Oosterhout - No fewer than ten mRC-3D cameras supplied by Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC), Dutch specialist in measurement and control systems for the printing industry, will soon be on their way to India. Pudhari Publications is set to carry out an investment programme with the aim of improving automation on its printing presses at its plant in Kolhapur. The mRC-3D system will ensure full automation on the colour register on the Manugraph Cityline press with five towers.
Wind of change
For the last two years Pudhari Publications, that placed the order directly at QIPC, is led by managing director Yogesh Jadhav. He has helped instil a youthful, dynamic enthusiasm in the company based in the Indian state of Maharashtra. This wind of change blowing through the company has been partly brought about by a long overdue investment programme for press automation. “Pudhari Publications is a growing newspaper group for the Marathi language”, explains Vijay Pandya. As managing director for QIPC in India, he has been closely involved with the order placed by Pudhari Publications. “Yogesh Jadhav is always coming up with ideas about how to stay ahead of the competition. Automation is just one of these.”
As far as the automation programme was concerned, a number of companies came into contention for the order. Ultimately however, Pudhari Publications plumped for QIPC as its new partner. “The new General Manager Technical Mr. S.K. Chatterjee was well acquainted with our systems”, Vijay Pandya says. “He knew our systems had been installed successfully on Manugraph presses in the past. Due to his own experiences he was enchanted by our register control system and service, so recommended QIPC to his management.”
The mRC-3D system is aimed at fully automating the colour register in the plant at Kolhapur. The innovative system with its high-speed cameras will bring about maximum savings in waste. The digital cameras with built-in microprocessors ensure real-time data processing of measurement data. On account of its 3D function, the mRC-3D scanner is able to accurately measure printed micro marks, independently of focal distance and irregularities in the paper web. The cameras in Kolhapur are equipped with Automation Ink Mist Shield (AIMS), as a result of which the camera lenses are automatically cleaned by transported film. Staff will receive on-site training from QIPC on how to use the system.
With the help of all these systems, Pudhari Publications expects to make savings in paper, ink and energy, to improve the quality of the final product, to speed up the production process and to ramp up productivity in the plant. In addition to its print works in Kolhapur, the company has two other plants.
“If the system proves its worth here, there is a distinct possibility it will be installed on the other presses”, explains Vijay Pandya, who envisages that the collaboration between QIPC and Pudhari Publications will extend beyond this one press alone.