HEATSET WEB OFFSET PRESSES -- Some Like It Hot
"Web printers are looking for features that, when added together, give them a competitive advantage," stresses Mark Levin, Heidelberg senior vice president of sales. "The equation is different for every printer, but the critical factors in everyone's equation are print quality, productivity, makeready speed, waste reduction, efficiency and ease-of-use.
"Technology that automates the web printing process—such as digital presets, automatic plate changing, closed-loop controls and pushbutton folder changeovers—is increasingly important. Minimizing or simplifying operator involvement leads to better quality and increased efficiency.
"The Sunday 2000 is specifically designed to excel at short run lengths, and we have customers that can go from the end of one job to saleable copies of the next job in less than 15 minutes" he reveals. "The gapless blankets can be changed in less than a minute. The plates can be changed in less than two minutes with Autoplate, or in less than five minutes with the semi-automatic plate changing option. And the prepress interface allows the entire press to be preset in under four minutes."
Printers are increasingly interested in a "networked" operation, according to Levin. "They want to take advantage of modern digital data storage and transmission capabilities to link their processes, control their components with increased automation and enhance their information management capabilities. We are responding with Prinect, a series of Heidelberg software modules based on open, industry standards that will eventually connect all of the components and processes in a web printing operation."
Mitsubishi Diamond Series heatset web offset press offerings emphasize systems that deliver dependability, durability and demonstrate print quality, while shortening turnaround times and reducing waste, notes George Sanchez, director of sales and marketing for web presses at MLP U.S.A.
Diamond Series heatset offset web presses are available in eight- to 128-page formats. All Diamond Series web presses also feature a totally shaftless drive, which contributes to greater stability during high-speed operation.