Heidelberg’s flagship press, a Speedmaster XL 105-6+LX, was equipped this year with Prinect Inpress Control, the first in-line device for sheetfed presses that uses spectrophotometry to measure color and control registration on-the-fly, even at press speeds to 18,000 sph.
During Heidelberg’s press conference, Dr. Jürgen Rautert, director of product management for general commercial print at Heidelberg USA, reported that the 56˝ XL 142 and 64˝ XL 162 large-format models slated to debut at Drupa will begin shipping next year, with almost all production for 2008 already sold out. Two of the initial press installations will reportedly be in the United States.
Under the banner “Think Creatively. Thrive Environmentally,” Komori focused on sustainability. With the help of “Green Team” vendor partners Fujifilm, Toyo Ink and Sappi Fine Paper, Komori demonstrated its Spica 429P perfector running Brillia Pro-T processless plates, HyPlus 100 eco-friendly ink and a new FSC-certified stock made with 30 percent post-consumer waste.
Waste reduction was also a selling point for Komori’s demonstrations of its new LSX29 half-size press, which can handle up to a 24x291⁄2˝ sheet. Features such as its hi-speed start function at 12,000 sph to reduce waste; console-driven makeready functions, including one-touch blanket and impression cylinder cleaning; fully automatic plate changing of each plate in under 40 seconds; and a redesigned dampening system that allows for non-VOC printing all contribute to the environmental friendliness of the new press. Komori ran several jobs on the LSX29 continuously for 90 minutes each day during the show to illustrate its fast job changeover capabilities.
On the service front, the manufacturer announced KomoriCare 911, whereby Komori technicians are now available nationwide 24/7 to help customers troubleshoot press problems over the phone.
Although MAN Roland elected not to display a full press, it did exhibit a single unit from its new Roland 700 DirectDrive press. Winner of a 2007 PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Award, sheetfed presses equipped with direct drive technology cut makeready times by as much as 60 percent. Ideal for short-run printing, all of the plates can be changed at the same time while washup is taking place.