SMALL-FORMAT PRESSES -- Small, But Powerful
With more customers demanding four-color work, Sakurai USA Product Manager Mike Grego points out that his company has answered the call with a fully automated, fast makeready press with a sheet size designed for the U.S. market. According to Grego, the 458EII/EPII offers twice the productivity of similarly priced 14x20˝ machines when printing 81⁄2x11˝ format work. The sheet size advantage allows for the printing of work-and-turn jobs that save a complete makeready and a set of four plates.
"In simple terms, a 14x20˝ press would need to run over 26,000 impressions per hour to match the net output of the 13,000 impressions per hour of the 458EII/EPII," Grego explains. "Sakurai sees the future of the small, single- and two-color format presses fading away to the highly competitive four-color market. The largest growth market appears to be in this short run, high-quality, quick-turnaround format. At Sakurai, we feel that we have positioned ourselves in order to deliver the most productive machine in the industry."
While two-color press sales may be dropping at Sakurai, Don Trytten, vice president of xpedx/Import Group, informs that his company's two-color Ryobi press sales are holding steady. Even so, xpedx does the bulk of its business in selling four-color machines.
"We are offering two- and four-color presses with greater degrees of automation and continuous dampeners," Trytten says. "We are also introducing our four-color DI press for the direct-to-press market. We feel that the quality of print, registration, fast imaging and ease of maintenance make this machine very desirable to the market. The Ryobi product line will continue to offer presses to meet the increasing demands of the market."
Swaneck Graphic Equipment produces a user-friendly water system for small-format presses. The Toko-R2S was recently upgraded to the Toko R2SH and will soon be renamed the Proprint-R2SH. This press has a continuous water system with three ink form rollers and one water form roller. In addition to this larger press ink and water system format, the Proprint has pin register for easy registration aligning and is leverless for ease of operation.