Offset Printing - Sheet-Fed

Pressing Into 2000
January 1, 2000

Though most headlines are taken up by digital imaging equipment these days, offset vendors say they are still making a great impression. To print its heavy load of two-color, 11x17˝ work, Penn State Document Services traditionally used a 40˝ press. Director Michael Pierick, however, felt this was not the most cost-effective way to handle these jobs. To keep prices competitive, he knew he needed some new equipment. But despite the lure of digital devices, he decided to stick with offset equipment. "There was a clear benefit to us with respect to buying an offset device," says Pierick, who bought a two-color A.B.Dick 9995 last

The Future Of Offset - Part II
March 1, 1999

Though in-plant managers aren't ready to abandon their offset presses yet, they say the process needs to change to compete with digital printing. As print runs get smaller and clients learn to accept digital print quality, why should in-plants bother to stay in the offset business at all? That's a question many managers are pondering as the world continues to race into the digital age. Already several in-plants have dumped offset altogether after finding that high-speed digital printers can handle their work more cost effectively. Still, most in-plants have no intention of giving up their presses entirely. They've paid for them and they

The Future Of Offset
January 1, 1999

Will toner-based printing make offset obsolete? No way, say the offset experts. Offset will transform into a more user-friendly, more digital process. With the final year of the 20th century now well underway, offset press venders are beginning to turn their thoughts toward the future—and it's not as far off as you might think. For some time, the industry has been beset with hushed voices forecasting the potential demise of offset due to intense competition from digital printing. Not so fast, offset venders insist. The next few years, they say, will bring about new generations of presses so technologically advanced, convenient and attractively

Color--The New Standard
January 1, 1998

Like automation, color is not just an option anymore. Manufacturers are responding to the trend by offering more color-productive equipment. Color and simplicity seem to be the chief components of today's sheetfed offset presses. Quicker makereadies, digital prepress consoles, auto-perfecting channels and color controls are just some of the latest advances—with color creating a new niche market. "In 1986, most of the 9,000 presses sold by small-press manufacturers comprised single-color presses," observes Tom Nishimura, president of Hamada. "However, last year approximately only 4 percent of about 2,700 presses sold under 40˝ were single color. In-plants looking for easy-to-use, multi-functional machines that feature the