Graph Expo 2010: Sheetfed/Web Litho Printing – Diagnosis: ‘Iron’ Deficiency

Entrance to the McCormick Place South hall for Graph Expo 2010.

Other lithographic press manufacturers that did sign up for booths, namely manroland, KBA North America and Goss International, opted not to bring any equipment. Instead, manroland shuttled printers to its technology center in nearby Westmont for breakfast demos of its quick-makeready 
Roland 708PLV DD (DirectDrive) press (which CEO Vince Lapinski says has been sold to a not yet named printer). Also announced were the sale of a 64˝ Roland 906XXL press with coater to Strine Printing in York, PA, and a partnership with RedTie for an offset-based Web-to-print solution. At its booth, manroland highlighted its PrintValue services, including process optimization, contract services and 
maintenance programs.

Similarly, KBA emphasized its Service Select program, which encompasses an array of packages and solutions customized to a customer’s exact needs and budgets. Product solutions include statistical analysis; evaluation programs for production, workflow, color management, pressroom and press operating procedures; training for optimizing press operation or learning new processes such as UV, plastic, coating and other techniques; machine audits; remote maintenance with 24/7 online and phone support; press relocation programs; and 
upgrade components for presses already in the field.

During a press conference, KBA Vice President of Corporate Marketing Eric Frank mentioned several 41˝ and larger format sheetfed press sales nearing completion, building on installations at Card Pak, Boehmer Box, Hammer Packaging, Meredith-Webb and Meyers. Also of interest is KBA’s new 16-page C16 commercial web press and its new service offering in partnership with ClimatePartner that calculates the greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions generated during production runs.

Goss International promoted its new variable repeat Sunday Vpak packaging presses designed for folding carton and label applications, and new Universal newspaper and semi-commercial models.

Goss also used Graph Expo to announce the sale of the first Sunday 3000 web press with an extended 75˝ web width to Waseca, MN-based Brown Printing. The four-unit, 32-page press can produce saddlestitched and perfect bound products up to 9˝ wide, a first for single-circumference web presses.

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