SMALL-FORMAT SHEETFEDS -- Small Press Envy
One manufacturer with many small-format press options available to printers is Ryobi, which is distributed by the xpedx Import Group. "We are able to offer a press for any given need. We have a variety of machines and do not need to adapt a machine to fit all needs," reports Don Trytten, xpedx vice president and general manager.
Among Ryobi's vast product array are the Model 510 and 512, an economical, A3-plus-size press available in either single- or two-color versions. Press options include: molleton or continuous dampeners, stream feeder, underswing gripper and vertical/lateral registration adjustment.
The 510 and 512 can also be equipped with in-line numbering and perforating equipment. The Ryobi 520 series of presses are available in one-, two-, four-, five- and six-color units, and come with or without in-line coating systems.
Adast America also offers a variety of models for the small-format press market. Among its offerings is the Adast 507, which is available in one or two colors. The 507 also offers remote ink and register control.
The QP25 offset press is the newest addition to the A.B.Dick family of presses. It prints multicolor work using the Constant Contact Control Register System. According to A.B.Dick, the Kompac II segregated, non-motorized continuous dampener with patented Auto Recovery Moisture System delivers sharp, dense images and can be used with a wide variety of inks.
More Vendor Choices
Another vendor, Polly USA offers both the Polly 66 press series and the Polly Prestige 74 press series. The Polly 66 is a 19x26˝ press while the Polly Prestige 74 is a 20.5x29.125˝ model. Both are available in two, four and five colors.
Hamada of America markets its new two-color B252, four-color B452 and five-color B552. Features are said to include Easy Plate Setter, blanket washers, running register, swing gripper in-feed, landscape feeding and heavy-duty construction. The B552 also features in-line aqueous tower coating and an ink console.