NEWSPAPER PRESSES -- Creating Commercial Niches
Also taking advantage of shaftless technology has been Dauphin Graphic Machines (DGM), states David Moreland, vice president of sales and marketing.
DGM offers a fully integrated package for newspaper printers. CIP3 or CIP4 files are utilized along with pagination software to preset the entire press for the specific web leads that make up the pagination of the press run and provide the pressmen the ability to pull up any page for fine tuning by entering the page and section number into the remote inking console.
The press is preset for all ink and water settings, color-to-color register, and print-to-cut register. This, Moreland advises, allows them to go rapidly from one newspaper to another with a minimum of waste and downtime.
DGM's full line of single-width web presses include the DGM 430, 440, 440B, 440S, 850 and 860 press lines, along with a full complement of folders in the DGM 1030, 1035, 1240, 1050, 1255 and 2:3:3 jaw folder.
While many large dailies have embraced shaftless technology, Goss' Collins contends that some smaller newspaper customers have remained cautious when it comes to shaftless technology.
"There are a number of reasons for this. One is cost. For a smaller press, the cost of shaftless compared to a traditional shafted press has been unfavorable. This is starting to change though. Another reason is that the maintenance on a shaftless press is a bit different than maintenance on a shafted press. Many smaller newspapers aren't comfortable that they have the skill sets necessary."
Another interesting printing innovation that is slated for production this year is the Cortina press, available from KBA North America's Web Press Div. The compact Cortina is waterless, keyless and gearless. Series production is scheduled for 2002. A height of only 3.4m for a four-high tower makes for easier handling, reduces capital investment costs and supports distribute-then-print scenarios. Waterless, keyless inking units minimize waste, eliminate fanout and promote a uniform print quality with little or no manual intervention.