Dr. N. Ravichandran, Executive Director, Lucas TVS Ltd., gave a talk on Streamlining Business Operations for Improved Business Performance on the occasion of Forum’s 33rd Founding Day celebrations held on 10th December 2013. Mr. R.S. Bakshi, President seen presenting Memento.
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Forumâ€™s Activities in 2013 ...
Memorium Meeting for Mr. Ganapathy, Former Branch Manager, Chennai, Technova Imaging Systems (P) Ltd., held on 19th February 2013
Trends in Packaging Printing by Mr. S. Mohan Kumar,
Head, Operation and Development - Flexible, ITC Limited - Packaging & Printing Division
on Friday, 26th April 2013
One Day Seminar on Offset - Future Perfect held on 25th May 2013.
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In this issue . . . 33rd Founding Celebrations 3 Technical Lecture on Adhesives and Coatings 6 Technical Lecture on Colour 8
New Year Greetings President and his Team wish the Members of The Forum, their Family Members, Colleagues in their organisations and their Friends all the Best and a Prosperous New Year 2014 with Joyful, Healthy Life and Career. The Printing Technologists Forum Founding Day Achievement Award 2013
PAMEX 2013 Jottings 9 Putting Prepress first 10 5 Ways Tag & Label Printing Companies Can Utilize Pinterest 12 IPT News 13 Reunion of 1988 IPTians 14 A visit by the ghost of printing yet to come the 15 Heidelberg News 16 KOPA News 16 XMF Print Center 17 Ink Metering 18 Oxford dictionaties market in India 20 Chili offers new way to connect 21 Folding carton die cutter from Heidelberg 22 Industrial printer adds white ink capability 23 What’s happening to my newspapers? 24 The 17 things you should never say to your boss 25 Scholarships & Awards from COMPRIA 27 Members Page 28
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33rd Founding Day Celebrations the forum has completed its 32nd year on 9th December 2013 and celebrated the commencement of 33rd Founding Day in a fitting manner on Tuesday 10th December 2013 at Hall of Guines’68, Department of Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai - 600 025. The founding day is organised mainly to remember the day of founding. During Silver Jubilee, it was decided that 10th December of every year will be the day for honouring Past President and long standing members every year and this day will be known as “Founding Day”.
Seen on the dias (L to R) :Mr. M. Venkatesan, Gen. Secretary, Mr. R. S. Bakshi, President, Dr. N. Ravichandran, Executive Director, Lucas TVS Ltd., Mr. P. Chellappan and Mr. Rm. Senthilnathan, Vice-Presidents of THE FORUM
From this year onwards we have discontinued the practice of honouring long standing members and instead it was decided to honour the first rank student of B.E. (Printing Technology) from Anna University, Chennai and D.P.T from Institute of Printing Technology, Taramani, Chennai. Mr. M.S. Nagarajan, Patron Member & Past President of THE FORUM and Managing Director, Nagaraj & Co., sponsored this year’s award of Rs 5000/- each to the two students. Mr. Raju Seshadrinathan, Director, Amra Press, presented the cash award to the students. The students were also presented with Certificate of Appreciation.
Mr. R. S. Bakshi, Forum’s President, presenting his welcome address.
Mr.P. Chellappan, Vice-President introducing the Chief Guest.
Dr. N. Ravichandran, Executive Director, the Guest Speaker, delivered a lecture on Streamlining Business Operations for Improved Business Performance. (Details will be published in the next issue) Mr. R.S. Bakshi, President, welcomed the members and other invitees for the Founding Day Celebrations. Mr. P. Chellappan, Vice-President, introduced the Guest Speaker. The lecture was well attended. The founding day function was sponsored by M/s Multi Vista Global Ltd. Dr. Kumar, Jt. Secretary proposed vote of thanks and the meeting was adjourned for dinner. n
Dr. N. Ravichandran, Executive Director, Lucas TVS Ltd., delivering his talk to an attentive audience
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View of the Audience
Mr. N.R. Kumar, Committee Member, giving his impressions on Dr. Ravichandranâ€™s talk
Dr. N. Ravichandran
Ms. R. Bavithra, first rank holder (2013) in B.E. Printing Technology from Anna University, Chennai, seen receving TPTF Award from Mr. Raju Seshadrinathan, Director, Amra Press.
Ms. T. Vinitha, First Rank Holder from the Institute of Printing Technology (2013) receiving the Cash Award and Certificate from Mr. Raju Seshadrinathan, Director, Amra Press.
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Mr. M. Venkatesan, Hony. General Secretary, sharing his thoughts
Mr. Raju Seshadrinathan
Mr. V.S.Raman, Committee Member, presenting bouquet to Mr. Raju
Mr. R. Jayaraman, Multivista Global Limited , being honoured for sponsoring the event
Dr. N. Ravichandran being presented with Memento by our President
Mr. R. Jayaraman, Immediate Past President
Dr. Kumar, Hony. Jt. Secretary, presenting vote of thanks
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Forum’s Technical Lecture on
Adhesives and Coatings for
Printing and Packaging Industries A Seminar on “Adhesives and Coatings for Printing and Packaging Industries” was given by Mr. Kalra, Manager - Technical Services, Pidilite Industries Ltd. on Friday, 25th November 2013 at The Spring Hotel, Chennai - 34. About Company Pidilite Industries Ltd ( Parkeh group) is a leading manufacturer of adhesive and Chemicals.It has completed 50 years in business.Turnover is above 3000 crs and posting growth consisitently.CAGR annually for last 10 years is @15% year on year in volume and value. Pidilite has always tried to be in close interaction with customers and has enabled the company to have more than 3000 products in their Port Folio. Broadly, Pidilite is having two set of business 1) For retail 2) For Industrial. This group is under Industrial Product Division catering to Printing and Packaging Industries. Mr Kalra, Manager - Technical Services gave a detailed presentation of Products from Pidlite for Printing and Packaging Industries. About Mr.Sanjeev Kaltra. Sanjiv Kalra has completed 25 years in Pidilite Industries LTD . Has done BSc(Chemistry ) followed by B.Sc - Tech in Polymers from Mumbai University Department of Chemical Technology . Worked for 8 years in Research & Development in Pidilite Inds , followed by QA for 6 years . Now working as Technical Services for Industrial Products .
Water based Adhesives Mr. Kalra then gave a detailed lecture on adhesives for print lamination - for both wet and dry lamination. The testing equipments to be used for standardisation, the range of products available etc. The lecture commenced after the customary introduction with a brief of the history of THE FORUM.
After Pidilite’s product presentation, Mr. V. Ganesh Kumar, Product Manager, Hiedelberg India, gave a talk on Colour. Mr. P. Chellapan, Vice-President of THE FORUM, introduced the Speaker, Mr. R. S. Bakshi, President welcomed on and all. The interactive lecture was well attended. Dr. B. Kumar, Jt. Secretary, presented vote of thanks and the meeting was adjourned for dinner. n Mr.P. Chellappan
Adhesives for Book Binding Mr. Kalra gave his lecture with a detailed powerpoint presentation of the book binding methods, the products his company are offering for the same, the quality control methods adopted by his company and various trouble shooting remedies and tips in both perfect and case binding processes. Mr.G.V.Ramani, giving a brief of Pidilite Industries
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View of the audiecnce
Mr.Sanjeev Kalra being presented with appreciation memento by Mr R Jayaraman
Pidilite product gallery with printed samples
Dr. B. Kumar
Mr.Sanjeev Kalraâ€™s product presentation
Mr.Sanjeev Kalra being presented with Appreciation Memento by our President, Mr. R.S.Bakshi
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Forum’s Technical Lecture
Be a Colour lover
Talk by Mr. Ganesh Kumar, Hiedelberg India on Friday, 25th November 2013 at The Spring Hotel, Chennai - 34. “The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.” ― John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice Since the early days of printing, dealing with colors has continuously presented us with new challenges. Color management has been the hot topic of discussion with the printers and they implement new technologies to find a fast-track solution. Unfortunately most of the exercises fail as these tools are not implemented without understanding the basics of color. To start with let’s try to understand “perception of color”. Our subjective perception of Color is not the same as color perception. We can expect people to perceive colors which are absolutely identical in physical terms in completely different ways. There are several explanations for the causes of this. Probably the most important is the variation in spectral sensitivity between different people’s eyes. A further influencing factor is our psyche. Mood can have a significant effect on our color perception. If you are tired, a room with gray wallpaper can appear a lot darker and grayer
Mr. Ganesh Kumar seen presenting his lecture
than it would if you were in a more balanced or even positive mood. External factors also have an effect on our color perception. The type of light source plays an important role here. The difference is obvious between looking at a piece of white paper in daylight, in the light of a lamp or by candlelight. While the white paper appears dazzling in daylight, it looks a lot more yellow by candlelight. However, this is an impression that changes after a short period of time because our eyes quickly adjust to changed light conditions. After only a few seconds, the sheet of paper appears just as white as by daylight. This capacity for adjustment, known as adaption, is a great advantage when we have to enter dark rooms and find
View of the audience
