Offset Printing--Pressing Ahead
GSS unveiled two new web offset presses: the Conquest and the Commander series. The Commander web offset is an 1,800 fpm, variable-circumference press available in web widths from 261⁄2˝ to 401⁄2˝. It is designed with a three cylinder, removable cartridge that allows simple size changes. The first press of its type has been sold to Reynolds & Reynolds, and will be equipped with interstage UV dryers. The Conquest is a variable-size press in web widths from 18˝ to 26˝. Servo driven, it is designed with a two cylinder, removable cartridge that allows quick size changes without severing the web.
Didde Web Press highlighted several models, including its Excalibur, which is available in 21˝, 24˝ and 27˝ widths, and in cylinder sizes from 171⁄2˝ to 28˝. Rated at 1,300 fpm, it's a blanket-to-blanket commercial perfector that boasts a Computer Master Control console.
RDP Marathon showed its V-series print tower in a single-side printing configuration. The company also demonstrated its Smart Set 2000, a Windows-based control system that provides remote control of press functions—from makeready to washup. The control unit is CTP and CIP3 compliant. Jobs can be prepared off-line and then initiated online. Remote ink adjustment and semi-automatic plating are both standard. And up to 1,000 jobs can be stored and retrieved from its on-press hard-drive.
Goebel displayed a six-unit Novaprint 680 for the first time. A variable-size press, it is geared toward direct mail and commercial work, and runs at up to 1,500 fpm.
Web Press Corp.'s Quad-Stack, which has yet to reach its second birthday, made its DRUPA debut following a European coming-out party at the IFRA exhibition. The Quad-Stack shown featured four perfecting units arranged in a unique stack configuration.