September 9th 2005 – Continental Web will add its third gapless Sunday press in early 2006, a Goss Sunday 2000 with extensive automation and in-line finishing features. The six-unit, 16-page press will be installed at Continental Web's facility in Itasca, Illinois in early 2006 and will include Goss Automatic Transfer (AT) and Autoplate systems.
“Recent advances in technology make this kind of investment essential in order for us to continue to bring new opportunities to our customers,” comments Ken Field, Sr., President and CEO for Continental Web. “This press system will easily exceed the productivity, efficiency and versatility of systems installed just four or five years ago.”
The new gapless press at Continental Web will include two Goss Automatic Transfer units. By switching one unit on-impression and the other off-impression simultaneously, operators will be able to complete on-the-run version changes without stopping the press.
“For on-the-run versioning or conventional changeovers, the combination of an Autoplate system, Automatic Transfer technology and automated presetting will get us from job to job much faster and with much less waste,” explains Field. “That will put us in synch with the evolving demands of our customers for faster turnaround times and shorter, versioned runs.” An advanced in-line finishing system is expected to add versatility and eliminate bottlenecks when running complex jobs, according to Field.
The integrated press system at Continental Web will be equipped with a Goss Contiweb CS splicer, a Goss Ecocool dryer with integrated chill rolls, a Goss PCF-1 pinless combination folder, and Goss Web Center workflow controls.
Continental Web was established in 1973 and now has facilities in Walton, Kentucky as well as Itasca. The company specializes in direct mail, catalog and publication printing, including magazine inserts and onserts.
Field envisions continued volume growth, particularly in the high-quality onsert and insert supplements for magazines and newspapers. “Companies that invest in the latest technology, like this Sunday press, will be able to deliver more value to their customers by producing more complicated and appealing versions of these products at a lower cost,” he predicts.
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