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Signature Offset expands with Goss web press

Feb 11, 2011 12:00 AM


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Signature Offset brought a Goss web press system into production ahead of schedule in late 2010 to accommodate new newspaper and publication contracts at its brand new facility in Jacksonville, FL.

“We originally built more time into our schedule for the startup, but customer demand at the new site exceeded our expectations,” explains Brain Moser, production director for the publication printing specialist that now has eight production sites throughout the United States. “Fortunately, the Goss team also exceeded expectations with the installation, training program and integration of the press within our multi-site digital prepress system.”

The new, 4-tower Community SSC press features Goss Omnicon controls and a versatile N-40 folder with quarterfolding capability. The new facility is the first on the east coast for Signature Offset, which is headquartered in Denver.

Moser attributes the strong start in Florida and the overall success of Signature Offset to a focus on coldset publication printing and a willingness to invest in technology. He says specialization generates expertise, efficiency and added value for customers that include community and college newspapers as well as consumer, ethnic, religious and special-interest titles. The company is especially adept at short run lengths and produces a complete range of product formats and sizes on newsprint and other uncoated stocks.

Press technology and exceptional support resources were the key factors when Signature Offset selected the Goss Community SSC system to anchor its east coast expansion. “This was an outstanding installation that had us fully operational in a very short time,” he says. “Goss International went above and beyond everything that they promised and everything that we expected.”

Signature Offset utilizes a centralized digital prepress platform across its eight sites. Moser says the Goss Omnicon press controls integrate seamlessly with that system, allowing automated presetting and operation of the Community SSC press as well as remote diagnostics.

“The performance and operability of the Omnicon controls have been great from day one, thanks in large part to an outstanding electrical training program,” he explains. “This type of digital interface was a vital differentiating factor when we chose this press, and we have not been disappointed.”