Web Offset Presses--The Hottest Of the Heatset
The System 20 runs at speeds of up to 45,000 rph and is capable of 12 different folds, able to be changed in just over a minute. "[The System 20] is suited for high-end commercial sheetfed operations looking for a more efficient manufacturing process for their longer run work," says Maret.
Pressroom efficiency is also achieved through the System 20 web press control center, including the main press console with Komori Monitoring System (KMS), a touch-screen display monitor for operator communication with the press, and the Print Quality Control (PQC) console.
A more efficient manufacturing process is also what Toshiba offers its customers—those primarily in the one-to-one offset press market, focused on short to medium runs. The company's OA-800 web press offers numerous automation features and overall ease of use.
It features Toshiba's push-button system for plate changing, which hastens makeready. Also, the press can be run at maximum press speed (800 rpm) during chopper folding. Furthermore, the OA-800 was designed to minimize floor space.
"We work with printers to configure presses the way they like to see them done," notes Robert F. Kinzel, vice president of sales.
"Smarter." That's how Graphic Systems Services' customers want their presses engineered, according to Dick Prentice, director of sales for the company, which manufactures multipurpose machines, as well as automated models designed for the commercial printing, direct mail, business forms and specialty printing markets.
Presses like the company's VS1020 need to be able to respond to the demands for more color and faster changeover—without putting too much pressure on the operator. Most adjustments are made electronically, either from the main operator console or at unit touchscreens, which eliminates much of the time-consuming manual setting, explains Prentice.
Makeready features at the operator's fingertips include automatic washup, auto-roller strip sequence, auto-plate-change sequence, infeed tension, ink feed and dampening settings.