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Jun 1, 2008 12:00 AM
At Drupa, Goss International. (Bolingbrook, IL) unveiled the M-600 Folia, a new dryerless web press intended as a long perfector alternative. Utilizing standard 16-page Goss M-600 printing units and new sheeter technology developed exclusively with VITS, the 30,000 sph press prints high-quality sheeted products on coated stocks without a dryer. Live demonstrations stressed fast makereadies, low waste and short-run efficiency. Additional M-600 units can be added for special colors and varnishes.
“The simplified, dryerless configuration makes the footprint approximately the same as that of a long perfector, but the speed [is] more than double,” says Greg Norris, marketing and communications manager, Goss Intl. “We feel the productivity advantage, combined with the print quality, lower paper costs and overall ROI, will create a compelling new alternative for some printers considering perfectors.”
The M-600 Folia press utilizes sheetfed inks and consumables, and its M-600 printing units accommodate multiple-weight paper stocks. The sheeter conveys the printed web using air rollers. Rotary cutter and air knife technology are used to form, slow down and stack the sheets. Nonstop pallet exchange capabilities allow continuous printing.
Fully automatic plate changing allows all plates, or any combination of plates, to be changed in less than three minutes. DigiRail digital inking technology provides a stream of digitally monitored pulses onto the ink rail to improve consistency and quality, and to reduce makeready time, start-up waste and maintenance.