Graph Expo Review: Presses - Offset, Digital Integration
The integration of digital and offset press platforms took center stage during the KBA press conference. Attended by KBA execs and a representative from RR Donnelley (RRD), the discussion soon turned to their companies’ earlier-announced agreement that enables KBA to license and integrate RRD’s digital imaging technologies into its conventional press offerings.
According to Mark Hischar, KBA North America president and CEO, his company will showcase a web press incorporating RRD’s new ProteusJet piezoelectric inkjet press technology at Drupa. Future joint development will include RRD’s “Apollo” technology, a proprietary, variable inkjet technology first disclosed in 2009. The Apollo technology is “an enhancement to offset” that could be applied to other KBA presses.
KBA also promoted its InterTech Award-winning Flying JobChange technology, which provides instant job changeovers in seconds on a Rapida 106 press. An operator can change plates on one or more printing units on-the-fly while the press is running. For web offset production, KBA now offers the 16-page C16 press, which is designed for short runs and quick turnarounds.
Goss International highlighted recent web press projects where printers selected Goss presses to replace older technology or enter new markets. Its booth showcased options for commercial and newspaper printing, print finishing and aftermarket support, as well as the new Sunday Vpak variable sleeve packaging presses and an expanded portfolio of Ferag, Akiyama, Purlux and Yawa products.
Goss Sunday 2000 direct mail web presses have been installed recently at Japs-Olson, Vertis, Quad/Graphics and other U.S. sites. Several of them feature Automatic Transfer technology, allowing on-the-fly version or job changes without stopping the press, and “digital hybrid” configurations with integrated digital printing.
Just one more example of the integration of traditional offset with digital technologies that permeated many exhibitor/printer discussions on the show floor during Graph Expo 2011. PI