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our bearings quickly. However, this capacity which has proved itself useful in our evolution is more of a burden when it comes to judging colors because our visual organs develop a manipulated image and we have to accept optical limitations as a result. In addition to light conditions, the format can also have a significant effect on our color perception. A variety of optical illusions will help you to understand the above discussed points. As Josef Albers mentioned, “In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is — as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art. In order to use color effectively it is necessary to recognize that color deceives continually. To this end, the beginning is not a study of color systems. First, it should be learned that one and the same color evokes innumerable readings. Instead of mechanically applying or merely implying laws and rules of color harmony, distinct color effects are produced-through recognition of the interaction of color-by making, for instance, two very different colors look alike, or nearly alike.” Any technology to improve the color fidelity need to follow the basics of perception and will help us to sort the issues related to color. In short, Don’t try to manage the color and instead let’s start loving the color by understanding its nature. n
Pamex 2013 Jottings . . . 9th Pamex was held from 14th to 17th November 2013 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida (NCR). Situated about 50 km from the Airport, mostly interested industry people visited it. Organised by AIFMP and TASCON, the event was supported by the Central Government Commerce, Small and Medium Enterprises and Urban Development Ministries and IPAMA. The show was inaugurated by Dr. EMS Nachiappan, Minister of State, Government of India. Most of the wellknown printing machinery manufacturers (Demy+) not showcasing, the show could have been called for ‘low cost printing’. There were about 200 exbibitiros. Not much happening in Commercial
Offset, Inkjet solutions were the game changers, Digital Printing was also in the forefront. Some of the Inkjet solutions were Monotech JetSCI Y Series, PixelJet 2512 F-P, Autobond offline 52 SUV, Technova Memjet and SmartJet Label Kit, SmartJet Inkjet CtP, etc. As for Digital, Ricoh was the largest exhibitor in Pamex, dividing the area in six zones: Digital Offset, Speciality Media, Jumbo Prints, Quick Print and Software Solution. Kodak was there with their NexPress SR 3300. Monotech attracted visitors with multiple live demos: Oce TDS 750, and inkjet solutions as mentioned. They being distributors for Scidex, along with their view Delhi representative showed some video clippings. Some interesting finishing solutions were PUR attracted vistors, Welbound Henkel PUR solutions, and some small players, like Malhotra Graphics,
Mongana’s Digibook PIR binder, Paperbind 444 Plus PUR System. Nonwoven bags was another attraction: Utoprint Knight NX printer, Sahil Graphics D-cut bags, A sample making kit from Kongsberg and Aoke was interesting. Screen Printing was re-incarnated, so to say, with Grafica Nano screen printing kit and DMI. Advances in Digital Finishing were interesting: Five Star book binding solutions for soft and hard cover books, Joy-D-Zign three knife trimmer, Megabound casing-in and joint forming. Finance With banks making it difficult for printers, of late, one could choose from offerings from Electronica Finance, Intec Capital and Siemens Financial Services. In conversation with Bhushan Tull, Feed - Banking and Business Development, Intec Capital Limited, many thinigs could be understood. They make repayment instalments easy, making cash flow easy for them. easy working methods are developed by them, Viability/Cash Flow Analysis of the party who seek loans are made by them, the loans is cleared in 2-3 says with an on the spot visit to the facilities available with the party, Intec having 17 branches in India, they have developed incentive schemes for the employees with Annual Conference taking place to discuss the policy and also announce the incentive winners. The company offering growth, some award winners had also a incentive of a foreign trip. Heidelberg India were marketing their consumables (Saphira inks). Bobst India Novacut 10 attracted visitors. Some exhibitors had their specialities: Prakash Offset, Pressline India, Naph Graphics and Nestech, for example. Imposition Sofwares, Estimate and Management Sefowares were mad aware by Metamation, Easyprint solutions and Esko. In no way, this is a comprehensive but some effort had been made to have a glimpse about Pamex 13. n Report by D. Ramalingam Past President of THE FORUM
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Putting pre press first GERMAN label printer Erhard Kuchler has invested in its pre-press operations, including the installation of a DigiFlex digital platemaking system, as it looks to optimize its production processes.
Erhard Kilichtert based close to Stuttgart in Germany, is a thirdgeneration, family run label printer that has its fingers in many pies. From its facility, the company produces a broad range of labels for different industries in short and wide-web formats, and using a host of processes, from offset to water- and UV-based flexo printing.
directly to address issues and fix problems in minutes, rather than having to wait for a third-party to be involved, Digital forms the basis of its latest investment in pre-press, where it has recently purchased a DigiFlex computer-to-plate (CIF) system. The DigiFlex system images analog plates
digitally for flexographic, letterpress, dry-offset and rotary silk screen printing technologies, and has been designed to meet the market demand for better quality and faster delivery times. The DigiFlex system overall, and the specific FlexoJet 1725 installed at Klichler, uses a combination of ink and primer to digitally image plates. It is the chemical reaction between those two components that gels the ink and freezes the inkjet dot at a very small and precise size.
The wide variety of printing processes KUchler utilizes places a heavy burden on its pre-press operations, where more than a dozen different plate types need to be produced and exposed. Up until around a decade ago Kuchler outsourced this, but has since brought its platemaking in-house. This saw it invest in a Heidelberg Supra setter for its offset printing plates and a filmbased process for ail others. `Bringing platemaking in-house has allowed us to be much more responsive to our customers’ needs,’ says Kuchler managing director Dirk Handler. We’re able to respond Further, the primer prevents the plate from being exposed to oxygen during the platernaking process, resulting in a flat-top dot and zero dot loss as opposed to laser-based digital platemaking processes where the dot tops are rounded due to air exposure. ‘It also prevents ingress of dust and other atmospheric variables which you need to control when using analog platemaking, says Handler. ‘The laminate helps make it a reliable process.’ The FlexoJet 1725 was supplied to Kuchler by DigiFlex’s European distributor Jet Europe and, more specifically, Jefs German agent FlexWell. On demonstration, the DigiFlex system installed by KCichler is quick 10 Print Forum / Vol. XV, No. 90 / November - December 2013
it has been quick to commission and implement,’ says Handler. The process will continue to evolve as the technology develops. For instance, the laminator we use has not beenspecifically designed for the plate sizes we’re producing, so there is some waste during that part of the process. In the future, I expect the equipment to be tailored to smaller sizes and eliminate this waste. ‘Overall, the environmental and economic gains of the DigiFlex system make good business sense for a medium-sized company like ours.’ n Courtesy : www. labelsandlabeling.com
and simple to operate. The plate, either rigid orn flexible, is laminated with the primer at 90 degrees C, using a roll-fed laminator or a sheet-fed system depending on the plate size. This is then trimmed down to match the size of the plate before the cover sheet is removed and the plate is imagined inside the DigiFlex unit and dried. Exposure then takes place and the plate is washed off. It is a very quick and clean operation from star to finish, and one that Handler is quick to praise for a number of reasons. Firstly, he says it has allowed Kuchler to achieve higher quality printing results without incurring the costs that it might otherwise have faced by implementing a High Definition platernaking process. ‘Other HD processes are very expensive and more resource intensive, while this system is easy to use and requires minimal specialist training to achieve high-quality results. ‘The consistent dot shape greatly enhances quality, and high-quality printing is number one to all printers as it is what OUT” customers want to see.’ Secondly, it has helped Kuchler achieve efficiency gains when dealing with such a wide number of plates, as well as not requiring the company to change or adapt any of its existing production processes or supply chain. ‘Despite it being a digital process,
we’re imaging analog plates so are able to use ail our existing supply channels and consumables with the system. We’ve also brought down our service costs as the unit automatically cleans itself each day, combined with a weekly manual deep clean,’ The third benefit that Handler identifies is the environmental plus of no longer using a chemical-based firm process. This has not only made the production process cleaner, but has also made the working environment a better place for employees. The FlexoJet 1725 has now replaced the film process that Kochler previously used to image its non-offset plates, with the Heidelberg Suprasetter continuing to service the offset side of the company’s printing operations. Cchler has integrated the CtP system into its pre-press operations much quicker than initially planned. Installed in February 2013, Kuchler planned to run the new process alongside its existing platemaking equipment for a year, a[though imaging two-thirds of its non-offset plates using the CtP system. Although the film process is still available to the company’s prepress operations, it is rarely used, and within six weeks of installation the DigiFlex CIF system had taken on all of the work that was planned to be migrated to it. As we’ve not had to make wholesale changes to our pre-press process
