Now2Print enhances capacity with Konica Minolta products

AccurioPress C12000, C6085 and more; to get MGI press in 2024

Ranu Gupta, proprietor of the Agra-based company.

Agra-based Now2Print recently installed a host of Konica Minolta products – including a Mini Offset, Dominant Offset, the AccurioPress C6085, AccurioPress C12000, Konica Minolta’s die cutting tool, lamination tool, and a binding setup – to scale its capacity and efficiency.

Ranu Gupta, proprietor of Now2Print, said their daily production capacity is increasing and it currently delivers approximately 25,000 to 30,000 units per day. Established in 2014, the commercial printer’s relationship with Konica Minolta started in 2017 with the installation of an AccurioPress C2070, under the guidance of Pravesh Kumar, senior sales manager, Konica Minolta.

Gupta says the equipment was installed to support a wide range of applications, including A4 landscape book covers, double-parallel fold catalogs, banner ads, and POPs. Additional features such as HDD mirroring, automatic paper size measurement, Emperon printing system, biometric finger-vein authentication, etc., made the machinery apt for the printer’s operational scale.

“We invested in such sophisticated machinery to drive higher quality print results for clients that demanded premium precision and clarity in their print output. We, as print providers, wanted to be able to deliver that at scale. Of the entire technology stack installed by Konica Minolta, we equipped ourselves with unique features such as high-speed color scanning. This ensures colored copies are scanned with precision and speed on standard dual scan document feeder DF-704. Features such as hardcopy digitization allow scanned copies to be saved as searchable PDFs or editable files in PowerPoint, Excel, or Word format. The files have excellent image quality and can be saved in the internal HDD or mobile devices,” Gupta said.

The commercial printer’s day-to-day activities involve preparing print files, including formatting, layout, and design work to ensure that they are print-ready; configuring the printing machines for specific jobs, including selecting paper types, adjusting ink settings, and ensuring proper alignment for different print formats. Optimizing equipment such as die-cutting tools, lamination tools, and binding setups to complete the finishing touches on printed materials.

“Preparing finished printed materials for delivery or pickup by clients, coordinating logistics, ensuring orders are delivered on time, and identifying opportunities to improve processes, reduce costs, and enhance the overall efficiency and quality of the printing business are the tasks that make up most of our time,” Gupta said.

Now2Print is actively planning for expansion. The company’s next phase involves expanding its presence into different cities, offering updated and enhanced services. Additionally, there are plans to invest in a new MGI printing machine, with installation scheduled for the upcoming year.

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