Sheetfed/Web Litho Printing: Offsetting a Weak Economy
Fifteen new customers signed contracts for the printcom program, according to manroland officials. And interest in the web printservices offering was high, with several large upgrade and rebuild projects closed during the show. ProServ Flex, manroland's latest PrintValue program, was also introduced, comprising more than 30 sheetfed press preventive maintenance components.
Live, early morning demonstrations of the 40˝ Roland 700 DirectDrive press—touted by manroland as the makeready world champion—were held daily at its suburban Chicago Print Technology Center.
Quick makereadies and job changeovers was a prevailing theme, as well, for Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses (MLP U.S.A.), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Four posters were printed daily on a six-color, 41˝ Diamond V3000LX with SimulChanger fully automated, simultaneous plate changers and an in-line UV coating system. Capable of printing on paper, plastic and board stocks to 0.040˝ in thickness, the V3000LX is suited for high-end commercial work, labels, packaging and point-of-purchase materials.
Demonstrations also highlighted Mitsubishi's 2009 InterTech Technology Award-winning Diamond Color Navigator color adjustment system that enables faster and easier fine-tuning of colors.
On the web offset printing front, Goss International announced that the Church of Scientology purchased a six-unit Sunday 2000 press with Autoplate plate changers, Ecocool dryer and PCF-1 pinless combination folder for its formerly all-digital production facility in Los Angeles.
Goss' Automatic Transfer technology on the press will enable language changes for various collateral material and publications to be completed on-the-fly.
During the show, Goss and Ferag demonstrated STR-100 conveying technology together with a MultiLog bundler. In addition, interactive marketing applications of the GossRSVP media-to-mobile program were featured in a special theater. First introduced by Goss one year ago, the program allows mobile phone users to interact with media through text messaging and 2-D barcode technologies.
The Tensor Group highlighted its T-460 and T-500 semi-commercial and newspaper three-form-roller web offset presses, available with couple or unit shaftless drives.