The Times of India to fit EAE retrofit
kit on manroland GEOMAN at Sahibabad plant

Aiming at fresh boost in quality production, The Times of India opts for an EAE retrofit kit to be fitted on its maroland GEOMAN press in the newspaper’s Sahibabad plant in Delhi-NCR. This is the biggest direct order ever made by an Indian newspaper company till date from EAE.

EAE had collaborated with Q.I. Press Controls to form the joint venture QIPC-EAE. All over the world, EAE is known for providing Press Control, Workflow and Retrofit. The company’s tie-up with the high quality optical measure and control systems provider Q.I. Press Controls has strengthened their overall competency in system retrofitting, offering a complete upgrade of any existing press, so that to enhance overall quality in print production.

According to a source from QIPC-EAE, it has been revealed that The Times of India has long been planned to invest in the EAE retrofit kit to boost performance and production of the manroland GEOMAN at their production plant in Sahibabad. Fitting of the EAE retrofit kit on the manroland press had become an urgent requirement. Soon after checking compatibility, efficiency and reliability, The Times of India eventually went for the EAE retrofit kit.

For the retrofitting project, experts from EAE will come down to the Sahibabad plant of The Times of India to upgrade the manroland GEOMAN, which features five 4Hi towers, one double-folder and eight reel stands. The newspaper opted for EAE (QIPC-EAE) because they knew the specialist in measurement and control systems is a premier player in the field with a lot of hands-on experiences. According to Snehasis Roy, technical director, The Times of India, the decision on adopting EAE had long been planned with an aim to make a quantum leap in print and productivity.

What it impressed The Times of India about EAE retrofit kit, according to Snehasis, was the way that EAE presented itself as a partner interested in long-term collaboration with flexible approach to any specific need of customers. In the project, EAE will exchange the entire drive controls, which include all important drives and obsolete Interbus loop system of the web offset press in the Sahibabad plant. In this, the existing PECOM system in the press will be superseded by a modern EAE solution plus an EAE print production planning and preset system. Also, the three control consoles belonging to the EAE Desk 7 Generation will simultaneously replace the present PECOM press control consoles in the manroland GEOMAN.

EAE in Ahrensburg (Germany), in corporation with QIPC-EAE India, will take care of everything required in the retrofitting project, which will include planning, software development and project-related coordination. In the collaborative task, QIPC-EAE India will take care of operational implementation on the field and they will also source all the necessary hardware from the local market, carrying out the essential pre-assembly and testing, then subsequently the installation.

About the new landmark order, Vijay Pandya, MD, QIPC-EAE India articulated that they are contented about the new retrofitting project for the fact that one of the country’s leading newspapers has put trust over their solution. Further, he mentioned that the partnership with The Times of India is historic for them and it will help them to demonstrate their ‘retrofit capability and competency’ to the whole Indian newspaper industry.


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