NEWSPAPER PRESSES -- Pressing Issues
MAN Roland's Lapinski sees the one-around, four-across configuration as answering the need for regionalization or zoned editions in newspapers, and enabling target marketing programs by advertisers. That's because only single plates must be changed, he explains.
The manufacturer's newest offering in this arena is the Regioman shaftless drive press that prints 70,000 cph, in widths to 60" and cutoffs from 181⁄2" to 221⁄2". Its design enables printing of odd- and even-number sections and two-page jumps in spot or four-color. Features that help maximize the press' productivity include PECOM networking for centralized operation, AUROSYS paper handling, WEBSYS auto webbing and TECOSYS closed-loop tension control system. The "tool-less" plate lockup and narrow "Micro-Gap" blanket are said to provide a larger image area, with an undershot inker and Turbo dampener boosting image quality.
According to Lapinski, MAN Roland supports versioning on its other press models with technologies such as DynaChange, which enables flying page changeover. In the longer term, he expects the manufacturer's DICOweb digital on-press imaging technology to afford opportunities for individualized city-, district- or street-related newspapers with even smaller circulations.
When it comes to the "semi-commercial" segment he identified earlier, Solna's Kerns says a newspaper plant's double-width presses usually are not flexible enough to handle this work. Solna has responded to this demand for higher quality by introducing the D400, a single-width, four-high vertical tower design that is just as suitable for heatset work as it is for printing on newsprint, he claims.
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The Solna D400 runs at 50,000 cph with a shaftless and bearerless unit design. It features on-the-run plate cylinder cocking, water-cooled oscillating rollers, remote-controlled ink fountains with presetting using RIP data, three ink form rollers, and automated lateral and circumferential register controls. The press can be equipped with three different folders for up to 12 webs.