Offset Printing--Pressing Ahead
On the back side, two pinless folders are offered. The first, the PFF-2 pinless double former folder, is rated up to 2,500 fpm. The modular PCF-1 combination folder can produce up to 44 different magazine, delta fold, digest, tabloid and slim jim products when paired with the 24-page Sunday 2000. Up to 38 products are possible with the 16-page model.
Another press, the Sunday 4000 gapless press is available in 32-, 48- and 64-page configurations. The 48-page, 64-page and 48S units are supplied with Heidelberg's fully automatic Autoplate plate changing system. A semi-automatic system is available on the short-grain Sunday 32S. Autoplate is capable of saving up to 25 minutes at each plate change compared to a conventional system. The Autoweb-up automatic webbing system and the web catcher further enhance productivity .
The press can also be fitted with a Heidelberg Ecotherm dryer with an integrated combustion chamber or with an Ecocool dryer, an innovation that integrates the chill roll function into a single system. Like the folders on the Sunday 2000, the PCC-2 and PFJ-3 folders available on the Sunday 4000 are both pinless designs.
The biggest news at DRUPA from Heidelberg Web Systems, sales-wise, was the announcement of an order from Pewaukee, WI-based Quad/Graphics for 11 new web offset presses (a total of 90 printing units), which will be installed at various Quad facilities over the next two years. The deal consists of seven short-cutoff Sunday 3000 gapless presses and four short-cutoff M-1000s.
On the sheetfed front, Heidelberg (USA) displayed its new generation of the 29˝ Speedmaster SM 74 press in a 10-color configuration with fully automatic perfecting. The press was equipped with the CP2000 Center, which also controls the fully automatic changeover of the perfecting device on certain models. In addition to a CIP3 connection, the PresetLink software module transfers presetting data online, ensuring seamless integration into a digital workflow. And the new PerfectJackets, exchangeable cylinder jackets that have an additional ink-repelling, Silicon-based layer over a high-strength Titanium compound, permit less cleaning and longer production cycles without washing.