MainStream 80 Will Feature Sunday Technology in Double Width Straight Format
The first model in Heidelberg's new family of newspaper
presses will be an eight-page double width press that will run in a
The MainStream 80 will also be the first newspaper press to
incorporate the company's proven Sunday Technology.
After announcing its intentions last November to create a new
generation of newspaper presses, Heidelberg released details
regarding the first new press at the Newspaper Association of
America SuperConference on January 14. The MainStream 80 will be
introduced in its full capacity at drupa 2000 in Dusseldorf.
"This press, and those that follow in the MainStream family,
will make you re-define the way you do business in the
future," Heidelberg Web Systems technical sales specialist
Peter Walczak told the SuperConference audience.
Heidelberg choose the double width straight format to provide
newspaper publishers with greater productivity and flexibility
while helping them to reduce operating costs. Sunday Technology
will provide the dynamic stability necessary for the press to run
at 80,000 revolutions per hour. "Our research included
interviews with 90 top newspaper industry decision makers around
the world," Walczak explained. "They indicated a
preference for straight format presses because of the trend toward
uneven paged sections, unbalanced sections, tighter deadlines and
narrower print windows."
The MainStream 80's double width straight format will
reduce plate consumption by up to 50 percent compared to a 16-page
press running straight, and the press will be 100 percent more
productive than a single width eight-page press running in collect
mode. "Additional cost savings will come from reductions in
changeover times, folder complexity, plate related errors and
blanket change times," Walczak explained. "A reduction in
the number of plates will also make computer to plate a more
economically practical option for newspaper applications."
The MainStream 80 will feature a compact tower design with a
vertical web lead configuration. It will be available with various
inker choices, multi drive, flying edition change capability, a
compact flying splicer and optimized folder and former designs for
straight format production.
The MainStream 80 is the first newspaper press to incorporate
Heidelberg's Sunday Press Technology, including gapless
blankets and a shaftless drive system. Sunday Technology has been
used to dramatically increase productivity in commercial web offset
applications since 1993. The gapless blankets and the shaftless
drive system will reduce gap-related mechanical disturbances,
torsional vibration and web-flutter, allowing the MainStream 80 to
combine double width speed and production capacity with the
flexibility of a straight format and a 1:1 plate to blanket ratio.
The Sunday Press blankets also eliminate the need for bearers and
blanket packing, last longer than conventional blankets and can be
changed in as little as 60 seconds with the web still in the press.
Walczak pointed out that the MainStream 80's folders will
not require a collect feature, making them less complex.
"These folders will be able to produce one to six sections
with one section jumps, meaning more flexibility and less
compromise for publishers designing and adjusting page counts
between eight and 96 pages," he explained.
Heidelberg has been working on the design and production of
the new family of newspaper presses since 1996, incorporating its
vast experience in both newspaper and commercial web offset
production. MainStream presses will be available through an
expanded network of sales representatives, including those formerly
affiliated only with Heidelberg's high-volume mailroom
products, and they will be supported by a worldwide service
network. Earlier this year Heidelberg's high-volume finishing
operation was integrated with the former Web Press division to form
Heidelberg Web Systems. The company is unique in its ability to
provide the newspaper industry with complete printing systems
including reelroom, press and mailroom products.
For further information:
Heidelberg Web Systems, Montataire
Tel.: +33 (0)344 29 41 89
Fax: +33 (0)344 29 41 24
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