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Japs-Olson will install first-of-its-kind Goss Automatic Transfer web press

Friday, May 19, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

May 18th, 2006 - Japs-Olson Company will install the world’s first Goss Sunday 2000 web press equipped to complete four-color job changes without stopping for a makeready. The 24-page, single-web press will include eight Goss Automatic Transfer (AT) printing units, allowing on-the-run print transfer. While the press is printing, operators will be able to complete a makeready for a new job on four idle units and then bring those units on impression while simultaneously taking the four units printing the previous job off impression. Bypassing the AT feature will also allow printing of up to eight colors. “The Goss Automatic Transfer system represents a real leap ahead in technology from anything else that is available,” according to Michael Murphy, president of Japs-Olson. The company will install the Sunday press at its St. Louis Park, Minnesota facility in late 2006. Murphy says the new Goss system will address the increasing market demands for versioning and for producing a higher overall volume of jobs with shorter individual run lengths. “Combining AT with automatic plate changing, gapless blankets, servo drives, advanced controls and the wider 24-page format is going to take us to a new level of short-run competitiveness and efficiency,” he explains. The new Sunday 2000 press at Japs-Olson will be equipped with the Goss Autoplate fully automatic plate changing option. Goss will supply a Contiweb CS splicer and an Ecocool dryer as well as a pinless combination folder and a pinless former folder. The press will also be equipped with a sheeter. “We opted for an extremely versatile configuration that will allow us to accommodate a wide range of product formats for our customers,” Murphy explains. “The print News Release quality and paper savings that we will achieve with the gapless blanket technology will also be a major benefit.” Japs-Olson was founded in 1907 and specializes in commercial printing and direct mail production. The company has more than 750 employees and provides a complete range of prepress, digital printing, sheetfed printing, coldest and heatset web printing, and finishing capabilities as well as advanced data processing and mailing services. Goss introduced the Automatic Transfer feature in 2004. The technology earned the GATF InterTech Technology Award in 2005. The on-the-run print transfer capability is designed to reduce paper waste, operator effort and downtime associated with conventional makereadies. Goss Sunday technology is vital to the Automatic Transfer concept. Because Sunday Press cylinders do not require bearers, they can be mounted in pivot boxes to achieve the wide blanket-to-blanket throw off necessary for the web to pass through idle units without being diverted. Autoplate fully automatic plate changing complements the technology, reducing makeready time and effort on idle units.




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