US packaging and label producer Precision Press will install the world’s first Sunday Vpak web offset printing system from Goss International. It will go into operation at the company’s 19,800m² facility in North Mankato, Minnesota in late 2012.
The new press will be configured for flexible packaging applications, with Sunday Vpak 500 web offset printing units, and an in-line flexo and coating unit. It will Goss will have a closed-loop colour, registration and inspection system and be equipped for UV and EB curing. Precision Press will use it to print a wide variety of film substrates, product formats and high quality litho requirements, supplementing the company’s extensive web offset capabilities.
High offset print quality, quick change sleeve technology and the prospect of lower production costs were key factors in the investment decision, according to Lee Timmerman, president of Precision Press. “We have made a deliberate decision to do something different,” he explains. “There is a lot of untapped potential for web offset in the packaging arena, and we’re excited about the new print quality, productivity and efficiency benefits the Goss press technology will bring to our customers.”
Sunday Vpak 500 presses print at up to 6.1m/sec. Goss offers models for folding carton, flexible packaging, preprint and label applications in web widths up to 190.5cm.
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