Small- & Medium-Format Sheetfed Presses -- Pressing into 2004
Make the Right Choice
"These correct decisions determine not just the productivity of the equipment, but also the highest return on the investment—not all automation is right for everyone," Trytten advises. "We are also seeing these presses being considered in areas that previously were reserved for only larger machines, such as labels, packaging and thicker paper stock printing."
xpedx/Import Group offers the Ryobi 750 series of B2-size multicolor offset presses. The 750 series boasts advanced auto-mation, a digitally controlled quality control system and CIP4 prepress compatibility.
All of the quality and automation demands made by printers are for good reason, points out Ernie Bardocz, president of Grafitec America. Quality and color sells.
"The savvy print purchaser and product marketer understands this and demands that they get the most for their print dollar," Bardocz explains. "Color allows printing to compete with all other advertising media. The printer that switches from 40˝ presses to 26˝ or 29˝ machines still demands the same quality of product."
Grafitec America recently introduced the 29˝ Polly Prestige 74, now offered with semi-automatic plate changing and automatic plate cocking. The advanced sheet handling system includes double diameter impression and transfer cylinders for registration accuracy with a minimum of gripper changes. The 19-roller inking train and 23-zone ink fountain react rapidly to ink adjustments and provide stability of ink feed. The press is rated at 13,000 sph.
"The small- and medium-format sheetfed press is not just an entry-level machine any more—not just used to fit a niche," stresses Randy Siver, business development manager, sheetfed presses, for Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses. "Some printers with 40˝ presses are supplementing what they do with half-size machines. Those presses are fully automated—just as automated as anything else we sell."
In addition, Siver reveals that the ability to connect to JDF and CIP4 is a key component that printers are now requiring.