Lithographic Printing: 'Heavy Iron' Comes Up Light
Goss International, led by new President and CEO Rick Nichols, promoted its drupa introductions and showcased options for commercial, newspaper and package printing, print finishing and aftermarket support. Its exhibit also reflected the expanded range of Ferag, Akiyama, Purlux, Yawa products and various converting equipment available from Shanghai Electric companies.
By demonstrating live cylinder changes during drupa, Goss' new Sunday Vpak presses have increased the focus on web offset as an attractive alternative to flexo, gravure and sheetfed offset for many packaging applications. Based on the Sunday gapless press concept, Vpak presses feature quick-change blankets and printing cylinder sleeves that allow "infinitely" variable repeat lengths.
Sunday Vpak 3000 and Sunday Vpak 500 presses are available in web widths of up to 75˝ and 41˝, respectively. The first Vpak 500 press system will be installed at North Mankato, MN-based Precision Press (a Taylor Corp. company) later this year.
The Goss Lifetime Support team presented parts, service and enhancement programs for extending the competitive lifespan of press and finishing systems. Projects such as a unique newspaper press reconfiguration at Newsday in New York and commercial web enhancements across the Americas, were also featured.
manroland web systems announced its new Lithoman 32 web press configuration. The 32-page Lithoman offers the same automation and closed-loop tools as the Rotoman DirectDrive 16-page, with additional production flexibility. Without sacrificing quality or increasing waste—even on extremely short runs—the Lithoman 32 allows traditional 16-page printers or double-web publication printers to reduce costs and increase throughput.
In addition, emphasis was given to manroland web systems' service portfolio, its printcom consumables offerings, and the market success the company has had with press retrofits and upgrades.
Giving New Life to Newspapers?
Also highlighted was its digital newspaper printing partnership. The system combines an Océ (JetStream 2800, 3300, 4300) continuous-feed inkjet press with manroland web systems' VPF digital variable-cutoff folder and a Rima stacking system. Digital newspaper production increases a paper's ability to micro-zone newspapers to specific areas, and to create on-demand and personalized newspaper content.