Offset press manufacturers’ presence with their innovations at China Print 2013

Offset press manufacturers’ presence with their innovations at China Print 2013 With their latest innovations world leading offset press manufacturers showcased their latest products and services at the show in a bog way. Including others the stands of some of internationally acclaimed offset press manufacturers including Goss International, Heidelberg, Komori, manroland sheetfed, Mitsubishi, etc, were star attractions at the show. Goss International:

Vinayak Munnipalli, general manager - Sales and Technical from SL Kulkarni Cyril Graphics Pvt Ltd with Rakesh Shah, operations officer at Navneet Publications and his colleague.Recognizing changing habits of readers and emerging opportunities for printers, Goss International made impressive debut of Goss Magnum Compact press at China Print 2013, a first-of-its-kind, highly automated 2x1 web offset press for the production of newspapers, books and semi-commercial publications. The new Goss Magnum Compact press system boasts a range of design features packaged to deliver fast makereadies, simplified operation and run-length flexibility. The new design retains proven and class-leading features of the Goss Community/Magnum platform – the world’s best selling single-width press platform – while introducing automatic plate loading and compact design to this market sector for the first time.

The inclusion of automatic plate changing as standard is a crucial factor in delivering new capabilities. Enabling plates for the next product or edition to be loaded while the press is running, the full sequence of old plate removal/new plate loading requires less than thirty seconds, producing a dramatic impact on crew requirements, makeready waste and press uptime. Additionally the removed plates can be reused – making this technology ideal for repeat small-batch production of books and other publications.

Multi-shaftless press drives are similarly standard on every model, with the result that each cylinder level and inker module is driven totally independently, as is the infeed roller, providing maximum flexibility and control over changeover waste. This control can be further enhanced with the addition of optional Goss DigiRail digital inking.

According to Eric Bell, Goss International marketing director, this combination of automation technologies makes the Magnum Compact press ideal for producing run lengths from as low as 500 copies through to 2,50,000+. “Today’s cost pressures on printed media mean that printers of every size and variety need to streamline production, reduce overheads, and keep their presses running round-the-clock,” comments Bell, adding, “This press system is another example of Goss using its decades of engineering and technological expertise to bring the benefits of automation and large-scale production efficiencies to smaller operations. This latest innovation will deliver more flexibility and opportunity for printers of newspapers, as well as books and specialized or niche publications.”

As well as the widely-acknowledged print quality benefits of compact towers, the short height (2.2m), single-level design of the Magnum Compact press also provides clear operational benefits, enabling prepress, press and mailroom to be operated seamlessly. Maintenance is also simplified – the opening of the inker units allows simple, single-level access to blankets, rubber rollers and ink ducts for cleaning and setting.

The low height also means that this press can be installed in simple industrial buildings. As a result, both initial investment and ongoing operating costs are reduced dramatically, while environmental impact is also lessened.

In reducing makeready time by as much as 90 percent, the automation of the Magnum Compact enables printers and publishers to reach into new markets and new applications. Short run lengths and low pagination can be produced cost-effectively. Folders accommodating up to 16 webs enable smart production configurations, while quarter folder and double parallel options add format flexibility for books, semi-commercial magazines, direct mail and academic literature. Heatset and UV options can also offer added-value.

“Tackling the main sources of cost in printing, the Magnum Compact design incorporates features for reducing overheads – including crew sizes – and materials consumption into a press design that facilitates a wider application range,” concludes Bell. “What’s more, with greater substrate flexibility and the use of standard inks and consumables, the Magnum Compact press even presents a compelling alternative to inkjet presses for a number of applications and business models.”

The new Magnum Compact press drew worldwide interest at the show and was a key highlight across exhibits of other shows like Printtek in Istanbul, Turkey (May 17-22) and Poligrafia Expo in Poznan, Poland (May 21-24).

