Avinashilingam Institute gets two patents

The department of printing technology, Avinashilingam Institute, Coimbatore, has been awarded patents for a multipurpose die-cutting machine.

12 Mar 2021 | By PrintWeek Team

(l-r) K N Raja Rao, S P Thyagarajan, Amiya Kumar Rath, Premavathy Vijayan, SKowsalya, S Maragatham, TKS Lakshmi Priya

TKS Lakshmi Priya, professor and head, printing technology, School of Engineering, conceived the idea to design and fabricate a table-top manual die-cutting machine and create a multipurpose combo package in 2016. Subsequent to the making of these prototypes, patents for both projects were filed in 2017.

The main objective of these inventions was to promote an eco-friendly environment.

Priya said, "The die-cutting machine is lightweight and does not consume electric power. It is compact, thus making it suitable for operation by differently-abled and aged persons. It aims to open the doors to a sustainable income source for the under-privileged, thereby promoting an inclusive society.”

The die-cutting machine and combo package

“The package has been designed to have an aesthetic appearance comparable to luxury packages and has multi-purpose usage as well as ‘reuse’ functionality. While the machine will be useful in cottage industries for small print jobs, sample-making and prototyping, the package can be used for bakery products, pharmaceuticals, jewellery and more,” added Priya.

As a next step, the School of Engineering is planning to either fabricate a few sample products and market it or transfer the technology.