies Tecnau’s position as a trailblazer in the digital finishing landscape and underlines the company’s commitment to revolutionizing the way book-blocks are created inline to digital sheetfed printers with on-the-fly application changes and no operator intervention, the press release said.

The EDP Awards celebrate outstanding technology, products, and services in the printing and finishing markets. Each year, a panel of independent experts comprising journalists, editors, and professionals from the graphic arts industry selects winners based on their innovation, quality, performance, and environmental friendliness. This prestigious award serves as a seal of excellence, acknowledging companies that have made significant strides in advancing the industry and technology.

BookReady’s approach

BookReady is a completely automated system for short-run and book-on-demand production inline to sheetfed digital printers. The solution, developed by Tecnau, builds on the company’s expertise in online cutting and stacking to allow printers to manage book-block production without guillotine processing, save operator time and order to delivery time, and reduce labor handling and errors.

With BookReady, it is possible to switch applications on-the-fly, changing between 2up and 4up imposed sheets at full printing speed. The system not only produces book-of-one from SRA3+ sheets to A4 finished books, but it can also be equipped with a 90-degree turning station to rotate 2up imposed sheets from long-edge leading to short-edge leading, to maximize printing speed and make single copy production possible.

The BookReady solution system is seamlessly integrated with cut-sheet printers so that no manual intervention is required and application changes are directly managed by the printing workflow to ease production processes, optimize jobs and avoid human errors.

The BookReady not only enables publishers to adapt seamlessly to the evolving digital landscape but also caters to the increasing demand for book-on-demand orders. In today’s dynamic publishing industry, where short-run production down to single copies has become crucial, BookReady’s platform empowers publishers to meet these demands efficiently and effectively, the press release said.

BookReady’s recognition for its innovation in the publishing industry through the EDP Awards is said to be a clear indication of the company’s unwavering dedication and proven ability to transform the book finishing process. “The Tecnau BookReady solution is a completely automated system for short-run and book-on-demand production inline to sheetfed digital printers. The full automation goes well into the direction of the so called dark factories from industry 4.0 which will prevail as of 2030 – book production is each day advancing with more automation and less errors. This module is perfect to be integrated with the recently announced new inkjet presses” explained the EDP technical Committee. BookReady achieves this by harnessing the power of a fully automated system that seamlessly integrates with sheetfed digital printers, enabling efficient book-on-demand production without any compromise on print productivity, the release said.

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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