Heidelberg:

The new Heidelberg SX press platform made its debut on the Chinese market in the form of the Speedmaster SX 102 eight-colour perfecting press.With premiere of the Speedmaster SX platform on the Chinese market, the company presented its products and services, including a large number of innovations, on the growing Asian market, under the banner Discover HEI. “We were very pleased with the outcome of the trade show,” said Marcel Kiessling, member of the Heidelberg management board responsible for sales and services, adding, “Customers showed great interest in our new products and services. We are confident that we’ll continue to profit from the potential offered by this region in the future.”

The Heidelberg trade show stand was dedicated to aspects of particular interest to customers in China and other countries in Asia - high productivity through lean production processes (HEI Productivity), coating and special effects in packaging printing (HEI Emotions and HEI End), web-to-print (HEI Integration), and green printing (HEI Eco). Visitors were given an insight into a complete print shop workflow for packaging printing. Heidelberg also demonstrated the entire production process for commercial printing with a particular focus on lean production and integration of web-to-print. Products and services for green printing were covered in all segments.

The new SX press platform made its debut on the Chinese market in the form of the Speedmaster SX 102 eight-colour perfecting press. This platform has been optimized for the commercial print segment in particular and is aimed primarily at print shops that are expanding and therefore need to increase their productivity further still.

The standard Speedmaster SM 52 and SM 74 four-colour presses made at the Chinese production facility in Qingpu near Shanghai were also on display in Beijing. In addition, visitors had the opportunity to see the Speedmaster CD 102 five-colour press, which was added to the Qingpu production programme in spring last year. Heidelberg is the only European press manufacturer to have its own factory in China. Since it opened in 2005, the factory has produced over 900 presses of various formats and more than 770 Stahlfolder KH 66/78 folding machines for sale in China and other countries. Around half of the printing units ordered at the show were for standard machines made in Qingpu.

In response to the demands of the Asian market for seamless machine operation, Heidelberg presented its portfolio for services and consumables. This takes the form of made-to-measure service agreements for the various print shop business models. Heidelberg has further developed its Remote Service concept and now also offers the Remote Monitoring function. With this function, the status of the machine is monitored continuously during operation so that any faults or problems can be identified at an early stage. Saphira consumables from Heidelberg combined with the comprehensive service portfolio enable Chinese print shops to get the most out of their equipment while also protecting the environment. Chinese customers at the show were also very interested in finding suitable financing concepts. Heidelberg Financial Services offered a comprehensive range of financing solutions in cooperation with local external financing partners. In this market, Heidelberg makes around two-thirds of its machine sales in active cooperation with its partners. Notably, Heidelberg generates around 16 percent of its total sales in China, thus making it the biggest single market for the company, and market growth is expected to continue in the future.

Komori:

Introduced a new four colour Lithrone A37, besides showcasing state-of-the-art technologies and System series of web presses.

With focus become business partners of visitors, contributing to expanding profits and increasing productivity through their state-of-the-art technologies and solutions, Komori Corporation exhibited three offset printing presses and one print-on-demand digital printing system based on its KOMORI OnDemand theme.

The KOMORI OnDemand concept is the fusion of OffsetOnDemand, the system that handles short runs and tight job turnaround schedules by cutting print preparation time, paper losses, and the time needed for all printing processes while retaining both the high print quality and high productivity that are the outstanding feature of offset printing, with DigitalOnDemand, the new solutions that promote the effective coordination of offset-oriented digital printing and postpress processes. At this exhibition, they presented KOMORI OnDemand solutions featuring the latest technologies through OffsetOnDemand and DigitalOnDemand demonstrations.

Along with demonstrating LITHRONE G40 four-colour 40-inch H-UV-equipped offset press (GL-440 +H-UV), LITHRONE G40 six-colour 40-inch UV offset press with in-line coater (GL-640 +C+UV), the company also introduced new four-colour 37-inch offset press LITHRONE A37 (LA-437)which is compact and yet capable of meeting a wide range of printing needs on papers extending from light to heavy stock, the new Lithrone A37 is an ideal machine for consistent high-quality printing of page work that allows 8-up impositions of A4 or US letter sheets including a CMS color bar that enables colour control.

