PRINT 05 Sheetfed/Web Offset presses -- Perfecting Personified
On the web printing front, St. Joseph Print, in Toronto, committed to a $40 million capital investment with three new MAN Roland Rotoman S heatset presses. Set for installation in 2006, the deal comprises an eight-unit 48-page press, a six-color 16-page press and a four-unit 16-page press.
With revenues that will surpass the $1 billion threshold in 2005, Goss International announced several major web press sales, headlined by the news that Quebecor World will add three gapless Sunday web presses. An eight-unit Sunday 3000/32 press in a two-web stacked configuration with a PFF-3 pinless double-former folder will be installed at the Quebecor World facility in Lebanon, OH, and the Stillwater, OK, plant will get a pair of four-unit 64-page Sunday 4000/64 duplexed presses with 2JF folders and Autoplate plate changers.
Las Vegas-based Creel Printing plans to install its second 16-page Sunday 2000 press, in an eight-unit configuration, along with a new Pacesetter 1100 servo-driven saddlestitcher with 20 hoppers. Continental Web, in Itasca, IL, ordered a six-unit 16-page Sunday 2000 equipped with Autoplate and two Automatic Transfer units.
Winner of a 2005 InterTech Technology Award, Goss Automatic Transfer technology allows Sunday press users to change jobs on the fly, at full press speed, with minimal waste. Controlled by shaftless drives, printing units can be switched in and out of production while live printing continues, thus boosting productivity and drastically reducing makeready times and changeover paper waste. It allows web printers to compete for shorter run commercial work, as well as simplifying the process of versioning for magazines and catalogs.
Offering a press designed for the newspaper and publication markets, Dauphin Graphic Machines was also at the show to promote its eight-page DGM Advantage II perfecting unit that can be stacked four-high or configured as a standalone floor unit, two-high or three-high stack. The units can be designed as a new pressline or as slip-in replacement units for DGM 850 and Goss Urbanite presses.