KBA North America reports that its parent, the Koenig & Bauer Group, will display its KBA Compacta 818 among a number of non-web offerings. The new unit is a high-performance, 64-page commercial offset that addresses the need for high quality and fast turnarounds. The press features dedicated, shaftless devices for the reelstand, infeed unit, each individual printing unit, chill roller stand, draw rollers in the superstructure and an automatically convertible P5 folder. The press also features semi-automatic plate change and quality control using in-line densitometry.
Cost and quality related customer issues are at the foreground for Miracle Press. To help address these concerns, Miracle Press operates a state-of-the-art machining facility equipped with advanced CNC technology. The company will be displaying its 3500, 3550 folder and console.
Solna Web has increased its folding, sheeting and in-line finishing options in order to meet the needs of producing a wide variety of product sizes and formats, beyond eight-, 16- and 32-page signatures. "A well thought-out press configuration, some of which the printer hasn't heard of before, can help propel the channel-visioned into a very broad spectrum of production possibilities," notes Rich Kerns, president. "Alternative drying, such as UV, EB and IR, only help to expand the horizons."
Solna Web will tout its C800 commercial web press, which debuted at IPEX 98, that is geared toward short to medium, high-quality runs. The unit is particularly suited to accommodate a wide variety of substrates and paper weights with its bearerless technology.
Making its debut is the Solna D400 vertical tower, featuring multiple sets of four-high towers and vertical dryers. The unit is aimed at complex and heavy page-count configurations, as well as the four-color directory printing segment.
Among the vital factors that drive press design for Matik North America are shorter runs, substrate and paper weight flexibility, fast changeovers, modern accessibility and integrated information technology, according to Peter Schrobenhauser. "The Goebel Ecoprint, Novaprint and the Combiprint are directed to different markets, from forms and direct mail, with UV, to packaging and commercial heatset web printing," he says.