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Baldwin Launches Revolutionary Fountain Solution System At IfraExpo 2006

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Baldwin Technology will use Ifra Expo 2006 to launch a revolutionary version of its well-known DailyLiner. This new ‘closed loop' fountain solution circulation and cooling unit will incorporate a new circulator and filter concept, along with several other important benefits. Features of the easily integrated system will include constant fount solution pressure, lower energy usage and greater cost efficiency plus reduced maintenance. More information on this product will be released nearer to the show. Baldwin's new Maxima unit is the first spray dampening system that has been designed for both heatset commercial and high performance newspaper printing applications. Maxima incorporates Baldwin's maintenance-friendly Constant C air curtain technology and a range of control and valve speed options. The system offers proprietary control algorithms, which makes it an ideal partner technology for faster pre-setting of ink and water. “The difference between newspaper and commercial quality standards are becoming smaller and with more newspaper production sites being multi-title, 24/7 operations, the technical and reliability expectations have increased dramatically,” says Peter Hultberg, managing director of Baldwin Jimek (Centre of Competency for Newspaper Products). “The technology behind Maxima enables this generation of systems to meet the dampening requirements of all customers. In addition, it can do this with the lowest waste and labour possible and without compromising on print quality, which makes Maxima a life-of-press dampening technology.” Visitors to Baldwin's stand will be able to hear about a range of products, technologies and services that offer newspaper printers the potential to operate their presses with the greatest possible efficiency and print quality, while ensuring the least impact on the environment. Baldwin, which has the largest range of press accessory and control equipment for the newspaper industry, has a strict philosophy of developing systems that have increasingly less impact on the environment but increasingly greater influence on the press's ability to produce profitable print. “Baldwin leads the field in terms of environmentally-friendly press accessories. Take a product like Jetstream, which removes paper dust and loose fibres from the web before it enters the first set of press cylinders. By doing this a printer can reduce drastically the number of blanket washes required. Obviously, it's important to look at the whole issue of blanket cleaning, which is why we developed the industry-leading IMPACT system, but if you can reduce the number of blanket washes needed altogether, then you've made the press more effective with less effect on the environment,” says Mr Hultberg. The point is demonstrated well by the Telegraaf Drukkerijen Group's Amsterdam printing plant, which reports printing five million impressions on its MAN Teleman press without cleaning the blankets, compared to the normal 300,000 impressions before it installed a Jetstream system. Reducing VOCs in the pressroom is becoming a bigger issue for everyone involved in newspaper production and Baldwin's IMPACT system is increasingly popular as companies seek to meet new or impending legislation on waste and emissions. The IMPACT blanket cleaning system utilises PREPAC cloth that is impregnated with a cleaning agent. This eliminates the need for storing and handling liquid solvents to clean blankets and reduces costs because less chemistry is required. PREPAC contains the exact amount of cleaning agent and so there is no need for pumps or containers, while the VOC free PREPAC cloth makes IMPACT an environmentally friendly cleaning system. Baldwin has developed IMPACT Global Flex Technology to give customers the choice of using Dry cloth with a cleaning agent or PREPAC. Both systems enable quick makeready of the press and low material waste.

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