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Research & Material Testing Centre - RMTC

Research & Material Testing Centre - RMTC

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Research & Material Testing centre offers variety of testing services on Newsprint and ink testing services, which includes printability properties of paper and ink. Ink testing includes properties like Ink requirement, Optimum ink film thickness range, Color deviation at different IFT, Transparency, Also offers technical training and workshops on various topics tailored for newspaper production and print industry. Its a unique training centre for for all your production related training to boost the skills of your employees and consult your process and improve the standards.

To know the complete list of services from the Research & Material Testing Centre, download the attachment below.

WAN-IFRA has a print material testing laboratory , managed by print professionals, equipped with IGT printability testers , Grammage tester, etc, which simulates the real PRESS conditions to study your raw material properties. This laboratory also does research tasks of WAN-IFRA and WORLD PRINTERS FORUM and serve the below purposes for the organisations.

  • Acts as an independent institute
  • Identify the characteristics of materials and consumables
  • Create comparable test results across the industry
  • Trouble shooting: Compare delivery against specifications
  • Qualifies new materials in comparison to already used materials
  • Bring out industry research reports
  • Offer training and consulting solutions on key production topics
 

1.   WAN-IFRA Material testing :

 

1.1  Material testing packages

Combination of different tests are grouped as packages to suit the different needs of the customer. For example printability tests package will conducuct the tests to find optimum ink requirement, ink mileage test of an CMYK ink batch on specific paper, print through test and also test to find the trapping (wet-on-wet) property on the primary CMYK inks and ability to produce secondary colors RGB.

a) Newsprint & ink printability tests : Optimum density setup, Ink requirement, Ink Mileage, print through, picking (fluffing), trapping (wet on wet), Set-off, Strike-through.

b) ISO 2846-2 Conformance Test : Ink requirement, Optimum ink film thickness range, Color deviation at different IFT, Transparency.

c) ISO 12647-3 Conformance study for Newsprint & ink : Newsprint shade, Primary & Color shades, Primary & secondary color deviation from ISO, Color space overlap with ISO.

 

1.2  WAN-IFRA Special study package :

WAN-IFRA is always known for its research approach in newspaper industry. In the past we conducted many researches in our laboratory and presented as reports and even shared our outcome in Indian and global conferences. Even though its served for the whole industry, customization of our study approach was often the request from many. Recently, we taken the study and research to suit your own materials. Here we offer the following studies for your specific materials to know  its performances before you consume them in the shop floor

 a). Best paper in terms of quality standards - By testing results : This study will help in prioritizing the newsprint in terms of quality of the newsprint and printability. 

 b). Newsprint Yield Study - Grammage consistency & Deviation : This special study will check the consistency of GSM and ground facts on the newprint yield. Remember , even small increase from the actual GSM (what  suppose to be) will incur poor yield and ultimately the product cost. 

c). Characteristics study of various GSM of paper -  40 Vs 42 Vs 45 gsm : As many migrate from 45 to 42 or lower GSM, this study will be helpful in finding what all the quality concerns and compromises between your existing 45 or 42 gsm to lower GSM. This will give a comparative study.    

d). Newsprint Storage time study ( 3/6 month characteristic changes) : The known fact is that any material has got specific shelf life, whats your storage self life of your newsprint before it looses some of its property. This study will cover the changes in characteristic properties of paper over a period of time.   

e). Ink mileage a study (Different Ink Vs Different paper) : 

Ink cost being one of the major cost in print production, its wiser to use the ink which possibly could produce better mileage than other batch or brand. This mileage study will test mileage of different ink on different paper and this will absolute guide to choose the ink with better mileage rather than comparing it with approximate mileage in terms of pages produced per kg (Thi is not calculated on basis of solid printing , instead tints, texts & images, which will vary in every day edition). 

  f). Vendor rating  and selection guideline based on paper & ink testing :  

This study is purely based on testing results of different materials from differnt manufacturer and suppliers. Vendor rating could be dont based on quality reproduction parameters or based based on financial benefits like better mileage and yield.    

 g). Fountain solution dosage fixing study:This study will help to fix right dosage % to arrive at right pH and conductivity, will be ideal to conduct when you are switching from one fountain solution brand to another. Random test would also ensure to right % and manage the fount consumption.

 

1.3  Newsprint & Ink property testings :

Paper Testings Ink Testings
Grammage tests Fineness of grind ( pigment size)
Printability tests Color shades
Newsprint shade Ink Mileage
Mechanical properties Transparency
Physical properties Set off
Optical properties Print through
Miscellaneous Trapping
  Viscosity
ISO 12647-3 & ISO 2846-2 conformance tests

 

1.4. Quality Evaluation Service (QES)

Print quality evaluation service is a need-based service from the WAN-IFRA Research and Material Testing Centre, India, to assess the quality of newspaper print reproduction. This service aims to help the participants stay in conformance with ISO 12647-3 consistently. Read more

 


 

2. Print production training / workshops

We offer several technical and print production training tailored for newspaper production. Following training workshops could be conducted at your print sites on your request and often as public training  based on interest and demand.

  • Press Simulator Training: Train your pressmen at the state-of-the-art Simulated Press Training facility at RMTC. Training in the simulator is exactly like training in a real press. Read more
  •  Densitometry  & Colorimetry
  • ISO 12647-3 &  Standard
  • Color correction training in Photoshop
  • ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & ISO 45001 training
  • Optimizing Web Tension training
  • Ink – Water Balance training
  • 3D Printing - training on designing and preparing for 3D print innnovation.
  • Pressman Training

 


 

3. Projects and Consultation

WAN-IFRA'S RMTC also offers several consultaion , audit and special projects and services for newspapers and publishers. Some of the services INCLUDES

  • ISO 12647-3 Certification : :This is a technical ISO certification applicable for cold-set web off-set and Newspaper print production. WAN-IFRA’s ISO 12647-3 certification procedure verifies the compliance of workflow procedures and the quality of reproduction of a newspaper printing plant to the specifications of ISO 12647-3
  • ISO 9001, 14001 & 45001 Consultation and certifications : WAN-IFRA offers detailed consultation services on international standards like ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and ISO 45001 (Helath & Safety). Our ISO certification much more effective as we understatnd the newspaper production much easier at shorter time so then will recommed the best process change, practices and documentation to take the full advantage of ISO systems.
  • Mechanical audit of presses : Three conditional monitoring tools, namely Thermography, Vibration analysis and Ultrasonic analysis will be used to analyse the condition of the printing Presses and predict the failure in advace.
  • Benchmarking of Newspaper production KPI :WAN-IFRA offers benchmarking of production KPI between print sites of company and between compares against the industry average benchmarking values achieved from participation of multiple publishing companies. We arrived at 14 Environmental and Economic Key Performance Indicators (e²KPI). In total, 14 benchmarking key production KPI’s are measured and analysed to calculate efficiency of the production site and to compare the performance of each KPI with industry average (benchmarking).
  • Pressman Training : WAN-IFRA RMTC offers pressman training program that covers all topics from materials, production, machine and maintenance.
  • Guideline to build a new printing plant : The installation project needs careful planning and execution. Since the project involves co-ordination between many teams, adherence to time schedule is very crucial. WAN-IFRA offers consulting services in this area to handle the project smoothly and efficiently.

 


 

4. Research reports

WAN-IFRA Research and Material Testing Centre is committed to carry out research on topics specific to Indian newspaper industry. In the last two years, the centre has conducted research on newsprint and newsink problems specific to Indian news publishing industry. The topics include

 


 

To view the proposal, fee and brochure of all the above projects, visit this link

RESEARCH & MATERIAL TESTING CENTRE

 


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