List of AIFMP Office Bearers 2013-14 President Mr.A.M.S.G. Ashokan Vice-President - South Mr. Nagasundar Vice-President - North Mr. Vinod Kumar Rajpal Vice-President - West Mr. Prakash R.Joshi Vice-President - East Mr. Shyamal Chandra Basu Hony. Genl. Secretary Mr. C. D.Kumaravel Hony. Jt. Secretary Mr. Aravind Maridkar Hony. Treasurer Mr. Rajesh Sardine
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein
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5 Ways Tag & Label Printing Companies Can Utilize What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a pinboard-style, social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage themebased image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, ‘re-pin’ images to their own collections or 'like' photos. Pinterest's mission is to "connect everyone in the world through the 'things they find interesting’ via a global platform of inspiration and idea sharing.” Key Terms You Should Know For Pinterest • A Pin: A Pin is an image that’s added to Pinterest •Pinboard: A Pinboard is a set of theme-based pins • Pinning: Pinning is the act of visually sharing content •Repin: A Repin is reposting somebody else’s pin •Pinner: A Pinner is the person who is doing the sharing Just like many of the other social networks, Pinners can like, share, or comment on pins they view. Also like other social networks, one of the best practices you can follow is engaging with your audiences. Interact with the pins of others and share their content, and yours, on other social networks. How You Can Use Pinterest to Grow Your Business Any business that produces printed goods, such as labels, should be on Pinterest. It’s a great network to show off your company and the high quality work you produce. Here are five ways you can utilize Pinterest for your tag and label business. 1. Virtual Art Gallery: We all know that labels are the decoration of the packaging industry. Tag and Label printing is a craft and this is an industry that takes great pride in its work. Tag and Label printers enter various
competitions every year. Pinterest allows for the showcasing of your work on a daily basis. Pinterest can be used as a virtual art gallery; it’s a great network to post different examples of the high quality work you produce for both your customers and prospects 2. Company News: Consumers enjoy getting an inside look at the companies they associate with. Using Pinterest to post different company related news is a great way to bring visitors into your site. Anything can be posted - company event pictures, a new addition to the team, a new baby announcement- that may be of interest. This is important, and often overlooked. This tactic humanizes your company and shows your visitors that you’re doing more than just trying to get their money. Highlighting the people who make your company operate is imperative because it helps build the relationship between your company and your clients. 3. Whitepapers and Press Releases: One of the great benefits of Pinterest is that everything can be linked back to your website. Writing and releasing case studies, whitepapers, and press releases is highly recommended for the simple fact that it can drive more traffic and ultimately more leads to your website. Pinterest can be a valuable tool to use for posting these. Earlier this year, Grow Socially released a white paper entitled, “5 Ways to Grow Your Tag and Label Printing Business with Online Marketing”. It was posted on the Grow Socially Marketing Tips Pinboard. When a visitor clicks on the Pin they are directed to the Grow Socially Website where they are able to download the whitepaper after they enter a little bit of information about themself. By doing this, more traffic is being driven
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to the company website and also generating an inbound lead. 4. Videos: Video is one of the best ways to get your message across. With Pinterest, you can post your YouTube Videos. YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world (Google is, as you would expect, number one. No great surprise that YouTube, which is owned by Google, comes in second.) The more videos you post on YouTube, the higher your SEO ranking will be. 5. Products and Services: One of the main messages companies want to get across to their audience is what they have to offer. With Pinterest, you could create a visually pleasing graphic (which shouldn’t be hard, since every print company has graphic capabilities). The graphics could highlight the different print solutions and services you offer. Here are a few examples of the types of services you could list. Products: a. Digital Print b. QR Codes c. Labels d. Extended Content Booklets e. Peel & Reveal Labels f. Coupons g. Instant Redeemable Coupons h. Tags i. Decals j. Protective Tape Services: a. Vendor Managed Inventory b. Kitting c. Third Party Sourcing d. Fulfillment Services e. Material Handling f. Product Engineering As you can tell by now, Pinterest is all about sharing visually pleasing material. Be creative and think outside of the box. Check out Grow Socially’s and interlinkONE’s Pinboards to get an idea of the look and feel that you can have. As always, don’t invest the time and energy into Pinterest if you’re not going to measure the results – what’s the point in Pinning if you don’t know the metrics? n Courtesy : http://growsocially.com
Cultural Day Celebrations The Institute of Printing Technology at Tharamani, held its annual Cultural Day on September 6, 2013. The annual event seeks to engage, educate and inspire both students and faculty with a variety of cultural performances coordinated by the faculty and the Principal P.K. Ponnappa.
everyone. It creates a bonding not only between the students but also between the students, the faculty and the parents of the students. Taking part in the Cultural Day can only increase motivation to do well in college as well as in life as it increases confidence and instills greater awareness. Mr. Ponnappa thanked all students and faculty and distributed prizes to participants in all categories of events. Mr. Ponnappa congratulated them and encouraged them to pursue their dreams and excel in the field of printing. n Report by A.Ramasubramanian Lecturer
LG launches Pocket Photo 2 for smartphone printing
This year’s Cultural Day appealed to the intellect as well as the heart. An elocution contest on the wisdom of depending on electronic gadgetry such as mobile phones, television and the internet was keenly debated by students. Poems recited by the students touched the hearts of all present. Group dances, solo dances and singing competitions were also conducted that showcased not only the talents of the students but also the cultural heritage of India. The chief guest, the Principal P.K. Ponnappa thanked all students and faculty members who took part and participated in making the Cultural Day a great success. He congratulated the winners and encouraged them to nurture and develop their individual talents. The Cultural Day is an opportunity, he said, for students to showcase and present their talent to
LG will be showcasing its secondgeneration Pocket Photo at CES 2014 on January 7, with a global rollout to follow the South Korean launch. The Pocket Photo 2 is a "smart" mobile printer that enables you to print photos on the move from your smartphone and it will come in pink, jewel white and lime yellow. It is thinner than its predecessor and brings with it an improved battery life, enabling the user to print 30 photos at 600dpi on one charge. The Pocket Photo 2 is compatible with Android, iOS and Windows 8, with pairing taking place over NFC and Bluetooth. Using Zink printing technology that uses heat to activate the necessary colour-forming chemistry imbedded in each sheet of paper, the Pocket Photo 2 does not need ink cartridges or toner. According to LG: "Compared to conventional printing processes, ZINK's inkless paper system preserves images for longer and produces less smearing." n Courtesy : www. tech.uk.msn.com
The future of print advertising: Interactive ads?
Designing compelling interactive ads for web is hardly a challenge for experienced marketers, but engaging print magazine readers in a similar way requires significant creativity. One method is through technology -- Esquire stood out at newsstands with its attention-grabbing E Ink cover in October 2008, and Forbes turned some heads with a Microsoft ad earlier this year that integrated a functioning T-Mobile WiFi hotspot -- but Wired’s January 2014 issue shall not go without mention, thanks in no small part to a partnership with Motorola. A trio of LEDs, a slab of plexiglass, four batteries and an array of buttons make up an interactive Moto X ad, right in the middle of the magazine. The design enables readers to “customize” a Moto X’s rear, with bright LEDs illuminating the phone in 11 different colors. Tap blue and the phone lights up blue, yellow and it’s yellow, red for red, and so on. The ad shuts off after a few seconds of inactivity, so those four lithium batteries should last you for quite some time, serving as a reminder of Moto’s accomplishment long after the smartphone is laid to rest, while boosting this issue’s appeal for collectors as well. Digitas, the advertising agency tasked with creating the ad over the last six months, says 150,000 copies of Wired in New York and Chicago will include the interactive advertisement. It’s available on newsstands in those cities as well, so you should be able to get your hands on one even if you’re not a subscriber. It’s a costly endeavor, no doubt, but if today’s publicity is any indication, it should pay off. Take a closer look in our hands-on (and teardown) video, embedded after the break. n Courtesy : http://www.engadget.com
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Reunion of 1988 IPTians The 1988 Diploma in Printing Technology batch of the Institute of Printing Technology at Tharamani, held a get-together on the completion of 25 years of their studies on 10th November 2013 at the institute campus. Former Principals of the institution, Mr. K. Mohan Rao, Mr. M.N.Subramanian, Mr. Vasanth Kumar, Mr Allimuthu along with the present Principal Mr. P.K. Ponnappa with other retired lecturers Mr. Chidambaram, Mr. Shanmugam, Mr. AL Arumugam, Mr. Srinivasan, Mr. G.Krishnamurthy, Mr. VR Mani, Mr. M.P.Gopalakrishnan, Mr. RV Gomathi Sankar, Mr. Mylarumperumal, etc were honoured with a memento by their students.