The Impremia C80 full colour digital printing system was shown in the DigitalOnDemand Area. The high image quality made possible by its 1,200-dpi resolution makes the Impremia C80 a toner-based digital printing system capable of handling a wide variety of work. Color matching centered on offset printing was also introduced with the K-ColorSimulator, the CMS software developed by Komori.

Besides, the Komori System Series of web offset presses and perfecting (P) and dedicated double-sided (SP) sheetfed presses that have won an exceptionally strong reputation throughout the industry were also introduced. The DoNet range of products that support KOMORI OnDemand, the company presented their latest technologies, including KHS-AI (Advanced Interface) with self-learning function, PCC (PQC CIP Communicator), and K-Station (Printing Task Control Software/JDF Interface).

manroland sheetfed GmbH:

China Print 2013 came to an end proving successful for manroland sheetfed, China, who reported a good turnout of visitors and a number of new ROLAND press orders. Visitors to the stand witnessed a ROLAND 700 HiPrint 6-colour with coating in 3B+ format (Qingdao Jiabao Printing Packaging Co) in action with topics on improving efficiency; reducing operating costs and improving profit margins to achieve sustainable profitability and development.

In a press conference on the occasion, Rafael Penuela, chief executive officer of manroland sheetfed GmbH expressed delighted with the overall success achieved by manroland sheetfed ever since acquired by Langley Holdings plc. He also went on to say that sales of new sheetfed offset presses were not only meeting but exceeding expectations and manroland holds a strong position especially in the packaging and high end commercial printing fields. “manroland sheetfed was fast becoming the first choice of many print companies in South East Asia and following its new ownership and successful restructuring of group headquarters, manroland sheetfed has been transformed into a profit-orientated enterprise more conducive in providing even better all-round solutions for customers to lead their markets and secure more business opportunities,” commented Adam Yuen managing director of manroland, Greater China.

During the event manroland arranged for clients to visit Tianjin Tingzheng Printing & Packing Material Co Ltd, the world’s largest manufacturer of instant noodles, who currently has four 6-colour ROLAND 700 HiPrint presses with coating in 3B+ format in their Tianjin facility. Those who visited the facility could not help but be impressed at the high productivity achieved, efficient operation and standardized management flow systems. Tianjin Tingzheng, part of the leading Ting Hsin International Group, operate a total of ten manroland sheetfed six-colour ROLAND 700 presses; with the latest four machines equipped to 3B-Plus Format. Since setting up their own printing house in 2007, the company has operated 23 hours continuously every day in three shifts with the average output per machine per year at around 90 – 100 million sheets; that is approx 260,000 sheets per day!

Mitsubishi:

Exhibiting their latest sheet-fed printing press, the DIAMOND V3000AS-4, the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Printing & Packaging Machinery’s (MHI-PPM) booth was the centre of much activity, receiving large numbers of visitors on each day of the event. “Brand DIAMOND” is an expression of how the superior Mitsubishi offset printing technology can maximize the profit enjoyed by their customers. DIAMOND V3000AS-4 maintains the high quality of conventional offset printing while delivering further improvements to productivity, in this case achieving a maximum printing speed of 17,100 sheets per hour. The exhibit also featured live demonstrations of the all-unit simultaneous automatic plate changing system (SimulChanger) that is installed on this press, and introduced examples of Mitsubishi printing presses installed at Chinese companies including Zhejiang Post and Telecommunications Printing, Dongguan FuYang Printing, and Beijing Lifeng Yagao Changcheng Printing. The products were well received by the visitors, who explained how the primary concern of their printing companies was improving productivity by minimizing press stop time in order to acquire more work and produce profits. They were also impressed by the demonstration of SimulChanger plate changing, during which the narrator measured the time with a stopwatch and showed that plate changing was completed in a little more than one minute.

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