Choosing More Advanced and Efficient Web Press Systems

At this year’s GRAPH EXPO, Goss International (Booth 1636) is highlighting why printers are choosing to invest in its technology for competitive advantages worldwide and especially in North America, where the company has earned a near-unanimous share of the market for commercial web presses through 2010 and 2011.

Sales VP Graham Trevett says printers have selected new Goss presses for commercial and publication printing as well as specialized applications ranging from direct mail to playing cards. “The common denominator is the ROI from our Omnicon automation package, on-the-fly Automatic Transfer job changes, DigiRail digital inking, and other modern features,” he explains. “There comes a point when older systems just can’t compete.” Green advantages such as substantial paper savings, lower energy consumption, and reduced emissions give new presses environmental and economic appeal.

With higher output and uptime, a new Goss Sunday press often replaces two or even three older presses, Trevett notes. At the same time, automation allows web printers to gain that added productivity with faster makereadies, lower waste, and smaller crews, extending productivity and economic benefits of web printing to the shorter run lengths that customers are demanding.


Staying competitve

Canada’s Solisco Printers is a case in point. The company will add a Goss Sunday 3000 press with a 75" width and DigiRail digital inking. Co-owner Alain Jacques says lower waste, faster job changes, and the opportunity to triple productivity with the same crew size warrants the replacement of less-efficient capacity. “We can’t stand still if we want to stay competitive,” Jacques adds.

Long-time Sunday press user Brown Printing brought a similar press into production this summer in Minnesota, with the extended 75" width and DigiRail inking. The Goss DigiRail option replaces open-fountain inkers with gear pumps that deliver ink to the ink train via digitally controlled valves. The technology allows faster, more accurate startups and makes it easier to control ink density and color across the web during operation.

Also in Minnesota, the Japs-Olson Company installed its second eight-unit Sunday 2000 direct mail press with Goss Automatic Transfer technology and inline finishing. Operators can complete a makeready for a new job on four idle units and then bring those units on impression while simultaneously taking the four units printing the previous job off impression without stopping the press.

Direct mail applications are emerging as a niche for the Sunday 2000 model, as illustrated by the presses at Japs-Olson and new Sunday 2000 systems at Vertis, Quad/Graphics, and several other U.S. sites. “Direct mail volumes are steady, and a web press that can be integrated with a new or existing inline finishing system to produce high-quality, highly targeted products at lower costs is a powerful weapon,” explains Trevett. “The extended width, appropriate cutoffs, and Automatic Transfer capability for versioning create an attractive two- or three-for-one replacement scenario for older presses such as the Harris M-110 model commonly used for direct mail.”


Adding web capacity

While established web operations replace older capacity with newer Sunday presses, pressure in the sheetfed sector is leading printers to add web capacity as a way to differentiate and offer their customers a one-stop shop. Imprimerie F.L. Chicoine in Quebec, Canada, owned by husband and wife Francois Chicoine and Line Chamberland, is poised to install a 57" wide Sunday 2000 press later this year. The owners see it as the right complement to their sheetfed presses because it can match the print quality, deliver the economic advantages of web offset, and expand the range of products they provide for customers.

“The pressure to produce better products faster, in shorter run lengths, and at a lower cost is keeping the market relatively active,” Trevett concludes. “Printers in every sector are interested in opportunities to do things differently and to make sensible investments to replace less efficient press capacity.”