Seen from L to R : IPT Former Principal, Mr. M.P. Gopalakrshnan, Retired Lecturer, Mr. T.S. Shunmugam, Present Principal, Mr. P.K. Ponnappa, Former Principals Mr. M.N. Subramanian, Mr. K.Mohan Rao, Forumâ€™s President Mr.R.S. Bakshi, Former Past President of the forum & Alumni of IPT Mr. D. Ramalingam and Former Principal Mr. P. Allimuthu
The function brought back memories to both the lecturers, students and visitors. It was a quite pleasurable moment to hear from the GURUS of our studies after a long gap. Mr. R.S. Bakshi, President, Mr. Rm. Senthilnathan VicePesident II and Mr. D. Ramalingam, Fomer President of the Printing Technologists Forum along with committee members attended the function. After the meeting lunch was served. n
Seen from L to R : Mr. Vasanth Kumar, Former Principal, Retired lectorers : Mr. V. R. Mani, Mr. G. Krishnamurthy, Mr. A.L.Arumugam and Mr. Chidambaram with 1988 IPTians at the back
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A Visit by the Ghost of Printing Yet to Come Predicting the future is easy; predicting what will happen next month is almost impossible. Prediction is especially difficult in the printing industry because we adapt technologies from other disciplines. The laser was not invented for print but it changed print significantly. The computer certainly changed print but it was not specifically invented for print applications. Futurists and prognosticators even missed the Internet. No one ever predicted the Internet and yet it has changed the world. That said, here is a list of fearless predictions I gleaned after eating bad Burrito and having a visit by the ghost of printing yet to come, who looked amazingly like Dr. Joe: 1. Biodegradable electronic devices. Old cell phones and computers will decay in traditional waste sites. Their elements came from the earth and will return to the earth. 2. Scalable 3D printing. Instead of toys and prototype parts, 3D printing will be able to “print” furniture and even small houses. It will get weird when 3D printers make other 3D printers. 3. Paper. Sometime in the future, we will discover that paper is a miraculous product that enables communication and re-cycles back to – paper. 4. Foldable screens. Remove it from your pocket, unfold it, and connect to the Internet instantly. 5. Plate-less printing. Think of reimageable image carriers like the Dicoweb that actually work. 6. Press-less printing. Use your imagination. 7. CIP10. A standard that everyone will embrace without tricks and proprietary approaches. 8. QuarkXPress will see a major return to prominence as Adobe
is forcing us to the cloud (where they can’t even protect credit card numbers). 9. Three offset press manufacturers will eventually merge. 10. Three digital printing suppliers will eventually merge 11. Three finishing companies will eventually merge. 12. The three resulting companies will then merge . . . and be acquired by Wal-Mart. 13. Our trade associations will eventually merge and represent the seven printers left in their membership. 14. Inkjet will continue to offer more alternatives than we can deal with. 15. Toxic waste will replace inkjet ink as a new form of warfare – the lethal memo. 16. Inkjet tattoo-ing will be a new business opportunity. Photographic tattoos will be common. 17. Benny Landa will invent print particles so small even the NSA will not be able to see them. 18. Quick printers will use time travel to deliver jobs yesterday. Customers will complain that this is not fast enough. 19. All printing will be done by robots. They will eventually organize and take lubrication breaks. 20. 3D printers will be made by robots and robots will be made by 3D printers. Ut oh. 21. Amazon drones will deliver products to your door. Macy’s predators disguised as Thanksgiving Day parade balloons will shoot them down. 22. Apple will introduce the ii – a product that does absolutely nothing but you must have it. 23. Mircosoft will introduce a competitive product immediately
and claim that they can do nothing better than Apple. 24. Pantone will patent the visible color spectrum. 25. Google will patent the invisible color spectrum. 26. The color of the year will be white. 27. A man named Roy G. Biv will save the world. 28. All remaining trade shows will merge and be called IT. “Where are you going?” “I’m going to IT.” 29. Chinese printing will become too expensive and Asian print needs will be satisfied by nine printers in Ohio. 30. Lastly, print will still be with us in the future and all those who said print would die, will have died. n Courtesy : www.whattheyink.com
KSPA Training Centre Karnataka State Printers Association is giving training @ Print Testing & Training Centre, Chamarajpet, Bangalore. Till now they have trained 22 batches of more than 500 students who have completed their training poeriod of 3 months successfully. The students have completed training in DTP, PageMaker, CorelDraw, Photoshop, Printing, Lamination, Binding, Plate Making, Digital Printing. n
Honouring Alois Senefelder
Heidelberg and Fujifilm join forces in inkjet printing FUJIFILM Corporation together with FUJIFILM Global Graphic Systems Co., Ltd. (Fujifilm), and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) have unveiled a strategic partnership in the area of inkjet printing. • Strategic global collaboration targets growth potential in commercial and packaging markets • Heidelberg gains access to Fujifilm's market-leading Inkjet technology, and Fujifilm will leverage Heidelberg's strengths in engineering and manufacturing • Synergies expected by leveraging sales strength and global customer service network in each company Two global players have joined forces. Heidelberg, the major provider and partner for the global printing industry, and Fujifilm, the leading manufacturer of computer-to-plate (CTP) plate, are forming a broad alliance aimed at strengthening existing business and establishing a platform to drive new business in future-oriented markets. The alliance has a special focus on bringing next generation products to the attractive digital printing market and gives both companies access to advanced technologies Heidelberg and Fujifilm have in the prepress area. Meeting current and future customer needs remains primary for Fujifilm and Heidelberg as both companies continue to focus their portfolios on market segments with the greatest potential for profitability and growth. Heidelberg: "Our goal is to also become a global player in the digital printing applications market." "In Fujifilm we have found an internationally recognized partner
with innovative strengths in futureoriented areas - consumables and inkjet technology. This marks a significant step forward in our corporate strategy", said Gerold Linzbach, CEO of Heidelberg. "Fujifilm's prepress capabilities and their technologies in the area can enhance and grow existing business. With Fujifilm's inkjet technology we can build on the experience in digital printing gained through other partnerships and quickly move into the peak performance segment. It is our goal to also become a global player in the growing digital printing applications market. Together with Fujifilm we can meet customer needs more efficiently and more quickly. Within three years we envision a sales potential for Heidelberg in the digital business of more than € 200 million." Fujifilm: "We can create new markets with our cutting-edge technologies." "Fujifilm and Heidelberg have led the printing industry in each domain. Heidelberg's reputation among world's printers is unique", said Shigetaka Komori, Chairman and CEO of FUJIFILM Corporation. "Its strong customer network opens important new possibilities for state of the art inkjet technologies. With Heidelberg's global market presence in the printing industry we can introduce our products to new customer groups and increase their potential. With Heidelberg's manufacturing know-how we will be able to enhance innovation and develop technologies that will open new roads in digital printing. Our cutting-edge inkjet technology, leveraged by the JET PRESS 720 for example, gains a new potential." n Courtesy : www.heidelberg.com
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Karnataka Offset Printers Association organized a gala function like every year in honour of Alois Senefelder, the father of offset printing along with Kannada Rajyotsava on 23 11-13. The function was held at KOPA’ s premises The Offset Printers Technology Centre , 90/51,TOPTEC Building, 2nd Main Road, Rajajinagar Industrial Town, Bangalore. It started with the arrival of Chief Guest of the day, Master Hirannaiah, the renowned theatre personality. The President of the association & Chairman of The Offset Printing Technology Trust, Mr. Balachandra along with Mr. Nagasundar, Imm Past President and Mr. P.S. Venkatesh Babu Mr. Basavraj Jigalur, Past Presidents and Mr. Shivraj J. Shetty, the General Secretary received the Chief Guest escorted him to the Dais. The function started by prayer sung by a budding artiste. The President in his brief welcome speech expressed his happiness over the grand response to the event. He spoke highly about the Chief Guest. Mr. Nagasundar in his introductory speech spoke with high fervor about Master Hirannaiah. Mr. B.S. Pai, the founder President of KOPA graced the occasion. KOPA took this opportunity to honour some of its members for their untiring efforts in the printing industry in Karnataka. Apart from members, Mr. Nagasundar was also honoured for his election to the apex body of printers in the country , All India Federation of Master Printers as its Vice President [S] for 2 consecutive terms. All honours were in the traditional way and were cheered by one and all. As a customary gesture every year KOPA awarded cash prizes of Rs.10000/ each to rank holders along with certificates. They are Mr. Anand G.N., Ms. Asha N, Mr. B. Siddesh all from Govt. Institute of Printing Technology, Bangalore. On this occasion the Sept-Oct’13 issue of KOPA NEWS was released by Master Hirannaiah. As the awards function came to an end, the Emm Cee announced the vocal recital by Ms.Nagachandrika Bhat and her troupe which enthralled the gathering which prompted a few to do a impromptu jig. The function ended with grand dinner. Incidentally this event saw the best ever participation. n
XMF Print Centre
A fully hosted cloud-based webto-print solution Based on tried and tested Fujifilm technology, finely honed and developed over many years through our marketleading photobook business, XMF Print Centre is a fully customisable, comprehensive and easy-to-use web-toprint system, exclusive to Fujifilm.
XMF Print Centre at as glance: • A wide range of printed products can be added to an online store • Create and modify print templates easily online • Create single or multiple fullybranded bespoke web stores for your customers • Suitable for use with digital and offset print • Works with any print production system on the market Features Suitable for digital and offset working Suitable for use with digital and offset print, XMF Print Centre dispels the myth that web-to-print is for digital print only. You can use it to sell static print, allowing customers to order stock items such as brochures, flyers and catalogues, or use it as a means to sell personalised print such as stationery, conference materials and photobooks. The possibilities really are endless. And, it not only works with Fujifilm’s XMF Workflow system, but also with any print production system on the market, seamlessly integrating into your existing business processes. Built for any print business XMF Print Centre is suitable for many different types of print business, from digital sign printers wishing to add an e-commerce platform to help drive a local digital print business, to much larger print businesses utilising a number of different print technologies that wish to add webto-print capabilities to their armoury and maximise the opportunities of tight integration with a production workflow.
New website an instant hit Grows with your business XMF Print Centre is fully customisable, mirroring the look and feel of your company’s website and allowing you to create single or multiple fullybranded web stores via which your customers can order print at the click of a mouse. Also, the flexibility of XMF Print Centre means that not only is it simple to maintain, with an easy-to-use back office GUI, but it’s also very straightforward to scale-up and expand the solution as the online part of your business grows. Easy to use Featuring a comprehensive back office administration system for managing all aspects of the online print environment, XMF Print Centre not only simplifies processes for you, but it’s extremely easy for your customers to use. The fullycustomisable front-end web stores will be familiar to everyone who has ever shopped online before, with shopping basket and checkout facilities. Also, the availability of preuploaded templates makes it easier than ever for your customers to create and order personalised, variable-data print. n Courtesy : http://www.paperandprint.com
Saints Screen Print Co Ltd, a t-shirt printing company based in Falmouth, has launched a new website. Offering a user-friendly layout, a new ‘customise’ tab enables customers to get an idea of what their finished clothing will look like before they buy.
