The Wizard of Printing
Represented through a network of 50 local dealers, the national distributor also revealed plans to open its new 20,000-square-foot Ryobi press demonstration and learning center on October 22 in Lenexa, KS. Aside from housing various Ryobi presses on a rotating basis for demonstration purposes, the new center will provide detailed information on the latest technologies such as UV, chemical embossing, spot metallic color and lenticular printing.
Sakurai USA also debuted a larger size press: the 25x38˝ SD Series Model 96. The 16-page 96 Series is available in four- to six-color configurations, plus coating and perfecting, and can run at 16,000 sph.
“Automation Affordable” was the theme of the ADAST booth, where its new AdaRegister automated registration system was shown on a four-color ADAST 707 Series press. The AdaRegister system can cut makeready time by 20 percent and reduce paper waste by about 50 press sheets per job.
Akiyama used its booth to showcase Micron F and S Series paper cutters manufactured by S.W.D. Ltd., the second largest producer of cutters in the world. More than 900 units reportedly have already been installed in the United States. And Hamada extolled the benefits of combining a Hamada four-color press with Mitsubishi Silver DigiPlate polyester plates for an affordable workflow solution.
Commercial web offset starred at the Goss booth, where the company announced that its DigiRail digital inking technology—originally developed for newspaper and insert presses—is now offered as an option on new M-600 and gapless Sunday commercial web models, or as retrofit for some existing Goss presses.
The technology replaces traditional analog “open fountain” ink delivery with digital ink pack devices housing low-torque, in-line gear pumps. The pumps feed ink pulses to the ink train through individual valves, which are controlled digitally. The series of ink pack devices are mounted on an aluminum rail against the first ink roller. Each ink pack for commercial web applications has a synchronous AC motor and 12 individual ink metering valves that operate in a binary on/off fashion. The valves are each pulsed by separate digital signals, and varying the “on time” of the pulses allows precise ink volumes to be delivered.