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New Shinohara range of presses

Monday, 26 February 2007
By Print 21 Online Article

Setting the benchmark for value and performance, the new range of Shinohara presses, released at this year’s IGAS, is sure to be a winner for Currie & Company.

The completely redesigned presses not only look sleek and ultra-modern, but the company claims their technology is out in front of anything else available on the market. Over three press sizes, 52, 66 and 75, the SHINOHARA machines have speeds up to 17,000 impressions per hour with perfecting models at every size.

The new generation Shinohara

According to Bernie Robinson, (pictured) general manager of Currie & Company, the new range SHINOHARA are the best value presses around. He points to the single diameter cylinder on the straight four-colour 52 as the most economical way for printers to move up into production colour printing without spending millions.
“We have always had a good user base of Shinohara customers in Australia and New Zealand and when they saw this new range they were impressed. We expected improvements but these new presses have passed all our expectations,” he said.

The first new generation SHINOHARA 52 is currently being installed at Lake Printers on the NSW North Coast.

New features provide better value

The revolutionary SHINOHARA Pre-Inking System (SPIS) is a major advance in slashing run-up time to saleable prints. Following an automatic wash-up or an ink-run out, it delivers an optimum film of ink to the rollers. This enables the printer to come up to speed within 10 to 30 sheets at the beginning of every printing cycle.
It operates in conjunction with and enhances CIP3 data through the new-look control console.

Among the other new features in this range of SHINOHARA presses is a suction belt feeder system that will ensure smoother transport of sheets through the press. The new SHINOHARA series offset presses have wider job capacity. They now run to a larger maximum paper size and are capable of handling a wider range of printing plate sizes, up to the 8-up B5 size paper printing.

Long recognised as one of the most productive machines in the world the SHINOHARA now come in a variety of pile heights with a medium pile option on both the 66 and 75 as well as a high pile on the 52. These delivery systems heights are designed to allow printers to have the press that suits their individual needs.

The High Pile

The large size 75 range consists of presses from the single-sided and perfecting four-colour 75IV through to five- and six-colour machines up to the eight-colour single-sided and perfecting SHINOHARA 75VIII and 75VIIIP.

According to Robinson, the new SHINOHARA 75 shows all the signs of being one of the most popular major offset presses in Australia and New Zealand next year. ”SHINOHARA has always been very popular with local printers and we expect quite a number will take advantage of he new release to move up to the latest technology and the larger size.”

Among the well-known SHINOHARA features that have been made even better in the makeover is the semi-automatic changeover perfecting system. This means that switching from straight to perfecting printing, and vice-versa, is a simple matter. Complete perfecting changeover takes only about a minute. The semi-automated changeover system uses a safety monitor to guide operators through three easy steps, resulting in higher operator efficiency and greater throughput.

The perfecter uses a rigid, monocast turnover cylinder with a patented master/subgripper system to offer precision, speed, and high reliability in single- or double-sided printing.

The presses can be spec’d up to the max with SHINOHARA advanced technology options including semi-automatic plate loading, easy plate cocking, cardboard printing system, aqueous inline coater, infrared dryer, imprinting & numbering and swing-away unit.

  • The SHINOHARA semi-automatic Plate Changer (SPC) reduces the time and skill needed to change plates. With the SPC, plate changing is reduced to a one-minute operation per unit that begins at the POD control screen.
    The SPC requires no goo bender, resulting in more efficient operation.
  • The SHINOHARA exclusive cocking system is the only one in the world to allow the plate clamp to be skewed during operation. Cocking adjustments can be entered electronically via the operation console, or imported from floppy disk data taken on the SRIM automatic register-mark and image area measurement device.
    A cocking adjustment can be dramatically achieved with the superior combination of motors on the plate clamp device and motors on the plate cylinder.
  • The straight multicolour offset press can be equipped with an optional convertible cardboard printing system that accepts up to 0.6mm thick stocks, broadening the range of products your business can offer.
  • SHINOHARA easy-to-use aqueous inline coater adds a glossy finish and greater durability to your printed materials. The inline coater is used in conjunction with a hot air dryer and an infrared dryer.
  • The infrared dryer is used to set the ink on printed sheets, reducing the amount of spray powder necessary to prevent offset after printing. Its use enables higher delivery piles, more efficient post-print processing, and a cleaner work environment. Medium-wave (non CE-certified Japanese JARD) and high-speed short-wave (CE-certified Swedish IVT Graphics) models are available.
  • A multipurpose swing-away unit capable of numbering, additional-colour relief imprinting, and radial- and cross-perforating is available for use at the delivery end of the press.
  • The preregister system allows operators to pinpoint register marks on printing plates, to ensure speedy and accurate plate punching and preregistering before installing on the plate cylinder. A high-precision opto-mechanical preregistering mechanism is used.
  • The SRIM, an award winner from Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry, automatically measures both register marks and image area simultaneously, capturing and storing precise measurement data on a floppy disk. The disk can be inserted into the operation console, which automatically adjusts ink-key apertures and vertical, horizontal and skew registration settings in a single operation.

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