A membership area also gives companies and corporations the opportunity to showcase their own branded products – meaning staff can order their own clothing direct. “It’s a real hit with the companies using it so far,” said Fiona Ward, who runs Saints Screen Print with her husband Steve. “Not only does it mean a lot less administration as we just send the final bill through to the company at the end of the month, but it also stops excess purchases being made or the wrong sizes being bought.” n Courtesy : http://www.businesscornwall.co.uk
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Ink metering: doctor blades and chambers printers to realise that the doctor blade with the lowest price isn't always the best choice to controlling costs. If a doctor blade costs less to purchase but quickly fails to provide a clean wipe or damages the anilox roller, overall job costs go up due to printed waste, anilox repair and machine downtime. Doctor blade chamber from Absolute Engineering
The precise metering of the ink that is transferred from the anilox roller to the plate is controlled by the doctor blade. Blades are made from either steel, hardened polymer or carbon fibre materials, and perform a vital function in the printing process.
As part of the ink metering system, the doctor blade works in harmony with the anilox roller in the transfer of ink to the printing plate. The amount of ink is determined by the volume of the anilox roller, but it is the doctor blade that ensures a clean and precise transfer takes place. The blade can either be mounted in a single blade holder at a reverse angle to the anilox, or in a chamber system, most commonly used on wide web central impression presses for higher running speeds. Going for gold As in all sectors of the market, the balance between costs and quality put increased demands on suppliers of doctor blades. Bill Warner, vice president of Allison Systems Corporation, commented, 'As the capabilities of the flexo process continue to improve, the demands on printers to produce higher quality is forcing them to demand higher quality products from their suppliers. At the same time the realities of today's economy are forcing companies to lower their costs. 'The struggle between higher quality products at lower cost is forcing
'Conversely a better quality doctor blade may initially cost more but will save money by reducing printed waste due to doctor blade related defects. Of course the best doctor blade can't compensate for improper usage. This is where training in correct set up and operating procedures is so important to getting the most value from notonly doctor blades but all components of the process.' Allison Systems offers a wide range of metal, plastic and composite doctor blades. A good choice for dealing with abrasive inks and UV ink spitting issues is the 'LaserGold' material, which comes with an added laser hardened tip for high wear applications. It is available in 6, 8, 10, and 12 mm thicknesses with rounded or standard bevels. Its long life characteristics provide a stable working tip that remains small throughout the press run when compared to traditional carbon steel materials. The standard bevel shape provides the smallest initial working tip of any of the bevels to cleanly wipe the UV ink from the anilox. 'The standard bevel on our Laser Gold long life material is a winning combination that is hard to beat,' concluded Mr Warner. The right combination Print-Tech Solutions offers carbon steel, stainless steel or 'long life' materials with arange of profile options, such as bevel, lamella (stepped), round or square, as well as bespoke machined profiles for
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Allison Systems’ Gold Blade
specialist applications. As it supplies other products for the flexo printing process, including ink pumps/filters, ink chambers and anilox rollers, it takes a holistic approach when advising customers on doctor blade selection. Company owner, Steve Turner explained, 'As we offer a wide range of related consumables, we are well placed to get involved with each customer's individual requirements. The doctor blades are so closely related to other items within the flexo process, so we make sure that printers do not focus entirely on the doctor blades when print issues or quality improvements are under the spotlight.' He continued, 'Once our customers are comfortable that they are using quality steel, they will then be encouraged to identify where their main objective lies: blade longevity where the focus is entirely on getting the best meterage from the blade, or, consistent and repeatable quality, where blades tend to be changed as part of a regular press maintenance.' Swedish steel Founded in 1985, Swedev AB takes full advantage of its position to produce doctor blades under the Swed/Cut brand made from high quality Swedish steel. It exports 97% of its production to some 70 countries worldwide and has just announced plans for investment in additional production lines and expansion of its workshop facilities in Munkfors by 500 square metres. Sören Ågren, director marketing and sales, spoke about the current market, 'The growth in printing of flexible packaging and labels in particular is bringing on an increase in the use
of UV inks, and this presents new challenges to both press and doctor blade manufacturers. Shorter job runs due to frequent graphic changes, more intricate graphic designs with bold bright colours and demands on consistently high print quality, as well as speed to market, are requirements bringing the higher end doctor blades into focus.' The higher viscosity of UV inks brings along a number of changes in the printing process, such as higher forces in the moving ink, which requires more stable thicker doctor blades to avoid excessive blade movement, and higher inherent friction requiring blade materials that can decrease the total frictional forces. The high friction and aggressiveness of white UV ink in particular can cause printing and cleaning problems, partly due to adhesion of ink and sliver formation at the tip. Both the alloyed steel grade and lubrication coating of tip cross-section (Fig 1) are beneficial for handling and lowering total frictional forces. Demands of high print quality require a doctor blade tip that is sensitive enough to do a clean wipe of the anilox or printing cylinder at a high enough contact angle to avoid the formation of slivers. Thus the preferred product is often a compromise of thicker blade (0.20-0.30 mm) with a thinner lamella tip (eg 1.5/0.10 mm). Packaging of the blades in pre-cut lengths saves time in jobchangeovers, serving increased speed to market for the printers. 'Future developments are aimed at matching the correct balance of wear resistance and lowering of friction with each customer's set of printing machines and variety ofprinting jobs,' concluded Mr Ă…gren. Italian expertise Eurograv Limited has been the UK and ROI distributor of doctor blades from Italian manufacturer CBG Acciai since the early 90s. Director Mike Attard said that the company sees that today, more than at any other time, the whole ink metering process is one
major area where big improvements to colour consistency and print quality can be achieved with the correct selection of doctor blade. CBG recently developed a new Wing Lamella profile, which has been awarded a patent. This blade has been seen to give flexo operators a more consistent colour throughout the blade life and also improve the sealing of the chamber and the seals when compared with traditional lamella or round edge blade. Furthermore, the new profile has a much finer wiping area and is particularly well suited for use with high screen anilox rollers as a lower pressure can be used.
Kenth SandstrĂśm, general market and sales manager, said, 'Many customers still regard the doctor blade as a consumable only, and not as a very important tool for quality. The driving factor is mainly price. Often printers are investing in premium 10 colour presses, but using low quality end seals (leaking issues and life time) and basic doctor blades, instead of looking at productivity. In flexo, it is very important to find a combination of end seals and blades that work well together. If the lifetime of the end seal is too short, then the lifetime of the blade is shorter as they are usually
The Wing Lamella blades can also be augmented with several different coatings for those running special inks or printing extended colour gamut, where blade changes must be kept to a minimum. Several of CBG's UK customers are reporting that by using the blade with 'Super' coating on standard colours with high line anilox rollers, they are achieving up to 1.5 million metres without blade change. All CBG's blades are manufactured using high quality Swedish steel and Mr Attard said that its strict qualitycontrol requirements and the development of the Wing and various coatings has resulted in a dramatic increase in sales. He concluded, 'The fact that we also offer our clients a one-to-one 'on press' consultation process is allowing them to implement the improvements in the ink metering process that the correct selection of doctor blade can achieve.' Nano blades Swedish supplier PrimeBlade AB manufactures doctor blades for flexo, gravure, offset and coating applications. As well as offering traditional polymer, carbon steel and stainless steel blades, it has brought to market the 900 Nano series. This takes advantage of nano technology to produce three types of specially treated blades, which offer very long life times.
