NEWSPAPER PRESSES -- Creating Commercial Niches
Still, the need to deliver high print quality and more color continues to drive the demand for new presses and add-on units. These capabilities help to make news-papers more competitive with other media because they make them more attractive to readers and advertisers.
Wanting More Color
"Newspapers and their readers can't seem to get enough color, so we're building our products to deliver more color than ever before," says MAN's Simon. "And this is a trend that won't let up, simply because color sells news-papers and helps to sell products for those who advertise in the paper."
And it's not just larger newspapers that are looking to add color, reveals Grant Dickinson, Web Press Corp.'s vice president of sales. His company's Quad-Stack was introduced three years ago due to the growing need of small dailies and weekly print groups with space considerations to produce four-color.
"Most small plants do not have the 16- to 20-foot ceilings necessary for a four-high tower, but can use a four-color unit that will fit within 10-foot ceilings," he notes.
Shaftless drive technology has also been an important innovation for the newspaper press market in the last few years, says Rich Kerns, president of Solna Web Press. Solna's flagship newspaper press, the D400, is a 55,000 pph vertical tower press, which comes fully equipped with such options as spray dampening, water-cooled oscillating rollers, on-the-run plate cylinder cocking, three ink form rollers and digital press control system (remote ink, dampening, press function and register control). The D400's shaftless drive allows for independent unit make-readies and can be equipped for "flying plate changes."
"Shaftless provides so many benefits to both the printer and press manufacturer; we have only just begun to see the many different facets of the technology," he says. "For the printer, it means independent makeready, flying plate changes, as well as flexibility in color placement and paginations. For the manufacturer, it means no—or certainly less—drive shafts, gear boxes, complete flexibility in add-on placements, and the elimination of costly components such as gearing, shafts, etc. Shaftless can even provide subtleties such as one button operation to bring cylinders to the exact position for plate-up or removal, better tension control and better synchronization between press components."