For the benefit of the show attendees, PrintWeek India hosted a webinar on 24 May spotlighting what is expected to create a buzz at the Messe grounds.
The webinar themed around Kuch Naya Dekha Kya provided a glimpse of what to expect from the show. The webinar whose sutradhar was Priya Raju provided an insight into the pre-media, press and post-press segments.
The speakers of the session were Noel D'Çunha, managing editor, PrintWeek India; Rushikesh Aravkar, technical editor, PrintWeek India and Jayashree Joshi, head – librarian and information at Goethe Institut, Mumbai.
D’Cunha provided a snapshot about the pre-media and press segment. He said, “End-to-end integration and automation is really the logical progression of automated workflows for pre-press. Expect to see increased automation of the end-to-end solution, cloud-based services, which was really the long established concept of offering remotely hosted software and storage or SAAS (software as a service)."
D'Cunha's pick for workflow
Esko will show major improvements in its software products. Importantly, Esko will now allow you to pick and choose the modules in the workflow that will suit a firm’s requirements
Agfa recently launched version of Apogee 10 will showcase improvements which include automatic image correction, a web-based file upload and page approval portal that shows preflight notifications, page bleed and trim sizes to the connected print buyers, and can directly link to wide-format devices
HP will splash the PrintOS. PrintOS, a set of cloud-based services for HP Indigo and other digital press users will function like a cross between the Adobe Creative Cloud and a professional print version of the Apple Store, where you can access and run an increasing choice of applications, sometimes temporarily by only paying for them when one needs them
Enfocus is introducing Appstore, by which its Switch technology users can build their own workflows by buying functions and components from other users
Heidelberg will introduce Prinect Smart Automation which will allow both digital and offset workflows to be integrated, as well as monitoring and measuring every machine and even elements within the machine.
Komori with the Internet of things – KP-Connect will put production, maintenance and error reporting information into the cloud.
EFI will also be showing their workflow, but is playing its cards unusually close to its chest for this Drupa.
The press segment in 2015 saw installations of around 75+ new presses. D’Cunha said, “Though presses are now considered a mature technology, they have steadily become more efficient – with more automation, cutting down waste and small gains in speed.”
Elaborating about the press segment, D’Cunha highlighted the new feature and technologies from Komori, KBA, Heidelberg and Ryobi. “The digital kit manufacturers will showcase larger digital press formats in the B2 and B1 range, most targeting the packaging market,” said D’Cunha.
“Keep an eye on UV-LED or low-energy LE-HUV from all the above manufacturers. There are retrofits services that suppliers like IST, AMS offer. They work on most presses with conversions taking one or two days at about 10% of the cost,” added D’Cunha.
While Aravkar provided a glimpse of the post-press segments and highlighted the top ten finishing products to look out for at the show. He said, “For many companies, post-press processes are still a bottleneck. Post-press is increasingly becoming important in delivering value in a print project.”
Aravkar's pick for post-press
Highcon’s Beam, a new 3x speed digital creasing and die-cutting system
Landa’s Nano-Metallography system for Nano-Metallisation printing
HP’s Pack Ready solution a film for flexible packaging is a replacement for aluminium barrier
MasterWork’s Diana Smart 55/115 folder-gluer
Duplo PFi Di-Cut 300, an on-demand die-cutter
Scodix new B1-format multi-function digital enhancement press
Lasx’s new CartonsinMinutes technology, which incorporates a laser cutter with an inline creasing system
Morgana DigiBook 150, an entry-level PUR perfect binder
MGI’s Jetvarnish 3D Evolution, digital sheetfed enhancement press to be scalable from B2 to B1
AMS MultiWave LED-UV
Joshi, a German language expert provided valuable tips for the attendees while at the show.
Do look out for PrintWeek india's post-Drupa webinar, which will be a round up of what transpired at the show.