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Trend Offset Printing expanding with first gapless technology press

Press release from the issuing company

DOVER, NH - Trend Offset Printing is continuing its rapid expansion. The company will add its 11th new Heidelberg web press in the past decade - and its first gapless Sunday Press - at its Los Alamitos, California headquarters this fall. The eight-unit, two-web Sunday 2000 will feature a wide, six-pages-across cylinder configuration. Heidelberg will supply its own Contiweb CS zero-speed splicers, Ecocool dryers with integrated chill rolls, a PFF-3 pinless folder and a Prinect Web Center package for automated control and workflow integration. "Building a common, versatile platform of Heidelberg M-600 and V-30 presses across our three sites nationwide has made us extremely efficient and consistent," explains Trend Offset president Todd Nelson. "Expanding with gapless technology and the wider format is a natural next step that will give us more flexibility and another tool to make our customers more successful." The new Sunday 2000 will feature Autoplate, an essential makeready tool on the M-600 presses at Trend Offset, according to Nelson. The automatic plate changing system allows a single operator to change any number of plates on the press in less than two minutes. "Autoplate, gapless technology, and the Heidelberg Prinect modules for automated presetting and closed-loop control, create a unique combination of advantages," says Nelson. "We are adding the highest level of web offset print quality, the productivity to print up to 48 pages at more than 60,000 impressions per hour, and the agility to compete at run lengths as low as 5,000 copies." Crews from Trend Offset will complete operator, mechanical and electrical training programs at the Heidelberg Customer Training Center in Dover, New Hampshire prior to installation of the Sunday 2000. In addition to its headquarters in Los Alamitos, California, Trend Offset has production facilities in Carrollton, Texas and Jacksonville, Florida. Each of the three locations provides heatset and non-heatset printing for weekly, bi-weekly and monthly publications, as well as commercial products and directories. The company also offers a full scope of prepress and postpress services. Trend Offset is the largest operator of Heidelberg M-600 presses in North America and the largest operator of Heidelberg V-30 presses in the world.