changed at the same time.' Fig 1 Friction-resistant alloyed steel with lubricating coating for doctoring UV ink (Swedev) With warranty Absolute Engineering, which was recently acquired by Pamarco Global Graphics, manufactures carbon fibre doctor blade chambers. Its '2G' woven carbon fibre dual chamber system comes with a 15 year warranty against corrosion. Packaging printer Hovat Ltd purchased its first carbon fibre chamber in 2008, and now five years later, it has installed another 12 systems from Absolute, replacing the aluminium systems that were originally supplied with its Uteco press. The 15 year warranty has proven itself to director, Kevin Beamon, 'Our original carbon fibre chambers still look and perform like new, and so when it came to replacing the traditional aluminium ones, it was the obvious decision. In terms of performance,
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we find that the carbon fibre absorbs shock and vibration in the print deck, and this allows us to run our flexo presses faster. This combined with the permanent ink repelling surface of the system, more than pays for the carbon fibrepremium. Antony Whiteside, managing director of Absolute, commented, 'We are also a growing company, and whilst we are constantly looking for new opportunities, weactively support our existing customers by working with them to optimise press performance. Long term relationships with companies, such as Hovat, provide the majority of our business, and we do everything possible to nurture this. It is good to see customers investing in equipment giving performance improvements that keep them ahead of their competitors.' n Courtesy : www. paperandprint.com
970 tons of Swedish paper for AP Andhra Pradesh has been allowed 970 tons of Swedish paper this year, for the printing of nationalised text-books for the primary classes. The Government of Sweden this year gifted 8,000 tons of paper for the printing of the textbooks, of which 970 tons have been allotted to Andhra Pradesh. Last year also, the Swedish Government had made a gift of 8,000 tons of which 840 were allotted to Andhra Pradesh. The text-books, which will be printed from this paper, will be given free to the needy and poor students. Sven H.J. Lord, Special Adviser, Ministry of Finance, Government of Sweden, who is currently on a tour of India, Pakistan and other Asian countries, told Newsmen here today that the gift of paper to India was a source of “good feeling and contentment.” He further added that the Government was doing the correct thing in distributing the books to the needy and poor Primary school students free of cost. Lord said that his Government had also gifted 3,000 tons of paper to Pakistan, 1,000 tons to Burma and 2,500 tons to Indonesia. Nayak said that about 20 to 30 per cent of the Primary school students in the country, under the Compulsory Primary Education Scheme, would get free books under the scheme. n Courtesy : www. deccanchronicle.com
India a massive market for Oxford dictionaries in online era The emergence of new media has posed a threat to the existence of big, fat and tedious-looking dictionaries, but the publishers of the Oxford tome are unfazed by this challenge. The optimism comes from focussing on "massive" markets like India and China and tapping "potential" markets like Africa. "The new media has affected us, but not terribly in a bad way. We admit that market for print will finish in some time, but developing countries like in Africa are a big market for us. They are still moving to the English language and that is one market which will grow in the future," Alison Waters, publisher, ELT dictionaries and reference grammar at Britain's Oxford University Press said. "India has always been a big market for us because there is a high population of English-speaking people. Not just because of colonial history but because of the exposure they get from movies, television, news and many students who come to the west for studies," she said, adding, China too is a valuable market where Oxford's bilingual dictionaries (English to English and English to Mandarin) are in great demand. Waters was in the capital recently to conduct workshops for teachers on the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (OALD). According to her, bilingual dictionaries are doing extremely well in India. "There are many reasons why print is still a relevant entity in India. One of the reasons is not many internet resources are available to many who are keen to learn the language. Hence they depend on our bilingual dictionaries to learn on their own," she said, adding bilingual dictionaries in Bengali and Telugu are doing fairly well. "This is why print will survive here for another 5 to 10 years, unlike the UAE that is so technologically advanced that print dictionaries aren't used any more," she added. Much before the digital aged dawned upon us, dictionary usage was a known
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phenomenon. Be it any profession when in doubt consulting a dictionary was highly recommended. But it was a horror of sorts too, admits Waters, who pointed out how many dreaded consulting a dictionary because it was cumbersome to flip through a fat book that was difficult to befriend. "The concept of reading a dictionary has been a horror for everyone. I think everybody thinks dictionaries are scary, difficult, and fairly inaccessible things till internet made it easy to look up for a new word without much hassle," she said. "There is no more turning pages; it doesn't require the fine art of reading a dictionary any more. It is easy to hear correct pronunciations as we provide a CD with our dictionaries. Our CD ROMs are interactive, encourage good writing skills and improve grammar. Going digital helped make a dictionary less scary and less frighting," she added, saying OALD has started a mobile application for discerning audiences. Considered to be the "bible" of dictionaries, Oxford is also keenly watched and followed when new words are added to the dictionary. While "selfie" made it to the Word Of The Year bypassing "twerk", Waters pointed out how "man and machine" work in coherence to select new words from a huge universe. "We have a database called 'incomings' that has different tools which control the internet and identify new words used in the English language in different parts of the world. So the software matches them with our database. If it doesn't appear in the dictionary it picks them up," she explained. "As all departments at the Oxford dictionaries have access to this tool; we all discuss and see how useful the word is going to be to our learners. So it is a combination of reliable technology and our team," Waters added. n Courtesy : www.hindustantimes.com/
Chili offers new ways to connect
Functionality There are two parts to the Chili Publisher software. 'Back Office' is theadministration function where the assets and user environment are set. This determines the user workspace and view preferences, setting the language and available assets for fonts, logos, graphics and importantly templates. 'Editor' is the user interface, where press-ready artwork can be generated by authorised users with no design training or specialist software packages. It can be operated in a template model, where users are provided with pre-set layouts where they can add content into available fields, or in free design mode where there are no barriers to creativity.
Web to print solutions are growing in commercial print. The powerful Chili Publisher editor offers converters new ways to serve customers by providing a simple way to design short runs and produce press-ready artwork efficiently. It is now available as a module in Esko's WebCenter. Chili Publisher 4.0 is a powerful online document editing solution; imagine Adobe Illustrator on the web. The software is a rules-based document editing solution that can be integrated into workflows and production platforms. It is designed to integrate with e-commerce, MIS or workflow solutions as a plug-in and provides customisable, easy-to-use artwork creation and editing functions. With sophisticated design and typographic control that can be used to produce pack or label artwork in any web brow ser, this is a very useful tool that label and packaging converters can integrate into their websites to offer high value-added functions and services for their customers. A converter can upload a range of templates and customers can adjust their artwork and create a label, a carton or any type of product.
The converter holds the technical details of substrate, cutter guides, imposition, etc, while offering pre-set choices for customers to add their artwork and designs. For a customer who requires short runs of standard label shapes, this tool will be extremely useful. A micro brewery will typically use the same bottles for their beers (maybe a couple of sizes), but regularly change the label design for each new and special brews. The necessary information, such as ingredients, alcohol content and 'drink responsibly' message can be kept in the same position on the label and linked to a database of text files. Other types of information might include barcodes, nutrition facts, regulatory compliance information, colour or allergy messages that could be updated by the customer going online, opening and editing the file. Wine or champagne labels may be versioned for a wedding or special event with details input and images uploaded and immediately proofed. The software will allow a three dimensional mock up of the finished label on a pack at the proofing stage, even linked into a virtual supermarket to see how a pack might appear on a shelf.
There are high level typography capabilities, with real-time visualisation allow ing the user to see the final document as it is created. A useful function is the use of snippets, artwork that can be placed into other artwork, such as a '10% off' flash. It supports multiple layers and use of spot colours. Output is a PDF that can be configured to be print ready for a specific press profile by setting up the PDF export settings. Preflight and 'fix automatically' tools allow users to identify and correct potential problems before production while 3D visualisation capability allow s the file to be presented as an interactive object, working with standard Collada models, a range of pre-determined 3D model shapes. A label can be virtually stuck onto a bottle or rigid pack and content adjusted to become more suitable. Dynamic growth Chili Publish was started in 2010 when the principals saw a gap in the market and decided to develop a new comprehensive online artwork editing tool. This could be a flier, a booklet, a poster, or a label or packaging. Today the company reports grow th of 60% year on year and employs 15 staff of which 8 are software developers. A new, dynamic company that is adding new high quality functionality
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to the wide graphics community, Chili reports that 7% of its direct customers are in labels and packaging. It has OEM customers and several major pre-press suppliers have integrated Chili Publisher to offer enhanced functionality to their systems. This includes Esko's WebCenter, which adds functions such as colour management and imposition to the design and approval capabilities. The founders are keen to introduce new easy-to-use functions and operate a very simple licensing model with a one-off fee of €30,000 for the software, and a recurring support fee of 20% per annum. While this might be outside the budget of many small converters, the functionality is now a module within the Esko WebCenter suite making it much more affordable and Esko users can implement Chili Publisher for their customers within the WebCenter brow ser window . A few leaders are taking advantage of this and building new relationships with customers. 'When developing version 4.0, we didn't just aim to keep pace with where the market is today. We wanted to break the mould on what defines an online editing solution. The result of that inventive thinking is a new version of Chili Publisher that includes a complete transformation of the editor and new functionality to enable customers to grow by expanding into new markets, new devices, and new opportunities,' commented Bram Verniest, chief marketing officer. Version 4.0 will be commercially available end of Q4, 2013. Existing users will receive 'an update upon request' as part of their maintenance contracts. n Courtesy : www. paperandprint.com
The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is. — E. F. Schumacher
Folding carton die cutter from Heidelberg
Dymatrix145 XL 145
Heidelberg has developed a die cutter for format 6 applications, the Dymatrix XL 145 CSB aimed at industrial-scale folding carton manufacturers.
The cutter comes with Dyset XL optical feed system, the new pneumatic chase, and further preset modules which use technologies from the Dymatrix 106 CSB, CSB stands for cutting, stripping, and blanking, highperformance die cutter such as fine adjustment of the die-cutting plate position and format setting at the feeder. The chase changer and the quickaction clamping system for the stripping and blanking stations ensure short makeready times during job changes. A completely redesigned main gear mechanism increases the speed to 9,000 sh/hr As with the Dymatrix 106, the gearing is based on the technology used in presses,with no temperamental worm drives. Prinect integrates the Dymatrix XL 145 CSB into the print shop workflow for maximum overall process efficiency. The Dymatrix XL 145 CSB will be available from midway through 2014. It offers outstanding flexibility, supporting grammages of between 80 and 2,000 gsm and processing materials 0.1 to 4 mm thick. With the new Dyset XL feed system, each sheet is measured optically by three cameras, and the circumferential and lateral registers are then automatically aligned in the
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feeder. Either the sheet edge, the printing mark or the print image can be used for alignment purposes. The benefits of this dynamic alignment are maximum precision with a perfect diecutting register of plus/ minus 0.1 mm, fast makeready times and a reduction in paper waste by preventing misaligned sheets. Thanks to a highly tolerant feeder inlet window, it is also possible to process less accurate piles. Narrow printing marks just 20 mm wide are sufficient. Like the colour and register marks for Prinect Inpress Control, these marks can also be integrated into the print control strip if necessary. The positions of the printing marks can be saved and are easy to call up as preset settings for a repeat job using the machine's touchscreen. n Courtesy : www. paperandprint.com
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” — Mother Teresa
Industrial printer adds white ink capability
Coloursonic, London, has installed an HP Scitex FB500 Industrial Printer to add a white ink capability to its direct to rigid substrate printing capacity and accelerate graphics production.
