Posts Tagged ‘Naresh’

  • Goss debuts Magnum Compact tower at China Print

    Goss International unveiled the Goss Magnum Compact 4-Hi tower on the morning of 14 May 2013, right at the start of the China Print exhibition in Beijing this week. Naresh Khanna, publisher of Print21’s sister magazine, Indian Printer & Publisher reports from Beijing.

    Goss has been discussing the new machine with prospective customers over the past few months. In the presence of Chinese government and print industry officials as well as the Asian media, Goss president, Rick Nichols (pictured right), introduced the highly automated single-width tower followed by a brief demonstration of its standard built-in auto plate loading system.

    The 4-Hi press tower is only 2.2 meters high and is constructed on rails so that the two ink and dampening trains on either side of the central cylinder configuration are pushed apart for easy maintenance.

    The opening of the inker units allows simple, single-level access to blankets, rubber rollers and ink ducts for cleaning and setting. The extremely ergonomic automatic plate loader is a flat waist-high horizontal table that also removes the old plate in a reusable condition – all in 30 seconds.

    The compact tower has multiple shaftless motors 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.

    With its low height, the 50,000 newspaper copies an hour press can be easily installed in plants already running single width presses. The Magnum Compact is also targeted at the book printing that can benefit from re-use of plates and the sem-commercial print market for which UV or heatset curing systems can be installed in line.

    The Magnum Compact product management and design team from three continents was present at what clearly represents an innovation based on listening to the colour quality and productivity needs of the huge number of single width newspaper and book printers around the world.

    Chris McPherson an Australian newspaper publisher and printer based in Shepparton Victoria said, “As the head of a family-owned newspaper organization and a long-time Goss Community press customer I am impressed by the new concept design that speaks to our modernization needs.”

  • Hunkeler Innovationdays wrap-up – part 1

    Naresh Khanna, Print21 Independent Media Alliance partner, and publisher of Indian Printer & Publisher, highlights some of the innovations on show at this year’s Hunkeler Innovationdays event in Lucerne, Switzerland.

    New digital print and finishing solutions

    The expanded five-day Hunkeler Innovationdays event in Lucerne started off without much fanfare in its inimitably friendly style. The turnout on the first day looked thin, and Stefan Hunkeler confirmed that the expectations were not for a large increase of visitors over the previous event in 2011. Moreover with the addition of an extra day, he expected the visitor numbers to be more comfortably spread out over the event.

    The next Hunkeler event is in 2015 and there are hints that it could be an even bigger show in that year. Certainly there seems to be support from the exhibitors who find the no-frills presentation of complete solutions without money being spent on decorations to be cost-effective. Even on the first day they were happy with the turnout of customers and potential customers who seem to know what they are looking for and have an understanding what they are looking at.

    What are the innovations in Innovationdays? There are a number of upgrades and new inline finishing equipments at the Hunkeler stand and at those of its OEM’s that address the automation of book block production, direct mail, and increasing the production of complex hybrid products such as a multi-page offset printed mailer that has new images and text that have been personalized on the basis of data mining.

    Hunkeler’s double plow book folder system that was introduced at Innovationdays 2011 and which can take input from printed reels or be positioned in-line to a webfed digital press seems to have matured with real life experience over the past two years. At the Hunkeler stand it is being demonstrated with a robot that can intelligently pick up book blocks for automating even single copy book orders. It can help in the instant and serial production and fulfillment of single orders containing multiple titles with great efficiency.

    Other interesting finishing solutions include the Fastblock lay-flat technology for pasting and binding photo books and coffee table books and a solution from Atlantic Ziesser for short monocartons using an inline rotary diecutter with a flexible magnetic die.

    There are several new digital presses at show or at least upgraded versions of earlier ones including the KBA Rotajet first shown at drupa 2012 and shown running here. Yesterday saw the global launch yesterday of the Kodak Prosper 5000XLi which contains an Intelligent Print System to monitor quality and make adjustments and enhancements on the fly.

    Xerox is showing not only its CiPress based on waterless inks but also its new Colour 8250 Production Printer. The 8250 is positioned so that its capital and running costs are lower than the iGens in order to serve direct mail and transactional markets that do not require the use of paper above 220gsm. Domino is also showing its monochrome book press at the show.