Heidelberg Demonstrates Sunday 4000 in France

MONTATAIRE, FRANCE—Heidelberg Web Systems welcomed more than 150 printers from Europe and the United States to its European headquarters here recently for a one-day program centered around the company’s new Sunday 4000 press system.

Included in the program were presentations on market trends as well as live demonstrations of the Sunday 4000 press. Printers were divided according to country in order to facilitate communication and to focus on market requirements in individual countries.

The Sunday 4000, the first 48-page Sunday Press, is designed for printing high pagination jobs for a wide range of run lengths, officials told the group. It has a top rated speed of 2,500 feet per minute and features a four pages around by six pages across cylinder configuration.

In addition to gapless blankets, pinless folders and shaftless drives, two other innovations make the Sunday 4000 particularly suitable for short and medium runs:

* The Autoplate fully automatic plate loading system allows one operator to change eight plates simultaneously in less than five minutes by remote control, saving 25 minutes on average at every plate change.

* The Autoweb-Up device can also automatically feed the web from the splicer through each press component up to the slitting module. A single operator can now route the web during a configuration change with considerable makeready time reduction.

In addition, the new PCC-2 pinless combination folder complements the Sunday 4000 and can produce 43 different folds.

Following demonstrations of the Sunday 4000, individual seminars were held to address reelstands and dryers, customer support, Sunday Technology and folders.

The majority of the presentations were held in the Montataire Customer Support Center, which opened in 1997 and now houses fully operational Heidelberg M-600 and Sunday 4000 web press systems. Both models are manufactured at Heidelberg’s Montataire facility.

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