PRINT 05 Sheetfed/Web Offset presses -- Perfecting Personified
For the variable size web market, Muller Martini demonstrated its Alprinta press for the first time in America. Its variable-format offset insert (VOI) allows the operator to keep the printing insert in the press at all times and perform a size change by simply removing the blanket and plate cylinders without the use of tools.
Also notable is its varnish cassette, which mounts on the backside of any printing unit, turning it into a varnishing unit using a standard printing insert.
In conjunction with a new reseller agreement with Kodak, Muller Martini and Kodak Versamark teamed up to display a new hybrid printing system that combined a four-color Muller Martini Concepta web offset press with two D-series continuous ink-jet printheads. The configuration allows printing of 100 percent variable data information in-line with offset printing at speeds to 1,000 fpm. The press, running in the Kodak booth, was sold to US Web of Huntington, WV.
Anyone who walked the nearly 750,000-square-foot show floor could readily see that conventional lithography remains the backbone of the commercial printing industry, however. Sheetfed and web offset press manufacturers continue to respond to market demands for higher productivity with reduced manning requirements, and quicker makereadies and changeovers, to accommodate today's shorter runs. Unique in-line printing and finishing processes also add greater marketing value.
Further proof that the off-set process still makes a great impression.