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GATFPress Best Seller, Web Offset Press Operating, Updated

Press release from the issuing company

Pittsburgh, Pa., December 19, 2002 — Recent innovations in web printing have significantly reduced makeready time, paper waste, and overall turnaround time. Web printers can now economically produce high-quality products in much lower quantities than ever thought possible. However, without a skilled workforce, today’s cost-effective equipment cannot fulfill its promise. In an effort to help both novice and experienced press operators improve productivity and print quality, the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) has revised and expanded its classic textbook, Web Offset Press Operating. First published shortly after the web offset field passed through a growing stage spanning from 1955 to 1970, Web Offset Press Operating has been a GATFPress best seller, year after year. It is a key publication supporting the GATF Web Offset Training Curriculum. Thousands of press operators have gone through this program, which is revised and updated periodically. Today’s fifth edition of Web Offset Press Operating has been reorganized based on extensive feedback from users of the book and the training program. Similar to the training curriculum, this new edition begins by providing an orientation to the web offset press and safety issues before discussing specifics of the systems such as infeed systems, blanket and plate cylinders, inking systems, and dampening systems. Chapters on dryer and chill rolls, delivery systems, makeready, and press production are included. All chapters have been updated, expanded, and heavily illustrated, but none so much as the last chapter focused on preventive maintenance. The fifth edition of Web Offset Press Operating was primarily authored by Daniel G. Wilson. He is an associate professor of printing and publishing technology at Penn State’s Pennsylvania College of Technology where he teaches a variety of graphic communications courses. He is also the author of GATF’s Lithography Primer and an active contributor to GATF’s training curriculum programs. Designed to supplement press operating manuals and formal apprenticeship programs, Web Offset press Operating, Fifth Edition (ISBN 0-88362-290-4) combines theoretical and practical how-to-information in a single, easy-read volume. This 364-page hardcover book, containing over 300 photographs and illustrations and dozens of tables and checklists, is available for $95 ($75 for GATF/PIA members), not including shipping. Orders may be placed by contacting GATF by phone at 800/662-3916 (U.S. and Canada) or 412/741-5733 (all other countries); fax at 412/741-0609; or online from the GAIN Store. Mail orders to GATF Products, P.O. Box 1020, Sewickley, PA 15143-1020. Indicate Order No. 15165.