GRAPH EXPO 2006: Sheetfed/Web Offset Presses — Heyday(s) For Heavy Iron

Celebrating the purchase by Oracle Packaging of the eight-color Speedmaster XL 105 press running in Heidelberg’s booth are: (top row, from the left) Jim Hummer, Oracle director of operations; Jeff Gibbs, Oracle COO; Keith Brown, Oracle pressroom manager; Hank Bird, Oracle chief quality officer; and Chris Payne, Oracle director of marketing. (Bottom row, from the left): Jim Dunn, president of Heidelberg USA; Tom O’Brien, Oracle director of sales; Scott Dickman, Oracle owner and CEO; Bob Boyer Sr., Heidelberg USA senior VP of sales; and Marcel Kiessling, president of Heidelberg Americas.

Sporting a “Kando: Beyond Expectations” banner, Komori’s booth featured 12 daily demonstrations of a six-color, 40˝ LS40 sheetfed press featuring the new PDC-SII scanning spectrodensitometer; a four-color Spica 29P; and the North American debut of the LS29 press. Designed for quick job changeovers, the LS29 design features an enhanced dampening system, updated suction tape feeder, the addition of a lower rider roller and a Harris & Bruno doctor chamber coating system as standard.

While electing to hold off making public individual press sales agreements until actual delivery, Komori confirmed the sale of 46 machines worth $74 million during Graph Expo, including an eight-color LS40 sheetfed press and a six-unit System 38 web to CGI North America of Jersey City, NJ.

On the service front, a new addition to the KomoriCare package is its 18×2 warranty plan. This new program provides full coverage for the first 18 months of ownership and an additional 18 months of coverage on major press components. Included are two press wellness checks by a Komori service team.

Service plans were also a key theme during Heidelberg USA’s press conference held the following morning. Building on the successful launch of its systemservice 36plus program at PRINT 05, Heidelberg unveiled its new Partner Program.

It allows customers to customize their own service plan, choosing from a suite of 20 standard and premium offerings. These include predictive and preventative maintenance in the areas of parts supply, repair service, remote diagnostics, remote inspection, software support and maintenance inspection.

Also launched was a new Website, www.printersadvantage.com, as part of Heidelberg’s Printers Advantage program specifically tailored for small offset printing companies.

Employing the theme “Connect for Success,” Heidelberg showed its new Anicolor zoneless short inking unit with dampening system for the first time in the United States. Designed for four-color models of the Speedmaster SM 52, it will become commercially available next fall. The technology makes the press suitable for very short runs, even just a few hundred sheets.

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