For narrow-web press manufacturers, slender is the way to go.
by Joy English, Assistant Editor
IN THE UNITED States, it seems as though almost everything comes in super-sized proportions, from french fries and sodas to trashbags and toilet paper. But increased numbers do not necessarily equate to increased value.
Narrow-web press suppliers will agree. They are offering converters a "super-sized" value, without the extra inches. And converters looking for short-run flexibility with quick changeovers are finding that narrow-web presses are opening the door to increased flexibility and more options.
Narrowing the field
Narrow-web presses, generally less than 24˝ wide, are making short-runs and quick changeovers possible, while their counterpart, wide-format presses, are ideally suited for longer runs. Numerous narrow-web presses are enhanced with added features that benefit converters.
For short to medium runs, Brandtjen & Kluge's Web Press System offers efficient changeover and setups. The 15.5˝ press is available in offset and/or UV flexo configurations with speeds up to 500 fpm. It comes standard with an unwind unit, an offset printing tower that uses two-cylinder print cartridges, a processor unit, and a folder unit. Benefits of the Web Press System include quick makereadies, low waste, and compatibility with computer-to-plate polyester printing plates. Options, such as variable-image printing, in-line MICR ribbon encoding, rotary foil stamping, and web reinsertion are available.
Comco's ProGlide MSP can print films, flexible packaging, and carton board and now includes "The Power of Servo." The new servo system increases the press' efficiency. The press also features pre-registration and re-registration, automatic ink and impression adjustments, web tension management of infeed and outfeed with constant speed and tension, tooling management, intermediate web pacing with a velocity mode and variable press stepping, and job storage and historical data. The ProGlide, with Comco's shuttle deck system for quick print-unit makeready between jobs, also offers maximum speeds of 750 fpm.