HEATSET WEB OFFSET PRESSES -- Some Like It Hot
The T400BE provides a high degree of web flexibility by offering up to 40˝-wide formats. This is possible due to a very stiff cylinder support design and the addition of bearers that further reduces torsional dot distortion, according to Don Gustafson, Tensor president.
"Insert printers frequently battle fanout and dot gain due to the type of stock they run, such as SCA and SCB. The T400BE has a newly developed dampener arrangement, which has proven to consistently run lighter water levels, which results in much less fanout and sharper, crisper halftones. This new dampener also does not bring any ink back into the water system, which is a frequent problem with other vertical presses. This enhances print quality and greatly reduces press maintenance."
Customers are not only looking to enhance print quality and reduce startup waste. "Another key issue is reduced maintenance costs and enhanced durability for the strenuous heatset market," he adds.
"A very large issue is to provide overall value, which is a combination of initial purchase price, parts and service capabilities, and continued product improvements."
New developments in press engineering such as individual shaftless drives, decentralized intelligent control systems, paper-saving minigaps on plate and blanket cylinders, and an automatically adjustable gripper folder, make the KBA Compacta 215 one of the most advanced 16-page commercial web offset presses on the market, claims Alwin Stöckl, KBA sales director for commercial web offset and rotogravure presses.
Stöckl believes that, despite a difficult past year, customers remain intensely interested in heatset web press developments.
"We can see that the market is picking up again. Customers are showing more interest in the heatset process, and they want to talk to us about their challenges. I believe we are in a position to offer them the answers for which they are looking."