One month after successfully introducing the world's first
gapless newspaper press at drupa, Heidelberg is highlighting its
commitment to providing integrated production solutions at NEXPO
2000, San Francisco, June 17 until June 20
NEXPO, the Newspaper Association of America's flagship
event, is the world's largest annual technical exposition and
conference for news-papers. This event, held every June in the
United States, boasts over 210,000 square feet of exhibits and
"To keep newspapers compelling and competitive, publishers
will require advanced technology as well as systems that work
together to add speed, productivity, print quality and economy to
the production process," according to Heidelberg Web Systems
president Bob Brown. "We have distinguished ourselves as the only
supplier in the newspaper industry committed to providing both
cutting-edge components and integrated solutions."
Heidelberg is featuring its leading single-width and
double-width newspaper press systems at NEXPO 2000. A four-high
Mercury press tower is on display, along with the RBS 32 folder and
Omnicon control console from the Mainstream 80 press. A section
from the shaftless Magnapak inserter, three postpress products from
RIMA-SYSTEM and demonstrations of the Prima mailroom supervisory
software packages complete the presentation.
The double-width Mainstream press features a four-across
plate cylinder and a one-around blanket cylinder configuration.
Heidelberg's gapless blanket technology minimizes vibration and
allows premium print quality at up to 80,000 copies per hour. The
Mainstream was in full operation at the drupa show in Germany.
Heidelberg will install the initial Mainstream press at Dansk
AvisTryk in Denmark. The Telegraph Group and contract printers West
Ferry Printers Ltd. and Trafford Park Printers Ltd. intend to
install seven Mainstreams with a total of 263 couples at two
"At drupa, we clearly demonstrated how the application of our
proven Sunday Technology in this 1x4 format can deliver
productivity, economy and quality for large and mid-sized papers,"
according to Brown.
The Mainstream's Omnicon control console includes the
exclusive Omnipage automatic page recognition capability, a
breakthrough technology designed to reduce makeready time. This
"industry first" system utilizes digital cameras to instantly
recognize newspaper pages when they are placed on the console. The
system can then identify the corresponding page within the press
and automatically direct the control system to the appropriate
tower, web or printing couple. Small codes printed in the lower
margin of the newspaper pages signal the cameras.
The RBS 32 folder, designed specifically for the Mainstream,
can accommodate up to 12 webs with a 96-page capacity. It features
3:2 cylinder ratios and is designed for straight production, with
fewer moving parts than folders with collect capabilities and
reduced maintenance requirements. As demonstrated at drupa, a
high-capacity JF 255 jaw folder is also available for the
Heidelberg's four-page, single-width Mercury prints up to
45,000 copies per hour and is designed for print quality and
versatility. It can be configured with heatset capabilities for
semi-commercial printing and combined with units from Heidelberg's
horizontal web lead V-30 press line for increased color and
More than 2,000 printing couples from Heidelberg's
Mercury/V-30 press family have been sold throughout the world. A
recent installation at The Denver Post is being used to print the
national edition of The New York Times for Colorado distribution.
Transcontinental Printing's Interweb facility uses three Mercury
press lines to print the Toronto edition of The Globe and Mail,
Canada's national newspaper.
In the postpress area at NEXPO 2000, Heidelberg's Magnapak is
featured. The shaftless inserter provides high speed, low
maintenance and extensive zoning capabilities. It is expandable up
to 80 hoppers and can run at up to 30,000 papers per hour. More
than 400 newspaper mailrooms in North America rely on Heidelberg
products. The company offers a comprehensive line of packaging and
distribution components - including inserters, stackers,
gripper conveyors, storage systems and auxiliaries - to meet any
newspaper production contingency.
Heidelberg is also demonstrating its range of Prima
supervisory control systems at NEXPO. The integrated software
programs manage freestanding insert order entry and zoning as well
as production planning. They also interface with storage and bundle
A stacker, rotary trimmer and multi-format conveyor from
RIMA-SYSTEM round out Heidelberg's NEXPO display. The RS 3117 SL is
a 100,000 copies per hour counter-stacker with Hi Infeed. The RS
820, a new rotary trimmer, integrates head, foot or three-side
trimming and features adjustable vibrating side belts and a
pneumatically controlled top belt. RIMA's RS 230 conveyor section
combines bump- and flow-turn capabilities, allowing newspapers to
change product orientation without changing equipment. Heidelberg
is the exclusive North American representative for RIMA-SYSTEM.
For further information:
Heidelberg Web Systems
Tel.: +1 603 740 5907