Kanpur’s Neelam Commercial Centre upgrades capacity

Adds Konica Minolta, Canon and HP presses

(L)Sanchit Gupta, proprietor of Neelam Commercial Centre with his wife and the new Konica Minolta press

Neelam Commercial Centre, a photocopier and commercial printer in Kaushalpuri, Kanpur, recently installed Konica Minolta’s C12000, and C3070, Canon’s ir6000, and ir3245, and HP’s Plotter and latex machines to its printing portfolio.

Sanchit Gupta, proprietor of Neelam Commercial Centre, said the printer, which was established in 1998, started commercial production with Konica’s C3070P and has now upgraded to C12000. The commercial printer is one of the oldest in Kanpur with 25 years in the business.

According to Gupta, Konica Minolta’s C12000 is a high-volume production printer that helps them boost operational efficiency, by increasing the uptime of the press and printing a greater output in less time compared to other digital solutions. “With the Intelligent Quality Optimizer Unit, you achieve the desired print quality every time, job by job. And the high productivity and versatile automation help us meet today’s demands of short-run production and fast turnaround, efficiently.”

Our daily activities revolve around customer interaction, designing and pre-press, setting up print workflows for digital and offset machines, finishing and post-press processes, exercising quality control, maintenance, and upkeep, fulfillment and shipping, inventory management, administrative tasks, marketing, and promotion, as well as continuous learning to maintain relevant services,” he says.

According to Gupta, the company’s production capacity is approximately 1 lakh prints in black and white and color in a day. “We are nearing our maximum daily output limits, and we will soon supplement relevant equipment to meet the demands of our expanding clientele.”

Konica Minolta’s C3070 is a production printer that flexibly supports various print jobs, including 350gsm thick paper and maximum 1,300 mm banner printing as well as auto duplex banner printing. Color tone and front-to-back registration are monitored and automatically corrected in real time without degrading quality or productivity. The job flexibility and the color management utility are unparalleled. The AccurioPro Conductor allows multiple print jobs of different profiles and purposes to run simultaneously.

Canon’s iR6000 and iR3245 offer unique RUI (Remote User Interface) management software for the iR5000/6000, a web-based utility accessible via standard web browsers. This provides versatile facilities for the remote management and monitoring of the system. The RUI minimizes costs by being simple to install, set up, use, and maintain.

HP’s DesignJet Plotters and latex machines are helpful for architecture, engineering, and construction professionals to plot maps and CAD technical drawings. Its built-in scanner allows copying and distributing sketches and hand-annotated drawings to peers/partners right away. They have no learning curve—with the design of a single touchscreen enabling scanning, copying, and sharing instantly.

Gupta said Konica Minolta’s C12000 was installed in June 2023 and C3070 in February 2021. “Sometimes we get unknown paper substrates from our customers, but with the machine’s integrated media detection sensor, about 300 paper profiles are pre-registered in the catalog making sure to always find a good match. The desired outcome of the machine was to deliver hassle-free, high-quality jobs to the customers in a short turnaround time, and quality and speed at the same time. Konica C12000 has helped up production capacity by four times.”

On the expansion, Gupta said, “We are considering an upgrade or adding new printing equipment to expand our capabilities. We want our arsenal to stay updated with the latest printing technologies to provide cutting-edge solutions to our clients. We plan to go forward with more finishing options such as installing an MGI machine. We are expanding our online presence, with a website to showcase our services, portfolio, pricing, and contact information, while investing in eCommerce capabilities to allow customers to place orders and request quotes online.”

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