U.S. packaging and label producer Precision Press is the first company in the world to install the new Goss Sunday Vpak web offset printing system. The press will be configured for flexible packaging applications, with Sunday Vpak 500 web offset printing units as well as a Goss in-line flexo and coating unit. The press will also be equipped for UV and EB curing. The system will go into operation at the companys 19 800sqm facility in North Mankato, Minnesota in late 2012.
High offset print quality, quick-change sleeve technology and the prospect of lower production costs were key factors in the investment decision, along with Goss International support resources in the United States, according to Lee Timmerman, president of Precision Press. Timmerman said the Sunday Vpak 500 press will accommodate a wide variety of film substrates, product formats and high-quality lithographic requirements, supplementing the companys extensive web offset capabilities.
We have made a deliberate decision to do something different, explained Timmerman. There is a lot of untapped potential for web offset in the packaging arena, and were 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 6.1 m/s (1 200 feet per minute). Goss International will equip the system at Precision Press with a closed-loop color, registration and inspection system.
Goss Sunday Vpak 500 and Sunday Vpak 3000 press models for folding carton, flexible packaging, pre-print and label applications are available in web widths of up to 190.5 cm (75 inches). Key features include quick-change sleeve adapter technology for efficient, cost-effective size changes, and advanced offset inking, tension management and control systems.
Meissner says Sunday Vpak packaging presses represent a natural extension of core Goss strengths, including high-quality lithography, high-speed web offset production and advanced system integration. We are introducing a new alternative for packaging with entirely unique web offset quality, speed, operability and cost-reduction advantages, he added.