GRAPH EXPO WRAP-UP -- Traditional Offset Gets a Booster Shot
In the smaller sheet size formats, Heidelberg showed its new Short-Path-Inking-Mode designed to achieve correct inking, regardless of coverage, on its 20˝ Speedmaster 52; a new blanket washing system for the Printmaster GTO 52; and an optional, completely integrated blanket and impression washup cylinder for the half-size Printmaster 74.
"Probably most positive about the show is the fact that most printers we talked to remarked that their business was coming back, their schedule boards are filling up and they were again hearing the sounds of presses running in their pressrooms—the sound of money being made," remarks John Dowey, Heidelberg USA vice president of product management/sheetfed.
On the web offset front, Heidelberg showcased its Autoplate system now available on the gapless Sunday 2000 web press, as well as presented Prinect PrepressInterface technology that can be used to preset web and sheetfed presses.
It also introduced an A24 version of its 16-page M-600 press. Gardena, CA-based Southwest Offset Printing, a short-run publication printer, will be the first site in North America to install the press this fall.
In addition, Goss promoted its new 16-page Goss Baker G15 commercial web press; Timsons talked up its T48A ZMR (Zero Make Ready) book press, as well as its 24-page Zirkon 9621 commercial web; Super Web offered a new receding stacker designed for use with Super Web or Didde web presses; Solna highlighted its full-size C800 commercial web featuring shaftless drive technology; and RDP Marathon featured its 201⁄2˝ SR-200 variable-size press.
Komori America was happy with its Graph Expo results, announcing orders for 35 new presses. Stephan Carter, president and COO of Komori America, says he started to see business pick up prior to the show and was pleased with the feedback he heard during Graph Expo. "Conversations on the show floor confirmed that printers are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and are making equipment purchases to position their businesses for the future."