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Louis Daguerre Worked Nine Years to Perfect the First Practical and Commercially Viable Process for Producing Images.


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Technoshell is a machine manufacturing firm in India which makes graphics application and bottle and tube capping equipment.  Products from Technoshell are sold all over the world because of the company’s commitment to continuous quality improvement.  It starts with an in house design and manufacturing team, continues with a state of the art factory and culminates in a culture dedicated to listening to customers and meeting their needs.  


Daguerre, an Innovator Focused on Meeting a Specific Need

Most of the scenes of our lives persist only in memories.  For about 40,000 years or so the only way that a memory could be preserved permanently was for a talented person to draw the subject with paint or ink.  From cave paintings to paintings on canvas, human beings have drawn and painted.  However, not only is the talent to create these works limited to a few people, making a realistic representation showing all the detail of real life was nearly impossible.  


Louis Daguerre worked as an artist in the early part of the 1800’s, primarily in the theatre and opera.  By 1822, at the age of 25, he was using his talents in a place called the Diorama in Paris.  The Diorama was a means of entertainment where giant translucent paintings on linen were hung in a circular hall and light passed through them.  The linen was painted on both sides, and lit both front and back.  Through skillful manipulation of the light source, the audience could see the front and the back painting to various degrees.  This allowed the artists to make the paintings change appearance right before the witness’ very eyes.  They could make flames appear out the windows of a building as though it were catching on fire, or leaves change color with passing seasons, simulate nightfall and other illusions.  


The Diorama was so successful that Daguerre and his partner opened another in London, and for more than a decade journalists of the time raved about the magical effects that audiences witnessed.  Displays could only be changed every four months or so, due to the time it took to create the linen paintings.  They were so large, in fact, that they remained stationary while the audience was rotated around them.   


The Painter Becomes a Scientist


Like many artists, Daguerre used a pinhole camera to project images onto paper in order to make preliminary sketches which would be used as the basis for his larger works.  Tracing the images took time, however, and Daguerre wondered if it would be possible to fix an image from a camera directly without having to trace it.


Louis Daguerre wasn’t the only person working on the problem.  Another Frenchman named Niepce had experienced some limited success by coating plates with chemicals which hardened when exposed to light.  The unexposed, softer part of the coating could be removed, leaving an outline of the parts that had received more light, and the final product resembled an engraving.  His idea was to create a process from which prints could be taken. The men began working together in 1829, and while Daguerre shared Niepce’s interest in fixing an image on a plate using only light, he didn’t care so much about being able to reproduce the photograph.  Also, Niepce’s process required exposure times of many hours.  Niepce died suddenly in 1833, and Daguerre continued to work alone.


Daguerre knew that some silver compounds were light sensitive, and he experimented with copper plates coated with silver iodide.  There were two problems to solve, however.  First of all, exposure times were unacceptably long, and the images deteriorated over time as they were exposed to more light while viewing.  But through persistence, creativity, dedication to continuous improvement of his process -- and a bit of luck --, Daguerre solved both problems.


The exposure time problem was solved when in 1835 Daguerre left some plates in a cabinet and discovered that while in the cabinet a clear picture had “developed” on one of the plates despite having been earlier exposed for a relatively short period of time.  It turned out there there was a broken thermometer in the cabinet.  Through further experiments he discovered that vapors from the mercury acted like a catalyst.  That is, plates exposed for only 20 minutes would reveal the latent image on the plate when exposed to mercury vapors heated to 75º C.


The second problem, that of “fixing” the image was solved in 1837 when Daguerre developed a process for removing the unreduced silver iodide from the plate by bathing it in a solution of hot salt water, leaving only the darkened portions that had already been exposed to the most light.  This meant that the light areas would not darken over time.  He spent another year improving the polishing process for his plates, and eventually was able to produce clear images that he was ready to show the world.  After nine years of hard work and untiring experimentation, Daguerre had finally invented a practical method for using light to create permanent images.


Photographic Images Change the way we look at the World


At first, Daguerre attempted to attract investors to his new process, but was unsuccessful. However, one of the people to whom he showed his work was a French legislator who promoted Daguerre’s invention to the Académie des Sciences and the Chambre des Députés.  He struck a deal with the French government, giving them his rights to the process in exchange for a stipend for himself and his old partner Niepce’s heirs.


Daguerre’s new invention captivated the joint session of the Académie des Sciences and the Académie des Beaux-Arts, to whom he made a presentation that was so eagerly anticipated that the building was not large enough to hold the fascinated spectators.  The images were so realistic so as to seem magic, and soon people were having their portraits made in 20 minutes using the new process instead of hours, days or months.  The new technology was used by artists all over the world and by scientists who took pictures that could share results with colleagues, including images taken through microscopes and telescopes.  


