Newspaper houses upbeat about DotLine Violet CTP machines from Nippon Color

Incepted in the year 1986, Mumbai-based Nippon Color is a leading solution provider of pre-press equipment and systems, starting from cameras, scanners, image setters and now computer-to-late (CTP) machines — DotLine Violet CTP. As the company saw the transition from analog to digital, they help each of their customers grow from one level to another from time to time

Nippon Color’s partnership with DotLine GmbH is dated back to 2009 when the company sold the first DotLine Violet CTP machine. “Since then we have seen DotLine grow as a company launching upgraded models frequently, thanks to their strong R&D department,” says Jayant Pardiwala, CEO, Nippon Color. About the uniqueness of DotLine Violet CTP machine, he adds that the optical system of the CTP machine is its USP as it consists of Omicron laser of highest quality and reliability allowing in high-dynamic beam micro positioning as well as high-speed scanning systems.

Additionally, DotLine Violet CTP machine has a total of 4 sensors, viz. SOS, EOS, and two cross scan sensors to have better output results. DotLine Violet CTP machines come with 4 register pins, one of which is for PANO plates and it ensures highest accuracy of imaging. Competitor machines have 3 pins only, more prone to cross scanning. DotLine Violet CTP machine is very compact and easy to use—plug and play type. It offers higher speeds than competition, up to 400 plates per hour. Start-up time is less than one minute unlike competitors which take 5-10 minutes.

DotLine offers a high degree of flexibility for their equipment due to their modular concept. Customers have the option to choose from the following based on grades of automation — Semi-Automatic: Manual loading for smaller editions or as a back-up system; Fully Automatic Single Loader: Auto loading by palette loader with a capacity of 1000 single plates; Fully Automatic Double Loader: Auto loading by 2 palette loaders with a combined capacity of 2000 single plates.

“Customers can use up to two different plate formats simultaneously with DotLine Violet CTP machines. Plates/interleaf papers pick up from two stacks simultaneously from plate trolley. Failure of one stack will not stop the machine. It will take plates from another stack. In competitor machines, this is not possible,” mentions Akshat, adding that in conventional machines the autoloader cannot be detached. So, if something goes wrong with the autoloader, it will stop the entire machine and production. In case of DotLine, the CTP will work even without the autoloader. This modular construction allows for effective cost savings and on-site upgrade at a later date.

When it comes to customer base of Nippon Color, the company has installed DotLine Violet CTP machines at The Times of India, Bombay Samachar, Malayala Manorama, Darpan Publication, Rajasthan Patrika, Bhaskar, DLA, Hind Samachar, Rane Prakashan, and Neutral Publishing House Limited (Prabhat Khabar). The models include C35, C85 (both now discounted and upgraded), SMAX 100 (100 plates per hour), VMAX 150 (150 plates her hour), and VMAX 400 at The Times of India is the fastest one with 400 plates per hour.

“We also provide high-speed Violet plate processors from Glunz & Jensen as we share a long and healthy relationship with them,” says Jayant.

Indian newspapers faced a major crisis during the lockdowns when circulations stopped due to the fear of virus being spread.

However, the industry seems to be on a recovery path now as it has been witnessed more and more circulations with ad spaces starting to fill up again. In this respect, Jayant says, “DotLine CTPs can be the ideal Newspaper houses upbeat about DotLine Violet CTP machines from Nippon Color Incepted in the year 1986, Mumbai-based Nippon Color is a leading solution provider of pre-press equipment and systems, starting from cameras, scanners, image setters and now computer-to-late (CTP) machines — DotLine Violet CTP. As the company saw the transition from analog to digital, they help each of their customers grow from one level to another from time to time solutions for newspaper houses looking for a replacement of their old CTP machines or even a back-up system.”

New DotLine Violet CTP machines come with a longer life and warranty on parts. These machines have a very low total cost of ownership as there is less maintenance cost involved. “We can offer customised solution as per our customer’s needs, offering a very affordable solution. Moreover, we make sure that the downtime on the systems is virtually eliminated as we carry all recommended spare parts for prompt service,” says Jayant.

He concludes, “We at Nippon Color believe in after-sales support. We carry every recommended spare part in our local offices for prompt service. Additionally, we have branch offices and multiple trained engineers located in Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata, allowing us to cater on a pan-India basis.” To meet with the industry trends and demands, Nippon Color is now also providing its customers with digital printing, embellishment, and finishing solutions.

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