HEATSET WEB PRESSES -- A Heat Wave
"Our web products provide high print quality," reports Terry Bradley, technical director of web systems. "We equip our webs for fast makereadies and many in-line functions, allowing our clients to reduce down-stream bindery functions. In addition, our presses are capable of changing speeds with minimal operator intervention to adjust color or register."
Meanwhile, MAN Roland offers its customers the versatility that they need in the Rotoman press. The Rotoman is reportedly MAN Roland's premier and most popular press. The Rotoman press prints at speeds up to 60,000 cph. It is a 1:1 press designed for optimum print quality, as well as fast makeready and changeovers in highly competitive, dynamic markets. The press system can include up to nine units for heatset production of 16-page products for short to long runs.
High-productivity features include automated plate changing that facilitates the changing of up to 16 plates in less than five minutes.
Still another concern facing web printers is the lack of skilled labor. This problem is at its most pronounced among small- and medium-size printers. Realizing this need, Solna Web is among those manufacturers that are working to address the labor force shortage. "Some of the smaller—niche, if you will—printers are interested in how we as a supplier can help them raise press crew skill levels to stave off the competitive forces of the mega-printers," states Rich Kerns, president.
"Likewise, as the gap widens between the big and small printers, the type of production equipment needed also splits into two different arenas. The big guys need the 3,000 fpm, gapless machinery to keep up with the circulation demands in their segment, while the niche printers need equipment that can easily print a financial job on lightweight directory stock in the morning and a high-profile jewelry catalog in the afternoon."
Solna offers two heatset designs. The Solna C800 commercial web press is geared toward short to medium, high-quality runs. The D400 vertical tower features multiple sets of four-high towers and vertical dryers. The unit is aimed at complex and heavy page count configurations, as well as the four-color directory printing segment.