SMALL-FORMAT PRESSES -- Small, But Powerful
"Adding this together gives users a quicker makeready and a higher quality output at a faster speed," explains Vice President Walter Gierlach. "This, in turn, gives the small offset press a nice future and makes it a necessary piece of equipment to round out most print shops."
Ken Hilderhoff, vice president of sales and marketing for Diamond Press, prefers to look at small-format presses like they are larger presses. He feels that the smaller presses must live up to the same expectations as their larger cousins, specifically when it comes to flexibility, fast make-readies and high quality.
The combination of these needs has led Diamond Press to develop the Diamond two- and four-color specialty and envelope presses. They have been designed to allow the printer to run at optimum speed on a multitude of substrates—either on bond paper for letterhead or paperboard for folding cartons.
"This is accomplished by specifying the correct feeder and size format, and it gives the printer every printing option on a two-color job, especially if they are only overprinting," Hilderhoff states. "The presses also have optional drying and/or coating systems. UV has grown in importance even with the smaller presses."
Halm Industries' latest product offerings are a pair of presses: the Super Jet Plus and the EM5315, Both meet its customers' fast make-ready and quick production demands. The Super Jet Plus is the fastest press in the Halm line and has a fountain disconnect on the first head so users can run the second head as a single-color unit. This allows for shorter setup time on commonly used colors without the need to run a lubricant on the first head.
Leo Caproni III, general manager of Shinohara, predicts that small-format presses will continue to have a positive future. To wit, his company offers a wide range of presses for different printing budgets. Its high-end machines feature labor-saving devices such as CIP3/CIP4 interfaces, which allow files to be sent to the press console directly from the prepress department. Also featured on Shinohara presses are automatic plate changers, remote consoles with control of ink key opening, ink fountain roller sweep and dampening fountain roller speed.