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QUESTION: Dear Prof Cleggsan

1. Can NEWSPAPER PRINTING PRESS MACHINE DESIGN be taken as part of Final year project work for Mechanical or Electronics or Electrical or Production Engineering Degree students ?.

i.e. Which Engineering Discipline can be most suitable for taking this project work in their final year ?.

2. What could be the rough estimation of Investments required
for setting up a Newspaper Printing Press Factory ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Seems like a strange project; such old technology relatively.

It would be entirely up to the professor managing the senior project as to its suitability.

Seems to be more of a mechanical engineering catagory.

Investment required is so very dependent on the scale of size and printing volume.

It still seems like  a strange project to me.  Sorry.

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QUESTION: Dear Prof Cleggsan

Thank you.

In case, the engineering college decided to go for this project
with the latest technologies in their own workshop (Mechanical, Production, Industrial engineering disciplines), this could be expensive for Budget
funding ?.


Executing this project in their own college, infrastructure
(tools, raw materials, books etc) will be provided by the engineering
college instead of executing at a Manufacturing firm.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: A lab setup which would contain a printing press of current or advanced technology would be very expensive and comparable of one for a small business.  I think you are talking about a budget equal to 3 or 4 times the cost of a Boesendorfer piano for example.  That is my very rough starting point.

If the university has an interest in this field I think it will require a small research project to identify the size and range of equipment that must be acquired and the space needed for operations and the number of students and faculty needed for the investigation, planning and technology to be employed and developed.  It is not an easy project to execute.

For example, there are many new printing technologies emerging in the printer and copy world.  Some of these may lend themselves to future printing presses.  Getting the printing technology that is fast enough to meet commercial speeds is a problem.  Resolution of the print copy, font selection for lower cost of dyes and inks and feed lines for digital data are all such important items to consider.  

There is a lot of work to do in setting up a plan and strategy for your project.  It is not a one-person job; you will need a small group or team to do this big job.

Good Luck.

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QUESTION: Dear Prof Cleggsan,2817,2379649,00.asp

Similar to wireless printers available in the market, Can there be wireless newspaper printing press machines designed and manufactured ?.

Can there be any business benefits to the publishing industry in case
this Model is developed in terms of speed, print volumes i.e. No of
copies per hour ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Yes, of course you can build in the wireless apparatus for wi-fi feed line but remember wi-fi is only for a few feet distance.

There could be an installation economy with wireless connectivity and with some of the newer more portable printing engines it would be more portable if the publisher wanted to save on shipping costs of the printed pages.

Hope this helps.  

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