GRAPH EXPO 2012 will mark the U.S. launch of the Grafix PowderMax series powder spraying unit. PowderMax establishes a new standard in powder metering technology, introducing a new approach to handling, adjustability and cleanliness. It can be easily retrofitted on any press equipped with existing Grafix powder spraying systems.
Heidelberg Opens VLF Assembly Hall WIESLOCH-WALLDORF, GERMANY—Bernhard Schreier, CEO of press manufacturer Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, officially opened assembly Hall 11 here on September 15. The hall measures 375,000 square feet (equivalent to almost five soccer fields) and will be used to assemble a new generation of large-format presses, the Speedmaster XL 145 and Speedmaster XL 162. Heidelberg invested around 45 million Euro in the building, making it the largest input of funds into the Wiesloch-Walldorf site in the last 10 years. The building’s foundation stone was laid May 15, 2006, and construction was completed in about 14 months. Assembly of the new large-format presses, which
STUTTGART, GERMANY—September 12th, 2007—The German based GRAFIX GmbH announces the acquisition of ConTemp GmbH, a leading manufacturer of chilling and fountain solution systems. ConTemp has been producing a high quality product for sheetfed offset presses for the last 10 years. Until now GRAFIX has offered anti-offset spraying systems including powder extraction and drying systems. Drying systems include UV, IR and hot air. “The acquisition of ConTemp strengthens GRAFIX as a whole provider for the printing industry.” says GRAFIX CEO Hans-Georg Platsch. GRAFIX LP located in Chicago, Illinois, is part of the large GRAFIX worldwide service net and offers a 24/7
Printers Flock to See Two-Sided Coating DALLAS—Neither heavy rains nor threatening tornadoes could dissuade roughly 75 printers and journalists from visiting Buchanan Visual Communications on April 24 and 25 for Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses’ 2007 National Open House. The violent weather wiped out a planned visit to a Texas Rangers-Seattle Mariners game at Ameriquest Field in Arlington, TX, but the guests were treated to some towering, long drives nonetheless during the “State of Perfection” demonstration. At the core of the open house was a display of the firepower behind Buchanan’s 12-color, 40˝ Mitsubishi Diamond 3000R convertible perfector equipped with tower coaters. The dual coaters
Many printers swear the light at the end of the printing industry’s tunnel is ultraviolet. The advantages of UV printing and coating are numerous, including the ability to print on non-absorbent materials, the convenience of instantaneous curing, the consistency of high print quality, and extreme resistance to scratching and abrasion. It all adds up to become an asset for printers that have moved to the technology—and their customers. “There is an obvious advantage of eye-appeal that the designers and art directors love—nothing says shiny and new like a gloss coating for some of our vertical markets,” assesses Gary Samuels, managing partner at Pictorial Offset
Hot air and infrared (IR) dryers, like their cousin, the UV curing system, play an important role in the print production process, much like a field goal kicker for a football team. Think about it. When everything is going right, no one pays much attention to the kicker. But in critical situations, a missed field goal or botched extra point quite often results in dire consequences. Likewise, a sheetfed press’ drying/curing system generally doesn’t garner any attention, unless it doesn’t perform the task at hand. Instead of boos from 50,000 people, the result is screams from one unhappy customer. “I have always taken the
Your ultraviolet (UV), infrared (IR) or hot air drying/curing system serves a valuable purpose for sheetfed offset presses. It dries, it cures and, most of all, it stays out of the way of completing the job. And that’s just the way it should be, according to John Crosby, project manager for drying systems at Baldwin Technology. “It’s all about flexibility,” Crosby says. “The customer does not want the drying system to be any kind of limitation. He wants to be able to run the full range of substrates, and at high press speeds. He doesn’t want to limit the process because of the dryer.”