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Panpa Bulletin : August 2006
48 | PANPA bULLETIN august 2006 BALDWIN Technology has won the larg- est ever order for its Jetstream 1000 web cleaning system following a major spend by the Telegraaf Drukkerijen Group's Am- sterdam printing plant. The investment includes 42 Baldwin Jetstream modules and the results from the first systems to be installed have been so impressive that TDG's newspaper plant in Alkmaar, Holland, has now placed an order for 22 Jetstream modules. The Bald- win equipment for the Alkmaar site will be fitted to an MAN press with 15 reelstands and a Goss press with seven reelstands. Engineers at the Amsterdam site had spent a long time researching ways of improving press efficiency and reducing manual involvement in blanket clean- ing, which was carried out by hand on the company's 10 MAN Teleman web offset presses. One of the key people involved in the installation is project leader John Vlaar. "We started by looking at the different options available on the market, from automatic blanket wash systems to web cleaning systems and carried out exten- sive trials of equipment from different suppliers," said Vlaar. "Baldwin's Jetstream proved that it was the one technology that best met the various and vigorous criteria we had set. It was also a very cost-effective solution." Jetstream is a revolutionary approach to improving print quality, productivity and profitability on a web offset press, wheth- er for commercial or newspaper applica- tions. The special aero-dynamic nozzle, positioned close to the web surface, works via a combination of vacuum in the clean- ing module and a high velocity air flow, which moves along the web surface and into the cleaning module. The airflow breaks the boundary layer on the paper and forces the particles that were trapped in this layer into the clean- ing module. The compact system requires little space, maintenance is minimal and one module will clean both sides of the paper web. TDG installed the first Jetstream units in January using its own engineers and, fol- lowing inspection by Baldwin technicians, was certified to install and commission the cleaning equipment at the Amsterdam site. The company expects to have installed all 42 Jetstream modules over the next few months. "During trials of the Baldwin equipment we have printed as many as five million im- pressions without cleaning the blankets. In this situation we found that the amount of debris on the blankets was stable and at a level that did not adversely effect print qual- ity", saidVlaar TDG has set itself specific targets and on all of the Amsterdam MAN presses fitted with Jetstream, it now has a policy of clean- ing blankets only once each week. During the next few months the company plans to clean blankets once every two weeks and if this proves successful the period between cleaning will continually be extended un- til the optimum time is reached. TDG's press operators report that clean- ing blankets can be carried out much more quickly when the amount of ink is normal but debris levels are low. GOSS International will present the industry's most extensive portfolio of web offset press and print fin- ishing systems at Graph Expo 2006 from October 15-18 in Chicago. The company will also highlight its Lifetime Sup- port capabilities and enhancements, training, parts and service options to maximize the performance of existing Goss systems. "Web printers throughout North America are using innovative technology -- and innovative ideas about employing technology -- to expand market oppor- tunities and the application range of the web offset process", explains Greg Norris, communications manager for Goss International. "We look forward to the show as a chance to strengthen the relationships and continue the dia- logues that drive this progress." Goss International will highlight developments within its Sunday, M-600 and M-500 press systems as well as its Pacesetter and Universalbinder finishing systems at Graph Expo. The company will also present updates on sev- eral unique features, including its AutomaticTransfer, Ecocool, DigiRail, Goss Web Centre, pinless folding and shaftless finishing technologies. THE Japanese subsidiary of the Baldwin Technology Company, Inc. has secured an order valued in excess of $5 million from the Nikkei Group in Japan. The order is for Baldwin's high perform- ance SD-H spray dampening systems and IMPACT SW blanket cleaning systems, which will be fitted on the newspaper presses used for the Nikkei Group's Japan Economic Journal. The systems are designed to improve print quality, reduce start-up waste and deliver major savings in water and ink consumption. The Nikkei Group placed the order following its decision to increase the number of color pages in the 48-page Japan Economic Journal from 12 to 24 for the Beijing Olympic Games in August 2008. President and COO, Karl Puehringer, said: "The order from the Nikkei Group is a great start to our new fiscal year and it is one of the largest orders in our com- pany's history. The order continues the long-term relationship Baldwin has had with the Nikkei Group. We are pleased that a leading name in the Japanese newspa- per market such as the Japan Economic Journal will gain the benefits of Baldwin's technology for its customers". A major plant upgrade completed in late 2005 has given the Australian arm of Toyo Ink's global busi- ness significantly increased manufacturing capac- ity for not only heat set growth but also has allowed them to develop its newspaper ink portfolio. Toyo's technical centre falls under the control of the Toyo Technical group GM, Hyeong- Soo Kim. His team of 10 service technicians and six internal tech- nical officers have over 250 years of collective indus- try experience! The team's brief is to increaseToyo's understanding of ink performance under press conditions and to fast track product solutions to customers. To achieve this, all procedures are created to be relevant to ac- tual conditions on printing presses, including high speed cold set applications. Some of the test equipment used is unique toToyo and are the only units in existence in the Southern Hemisphere including the SR5 Rheometer, where rheological properties of inks like elasticity, flow and transfer can be quickly analysed. Of concern to many printers -- water take up - is measured by the Japanese Emulsification Tester, a piece of equipment designed and developed byToyo Ink Japan. The Australian machine is one of only five in existence worldwide. Newly developed Cold set technology is address- ing what many Australian users have commented as important criteria for measuring ink value. Bluer shade blacks that print darker at equivalent or lower film weights, brighter punchier colours and superior scuff properties are the immediate advantages to be seen with Toyo Cold set inks. Jetstream 100 cleans up in Amsterdam Baldwin secures Nikkei contract Toyo upgrade increases newspaper ink capacity Get the Goss at Expo