The company offers services from consultancy and design to installation worldwide using either its own teams or working with established partners. It's output includes banners, exhibition graphics, corporate interiors, POS retail displays, rollup and pop-up stands, lightbox signage, window graphics, event branding, TV and film backdrops, hoardings, corporate interiors, wallpaper and vehicle wraps. 'While we had great capabilities, what we were not able to do was print in white direct to rigid substrates,' said Michaela Chandler, owner. 'We had the opportunity to work on an extremely large job comprising more than 500 differing items ranging in size from one to three metres in length. The ability to print high-quality graphics using white ink, direct-tosubstrate, led us to believe that the Scitex FB500 would be the best printer to do this job.' The company bought the printer at FESPA 2013 and it was in production by the first week of July. HP reseller CWE Solutions of Chessington, Surrey, installed the printer, and work on the important job started almost immediately. Ms Chandler added, 'We had allocated a month to complete the work, but
we completed it in two weeks, giving us capacity to handle additional work. The white print capability is remarkable and allows us to offer exciting new options: for example, we have just finished printing on stained glass windows for a film set. The ability to print on both flexible and rigid substrates gives us an added degree ofproduction flexibility and enables us to make big time savings. Eliminating the process of laminating graphics to rigid materials enables a more efficient use of manpower and ultimately increases our throughput.' Located about ten minutes away from London's exhibition venues, the company often receives urgent requests for event and show graphics, so the company is used to working to tight deadlines. The machine can print direct to rigid substrates at speeds up to 7 msq/hr for indoor applications and up to 7.9 msq/hr for jobs to be viewed outdoors. 'In the short time we've had the HP Scitex FB500, we've printed on acrylic, Kappa, Foamex, Dibond, corrugated board and glass mirrors,' said Ms Chandler. 'We're not really sign makers, but we've been fulfilling requests for them, so that might be a new market we can explore further.' n Courtesy : www. paperandprint.com
Historic Printing Press Brings $233,000 at Christie's
The piece of equipment used to create one of the greatest publishing achievements of the Arts & Crafts movement, the Albion 6551 hand press with which William Morris printed the Kelmscott Press's decorative masterpiece, "The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer," sold for $233,000 at Christie's New York on December 6, well over its $100,000-150,000 pre-sale estimate. According to the New York Times, the Rochester Institute of Technology — who placed the winning bid and will be adding the 122-year-old hand press into its Cary Graphic Arts Collection– expressed their intent inputting it to good work. In a statement, collection curator Steven Galbraith said the press "will have an active life at RIT, not simply as a museum artifact, but as a working press accessible to students, scholars and printers." Morris originally bought the press in 1894 for £52.10 (about $85), and though he had two others, this particular one was specifically adapted to handle the extra pressure required to print the Chaucer tome. The press was passed around after Morris' death until the most recent sellers, Elizabeth and Ben Lieberman, acquired it in 1960. RIT's purchase of Morris' Albion press was made possible by support from class of1974 alumna Brooks Bower. n Courtesy : www. paperandprint.com
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What’s happening to my newspapers? The morning paper with coffee is a perfect start of the day for many of us and over a century (nearly getting to two centuries), our favourite papers have been evolving all through, trying to please us readers. I’m proud I’m reading the same paper, The Hindu, my grandfather and my father read. I have never swerved in my loyalty when we moved for a few years to Mumbai, my husband and I felt so forlorn that he would go to a special paper dealer and get the previous day’s issue of The Hindu. Perhaps, our paper had not spread its wings as much as it has done today. When people tell me to read news online, I’m still resisting. Can anything replace the comfort of holding the paper and even smelling the fresh scent of the ink and reaching out for it the whole day whenever I’m free to play Sudoku and Crossword? Though we can play these on the Net too, it is never a match for the pleasure of pencil marks I make on the side of the puzzle to guess a correct number or an anagram or two. In Mumbai, The Times of India also grew familiar to our family as it was important for local events as well. We would stand on the pavement near the paper’s printing press near the Victoria station, now Chhatrapati Shivaji, to get the heady scent that emanates in the surroundings. Have you experienced it? Where is this scent when reading news from the computer? With the coffee cup in hand, we were able to read the headlines even on a folded paper. Now, this pleasure is denied as the top sheet has a huge advertisement which may not mean anything to us and to turn the paper without spilling coffee, we have to learn juggling! Really sad to say that the comfort of reading while holding the paper
spread out in two hands, especially when you want to shut out your surroundings (I’m sure many men will agree with me!) is slowly being denied to us. Why? The top sheet is cut in half, lengthwise, and it flaps and slips when you try to turn the sheets or fold them, to get the item closer for the ease of reading. It makes us feel clumsy. The latest discomfort is caused by an extra two-inch length of paper jutting out at the edge, making it more difficult to turn the page. By the way, am I the only one complaining? Another feature, of sticking some free gift on the paper — like a shampoo or a real estate booklet or any other goodies — makes the paper lose balance and get sticky when this ‘gift’ is removed. Of course, I can’t even mention the ad pamphlets which slip out irritatingly. My brother found a use for them as rough paper for market lists and phone messages when one side is blank. However, all is not negative and all is not lost. Let me not keep whining. The features suitable children and teens
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are commendable. As seniors we can learn a lot and also brush up some of our forgotten knowledge. But I am yet to see a feature just for seniors, but what exactly can go into it? We already have health, fitness, politics, history and what-not, covered in detail. Newspapers are doing a great service to the country by promoting education to the downtrodden, to the unlettered of all age groups and to special needs groups. They are waking us up from stupor and complacency and making us aware of our responsibilities in personal and social lives. Newspapers are the first stop for information and for general knowledge of current affairs. They are not dramatic and distracting like TV news channels. I am praying for a long life to our newspapers so that my grandchildren can read them too. Just one request. Do make my paper comfortable to hold while reading. Please! n Courtesy : www.thehindu.com
The 17 things you should never say to your boss “LEAVE me alone!” I said it to my boss at Radio Disney many years ago. I was a young, very high-performing salesperson, and he was my sales manager. Even though I was generating huge sales numbers, I was often late to work and every morning, as I passed by his office, he would look down at his watch and shake his head disapprovingly. I knew I was wrong to be late, but I got increasingly frustrated by his looking down at that watch, his complaints to me, and his lack of positive recognition about my sales accomplishments. So one day, after coming in at 9.05 and seeing him look down at that watch again, I marched right into his office and told him to leave me alone. I got sent home that day. We eventually mended things, and came to an understanding about how important punctuality was to him, and how important positive feedback was to me. But our relationship was never totally mended. Fifteen years later, now I am a boss, and have had my share of interesting things said to me. I believe all leaders and managers should try to keep an open mind and encourage open communication from all of their reports. Still, perhaps there are some things better left unsaid? To find out the answers, I asked 17 young bosses what the worst thing they’d ever been told was. Here are their answers, or what not to say to your boss. 1. “I’m just here for the money” In China, it is very common for a lot of employees to work just for the money. This means they will leave if you fail to give them a raise or if their peers start to make a lot more money than they do. Our interview process has filtered this as much as possible but if we hear through the “grapevine” that the person is just doing the job
for the money we will let them go very quickly. — Derek Capo, CEO and Founder, Next Step China
2. “You never told me to do it” When something important doesn’t get done, the worst thing you can say is, “You never asked me to do it.” There are few better ways to neglect yourself of that promotion, a raise, or even job security. — Ken Cauley, President, Advanced Media
filtered and edited or reformatted in some manner. There’s nothing worse than an employee who complains about the amount of time required to move the company to the next level. — Laura Land, CFO/COO, Accessory Export, LLC
6. “I could be doing other things” Bratty much? Don’t complain about your job. If you hate it, quit. If there’s something wrong with it, find a way to fix it. If someone or something is really ticking you off, don’t project your anger onto others, especially not your boss. If it’s a good job, be grateful for it. If you want more out of your job, make it happen. Be diplomatic about it and make it your dream job, or leave. — Danny Wong, Co-founder, Blank Label
3. “There’s something wrong” It’s easy to complain about what’s wrong. It’s hard to come up with solutions to fix the problem. My former manager at LivingSocial said, “Be a problem solver, not spotter,” and I’ve taken this advice to heart in my everyday life. If you see a problem, don’t address the situation with what’s wrong; address the situation with an answer. If you don’t have a real solution, wait until you do.
7. “I promise to do that” Don’t ever tell your boss you’re able to do something if you know you may not be able to deliver. It is better to be honest, ask for advice and have a proactive attitude. If you fail to deliver, then it has negative repercussions for the business, which is taken much more seriously.
