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Print 01 Technology Takes A Stand

November 2001
Print 01 featured numerous innovations in prepress, offset and bindery technologies. Find out all about them in part two of our show report.

&002;by Bob Neubauer

Walking the show floor at Print 01 was a printer's dream. Presses were churning out color posters, software was being demonstrated on large screens for small crowds, books were being folded, stitched and trimmed—wherever you looked, something was happening.

Though the September 11 attacks brought the show to a halt, show management said about 66,300 people attended overall. Vendors reported a number of sales. Heidelberg's NexPress subsidiary sold more than 70 NexPress 2100 presses, part of Heidelberg's $345 million in orders at the show. MAN Roland reported $20 million in sales. Indigo said it sold at least one of most of the products it was showing. Baum said it sold more than 30 pieces of equipment.

In part two of our Print 01 report, learn more about the technologies on display at the show.

Offset Printing

The short-run color market is booming. To help it flourish, A.B.Dick brought its QP25/QP25II offset presses to the show. Their Constant Contact Register System allows close register printing from a direct feed press. A micro-set ink fountain means easy setup of variable ink coverage for first-time jobs, and repeat printing with little or no fountain setup. An ink cleanup attachment reduces ink roller cleaning to 90 seconds. A.B.Dick also debuted the E-Ink system for the QP25. E-Ink lets operators manually set ink keys on a non-automated ink fountain.

Hamada of America introduced a new heavy-weight press—the Impulse 266/266P. It has a maximum sheet size of 20x26˝, producing up to 12,000 iph. Features include auto-plate loader and plate cylinder cocking on-the-fly, plus optional perfecting. Perfector changeover takes only 59 seconds from two-over-zero to one-over-one jobs, or vice versa. The press has continuous dampening and 18 ink rollers, including four different diameter form rollers.

Hamada also showed the new two-color B252, four-color B452 and five-color B552 presses. Features include Easy Plate Setter, blanket washers, running register, swing gripper in-feed, and landscape feeding.

Heidelberg unveiled the Printmaster PM 74 four-color press, with options including a remote ink control and semi-automatic sheet reversing device. Other features include the EasyPlate clamping device with automatic positioning run and new control panels with clear user guidance. It prints 12,000 sph.

Print 01 marked the North American debut of the Komori Lithrone 40SP super perfector press, which combines sheetfed quality with web-fed productivity. The design of the Lithrone 40 SP allows for one-pass, double-sided printing. Because sheets are not reversed, multi-color printing yields unmatched front-to-back registration accuracy. The space-saving Lithrone 40 SP is available in four-, five- and six-color configurations and comes with automatic plate changing on top and bottom units and automatic paper size and thickness adjustments.


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