Sheetfed Presses--Getting Connected
Sakurai recently updated all of its multicolor models; the pre-DRUPA releases including a 29˝, two-over-two perfector and the 28˝ series (in one through six colors) with coating and extended delivery.
Digital presses have become quite popular, and that's a development Omni-Adast has tried to stay ahead of, according to Rich McKenna, marketing coordinator.
"We have the DI press that goes directly from computer-to-press," McKenna says. "That's a trend more and more press manufacturers and shops are taking a look at. It gets away from the printing problems associated with water and chemicals, as well as the environmental aspects where there are fewer rules and regulations to which they have to conform. I think it will really change the way the traditional color separator and type shop do business."
Some manufacturers are sticking with the quick printing market, which they believe will remain viable over the long run. Swaneck Graphic Equipment, which distributes the Toko/ProPrint Offset brands, caters to these types of printers. Walter Gierlach, vice president of sales, says his products are gearing up in preparation for the new millennium.
"Most vendors are looking to the large-format presses, but we believe there is still a market for an appropriately priced, single-color press with a T-51AE second color head attached to them or the True Two color presses," he states "Both versions are coming out with new automation to keep up with the quick, quality work needed."
Faster makereadies, quality and ease of operation are three keys stressed by Hamada of America.
According to Mike Dighton, vice president of marketing and service, the company's B452A offering is in response to those demands. Its features include easy platesetting, blanket washers, stream feeder, running register and optional remote ink key control.
"Because of the lack of high-skilled personnel, Hamada designed the B452A to be easy to operate, easy to achieve ink and water balance, but still print with the highest quality in our market," he explains.