DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY—Just as sheetfed press manufacturers continue to swim upstream with advancements designed to help their customers capture jobs in run lengths once considered best suited for web offset printing, Goss International is paddling downstream by demonstrating an all-new web press concept in Hall 17 at Drupa this month to enable users to compete for high-quality sheetfed work.
The M-600 Folia web press system is engineered with M-600 printing units and new sheeter technology for running speeds of up to 30,000 sph. The new sheeter, developed in partnership with Vits, enables web offset printing on coated paper stocks with standard sheetfed inks, but without a dryer.
Five daily press demonstrations at Drupa will emphasize its high print quality, fast makereadies, low waste and agility at extremely short run lengths. To deliver these capabilities, the M-600 Folia includes a system of integrated and automated features for paper handling, presetting, plate changing and continuous sheet stacking.
Blanket-to-blanket printing with the M-600 units also allows the entire sheet format of up to 27.5×40˝ to be utilized, eliminating the non-print gutters required in the sheetfed perfecting process.
And, without the requirement of a dryer, the length of the new web press is equal to that of an eight-unit sheetfed long perfector. Shown at Drupa in a four-color configuration, additional M-600 units can be added for special colors and varnishes.
Press options include Goss Autoplate automatic plate changing and DigiRail digital inking technologies, closed-loop controls, as well as the Goss Web Center system for automated presetting, waste reduction and workflow management.
Additional printing unit exhibits in Goss’ 18,000-square-foot booth at Drupa will include Magnum 4, Uniliner, FPS (Flexible Printing System) and Sunday 4000 models, all with new features and capabilities. It will also highlight the world’s first 96-page Sunday 5000 web press and demonstrate its latest Magnapak and Pacesetter finishing systems.