With the market for single-width presses maintaining pace and evolving, particularly in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Goss International has expanded its highly successful Community/Magnum press range with an entirely new platform that delivers higher speeds and lower cost-per-page printing.
The first two Magnum HPS presses have been delivered in Asia, and a printing tower will be featured at the Goss stand at drupa 2012.
"The new Magnum HPS model builds on the features of the existing Community/Magnum, the bestselling Goss newspaper press series ever, as well as the current world market leader in the single-width newspaper press sector," says Jacques Navarre, Goss International senior vice president of sales and marketing. "Our development objective for the new HPS version was to harness the experience gained from over 40,000 installed units to make a positive impact on the bottom-line performance for printers looking for single-width versatility in combination with higher speeds."
The new Magnum HPS press has a two-page across, single-around format and is available at speeds up to 70,000 copies per hour.
"We are always striving to provide higher value from our products. Often the improvements are incremental, but this new Magnum platform has the potential to make a fundamental difference in how our customers approach their newspaper and semi-commercial operations," confirms Navarre.
To achieve a high performance-to-cost ratio with the Magnum HPS press, the Goss International development team drew from the strengths of the entire Goss portfolio of newspaper and semi-commercial presses. Modifications of the standard Magnum platform included such improvements as an ergonomically designed H-frame configuration to dramatically improve plating access and hence job changeover, and the latest design of printing cylinders with triple race bearings, through bearers and narrow gap, reel-rod lock-ups.
Other performance-enhancing technical features include optimum web tension control with synchronized shaftless drives for infeed and outfeed as well as on the printing towers; and centralized control of all essential press operations such as adjustment to ink keys, spray bars and registration.
"Automation is the key to press utilization, which in turn optimizes a printer's capital outlay," states Navarre. "For that reason, in parallel to the engineering improvements, we have included a new version of Goss press controls for the Magnum HPS press, which reduces job set-up and recall, as well as giving quality control down to page level."
The new Magnum HPS press will initially be available with 546mm, 560mm and 578mm cut-offs and two jaw folder options - J1:3:3 suitable for production speeds up to 50,000 copies per hour and J2:3:3 for the highest speed production. Both folders have the usual array of advanced features and quarter folder or double parallel options.