Graph Expo: Sheetfed/Web Offset Printing — Still Making Impressions

As has become a Komori tradition, the company also assembled a panel of customers at its press conference. They included Manny Hernandez of Solo Printing in Miami (System 38S web), Matt Doran of York, PA-based Anstadt Printing (six-color LSX29), Larry Patterson of Jones Packaging in Canada (customized, 13-unit LS40), and Zarik Megerdichian of 4Over Inc. in Glendale, CA. Megerdichian revealed the national trade printer’s plan to open three new Komori press-equipped production facilities: Miami, Dallas and Newark, NJ, to expedite ground shipping delivery.

Heidelberg USA chose a different tack for this year’s Graph Expo. It demonstrated a fully integrated, Prinect-based print shop. On the press side, the company featured the U.S. debut of its Speedmaster XL 105 as a perfector model.

The 10-color press was equipped with Prinect Inpress Control, the first in-line device for sheetfed presses that uses spectrophotometry to measure color and register, while the press is running. Also shown with the press was the Prinect Press Center, which features a 40? Wallscreen unit where all press conditions and operations can be viewed at a glance, including color and register control.

Three times daily, visitors were invited to Heidelberg’s main theater for a presentation that highlighted the benefits of a fully integrated, JDF-based workflow. “Integration in a print shop is an absolute ‘must have’ for printers to maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace,” noted Jim Dunn, president of Heidelberg USA.

During Heidelberg’s press briefing, he announced that, early next year, Franklin, WI-based Proteus Packaging will be installing the first Heidelberg VLF (very-large format) press in North America, which debuted at Drupa. The folding carton producer opted for a six-color, 56? Speedmaster XL 145 with in-line aqueous coater to replace two older large-format presses.

Dunn also reported the sale of the 100th Speedmaster XL 105 press in the United States. Image Graphics and Litho, a general commercial printer located in Portland, OR, purchased a five-color model plus coater of the milestone press.

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