The success of the daguerreotype was most pronounced in the United States where, thanks to the new technology, we have a substantial photographic of people, places and events which would otherwise have been lost.  Ken Burns’ documentary The Civil War, for instance, comes alive in part because of the dozens of daguerreotypes he used in the making of the film.  Millions of daguerreotypes were produced, mostly portraits, before its popularity waned in the 1860’s.


Eventually, Daguerre’s invention proved to be a dead end in the development of modern photography.  The equipment needed was heavy, the metal plates were fragile and costly, the images couldn’t be copied, chemical processing had to be done immediately, wherever the picture was being taken, and the final product was easily damaged since the silver iodide coating was very thin and only lightly adhered.  Daguerreotypes had to be protected under glass and mounted so that they wouldn’t move against the crystal protecting them.  Nonetheless, his was the first practical and commercially successful method of capturing images with light.


Tragically, almost all of Daguerre’s early work was lost in a fire at the Diorama in 1839, and only a handful of images directly attributable to the inventor survive.  With his stipend and the insurance money from the fire, Daguerre was able to live modestly and supplemented his income by painting, his first love and the passion that spurred his invention.  During the last eleven years of his life he had practically no further involvement with the invention that bears his name.  Eventually paper based photography replaced daguerreotypes by using a process invented in 1851, the same year of Daguerre’s death.  His name appears at the base of the Eiffel Tower among an exclusive list of prominent Frenchmen.


Technoshell Makes Machines that Put Images on Practically Anything




Reproduction of images has come a long way since Daguerre’s time, and today we find printed materials on practically any type of material in an almost limitless variety of applications, including packaging.  Bright, accurate and colorful images on bottles, and tubes containing gels and liquids sell products by attracting the eye and enticing the consumer to make a purchase.  


Technoshell is a company in India that manufactures the machinery that makes the application of such imagery possible.  Of course in today’s world the design process is largely computerized, so that instead of relying upon an already existing object to photograph, the design is limited only by the user’s imagination.


For instance, Technoshell produces a machine called the LL-60, which is the first machine ever with lacquering and labeling applications for tubes.   Labels can be made of paper or PVC and be opaque or transparent, and the machine is capable of flame/corona treatment, UV lacquering, UV curing and of course label application.  All of the technology on the machine is state of the art, and features high performance, low maintenance, and easy operation.


Hot Foil Stamping/Heat Transfer


With hot foil stamping/heat transfer, pre-printed graphics can be permanently applied to a part.  The result is a look that appears as if there is no label at all.  The package or product receives an image that has the resolution and brilliance of a photo, the quality of a gravure, and is resistant to moisture and chemicals.  Also, is a dry, environmentally friendly process as it uses no heavy metals and the release liner is biodegradable.


The applications for hot foil stamping are practically limitless, from cosmetics, to plastic containers, paper, stationery, automobile name plates, garments, and security codes on plastics.  Customers are constantly coming up with creative ways of using hot foil stamping.


Technoshell makes a screen printing machine, the SP-350-FR, which features the same advanced technology of all of the other machines Technoshell offers, allowing flat, curved and round printing, PLC control, easy operation, fast and easily adjustable changeover, and a powder coated case.


Tube Capping


The CP-60 is capable of installing screw-on and push fit flip-top caps on tubes with a single capping head.  Equipped with a 12 station servo driven indexing table, the machine can be fitted for 2 stage tube loading, pip cutting, 2 state tag sealing, and tube unloading.  The CP-60 automatically orients tubes and caps for push fit caps.  Because of its advanced electronic systems, problems are quickly and efficiently diagnosed and resolved and setting the machine is a breeze.  Changing from one size to another is simple and quick.


A Commitment to Quality


The people at Technoshell recognize that the reason clients buy their products is to improve the bottom line of their businesses.  Technoshell therefore depends on producing machines that will be an asset to their customers, and focuses its efforts on creating long term partnerships with every client.


Quality control is key, and in order to produce the best quality Technoshell stresses excellence in design and manufacture.  To accomplish this, Technoshell employs the best talent in CAD design, software and electronics.  All of the work, from design to completed product is done in house, so that every step is monitored, measured, and continuously improved.  The final result is a customized product sure to satisfy the most discerning and value conscious customer.


Because of its commitment to continuous quality improvement, Technoshell has been selected  to receive the BID World Quality Commitment Award for 2015 at the convention in Paris.

About BID and the World Quality Commitment Award:


BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management.  A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries.


The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level.

Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated.  The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.


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