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Goss International's 'Mission Zero' Initiative

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Press release from the issuing company

Reflecting its long-held commitment to help printers and publishers enhance efficiency and drive waste reduction, Goss International is using drupa to emphasize its ‘Mission Zero' initiative and accelerate interest in the objective.

Already a fundamental part of every printing solution designed by Goss International, Mission Zero directly addresses the needs within print operations to improve competitiveness and reduce environmental impact. As such, the Mission Zero initiative focuses on developing products and process-optimized systems, along with controls, to create seamless integration throughout the entire print production chain - from reelstand to finished product.

"Our drive towards zero waste has delivered dramatic progress and benefits for our customers in recent years," according to Jeff Upchurch, senior vice president of Research & Development and Service for Goss International. "Our focus is on supporting them with continuous, incremental steps towards an ultimate goal of eliminating any wasted materials, labor, time or cost."

Upchurch notes that a significant number of Goss solutions on display in Düsseldorf incorporate technology and automation to meet zero-waste goals. "At the same time, drupa affords us the opportunity to demonstrate the performance benefits of web offset across an array of applications, such as newspapers, magazines, advertising inserts, catalogs, direct marketing, and packaging," he adds.

Zeroing in on waste reduction
Goss International's wide-ranging product showcase on display at drupa incorporates a host of features that reflect its Mission Zero stance.

For example, the Goss Colorliner CPS compact-tower press features a specialized cylinder and roller arrangement that creates a natural flow and circulation of air within the printing unit for optimum heat dissipation. This eliminates the need for expensive additional cooling systems and allows users to avoid unnecessary power and energy costs.

Also in evidence at drupa will be Goss International's pioneering gapless blanket technology, which not only allows high-quality, high-speed printing on wider webs, but delivers a significant reduction in paper waste through minimal trim requirements and shorter cut-offs. Visitors to the Goss booth can see the technology on the 96-page Sunday 5000 printing unit, which makes its ‘world first' expo appearance at the show.

Elsewhere on a press, it can be the software that makes a dramatic difference to waste levels by automating processes and maximizing press efficiencies. The latest generation Omnicon controls and Goss Web Center workflow system, also exhibited on the Goss booth, offer an open architecture CIP4/JDF-based solution that helps target waste by optimizing process sequencing, taking ink and color control to smarter levels, and addressing the chemistry and behavioral variables specific to each production run.

Goss International's range of exhibits at drupa also includes the new-generation
 press. The industry standard in the 16-page web offset sector since 1992, the M-600 model typifies the Goss quest to continually improve the efficiency of its products. The latest version of the M-600 model includes several energy-enhancing and waste-reducing features, such that printers continue to achieve industry-best waste figures on job changeover.

Additionally, a raft of Goss technologies highlighted in Düsseldorf incorporate other waste-saving features and options that make an instant impact on any printer's drive to reduce waste. These include energy-efficient Goss dryers, which tackle the ever-present issue of rising energy prices and continued environmental concerns by conserving resources and reducing emissions. Meanwhile advanced Goss reelstand technology delivers in excess of 99 percent splicing accuracy, and leaves virtually no paper on the core during a reel change.

For those printers seeking the latest advances integrated into a press which comes closer to zero waste than any other conventional press, there is Goss International's Automatic Transfer technology. This automatically takes printing units off-impression and instantaneously brings other units on-impression, allowing, in conjunction with automatic plate changing, on-the-run job changeovers and non-stop running.


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