Offset Printing--Pressing Ahead
Komori also displayed its System 38SII, a 16-page, 1:1 web press. The System 38S, as well as the eight-page System 20, feature 23˝ cutoff models for the U.S. market, which gives commercial web printers the ability to print 81⁄2x11˝ products, full bleed with color bars. The System 38S is new to the states but not internationally, where the 38SII was unveiled. Rated at 50,000 iph, it features auto plate changers and push-button product changeover on the folder. Using KHS pre-inking software, the press demonstrated what was touted as the world's fastest makeready with stock change, folder changeover and form change in under 10 minutes.
Zirkon showed its eight-page Model 6611 press, as well as its 24-page unit. Making its debut, however, was a 16-page Zirkon press with a 223⁄4˝ cutoff and a 38˝ width. It features a 2:1 configuration and is rated at up to 60,000 iph.
Turning to the book market, Timsons demonstrated the latest version of its T-48A arch press, which was launched at PRINT 97. Featuring semi-automatic plate changing, the press boasts a makeready time of 21⁄2 minutes from start to stop. For the first time at a show, the T48A did an initial makeready highlighting Timsons' new semi-automatic, sequenced setting system.
In the same hall, Solna Web touted its C800 commercial web press, which was first shown at IPEX 98. Geared toward short to medium, high-quality runs, the press is particularly suited to accommodate a wide variety of substrates and paper weights with its bearerless technology. Making its debut at DRUPA was the Solna D400 vertical tower, featuring multiple sets of four-high towers and vertical dryers. The unit is aimed at complex and heavy page-count configurations, including the four-color directory printing segment.
Muller Martini introduced its Concept-NT variable-size press featuring insert modularity, a shaftless drive system and compatibility of printing inserts with other presses in the Concept family. Also new was the F74 signature folder, which ran eight-page signatures in-line.