— Sarah Ware, Markerly
8. “It’s too difficult” I get fired up when someone is paralysed and doesn’t complete a task because it’s difficult or because few others have done it. We’re a disruptive company that has to innovate, that has to do things few have done before us. One of my advisers here has a quote: “If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.” We won’t win if we don’t think big.
4. “I want to do what’s easiest” We have a client who had an employee literally explain that he would rather do a particularly menial task than the task that the employer had assigned because it would be easier for him. We were shocked. This is the most explicit way to alert your boss that you don’t care about improving your skill set without directly telling him. Never do this if you care about your career! — Patrick Conley, Founder/CEO, Automation Heroes
5. “That takes up too much time” Through the years, we have had many operational restructurings that have required large amounts of data to be
— Christopher Pruijsen, Co-Founder/Partnerships, Afrostart.io
— Marcos Cordero, Chief Gradsaver, GradSave, LLC
9. “I agree to disagree” Whether it is said explicitly or passiveaggressively, this mindset has no place in start-up culture. Those who have this mindset should either found their own start-ups or go work in big corporate America where this goes
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unnoticed. At a start-up, you’re either all the way in or all the way out. — Danny Boice, Co-Founder and CTO, Speek
10. “I don’t have an opinion” The people who just sit and nod their heads are the ones who are expendable. If you want to make an impression as a valuable member of the team, offer your insights. No one ever agrees with his boss 100 per cent all the time, so make your opinion known if you have something worth saying. — Nick Friedman, President, College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving
in the success of all areas of the business. Everyone should be willing to pitch in, even if what’s required isn’t part of their normal day-to-day activities. — Robert J. Moore, Co-Founder and CEO, RJMetrics
15. “That’s not my job” Your responsibilities aren’t limited to what was listed in your original job description — especially at a start-up. Unless your boss is asking you to do something illegal or unethical, you should do it. — Mary Ellen Slayter, Founder/Managing Director, Reputation Capital
11. “I can’t” I don’t want to hear excuses ever! We focus on hiring can-do, positive, creative employees with passion, drive and determination.
16. “I don’t like working for other people” An employee actually told me that he didn’t like working for other people. That person doesn’t work for me anymore!
— Kuba Jewgieniew, Founder and CEO, Realty ONE Group
— Andrew Angus, CEO, Switch Video
12. “I’m not optimistic” The most important thing for any team member is to stay optimistic. Being a pessimist and doubting the future of the company is a real downer. There is nothing wrong with being realistic; however, people who are melancholy suck the life out of an early-stage company and cannot last long. — Raoul Davis, CEO, Ascendant Group
13. “I’m clocked out” There is nothing more discouraging to an entrepreneur than when an employee says he is not willing to go the extra mile because he isn’t “clocked in”. We remind our employees that they work for a young company and they are in control of their own careers. Acting within the status quo never gets you to the top! — Darren Solomon, President, Kid Ventures
14. “That’s not my responsibility” It’s critical that everyone feels invested
17. “I’m not working hard” I never want to know that someone who works for me isn’t working hard. People can disagree with me, and I’m fine to hear criticism. I’ll never lose respect for anyone because he disagrees with me or because they failed. I don’t want to know if someone is giving less than their best effort or that someone lied. I have high expectations of people when it comes to their work ethic. — Dries Buytaert, Co-founder and CTO, Drupal
As for me? I can actually handle, even encourage, most of the statements above being said to me, because as long as they’re honest, they’ll help me build a better company and help my employees find their place, either at one of my companies or elsewhere. I’d rather know what people really think, so I encourage people to feel comfortable saying anything to me. The one thing I think you should never say to me or your boss? A lie. I’ve written before about the importance and power of honesty. In employee
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— manager relations, honesty is as important as it is anywhere. Always tell the truth to your boss, and never tell a lie. Lies are too risky — not only to your relationship with your boss, but to your relationship with yourself. Dave Kerpen is the founder and CEO of Likeable Local and the New York Times best-selling author of Likeable Social Media and Likeable Business. This article originally appeared on LinkedIn. n Courtesy : http://www.news.com.au
NPES to Host Second Print Business Outlook Conference, New Certification Program, and Trade Mission to India and Sri Lanka NPES, together with co-organizer the Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA), will hold the Print Business Outlook Conference 2014, February 18, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Chennai, India. This second annual conference, themed “Printing Business Beyond Boundaries,” is expected to bring together more than 200 print leaders representing commercial printers, newspaper publishers and package printing markets. Preceding the Conference, on February 15 and 16, 2014 in New Delhi, NPES will introduce the Color Management Professional (CMP) program, a new instructional certification program for color management best practices for use by press operators. The CMP program is sponsored jointly by NPES, IDEAlliance and Konica Minolta. In conjunction with these events, NPES is also hosting a Trade Mission to India and Sri Lanka, February 19-23, 2014—which will include the Print Business Outlook Conference—allowing NPES members to explore this large and fast-growing market and the various potential opportunities for their companies. The Trade Mission takes in the major printing centers in India and Sri Lanka and includes comprehensive tours of printing plants, dealerships and distributorships. For more information about the Print Business Outlook Conference 2014, visit www.npes.org n Courtesy : http://www.npes.org
Scholarships & Awards from COMPRIA
Dr. Lakshmi Priya congratulating Mr.C.D.Kumaravel and Mr.Tilak Kumar
The Department of Printing Technology under Faculty of Engineering of Avinashiligam University, Coimbatore has been offering B.E degree in Printing Technology since 1996. Avinashilingam University is a women’s university, founded by Late Shri Avinashilingam Chettiar, freedom fighter and State Education minister. Coimbatore Master Printer’s Association (COMPRIA), along with M/s Vijayalakshmi Trust, has been patronizing the students of Printing Technology with scholarships and awards, since 2012. This year the felicitation function was organized on 11-Nov-2013 at Hotel Aloft, Coimbatore at 6.15PM.
During this function, a scholarship amount of Rs.15,000/- each was give to 15 of our B.E. Printing Technology students. These students were chosen from all four years of the degree programme. During this function two students, who graduated in June 2013, were awarded based on their performance during their four-year study. The Best Overall Performer Award including Rs.5000/was given to Ms.M.Malini, who is presently employed at M/s Scientific Publishing Services, Chennai. The Best Performer Award including Rs.5000/was awarded to Mrs.J.Jayanthi, who is presently employed at UPS, Chennai.
The function was also an occasion to felicitate the achievement of the following members of COMPRIA: (i) Mr. C.D.Kumaravel, M/s.Saravana Offset Printers, CBE, for having been nominated as General Secretary of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFPM), New Delhi, (ii) Mr.P.Thilak Kumar, M/s Maruthi Printers, Coimbatore, for having been awarded the National award for Designing in 2012, The Chief Guests were Dr. K.G.Balakrishnan, Chairman KG Groups, Coimbatore, Mr. O.Arumugasamy, Chairman, Vijalakshmi Educational Trust, Coimbatore, and Kalaimamani Andal Priyadarshini, Director, Pothigai Television, Coimbatore. All staff members of the Department of Printing Technology along with the student beneficiaries attended the function. During the function, Dr.TKS Lakshmi Priya, Head of the Department, offered her felicitations to Mr.CD Kumaravel and Mr.Tilak Kumar for their achievements. n Report by Dr.TKS Lakshmi Priya, Prof. & Head, Dept. of Printing Technology Avinashilingam University, Coimbatore
Demand for printing An old craft continues to make an impression in Dunedin.
A University of Otago summer school course on letterpress printing by hand is fully booked. The course is being presented former University of Otago Otakou Press Room printer-inresidence Dr John Holmes, assisted by special collections librarian Donald Kerr. ''We realise that the craft is dying, so we want to do what we can to keep it alive,'' Dr Kerr said. ''We've a great response to the course and all the spots were quickly taken. So we have a bit of a waiting list, now.
Ms.J.Jayanthi with the award
Ms. Malini receving Best Overall Performer Award
"We want to do more of these courses and we're hoping to have a few more throughout the year.'' n Courtesy : http://www.odt.co.nz/
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An Appeal to Members As informed in the last issue, the Printing Technologists Forum, a nonprofit association, is compelled to stop publication of the printed edition of PRINT FORUM from Issue No. 90 (November – December 2013 issue). PRINT FORUM will, however, be published as an e-journal from this issue November–December 2013 issue, in trend with developing e-technologies, and to keep up with rising need for e-formats. In connection with this, we have decided to send invitations of our technical lectures / meetings by e-mail / SMS to all our members. So, please send us your email address and your mobile number to theprintforum@ gmail.com to receive the journal and invitations. We look forward to your continued support and patronage in future as always.
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Mr.B.Ramesh,a long standing member of the Forum passed away on 26 December 2013. He was working in the Department of Printing Technology for the past 23 years with unblemished service. He was energetic and a very good cricketer. He has played for the University staff team in several tournaments. Above all he was a wonderful human being ready to help anyone who approaches him. the Forum wishes to place on record the wonderful service he rendered
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Forum Activities in 2013
One Day Seminar on Offset - Future Perfect held on 25th May 2013.
Two Day lecture on Standardisation for Printing by Mr. R. S. Bakshi,
Managing Director, Colour Dot (Madras) Pvt Ltd., Chennai
on Friday, 26th April 2013
Technical lecture on Adhesives and Coatings for Printing and Packaging Industries & Be a Colour Lover on Friday, 25th October 2013
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