Cadgraf solutions for publishers

Workflow and automation systems for the publishing industry

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A Elangovan, managing director of Cadgraf Digitals
A Elangovan, managing director of Cadgraf Digitals

Cadgraf first came up with DTP solutions for publishers way back in 1988. Earlier, the company would educate printers and publishers on the use of DTP systems. Cadgraf has been primarily focussed on transforming the traditional printers using letterpress and hand composing to desktop publishing and introducing the concept of offset printing. The core team of the company traveled extensively to many parts of Tamil Nadu, spreading education about the various possibilities of transformation. Cadgraf has been successful in transforming many companies from die-based techniques to modern printing techniques.

The company has also played active role in helping the hand composters of letter blocks. With the introduction of desktop publishing, the jobs of hand composters were at stake. Hence, Cadgraf started giving them lessons on working with computers. Since then, the company has participated in various technology transformation projects that helped it to handle major brands, products and technologies.

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Currently, Cadgraf is focussed on the newspaper and magazine publishing industries. “Though the printing technology such as offset printing process has more or less been stagnant in the industry for a long time, in order to progress in terms of efficiency and productivity, there are new workflow and automation systems being introduced to the publishing industry and we’re dealing in that software,” says A Elangovan, managing director of Cadgraf Digitals.

There are several departments in a publishing house right from reporting to the final press-ready file. Most of these processes aren’t interconnected. Unless there is connectivity in the entire process, the productivity isn’t optimum. Cadgraf introduced Neo Editing Software, which allows reporters to file a story from any remote location which further gets passed on to the editing team for processing and further on to the production team, all on a common platform.

The server-based software is categorized based on the various segments that are covered by the publisher and each story can be placed in a particular category that helps it reach the corresponding editor. The software also allows access to data relevant to publishing in the form of images or videos. Further, it allows to compile and capture the information and images pagination and layout.

Another software, CopyTrack system, from Swedish systems supplier MWM, was recently sold by Cadgraf, MWM’s supplier in India, to Mathrubhumi for real-time follow-up of the printing process. The system registers waste in the pressroom and mailroom that helps to reduce the number of run-ons and re-runs by automatically shutting down the press when the correct print run has been produced. The order also included MWM’s Real-time Roll Consumption (RRC) for real-time monitoring through the CopyTrack mobile app and the MWM Business Intelligence dashboard. CopyTrack helps reduce waste by at least 25%-35% by simply tracking various parameters. Over the years, Cadgraf has sold Anygraf editorial system software to both Dina Thanthi and Dinamalar and sold Woodwing’s software to Ananda Vikatan.

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Harish Penumarthi
Correspondent. Harish has done Btech in Mechanical Engineering. First worked for a startup that conducted student competitions for designing and fabricating go-karts and eBikes in Hyderabad. Then worked for Food Marketing and Technology magazine. Joined Indian Printer and Publisher and Packaging South Asia in June 2017.

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