SHEETFED PRESSES -- Sizing Up the Options
In addition to offering the 23.5x29˝ format, Mitsubishi's Diamond Series sheetfed offset presses are available in sizes from 20.5x28˝ (Diamond 1000) through 40x56˝ (Diamond 6000) in configurations with up to 10 colors. The optional DiamondLink III electronic press control system encompasses PressLink for automatic presetting and control of press parameters, JobLink for online job tracking, and ColorLink for CIP4 compatibility and closed-loop color management. The system is PC-based and operates under Windows NT. The COMRAC (Centralized Operator Make Ready and Control) system comes standard.
One of the main things Polly USA would like potential buyers to know about its current press line is that these are not the same products it first brought to market in 1997, Macke says. The engineers started with a clean slate in developing the Polly Prestige 74 sheetfed press, he reports.
The 20.5x29.125˝ press is available in two-, four- and five-color configurations (perfecting currently is not supported) running at speeds to 13,000 sph. The machine features double-diameter impression and transfer cylinders and has a vacuum feed board. Its Polly Control I console is Windows 2000-based and CIP4 compliant. Automatic blanket and roller washing systems are standard. Polly USA also offers the 19x26˝ Performer 66.
If technology advances and productivity enhancements are not enough to convince printers that now is the time to buy a new sheetfed press, KBA's McKinney points out there currently is an added investment incentive available to equipment buyers.
"The economic stimulus bill includes a depreciation bonus," he explains. "Equipment buyers can double the depreciation (to 40 percent instead of 20 percent) they take in the first year. The bill doesn't increase the overall depreciation, but accelerates it in the first year. That can be a real advantage for someone buying a $1 million-plus piece of equipment."