King Press is showing the latest Print King IV vertical web offset tower, which features extra-wide bearers on the blanket and plate cylinders.
Extremely fast makereadies also top the priority list for Timsons, according to President Ken DeVito, along with manufacturing and production quality. Speed, however, cannot be attained at the expense of quality. "Timsons folders can fold signatures up to 96 pages," DeVito says. "The important thing here is that we produce a quality fold. There is no room for error in the folding of books."
The company will be showcasing its Timsons T-48A arch press, one of the fastest makeready presses available in the book market, boasting a makeready time of 21⁄2 minutes.
Improving print quality, productivity and efficiency remain the key factors in today's web printing equation because they are the factors that can give high-volume printing a competitive advantage over other media, according to Tim Klee, director of marketing for Heidelberg Web Systems.
"Personalizing products for smaller audience segments also makes print more attractive," Klee states. "Consequently, while overall web printing volume is increasing, individual run lengths are decreasing."
Every day will be "Sunday" for Heidelberg in Dusseldorf next month as it showcases the 24-page Sunday 2000 (available in a 16-page format, as well), which is designed for short and medium runs, as well as the 48-page Sunday 4000, designed for high-pagination printing.
"With gapless blankets, we have eliminated the vibration-related disturbances that occur when the blanket gaps meet in a conventional-technology press," Klee notes. "This technology improves print quality significantly and increases productivity dramatically by providing the dynamic stability to run wider webs at faster speeds."
Klee notes that in the case of the Sunday 2000, gapless technology allows Heidelberg to offer a 24-page press (six pages wide) instead of the traditional 16-page model (four pages wide). The result is 50 percent more pages per cylinder revolution without increasing personnel.