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Muller Martini's VSOP technology on display at Graph Expo

Press release from the issuing company

Muller Martini's Variable Sleeve Offset Printing (VSOP) press features a unique sleeve technology which allows print sizes to be changed efficiently without having to remove entire inserts, making the process not just quick and simple, but cost-conscious for the infinite variety of print lengths inherent to packaging.  Two operator-friendly, low weight sleeves are the only parts that need to be exchanged in order to adjust print sizes.

Visitors to Booth #637 at Graph Expo will be able to experience Muller Martini's sleeve change functionality first hand – and for the first time in the Unites States.  Muller's booth will feature a pneumatically powered 33 ½" wide VSOP print tower which has been modified with a see-through doorway, allowing a unique perspective to the VSOP's changeover technology.  The demonstration reveals how easy and fast it is to change the sleeves in order to seamlessly accommodate a new printing job.

Muller Martini's VSOP technology represents a singular solution for an array of markets including shrink sleeves, wet-glue, wrap-around and in-mold labels; films, laminates and food packaging; and folding boxes, liquid packaging and carton printing.  It is available in two different web widths (i.e. 20 ½" and 33 ½") and has a maximum production speed of 1,200 fpm.

In addition to its rapid changeovers, the VSOP web offset printing press delivers the first-class printing quality needed to meet the tough requirements of the packaging market.  Other advantages of Muller Martini's VSOP press include:
- Low cost.  Standard offset plates can be used, which are less costly than image carriers used for flexo and gravure printing.
- High reproductiveness.  The standardization of offset printing and the high level of automation guarantee extremely short setup times while maintaining precise color reproduction.
- Hybrid applicability.  A range of other printing processes can be utilized, including flexo, screen, gravure and digital printing as well as finishing processes such as foil stamping, laminating, die cutting and sheeting.
- Optimum operator convenience.  Their low weight makes the VSOP printing sleeves extremely easy to handle.

The flexibility of Variable Sleeve Offset Printing makes it the most dynamic web press technology in the packaging market, affording many profitable opportunities to printers looking for potential growth markets – with an almost endless order spectrum – to sustain their business.  Visitors to Muller Martini's Booth #637 during Graph Expo will have an opportunity to experience how VSOP's changeover technology can make that growth possible.

Graph Expo takes place October 3-6, 2010 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, Illinois.  Muller Martini engineers and experts will be on hand at Booth #637 to provide insight and ideas about how Muller's innovative technology and workflow solutions can help printers and binderies grow their businesses.

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