Dynamic post-press is now a reality thanks to JDF. Activity in post-press, especially the folders for inline automation has been growing in the past 12 months. There are different levels of automation available. Fully automatic machines enhance makeready times. Short- to medium-length runs rely on set-up being made as easy and speedy as possible and can take advantage of job programs to double the machine’s capacity.
In India, the major players include names like Vijuk, Stahl, GUK, Welbound Worldwide’s Diploma folder, Pratham Technologies’ Superfold, Horizon, MBO, Morgana, Technifold and Duplo.
Joe Vijuk, president and CEO of Vijuk Equipment, says: “We started installing our patented outsert systems in India in 2004. Many customers are finding that our outsert systems are the best solution for supplying required information to consumers worldwide, and also the least expensive when all factors involved are considered.”
Imported pre-owned machines constitute a major share of folding machine sales in India. The user tries to decipher and then compare various aspects of pre-press and press, and often disregards the study needed to be done before choosing a folder. The emphasis is on size, brand and year of manufacturing.
“We have seen an increased demand for our training services on existing folder installations, as customers seek to get the most out of their current equipment,” explains P Sajith, director marketing at Welbound Worldwide.
Which is why Welbound has been conducting road shows.
Pune-based Pratham Technologies has launched the PGV-VF-DX-615, a new folding machine. This machine is equipped with a suction feeder and can handle a wide range of papers. Datta Deshpande of Pratham Technologies, says, “Our focus on folders has been in sectors where we could add value. The folder is specifically designed for integration with packaging lines. This machine can be detached from the parent machine and can be used as a stand-alone machine.” t