TechNova’s unified offering for newspapers at Wan-Ifra 2019

Amit Khurana of TechNova explains about TechNova Imaging EcoSystem (TIE) to Rahul Kumar

17 Sep 2019 | By Rahul Kumar

The TechNova team during Wan-Ifra 2018

TechNova launched its ambitious TIE, TechNova Imaging EcoSystem, for its newspaper customers during Wan-Ifra India 2018. This year, during Wan-Ifra India 2019, to be held in Delhi on 18 and 19 September, the company will elaborate on the enhanced portfolio of TIE, from pre-press and press consumables and CTP systems, to digital print media and digital printing systems, to workflows, software and value-added services.

“TIE is TechNova’s endeavour to offer its customers a ‘unified experience’ beyond products and services,” says Amit Khurana, COO, newspaper group, TechNova Imaging Systems. “With TIE, TechNova helps newspapers to ‘connect all the dots’ in pre-press, pressroom and post-press, with products, equipment, services, advisory, inventory management and transactional efficiencies, giving customers a single touchpoint for all their requirements.”

Khurana adds, “Uniting all of TechNova’s businesses is its value system, a strict code of ethics, a commitment to excellence, business conduct based on honesty, fairness and mutual trust, and a customer first philosophy.”

Three main pillars of TechNova Imaging EcoSystem (TIE) for newspapers are breakthrough products, innovative value-added solutions and support services.

Breakthrough products

Since its launch in 2010, more than 70% of Indian newspaper market has shifted to TechNova’s VioGreen chem-free violet CTP plates. This eliminates water and chemistry, reduces electricity consumption, reduces maintenance of processors and most importantly, improves print quality due to fewer process variables.

The Avatar V-ZH Violet CTP plate requires zero heat for plate production. This, in turn, reduces investment cost, saves energy and floor space. Newspapers can streamline production processes further and reduce machine maintenance and servicing.

The Avatar T-ZP is a thermal zero-process plate for both the commercial and newspaper segments. Its key features include expose and go DOP, lowest cost-in-use, outstanding image contrast, fastest clean-up, ultra-long run lengths and UV ink compatible.

Other breakthrough products from the TechNova stable are its pre-press systems. In alliance with leading companies likes Agfa and G&J, TechNova provides the Indian newspaper printers a comprehensive portfolio of CTP hardware and software along with TechNova plates, chemicals, tech support and application services.

In association with Glunz & Jensen, TechNova offers InterPlater 85/125P HDX, which are setting new processing standards for high-end users, and Raptor Plus 85P, compact, high-quality processing of polymer plates.

TechNova and PCO Eastgate, Malaysia have partnered to offer PCO products in India. “This alliance is an important breakthrough as it strengthens the position of both the companies in the Indian market and makes high quality products available to Indian newspapers,” Khurana says.

The Imprint range of printing blankets, being manufactured for the first time in India by MRT, is being marketed by TechNova. The unique features of the Imprint range are cost-effectiveness, local availability, comprehensive range and durability. “The TechNova–MRT alliance is well-complimented for the newspaper industry,” says Khurana. “This not only helps TechNova’s ongoing effort of becoming a one-stop portal for its customers but also enhances MRT’s endeavour to touch a wider customer base with its unique offering.”

TechNova has also entered into a marketing agreement with Sigma to step into the Rollers market. TechNova’s role in this alliance is to help boost the business and become a dependable single window as a solutions provider.

Innovative value-added solutions

TechNova offers Arkitex, a unique system-wide publishing workflow solution from Agfa, specially designed to meet and exceed the needs of newspaper production houses.

News Hub Media (NHM), a leading technology supplier for the media industry, develops and integrates automated software solutions, with an understanding of custom and critical business operations. TechNova has been successfully marketing its products, such as GoMediaHub, Ark and SUITE in India.

The MonoSpray system eliminates the inherent inefficiencies and limitations of brush dampening systems such as lack of fine control on spraying, wastage of water, accumulation of ink, oil, paper fluff, algae formation in the chiller and pipes, and higher power consumption. The system can be installed on all kinds of coldset and heatset machines

Shree Refrigeration and TechNova have successfully installed more than 100 spray dampening systems at Indian newspapers.

TechNova had tied up with SERI to offer eco-technology based ETP/STP systems in India. SERI system works on a simple concept of biological treatment of waste using soil scrap filtration technology. The biological treatment is done through use of soil organisms like bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, protozoas, earthworms, nematodes, etc called organotreat.

Printing one edition of a newspaper means that hundreds of pressready plates must be prepared within a very short period of time. TechNova and Tarng Yung (TY) have tied up in Indian market for optical register punching, bending and pre-press automation systems support for newspaper printers. “TechNova offers an entire range of solution from TY, from basic punch and bend to fully automated systems to connecting multiple CTP lines with multiple conveyors, plate barcode systems, etc,” Khurana explains.

Support services

“We have the largest application, tech-support and engineering team in India, supporting the largest installed base of CTP systems in the country,” Khurana says. “Our team of dedicated experts assist newspapers in trouble-shooting, standardisation, and adopting new technologies.”

The newspaper printing industry is a fast-paced and deadline driven industry. Mishaps resulting from unguarded printing machinery, use of chemicals or any other hazards in the often-constrained confines of the press are a major cause of concern to employers as well as press-operators and others in the organisation.

TechNova’s Safety Awareness Module on making print safe is a value-added service, to help newspapers achieve the goal of optimum working conditions within the orgainisation. “With basic precautions and a proper understanding of safety, it helps make newspaper pressrooms better work places, with respect to safety, environmental issues and health aspects,” says Khurana.

Energy conservation is need of an hour and all of us need to preserve every unit of energy for generations to come. TechNova offers Energy Audit Services and Energy Conservation Workshops to Indian newspapers for achieving optimum energy efficiency. These services include identification of energy wastages and higher equipment losses, power quality and harmonic analysis, earthing and thermography audit of electrical distribution system. During the audit, the entire electrical distribution system health is assessed from maintenance and safety point of view.