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Goss Sunday Web Press Technology Turns 20

April 18, 2013
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Almost immediately, however, the Sunday 3000 press established itself as the leading choice for single-circumference catalog and publication printing. Sunday technology earned the prestigious InterTech Award in 1994. A year later a Sunday Press wowed audiences at drupa. By the end of 1995, 31 gapless Sunday press systems had been installed in six countries.

The 1993 introduction of gapless-blanket technology pushed the Sunday press into a league of its own, but Goss International has not rested on its laurels. New models for new applications have been introduced continuously, as have key technologies to enable or amplify the basic advantages of the gapless concept. These include Autoplate, Automatic Transfer, pinless folding and DigiRail digital inking technologies as well as automated controls and high-performance splicers, dryers and auxiliaries. As a result, Sunday presses continue to deliver the ultimate in web offset productivity, print quality and efficiency, with printers in 27 countries relying on them for publications, catalogs direct marketing, retail inserts, packaging and other specialized products.

Meanwhile, the very first press still remains in operation in the United States, adding durability to the long list of Sunday press advantages.

Sunday Press Milestones

1986
Engineers and executives commit to pursuing revolutionary gapless web press technology at meetings during the weekend of the American football “Superbowl Sunday”, giving the top-secret project the code name “Sunday Press”

1987
Customer focus panels and market research

1989
Construction of R&D laboratory in New Hampshire (USA) to house first Sunday
press

December 1990
First live print test of gapless Sunday press

March 1991
Test press printed at record breaking speed of 15 meters per second (3,000 feet per minute)

December 1992
First Sunday press shipped to commercial web printer in the United States

1994
Sunday press earns InterTech award for gapless-blanket technology News Release

June 1995
Sunday 3000 press in operation at drupa show

September 1998
Introduction of Sunday 4000 double-circumference models

1999
Introduction of Sunday 2000 model for high-quality, short- and medium-run commercial printing Sunday press Autoplate automatic plate-changing technology earns InterTech Award

May 2000
Mainstream—world’s first gapless newspaper press—in full operation at drupa show

September 2003
Sunday 3000/32—world’s first press with 2x8 page cylinder configuration—shipped to Thijsen Printing (Netherlands)

2005
Sunday press Automatic Transfer technology for continuous printing earns InterTech Award

January 2009
First Sunday press with DigiRail digital inking in production at Quad/Graphics (USA)

May 2009
Sunday 5000—world’s first 96-page web press—in production at Grafiche Mazzucchelli (Italy)

October 2012
World’s first Sunday Vpak packaging press with variable repeat shipped to Precision Press (USA)

Source: Goss.


 

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